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Renewal Batch 2 (Balay Isabel 2011)

About twenty friars coming from different parts of the Philippines left their convents to gather in Balay Isabel, Batangas. Their objective was to go through Petak and Leman’s “The Way of the Shepherd” and the GIRM.

“The Way of the Shepherd” is John 10 applied to personnel management and served as a launch pad for the friars to examine the way they deal with the people they work with whether in their respective communities or outside of these. There are seven management principles that helped them examine themselves as pastors.

The review of the GIRM was basically for the friars to familiarize themselves more with liturgical rubrics.

Balay Isabel is a semi-private resort located on the shores of Taal Lake. The friars stayed in houses which also served as their place for rest and prayer. The three day exercise also served as a bonding activity. Photos are found at the Gallery.

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A Trip Around Taal Lake

Yesterday, our community went around Taal Lake visiting in turn the Lipa Cathedral, the Carmel of Lipa, the Cathedral of Taal. The Lipa Cathedral (San Sebastian) and the Taal Cathedral were both built by the Augustinians. The present form of both churches date back to the 1800s although the foundation of Taal Cathedral (San Nicolas) dates back to 1575, just ten years after the Augustinians landed on Philippine shores.

San Pedro to Lipa

It was raining when we made our way to Lipa City reaching it after an hour’s ride. By then the sun was already shining and there were a lot of people on the cathedral ground. This is in sharp contrast to the Iglesya ni Cristo Church just some meters away which was empty. After a few minutes at the Cathedral, we went looking for the Carmel of Lipa which was the site of a miracle of roses some years ago. It is said that the Vatican is reviewing its case. Then from Carmel we proceeded to Taal and the massive stone Church that used to be the largest in Southeast Asia.

Around Taal Lake

The Taal Cathedral is one massive edifice. It is one of the churches that the Augustinians left to the diocesan clergy in the 1900s. The Augustinians held on to their parish churches until that time, the last of the friars to accede to secularization. One of the main reasons for this was the 1898 Revolution.

More pictures are available at the Gallery.

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