Maramag Mission Station Inauguration
Last August 15, 2014 was a historic day for the province as the new Mission Station in Maramag, Bukidnon was blessed and inaugurated. Bishop Emmanuel Cabajar, CSsR, was the main presider of the mass and Fr. Cruzito Manding, CSsR was the homilist. The occasion was participated in by confreres from the different units including some students from Davao. There were also guests from Iligan and from among our friends here in Maramag who joined in the celebration
Previously there was a dinner fellowship on the evening of August 14, and among those who came were Bishop Jose A. Cabantan, Bishop of Malaybalay, the vicars of the diocese: Fr. Nonoy Suarez and Fr. Demz Berondo and other guests.
The new Mission Station is dedicated to our Blessed Mother under the title Santa Maria dei Monti. Here is the text of the prayer of dedication offered by the missioners during the blessing.
A Prayer of Dedication
(Santa Maria dei Monti)
How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings glad tidings, announcing peace and bearing good news… (Isaiah 52:7)
Lord Jesus Christ, Redeemer of the world, we come before you today heeding your call to proclaim the Gospel to the poor, to set free those who are captives, to bring your light to those in darkness and to announce the time of the Lord’s favor upon us (cf. Luke 4: 18-19). In humility and recognizing our own weaknesses and inconsistencies, we listen to your invitation to follow your steps.
Today, in these highlands of Central Mindanao, we dedicate ourselves to the loving care of your most Blessed Mother, Mary, under the title of Santa Maria dei Monti. Her very shrine up in the mountains was once a source of consolation and inspiration to our holy founder St. Alphonsus even before the beginning of our congregation. Grant that through her prayers and intercession, may we also find the same consolation and inspiration in all that we do.
We pray, Lord, not only for ourselves, but also for those who will come after us in this place: Redemptorists, lay missionaries and everyone who reaches out and cares for the poor and the abandoned. Grant that they too will experience the loving care, the motherly protection and the perpetual help given us by your Holy Mother. Amen.
Santa Maria dei Monti, pray for us.
St. Alponshus Ma.de Liguori, pray for us.
All our holy confreres, saints and blessed, pray for us.