The Philippines – Prayer and commitment for poor young people: the strength and joy of Br. Hopida

19 April 2018

(ANS – Cebu City) – Br. Tony Hopida is a Salesian Coadjutor of the South Philippines Province (FIS). At 77 years of age, of which 58 as Salesian, he shares the richness of his Salesian, consecrated and lay identity.

What makes you happy or joyful as a Salesian Brother?

Working for and with young people. Another experience that gives me joy is being with poor people (or their family) and helping them in one way or another.

Who is your Salesian Brother model?

Br. Lorenzo Nardin, my mentor in the tailoring shop when I first entered Don Bosco school as a High School student.

What is the specific contribution of the Salesian Brother?

The main contribution in the mission was in the field of Technical Education when many of our missionary brothers were in charge of our workshops. Also in the field of Sports, many of our Brothers were good coaches and trainers of football, volleyball or other sports.

The Brothers contribution in the community is by being an exemplary and practicing religious.

How to make the vocation of Salesian Brother more visible in the Church?

By preparing the Brothers professionally. So that they can be given bigger and more important responsibility.

How can the Salesian priest contribute to the Salesian Brother Vocation promotion?

By knowing more about the Salesian Brother's life. He can do this by reading literature about the Salesian Brother's life, and talk about it to many young people in the parish, school or elsewhere.

What sustains your vocation?

What sustains me in my vocation as a Brother is first my personal prayer and also a quality community prayer.

Source: AustraLasia


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