For some years now, plans have been afoot to start an Oblate community in the Manila area. The initial reason for our interest in Manila was to take advantage of its greater educational opportunities for our seminarians studying theology and to have a novitiate house conducive to prayer and solitude separate from the postulancy house in Cebu. In addition, the demand for retreats has increased in Manila and some parts of Luzon. Given the various contacts the Oblates have made with religious communities through the years, our priests have been giving retreats to these religious in Tagaytay, Quezon City, Tondo, and Antipolo areas.
Loving Father, as Jesus taught us to beg the harvest master to send laborers into his vineyard, so we now ask you to bless the Oblates of the Virgin Mary with new vocations. May your Spirit draw men of integrity to love you intensely, and to serve you courageously in poverty, chastity, and obedience. Reveal your mercy to them, and remove the distractions and fears that keep them from echoing Mary’s joyful Yes. Guide them in discerning the mission for which you created them, so that they will become wise and gentle shepherds of souls. We ask this through the intercession of Fr. Lanteri, and in the name of Jesus the Lord. Amen.
an associate’s degree in Dietetics and Food Service Technology at Saint Paul College of Iloilo. Before Sannie entered the Oblates of the Virgin Mary, he worked at Perpetual Succour Hospital in Cebu City as a cashier and food service attendant for seven years. While at Perpetual Succour, he would serve during Eucharistic celebrations as altar server. Sannie was also active in sports and played volleyball for the Perpetual Succour team.
Sannie T. Pedellome was born on September 30, 1984. He is the third of eight children born to Santiago and Julieta. The family hails from Barangay Namocon, Tigbauan, Iloilo City. Sannie studied at Tigbauan National High School and received awards in Exemplary Behavior and Athlete of the Year during his senior year. He earned