The entire Board of Trustees and Advisory Council of Bahay ng Diyos Foundation, Inc. mourns the passing away of His Eminence, Ricardo J. Cardinal Vidal, D.D., and we entrust the eternal rest of his soul unto the Divine Mercy of our Lord. He has been a very supportive ‘Shepherd’ to us in the Foundation, sharing with us his pastoral wisdom and support in all our church-building projects throughout the Philippines. Together with then Manila Archbishop Gaudencio B. Cardinal Rosales, D.D., he led the Foundation’s Advisory Council since its inception in 2006 and retiring in 2011. The Catholic faithful that is forever grateful to him can pay their last respects at the wake of his remains at the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral until his funeral on October 26, 2017 at 9AM.
“We will always be thankful to God for sending us a teacher of peace and humility.” ~ Cardinal Tagle
‘Bahay ng Diyos’ includes the most needy among us
God’s Church is not only the built parish churches we have, but also and more importantly, it is His people, and we find most His presence amongst the poor. This is why the Bahay ng Diyos Foundation, Inc. (BDF) includes in its mission of church-building the time to reach out to our brethren who are most in need.
Last Lenten season, BDF officials visited the Dr. Jose N. Rodriguez Memorial Hospital (a.k.a. Tala Leprosarium) in Caloocan City to share food, medicines, and other personal hygiene items to Hansenite patients in the Out-Patient Department. They also listened to the personal sharing of life stories and struggles by the patients. In what they initially thought as a charity activity, the BDF officials who went there found themselves to have been blessed more from such an experience. The stories they heard not only speak so much of their struggle with their illness but also of their yearning to lead normal lives again.
The mission of reaching out to our needy brethren continues with the street dwellers and homeless that gathers at the Saint Arnold Janssen Kalinga Center in Tayuman, Santa Cruz Manila. The Foundation went to the Center last Aug. 24, 2017 and donated several boxes of the Unilever brand Pond’s anti-bacterial facial wash in support of the Center’s first of three outreach components: Bathing-Clothing-Feeding. Here, the poor is treated to a free bath and grooming, and a decent meal. The other components of the outreach are Education Skillsthrough alternative learning system, and Employment-Livelihood. The Center is run by lay volunteers with the supervision of Divine Word Missionaries, specifically by Father Flavie Villanueva, SVD.
BDF shares expertise on heritage preservation
The Culture, Heritage, and Arts Technical Working Group (CHA-TWG) of the Association of Foundations (AF) had a meeting on June 27 at the Lopez Group Foundation office to further discuss what AF members with programs on or are interested in CHA would like to achieve as a group. AF hosted the first meeting of the AF CHA Cluster on June 13. Photo shows members of the CHA-TWG (L-R): Yasmin Mapua-Tang (Probe Media Foundation), Rosella Camte-Bahni (Igorota Foundation), Anna Leah Sarabia (La Proteccion de la Infancia), Dulce Festin-Baybay (Lopez Group Foundation), and Don Rapadas (Bahay ng Diyos Foundation).