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30/10/2014: SAN FRANCISCO PCG ATTENDS THE ANNUAL FILIPINO CATHOLIC MINISTRY GALA

Consul General Henry S. Bensurto, Jr. and his spouse, Mrs. Mariza Bensurto, attended the Annual Filipino Catholic Ministry of San Francisco Gala in South San Francisco last October 19.

L-R. Most Rev.  William J. Justice Auxiliary Bishop of San Francisco, Rev. Eugene Tungol Vicar for Filipinos, Most Reverend Robert W. McElroy Auxiliary Bishop of San Francisco, ConGen Henry S. Bensurto Jr.

Consul General Bensurto, in his remarks during the event, said that “religious faith, which is very much a part of Philippine culture, is also very strong in the Filipino Community in San Francisco.”He added that, “As the Filipino-American community continues to contribute to enriching American culture through its food, the arts and family values, among others, the Catholic faith in the Bay Area is also enlivened by the Filipino priests who are deeply dedicated to their vocation and active Filipino lay members who fill the pews of churches in the Bay Area.”

Left photo: Most Reverend Robert W. McElroy Auxiliary Bishop of San Francisco.

Right photo: Consul General Bensurto delivers his remarks at the Annual Filipino Catholic Ministry Gala

There is a large number of Filipino priests assigned to various parishes in the Bay Area.  With the cooperation of the Filipino Catholic lay members, they have taken care of the spiritual life of the community, and also helped propagate Filipino culture, through uniquely Filipino religious practices such as the Simbang Gabi, a novena of Masses in preparation for Christmas.

L-R. Most Rev.  William J. Justice Auxiliary Bishop of San Francisco, Most Reverend Robert W. McElroy Auxiliary Bishop of San Francisco, Madame Mariza Bensurto, and Consul General Henry S. Bensurto Jr.

Consul General Bensurto commended the Filipino lay members in the Bay Area “for helping the Catholic Church fulfill its mission and at the same time promoting Filipino culture.”He encouraged the Filipino Community to “continue their good works, which have become the raw materials for their own sanctification and the sanctification of others.”  By doing their work well and with love, they open the path for sanctification and also towards sharing their culture with their friends and colleagues in the US”.