St. Hannibal Empowerment Centre

St. Hannibal Empowerment Center (SHEC) is a religious organization of the Rogationists of the Heart of Jesus. It is a community of Spirit-led persons which aims to follow Jesus Christ in his union with his Father and in his proclamation of the kingdom of God. It is an inserted community among the squatters. The goal of SHEC is to empower the poor people of Metro Manila, Philippines, through housing, livelihood, education, health, waste management, youth and values formation.

Location: Pasay City, Metro Manila

Mission: Its mission is to empower the poorest of the poor and catalyze an integral Christian transformation of urban poor communities in collaboration with the local Church by a holistic process that addresses concerns on housing, livelihood, education, health, environment and sanitation, justice and peace, youth formation and values formation. The goals of SHEC consist of assisting in alleviating poverty among urban poor communities in Pasay and other cities in Metro Manila; and building the foundation of community transformation through intensive values formation. Its objectives are, specifically, to facilitate the organization and formation of people’s organization that are self-sufficient and empowered, facilitate the values and spiritual formation and capability building of urban poor leaders, to assist the urban poor / informal settlers of Pasay and other cities in Metro Manila in realizing their dreams of achieving security of tenure through in-city relocation, to facilitate the implementation of economic programs and basic social services in urban poor communities, and to facilitate access to formal education in favor of the poor and deserving students.

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

August and September 2010: Unleashing of Gifts

So with yourselves; since you are eager for spiritual gifts, strive to excel in them for building up the church (1 Cor 14:12).

SHEC is an avenue within which Kingdom workers exercise their various gifts to build up the Church or the People of God, especially the poor and the oppressed. Doing so, brothers and sisters show not only their being images of God, but also their unity amidst their diversity.

SHEC is St. Vincent Awardee. For its giftedness in empowering the poor to realize their potentials in order to have a more humane life, SHEC received a plaque of honor given by the St. Vincent Award Committee in a program held at the Adamson University, San Marcelino St., Manila. The memorable event was attended by Fr. Orville Cajigal, RCJ, SHEC Staff, volunteers and SHaCC leaders.

Theater Workshop Conducted. To strengthen their bond and to enhance their talents in acting, the Rogate Youth SHaCC Chapter (RYSC) led by Bro. Arlene Gumangan attended a theater workshop which was facilitated by Kai Hernandez. The activity was organized by Fr. Orville Cajigal, RCJ. It was held last August 1, 2010 at the St. Hannibal Training Center, 584-A E. Cornejo St., Malibay, Pasay City.

New Priests Celebrate Thanksgiving Mass. SHEC was indeed graced last September 9, 2010 because of the presence of three newly ordained priests, Fr. Herbert, Fr. Jeffrey and Fr. Noel, who celebrated a mass in gratitude to God for the gift of the priesthood. More priests like Jesus would mean more workers to promote the Kingdom and its justice.

ACISCA Visits SHEC. Participants of the Seminar of the Association of Christian Institute of Social Concerns of Asia (ACISCA) visited SHEC last September 11, 2010. Fr. Orville Cajigal, RCJ, SHEC assistant executive director, presented the spirituality, nature, dynamics and services of SHEC to the visitors. It is really a heartwarming event when Kingdom workers of different places come together to share their gifts for the promotion of the mission of Jesus.

SHEC Conducts Trainings. Helping the poor is empowering them to live fully by using their gifts. One way to do this is to train them to have a decent means of livelihood. Accordingly, last September 6-9 and 13-17, 2010. Ms.Jessica Rosello trained Juana Sarmiento, Ma. Cristina Javier, Hilda Peregrino, Daisy Mamza, Alma Borongan, Edita Baluyot, Nelia Ballon, Iluminada Ebuenga, Heidi Correda, Anita Francisco and Veronica Banzuela. Also, last September 14-18, 2010, some members of the SHaCC Health Committee were equipped with basic knowledge and skills in basic health education. This trainers’ training was facilitated by Dr. Armando Balasbas, Dr. Denise Nicole Baquiran, Dr. Manuel Miguel Barnes, Dr. Angelica Barrenechea and Dr.Ray Anthony Bartolome.

Rested, Refreshed, Re-energized. September 12, 2010 was a Spirit-filled moment for SHEC Phase II committee heads (BOT) to rest in God through a recollection in Norzagaray, Bulacan. Refreshed and Re-energized, the leaders would be ready again to continue the Kingdom works they have been gifted to carry out. The recollection was facilitated by Fr. Orville Cajigal, RCJ.


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