Four New Novices with Fr. Ruben Areño, SSP

May 31, 2010 (City of San Fernando, Pampanga)—On the Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, four restless hearts of men dared to unlock the chance,to see the face of truth by responding and submitting their heart and souls for the sake of God’s call of Religious Life. Hopeful to manifest one day a history of insightful encounter with the Master conveyed in the beautiful expression of Pauline Charism.


They made their formal entrance to the Novitiate after the rites officiated by the Provincial Superior, Father Ruben Areño, SSP. The four new novices are Adrian Rey O. De Guzman (City of San Jose del Monte, Bulacan), Lawrence L. De Peralta (Narra, Palawan), Vicente Rey T. Duron (New Lucena, Iloilo) and Brian L. Tayag (San Simon, Pampanga). Present during the celebration were Fathers Joel Baguna, SSP, Tim Melliza, SSP, Joe Aripio, SSP, brothers Dennis Figuerres, SSP and Roque Ocampo, SSP and the outgoing novices, Albert Garong and Eric Mark Salamat.. Father Ruben later entrusted them to the care of their new master, Fr. Joe Aripio, SSP and the local community.

This batch of novices marks the inclusion of two Adult Vocation Postulants who responded making it a reliable sign of a vocation they feel in their hearts. It was an invitation to surrender them selves to God alone. An invitation in the religious life, that which is made in a spirit of freedom and generosity. The four men of eager spirit and willing heart came fresh from the Postulancy program where they had their exposure as well as apostolic assignments to the congregation’s local communities in Cebu, Iloilo, Cagayan de Oro City, and Davao. Only half of the original eight postulants who entered the said program persevered and entered the Novitiate.

As they begin to freely submit themselves to the assurance of God’s invitation to live a religious life, in an alternate world where heaven almost meets earth, they are challenged yet humbled, fearful yet inspired, dying yet renewed as they live each day longing for an encounter with God, the same encounter that overwhelmed them with unexplainable joy when His Grace flowed, seeped into, and touched the seemingly impenetrable hardness of their stubborn and indifferent hearts. May the same light of inspiration radiated in the life of Blessed James Alberione, they too longed an experience of life in the Real Presence of Jesus Christ the Divine Master.