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Catholic Chaplain Corps
4206 S. MacGregor Way,
Houston, TX 77021
February 1, 2017
Dear Friends in Christ:
The Third National Assembly of Filipino Priests in the USA will be held on November 7-10, 2017 at the Royal Sonesta Hotel in Houston, Texas. This event provides a venue for more or less eight hundred (800) priests of Filipino heritage serving the Church in the United States to come together again for another wonderful experience of fraternity and fellowship to promote unity and solidarity, to offer a rich program and various activities for spiritual enrichment and on-going pastoral formation as well as opportunities for witnessing, sharing and renewing priestly vocation so we become more effective ministers of evangelization.
I, together with the Filipino Priests and the Filipino Ministry Council of The Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, invite you to be a part of this worthwhile endeavor. On behalf of my brother Filipino priests, I solicit your generous support to sponsor their participation and help us defray the expenses of this assembly. Your prayers and financial contributions are indicative of your appreciation and gratitude to our Filipino priests.
To commemorate this grand assembly and as a memento for this occasion, a Souvenir Program will be published. We would like to solicit your help and prayerfully consider becoming a sponsor by placing an ad in the Souvenir Program. Please refer to the attached Souvenir Program Solicitation Form.
Grateful for your support of our Filipino priests and with prayerful wishes of God’s blessings, I remain.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Reverend Edmund P. Eduarte Reverend Dale Almenario
Pastor, St. Joseph Catholic Church Deacon, St. Helen Catholic Church
Vicar for Filipino Catholics, Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston
Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston
Most Reverend Oscar A. Solis, D.D.
The third National Assembly of Filipino Priests in the USA will be held on November 7-10, 2017 at the Royal Sonesta Hotel in Houston, Texas. This event provides a venue for more or less eight hundred (800) priests of Filipino heritage serving the Church in the United States to come together again for another wonderful experience of fraternity and fellowship to promote unity and solidarity, to offer rich program and various activities for spiritual enrichment and on-going pastoral formation as well as opportunities for witnessing, sharing and renewing priestly vocation so we become more effective ministers of evangelization.
I invite you to be a part of this worthwhile endeavor. On behalf of my brother Filipino priests, I solicit your generous support to sponsor their participation and help us defray the expenses of this assembly. Your prayers and financial contribution are indicative of your appreciation and gratitude to our Filipino priests. Online donation is available by accessing archgh.org/NAFP/Sponsor. You may also issue a check payable to “The Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston-NAFP” with a copy of the sponsor form in the link above and submit your tax deductible donation to the priest who handed this appeal as indicated on the donation form. A letter of acknowledgement will be sent to you upon receipt of your donation.
Grateful for your support of our Filipino priests and with prayerful wishes of God’s blessings, I remain
Sincerely, yours in Christ,
Most Reverend Oscar A. Solis, D.D. Reverend Edmund P. Eduarte
Hosted by the Filipino Ministry Council of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston
For more information, contact the Filipino Ministry Council at: FMC.Houston@gmail.com
The 3rd National Assembly of Filipino Priests
Serving the Roman Catholic Church in The United States of America.
Joyfully & Faithfully Sharing God’s Mercy
This is the theme of the upcoming assembly for the National Association of Filipino Priests-USA. Our Association promotes unity, support and total growth among Filipino priests ministering with their cultural gifts in the Church, by serving as a venue for collaboration and forum for effective pastoral leadership.
Most Reverend Oscar A. Solis, D.D., Bishop of the Diocese of Salt Lake City, invites you to be a part of this event through your support and sponsorship.
November 7-10, 2017
Royal Sonesta Hotel Houston
2222 West Loop South
Houston, Texas 77027
Members of the Executive Council of the National Association of Filipino Priests – USA gathered together for a one night and two days marathon meeting in New York, USA, to discuss and eventually ratify the By-Laws and Constitutions of the Organization. The Filipino Community in the Diocese of Brooklyn headed by our Vice President, Rev. Patrick Longalong provided an excellent accommodation for our Priests Representatives.
During the 2nd Executive Council Meeting of the National Association of Filipino Priests – USA in New York City a unanimous concensus was reach that the 2nd National Assembly in 2014 will be in Orlando, Florida. Official date of the Assembly will follow soon.
