• Monday, January 14, 2013

Father Melvin Avilla, CRM

Catholic community welcomes Father Avilla

It is always a pleasure to welcome ministerial leaders to the St. Philip Benizi Catholic Community, which consists of the St. Philip Benizi Church of Moncks Corner and Our Lady of Peace Mission of Bonneau.
Over the years the community has been blessed with strong, God-led administrators, and it is felt that Father Melvin Llagan Avilla continues the tradition.
Father Avilla, CRM is the son of Filomeno Ocampo Avilla and Anita Gomez Ilagan. †
He was born in 1975 and grew up in Bancod, Indang in the province of Cavite, Philippines. He began his seminary formation at the Our Lady of the Pillar Formation House in Imus, Cavite as a diocesan seminarian. †
After four years of Philosophical studies at Christ the King Seminary in Quezon City, he applied for a period of guided regency and worked as a religion teacher/coordinator. He obtained his Masterís Degree in Divinity with a major in Pastoral Ministry at Immaculate Conception School of Theology in Seton Hall University, South Orange, New Jersey.† He spent the first half of his pastoral year at Immaculate Conception Parish in Goose Creek, and the second half at the parish of St. Joseph in Lodi, NJ. †
On June 23, 2007 he was elevated to the Order of Deacon at Immaculate Conception Parish in Goose Creek, and was ordained to the order of Priesthood in 2008 at St. Gregory the Great Parish in Indang, Cavite, Philippines.† He currently works as the Vocation Director of the Adorno Fathers in the United States while serving as the parochial vicar of Immaculate Conception and administrator of St. Philip Benizi Parish in Moncks Corner and Our Lady of Peace Mission Church in Bonneau.

Area Retreat

Members of Berkeley Countyís Kappa Alpha Zeta Chapter, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. recently attended the Area Seven Retreat, hosted by the Lambda Omicron Zeta Chapter at the Georgetown Airport.
The program included numerous workshops, reviews and presentations. The President of the Berkeley County Chapter is Mrs. Linda W. Wilson.

Merry Christmas

The Christmas Holiday Season is one of great joy for many, but much sadness for others. Christians celebrate, during this time of the year, the birth of Jesus, the Christ; Savior and Deliverer. He is their source of hope, help and a promised future of eternal life.
Because He lived, they know that they may also look forward to one day, being in His presence in a resurrected form. †
I am pleased to say that I am among the believers. In spite of the passing of loved ones, and the loneliness felt, at times, for their physical absence from my life, I know that I will one day see them again. †
Through the tears, I manage a smile, because of Christmas, and the soon to come celebration of a resurrected Christ, I know that my tomorrow has been secured. So, through it all make your celebratory season, joyous! Jesus is the reason for the season.

Keeping in Prayer

Viola Middleton, Ruth Williams, Ernestine G. Williams, Ernestine M. Williams, Gracie Williams, Annie Wiggins, Lamont Halback, Louise King, Loretta White, James Pinckney, Annie Graves, Deloris Montgomery, Dr. Hattie martin, Noel Smalls, Minister Joyce Dingle, Lillie Whitten, Margie Prioleau, Rev. Dr. Leon G. Brown, Mary Casey, Naomi Fashion, and all others in need of our care, support and prayers.

Items of Interest

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