The Order of Carmelites in the Philippines recently opened an exhibit in honor of its titular patron, Dutch Carmelite martyr Titus Brandsma, who will be canonized by Pope Francis in Rome on May 15.
Featuring photographs and video snippets from the life of this modern-day saint, the exhibit aims to introduce St. Titus Brandsma to the Filipino Catholics—not only to members of the Carmelite family, but also to educators and students, parish workers, human rights advocates, journalists, and everyone who upholds truth-telling, freedom, and social justice—the very same values he offered his life for.
Gracing the opening ceremonies were Pieter Terpstra, Charge d' Affaires of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands; Hon. Karen Gomez-Dumpit of the Commission of Human Rights; Allan Arellano, Executive Director of the Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP); and multi-awarded journalist Howie Severino, 2009 Titus Brandsma Media Awardee for Leadership in Journalism.
Also present was child rights advocate Ms. Amihan Abueva, whose father, National Artist Napoleon Abueva, sculpted a bronze bust of St. Titus Brandsma for Philippine Carmel to mark the opening of the Titus Brandsma Center in 2002.
Philippine Carmel was represented by several friars, students and novices, tertiaries, and associates, led by Prior Provincial Father Rico Ponce, O.Carm, and Provincial secretary Father Esmeraldo Reforeal, O.Carm.
Meanwhile, Titus Brandsma Media Center director Father Christian Buenafe, O.Carm. and Ms. Angela Ureta, a.O.Carm served as emcees for the event.
The "Ako si Titus" exhibit will be open every Saturday until July.
Interested parties can book their schedule through Brother Lester Hallig, O.Carm. at 0917-6216790 or [email protected]
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