General Councillor Jimmy Lindero mhm visited the Philippines in December 2017 where our Members continue to do valuable missionary work, be it in a traditional parish set-up or doing Society jobs in various capacities. Fred Marmolejo has formally begun organising the Friends of Mill Hill with the aim of building up groups of local supporters for the mission. The Philippine National Historical Commission had now completed the restoration of the 19th century Baroque church of St. John Nepomuceno Parish, Anini-y after working on it for almost a year. The formal handing over of the fully refurbished church took place on 25th November 2017 with a Eucharistic Celebration led by the Bishop of Antique, Romy Lazo.
During Jimmy’s visit to Casay, the Parish Pastoral Team celebrated a catechetical day program which was attended by hundreds of children from different public schools in the barrios. In Turda, Jimmy witnessed the vibrant and active participation of the various Basic Ecclesial Communities when they celebrated their BEC foundation day on 8th December 2017. The highlight of the celebration was the Thanksgiving Mass celebrated in the village’s basketball court, followed by a communal meal, singing and dancing which lasted until mid-night. The MEP students from India, Cameroon and Kenya are playing an important role in highlighting the international character of Mill Hill in the Philippines and in challenging the local churches to mission ad gentes.