Pax et bonum! “Peace and all good!” as St. Francis used to say. This blog is a collection of photos and random thoughts chronicling my journey of learning to imitate St. Francis’s way of imitating Christ.
Originally from the Philippines, I grew up in Canada and New Jersey before settling in New York City, where I graduated from the Cooper Union School of Art. After college, I spent a few years working in store design and visual merchandising for several luxury brands. It took me 29 years to finally taking the plunge to discern a call to religious life. I feel that our paths in life always lead us to where we are supposed to be, no matter how circuitous or out of the way it may seem. I am currently in temporary vows with the Franciscan Friars of Holy Name Province and will be spending the rest of my life in discernment and ongoing formation as a Franciscan, as a Christian, and as a human being.
My interests are varied and include the many facets of art and design. I enjoy painting, art history, opera, interior and graphic design, reading non-fiction, poetry, and spiritual works. I believe we are all a work in progress.
I am also very interested in Justice, Peace, and Integrity of Creation (JPIC) issues and human rights. As a Franciscan friar, working with our brothers and sisters who are experiencing some form of marginalization or oppression is very close to my heart. I am especially interested in the intersection of race, gender, and embodied minority in this new epoch of American history (on which I wrote my thesis). This commitment to justice and human rights is a fundamental part of my vocation and is a living, integrated expression of my understanding of Christian discipleship.
With my brothers from Holy Name Province