DIOCESE OF URDANETA

WORKERS OF CHRIST THE WORKER

The Workers of Christ the Worker Religious Congregation based in the Diocese of Urdaneta accepted five sisters to their final profession of vows last June 7, 2008 at ten o’clock in the morning in San Raphael Parish, Linmansangan, Binalonan, Pangasinan officiated by Most Rev. Jacinto A. Jose, DD the bishop of the diocese of Urdaneta, assisted by Rev. Fr. Bernard Teneza, SVD and Rev. Fr. Dominador O. Ramos, SVD. The occasion was graced by the presence of the foundress Sr. Deolindis (Emerita Arambulo Luza) with the new Superior General Sr. Felicitas Gasque, WCW. Hundreds of relatives, friends, WCW sisters, other congregations, benefactors and guests attended the solemn celebration of the word and the eucharist praying for the perseverance of the sisters. The picture below shows the images of the sisters with their names and places of origin:

THE FINAL VOWS

 

The Workers of Christ the Worker in the Vineyard of the Lord

in retrospect:

Sr. Deolindis (Emerita Arambulo Luza) was born in Sta. Cruz, Manila on September 22, 1927. Her parents came from good Catholic families and inculcated in her great love of God and neighbor. They also provided her solid Christian education and inculcated in her compassion for the poor. Many people would come her for help and she cannot recall anyone who was sent without assistance.

 

She joined the Missionary Sisters Servants of the Holy Spirit. In 1954 she pronounced her first vows and she made her final vows in 1960.

 

By God’s loving providence she had been enriched by the spirituality of the Arnoldus Family – the Trinitarian Spirituality of the Holy Triune God and came to know the Focolare Movement. The writings of its foundress Chiara Lubich and the actual contact with the movement greatly helped her discern God’s most holy will each present moment with Jesus in the midst.

 

The main idea that struck her was that there is only one choice – GOD. Love of God and neighbor is supposed to be expressed moment to moment as the Gospel teaches us and which all Christians believe in. But what she observes missing was the actual living of the Gospel. She was strongly convinced that if she could help promote this ideal among men and women by living the Word of God, she would achieve the goal of Christianity – to do the “Will of God.”

 

She came to know also the biggest farmers movement in our country – the Federation of Free Farmers. The Gospel orientation and philosophy of its founder, Atty. Jeremias U. Montemayor convinced her of the need of a particular apostolate. She was greatly inspired to focus mission work among our people in the rural areas specially the poor. She learned that most of if not all the miseries of our people emanate from social injustice. She was convinced that only the Gospel and the Social Teachings of the Church can truly liberate our people from all kinds of oppressions, for the real root is sin. Convinced that God wanted her to work among the poor, she got the necessary permissions from her ecclesiastical and religious superiors. This led to the founding of the Workers of Christ the Worker Religious Congregation. She feels deeply obliged to acknowledge these religious experiences to the Arnoldus Family, the Focolare Movement and the Federation of Free Farmers.

 

Following Christ’s command: “Go and preach the Gospel to all creatures especially to the poor” Lk. 9:2, the sisters go to the poor in the rural areas where most of our people live. The preaching of the Gospel will be through witnessing, by love and concern for the people’s actual needs both spiritual and material. Actually this is the demand of our day – the so called “The New Evangelization” that on “Being before Proclaiming”. True compassion calls for personal interest and concern for people’s needs based on fraternal love. Hence the motto of the congregation: “I HAVE COMPASSION ON THE CROWD” Matt. 15:32. God’s love has gathered the sisters coming from different places into this religious family – the Workers of Christ the Worker.

 

The term “workers” denotes the people from the agricultural sector; farmers and fishermen and others for whom the apostolate are directed. The sisters’ mission is working with them to help uplift the economic, social, intellectual and above all spiritual conditions. This would actually lead to forming Basic Ecclesial Communities, the Thrust of the Second Plenary Council of the Philippines, of which the foundress was privileged participant. “Workers” too are needed in the vineyard of the Lord as Christ Himself prayed: “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few, pray therefore the Lord of the harvest to send out workers to His harvest.” Matt. 9:37-38.

 

The Workers of Christ the Worker Congregation so beautifully enriched hopes one day to realize in the world:

 

–         a People of God who are united

–         a people of God who are contemplatives in the midst of the world

–         a people of God who are compassionate

–         a people of God who are Eucharist centered

 

 

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with reports from WCW

 

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