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.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

October 2012 Highlights

Rogate: Embracing Mary, embracing the poor.

 “He has brought down the powerful from their thrones, and lifted up the lowly; he has filled the hungry with good things, and sent the rich away empty.”

The passage comes from Mary’s magnificat (see Lk 1:52-53). Noteworthy in the Rogate spirituality is its being Marian, a reality which is highlighted in the month of October, the month of the Rosary. Devoted to Mary, St. Hannibal was most confident in Jesus’ providence for the poor because he always had Mary by his side. Indeed, Mary intercedes for the poor, for she is truly the Mother of the Poor (see Lk 1:46-56). Accordingly, SHEC embraces Mary as it embraces the poor.

Three in One. When it rains, it pours. October 12, 2012 was but one day. Yet three blessings rolled into one: the vocation day celebration of SHEC, SHaCC and PABaNAL, the tenth priestly anniversary of Fr. Tony Navarette and the Religious Day of San Juan Nepomuceno Parish, Malibay, Pasay City. The Kingdom mission needs priests who embrace the spirituality of Mary, and celebrations such as the three are avenues for the promotion of vocations. The Rogate, after all, is essentially about storming heaven that the Lord of the harvest may send holy workers into his vineyard. 

Happy Birthday Kingdom Workers! People who work for the poor are rare and precious gems. It is for this reason that SHEC celebrates the birthdays of its employees. Happy birthday (names of employees)! May your tribe increase!


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