Saints We Are

By: Fr. Randy Figuracion, SDB

When we talk about “saints,” we immediately think of the “canonized ones” – those proclaimed by the Church as blessed because they have lived extraordinary lives beyond that of an average Christian. Here we note that the Church does not make or create saints, but rather recognizes their virtues and present them to the faithful as role models in the practice of the faith.

The first saint I have known is San Antonio of Padua. My mom entrusted me to his care in my childhood. She even added it as my baptismal name. He was known for his persuasive preaching and impressive miracles borne out of his deep faith in God. The saint who inspired me most is St. John Bosco. Having read his life as a boy, his personality captivated me because he was such a talented individual both in nature and in grace. But my favorite saint is John Paul II because he inspired me to be a priest. Most of all, he is the only saint I have seen in my life.

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Making A Difference

Don Bosco Retreat House – Mantalongon Received First Major Renovation Since 1967

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Before and after renovation photo of Don Bosco Retreat House – Mantalongon

The Don Bosco Retreat House in Mantalongon, Municipality of Dalaguete, Cebu, underwent its first major renovation since it was built in 1967. In the course of 5 decades various youth formation activities in Cebu Province and the Visayas and Mindanao Regions have been conducted here. It has become a testament to the Salesians’ drive to form young people through guided retreats, recollections, youth encounters, summer camps, and other formative activities.

The renovation of the Retreat House began in June 2016 and was completed on March 2017 through the generosity and solidarity of the Archdiocese of Cologne, Germany and Don Bosco Mission-Bonn, Germany.

The massive renovation work is a tribute to the 50 years of existence of the Don Bosco Mantalongon Retreat House and is a pledge to more years of spiritual and formative action.

Location of Mantalongon in Dalaguete, Cebu.