DAY FIVE (Part 2): Jesuit General Arrives at City of Golden Friendship

Yesterday afternoon, 12 December 2018, Fr. General Arturo Sosa and his party landed at Cagayan de Oro City, known as the “City of Golden Friendship.” They went straight to Xavier University, where he was met exuberantly by the School community led by their President Fr. Roberto Yap and a rousing marching band. Students and teachers lined up the main University lane and waived to the General until he arrived at the Jesuit residence where  the Jesuit community led him to a simple and prayerful welcome rites.  Aside from the Jesuits in Cagayan and Bukidnon, a mountainous region southeast of the city, where Jesuits maintain parishes and schools for indigenous peoples, representatives from the other two Jesuit Universities in Mindanao, i.e., Ateneo de Davao University and Ateneo de Zamboanga University, were also there to meet their General. The day concluded with the Jesuits and Fr Sosa sharing stories and laughter over a hearty dinner at the Jesuit Residence. Then it was finally time for the weary pilgrim to rest with a full schedule awaiting him the following day.