My dear Brothers of the NAFP-USA:
It is with great joy that I announce to you that the executive board of our association has reached a decision to hold our next national assembly on November 4-7, 2014 in Orlando, Florida. The venue will be Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort.
I wish to take this opportunity to express my sincerest gratitude on behalf of NAFP-USA to the Filipino priests of the Diocese of Orlando for having accepted the privilege and honor to serve as hosts for this event. Since its inception, our association has been very proactive in making sure that hosting such a big event will not only bring together the Filipino priests of USA but will also serve to encourage the Filipino communities to be more committed to the aspirations of the Filipino ministries in Florida and other parts of the country.
As I write this letter, I am making my plans for a January courtesy visit to His Excellency Most Rev. John Noonan, Bishop of Orlando, to formally inform him about our gathering in his diocese. I will also be attending the gathering of Filipinos in Orlando for their annual celebration of the feast of Santo Niño on January 27, 2013 where we hope to launch this big event. You will be updated as we proceed with the preparatory activities to be undertaken by the officers of the NAFP-USA and the Filipino communities in Orlando.
At this juncture, I wish to request everyone to continue to pray for the success of the event but most of all I urge you to pray for unity and brotherhood among the members of the organization.
I wish you all a blessed 2013!
Here is the official letter of Bishop Oscar Solis to the Filipino Clergy of the Diocese of Orlando in Florida addressed to Rev. Roy Eco the Regional Representative of Region XI.
August 27, 2012
Reverend Roy Eco
NAFP-USA Representative – Region 11
Diocese of Orlando, Florida
Dear Fr. Eco:
I wish to officially acknowledge with great excitement and deep joy the receipt of your email communication regarding the affirmative decision of the Filipino Clergy of the Diocese of Orlando to host the 2nd National Assembly of Filipino Priests-USA in 2014. We welcome such awesome news with profound gratitude for your graciousness to open the doors of your diocese in order to provide the critical venue for Filipino priests all over the United States gather together to foster priestly fraternity, unity and solidarity as well as to promote support for each other in carrying out our pastoral ministry and provide opportunities for continuing formation so we become more effective partners in the evangelizing mission of our Church in America.
During our last National Leadership Council meeting held in New York three weeks ago, we were blessed with the accomplishment of a proposed final draft of the Constitution and By-laws for the National Association of Filipino Priests –USA. It was a challenging process to engage 20 brilliant men in an intellectual calisthenics. The discussion was a tedious task marred by heated debate and arguments. But God’s grace was with us all along the way and His gift of wisdom helped us achieved a fruitful process to be able to accomplish the task we had hoped for.
Before the end of the meeting, when the agenda for the next National Assembly was finally discussed and the Diocese of Orlando was immediately proposed, I did not have an iota of doubt and personally felt that it was God’s providence. After all, the concept of NAFP-USA was born in Orlando. Those twenty six (26) priests whom I invited and attended that first dream session and goal setting four years ago still hold dearly in their minds and heart fond memories of the very warm hospitality afforded us. So, we are already aware of the big hearts of the Filipino clergy and the laity of your diocese from the nascent stage of pursuing our common but elusive aspiration to hold a national gathering for all Filipino priests and eventually to form a national association. The fruit of that initial gathering and consequent planning was our first ever and very successful National Assembly last year.
It is for this aforementioned that I have so much faith on the capabilities of the Filipino priests and confidence in the unwavering support of the lay community in Orlando to host our next national assembly. Your feverish reaction and enthusiastic readiness of the Orlando clergy as host is quite inspiring. Hence, on behalf of all our Pinoy priests and myself personally, please accept our sincerest and profound gratitude for your generosity to host the 2nd National Assembly of Filipino Priests-USA in 2014.
I truly look forward to the first meeting of the members of the Executive Board with the Pinoy priests and lay leaders of your diocese before the end of this year to start planning and laying the foundational work for another exciting and grace filled national assembly.
With prayerful wishes of God’s bountiful blessings to all of you, I remain
Fraternally yours in Christ,
Bishop Oscar A. Solis