Kabankalan City is the centre of a small rural diocese established from the larger Diocese of Bacolod in the south of Negros Occidental, in the area worked by the Columban Father’s since 1950.
Especially helpful were Fathers Brain Gore and Patrick Hurley. Bishop Patricio A. Buzon SDB has been most welcoming. Early work focussed on the many Catholic Schools but attention has shifted to working with and for the very poor. There are three major ministries: assisting poor children to remain in school; providing alternative education for those for whom main-stream is not working; and Community Engagement, along the lines of Our Way Into The Future.
They beginning by teaching at Sr. Theresa’s Catholic School in Hilongos on the west coast north of Maasin City. In 2010 they re-started their mission in Barangay Maria Clara, Maasin City by a thorough survey of needs within the diocese.
Bishop Precioso Cantillas SDB is very appreciative of the ministries which emerged in the areas of Child Assistance and Livelihood Projects, Youth Development and Animation, and Community Based Rehabilitation. A major outreach to the Archdiocese of Tacloban following Typhoon Yolanda has extended their area of concern beyond Maasin.
In March 2015, The Securities and Exchange Commission in The Philippines approved the establishment of Edmund Rice Ministries Foundation, Philippines, Inc. This body through its Board of Trustees assumed governance of the Brothers Ministries across the Philippines from that time.
Rights-based activities including advocacy, net-working, partnerships, fund-raising and application of the Charism of Blessed Edmund Rice leading to community development and improved quality of life of the poorest people, especially the young.
School aged children and vulnerable adults.
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