As the landmark Ignatian Year draws to a close, Jesuit Communications (JesCom) looks back on the enduring legacy of some of the most iconic Filipino Jesuits in “Raw and Candid: Philippine Jesuit History as told by Jesuit Legends”.
Beginning this Monday, July 11, catch the never-before-seen interviews conducted by former JesCom Director Fr. Johnny Go, SJ with legendary pillars of the Filipino Jesuit community, streaming nightly from Mondays to Fridays at 8pm only on the social media pages of JesCom and Radyo Katipunan 87.9 FM.
“We are to draw inspiration from our 500 year-history from the time of Ignatius’ conversion. Part of that long history is the history of the coming of the Jesuits in the Philippines and the flourishing of their ministries here, like our schools, our parishes, etc.,” acknowledges JesCom Executive Director Fr. Nono Alfonso, SJ of the upcoming video series’ timely significance.
“I believe this local history must be celebrated as well. Their work or ministries touched or even changed our lives. In a sense, they are the concrete fruits of Ignatius’ conversion, the real manifestation of God’s love for the people of this corner of the world.”
As audiences get up close and personal with the likes of Fr. Bill Kreutz SJ, Fr. Raul Bonoan SJ, Fr. Miguel Bernad SJ. Fr. Roque Ferriols SJ, Fr. James Reuter SJ and Fr. Frank Clark SJ, “Raw and Candid” reveals a different side to these influential figures- once young men who overcame great challenges as they heeded God’s greater call to service.
“The Jesuits, in this series, share very inspiring stories—how they were led to the Philippines, in the case of foreign Jesuits; how they founded institutions, from scratch; how they overcame odds or challenges along the way,” describes Fr. Nono of their noteworthy feats.
“And yet with grit, perseverance, and their deep faith, they accomplished great things for God. Indeed, as is said, we stand gratefully on the shoulders of giants, on the pioneering work of these legendary Jesuits. We can therefore learn many things from these Jesuits—divine providence, discipline, conviction,” he adds.
With heartening journeys through life and powerful moments of faith waiting to be told, “Raw and Candid” promises to be an unforgettable encounter with these truly remarkable Soldiers of Christ.
“Please watch our exclusive series on the History of the Jesuits in the Philippines as told by Jesuits, many of whom we have known and loved, many of whom are gone but not forgotten,” invites Fr. Nono.
“Listen to their raw, unedited, candid stories and learn valuable lessons from these great and legendary Jesuits of the Philippine Province.”
Episode I (‘Overview of Jesuit History in the Philippines’ feat. Fr. Miguel Bernad, SJ) of “Raw and Candid: Philippine Jesuit History as told by Jesuit Legends” airs this Monday, July 11 at 8pm on the Facebook pages of JesCom (facebook.com/jescomph) and Radyo Katipunan 87.9 FM (facebook.com/radyokatipunan)
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