PHILIPPINES -“The Brother Visitor is at the service of his Brothers, ready to listen to them and remaining in contact with them.” (Rule 142)
A canonical visit is a principal occasion in which the Brother Visitor evaluates a Brothers’ Community in its faith, apostolic, and fraternal life. Additionally, more than evaluating, the Brother Visitor looks over the welfare and the disposition of each Brother by having a one-on-one reddition with him to ensure the community’s unity and vitality.
This is why on the special occasion of the Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary, October 7, 2020, the Brother Visitor of LEAD, Br. Armin Luistro FSC, had his first canonical visit this year to the Holy Infancy Brothers’ Community (HIBC) in Iligan City, Philippines. This was done for the first time through an online video conference due to the extraordinary time that the world is experiencing. After a series of individual interviews with each Brother, he initiated a community dialogue where reflections of the community were shared and the plans for the District were discussed.
The community then celebrated the canonical visit by enjoying a simple merienda to live out their fraternal bond and witness the presence of God in each other. (Text: Br. Chuck Magno FSC; Photo: Br. Ivan Umali FSC)