Welcome to Philippine Mission
St. Thomas More with the Socio-Pastoral Institute has, under the direction of Father Andrew Kemberling and Mila Glodava, sponsored Spirituality of Stewardship in the Philippines since 2003.
First Stewardship Conference in the Philippines in 2003
Archbishop Lagdameo, president of the Catholic Bishops Conference, with Bishop Julio X. Labayen, OCD, Chairman of the Board, Socio Pastoral Institute, at the 2009 Conference in Tagaytay City, Philippines.
Socio Pastoral Institute would like to affirm our mission partnership with St Thomas More Parish. We praise God that together we have accomplished a lot in promoting stewardship as a way of life of a Jesus-disciple that builds the Kingdom.
The following summarizes the significance of our partnership. You will also find, attached to this, a paper on the concrete actions and interventions we were able to implement here for the year 2009.
When I left the Philippines in 1972, I knew I would return from time to time, to visit, to become what our people call a “balikbayan,” an expatriate returnee. Never in my wildest dream, however, did I think that I would go back to my native land as a missionary – one who is sent to bring the Good News of Jesus Christ. In fact, that’s what I was these last few years – a missionary for St. Thomas More Parish promoting stewardship as a way of life – a life of thanksgiving for all of God’s blessings. I never planned to become a missionary.
By Mila Glodava
In February 2009 Father Andrew, Phil and Irene Lindemer and I went to the Philippines to attend a conference for stewardship practitioners in the Philippines. We were all amazed at how stewardship is spreading throughout the Philippine Church since we began teaching it in 2002. In fact, the Philippine Church hierarchy has fully supported its embrace and implementation.
St. Joachim and St. Anne Parish St. Joachim and St. Anne Parish, of General Nakar in the Prelature of Infanta, was among the first to embrace stewardship as a way of life. Until 2003, when a bridge was finally built between the town and Infanta, its mother town, this parish was isolated from the rest of mainland Luzon because of a wide and often treacherous river. Due to this isolation, its people have often felt inferior to those in Infanta. In fact some might consider them as “lethargic and without ambition.”