First and foremost, they are struck by the desire to serve the poorest, particularly the indigenous people who have been marginalized by modern society. They like to live close to nature, far from the noise and pollution of the big cities. It is a style and rhythm of life to which many of them have aspired and they expressly asked the Provincial to send them to Bukidnon. Their work is varied because all of them are involved not only in pastoral activity - covering about twenty chapels - but also by a direct presence among the young people in the parish elementary or secondary schools.
Here are some testimonies from this sharing:
- Ismael: “I am a lawyer, member of the bar, and while I contribute to the activities of the retreat house, my main work is the responsibility of the legal services of the diocese. This collaboration is appreciated both for civil law matters and for my involvement in family mediation.”
- Richard: “At the end of my Tertianship, I made a discernment and I felt called to live and work with the poor and the aboriginal people. This is new for me and it is a source of new dynamism for my Jesuit life.”
- Felipe: “I am from Manila, but living in Bukidnon is for me the realization of my dreams. I love the nature, the climate and especially the people. In high school, my goal is to encourage young people to have the desire, after their studies, to return to serve their community.”
- Jereme: “I really feel “missionary” outside the cities. I want to be deeply involved in this work with the indigenous people in particular and I have asked the Provincial to send me here for at least five years. Often the Jesuits have come here to do a kind of “internship” of one or two years. But I want more than that!”
- Noel: “I love it here! This commitment following the pioneering missionaries of Bukidnon is for me ‘the salvation of my vocation’.”