Hundreds attend solidarity Mass for Sr. Pat

Hundreds attend solidarity Mass for Sr. Pat

Hundreds of representatives from religious and lay sectors attended a Solidarity Mass for Sr. Patricia Fox, NDS  organized by the Association of the Major Religious Superiors in the Philippines (AMRSP) at the St. Anthony Shrine in Sampaloc, Manila, April 27, 2018. ANTONIO ANDALUZ

By Br. John Francis Aberion, RCJ

April 29, 2018

Sampaloc, Manila

Hundreds of representatives from religious and lay sectors attended a Solidarity Mass for Sr. Patricia Fox, NDS on April 27 organized by the Association of the Major Religious Superiors in the Philippines (AMRSP).

Fr. Cielito Almazan, OFM, the AMRSP chair, presided over the Eucharistic celebration, together with concelebrant priests on Friday, 3:00 p.m. at the St. Anthony Shrine in Sampaloc, Manila.

In his homily the priest emphasized that Fox knew God and God knew her because amid the recent events, she “has spent time praying to God.”

Before the end of Mass, Almazan invited the religious sister to be prayed over by those present. The prayer came from St. Francis’ blessing.

God has the last say

Almazan added that most people would ask, “What is the meaning of all this?” However, “For Sr. Pat”, he said, “she does not anymore ask, ‘What is the meaning of this’, because she knew in her heart that this time has come. She knows in her heart that there is Resurrection – that God has the last say – for He raised Jesus from the dead.”

The AMRSP chair even connected his homily with Jesus’ assuring words to his troubled disciples: “Do not be troubled, have faith in me,” as well as Jesus’ words to Thomas, “I am the way, the truth, and the life, no one comes to the Father except through me.”

Almazan then concluded with words of encouragement: “We continue connecting ourselves with Jesus through our hearts, with our communities, continuing to advance the Kingdom of God,” where “we can find justice, peace, fulfillment, and joy.”

‘We stand our ground’

Meanwhile, Sr. Regina Kuizon, RGS, AMRSP co-chair, read in brief the group’s statement concerning Sr. Patricia Fox. The statement entitled “AMRSP Statement on Sr. Patricia Fox’s Illegal Arrest and Detention by the Bureau of Immigration” was published some days ago.

The statement reiterated the group’s support of Sr. Pat, lauding her years of service in the Philippines. “Together with those who work for justice … even in her old age, Sr. Pat is fulfilling her prophetic mission to be in solidarity with the poor and powerless,” reads the document.

After reading the message, Kuizon addressed Fox, saying: “The Filipino people still need you.”