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, February 18, 2014


Rogate: Renewed, Renewing Spirituality. January breaks the dawn of the new year, at least for non-Chinese brethren. Be that as it may, it’s the message of the symbol, ‘new year’ which matters, and all peoples are embraced by the essence of this symbol. It suggests that we are dynamic, that we flow, that we are flexible and versatile, that we grow, that we are, in a sense, infinite. It also reminds us sharply of our journey towards renewal, and our renewed and refreshed perspectives along the journey, especially with the past years’ chaos. Yes, we keep on renewing because God’s unfailing love and faithfulness keep the fire of hope ablaze. And hope continues to manifest itself strongly in the 10th year existence of SHEC. Yes, it is 10 years along the journey towards the new creation which God has promised. And SHEC indeed has a bull’s eye in the journey: the new creation is where justice dwells (see 2 Pt 3:13)—justice, the goal for which SHEC primarily exists.

Evaluation,2013 and Planning, 2014. Kingdom workers need a lot of discernment in carrying out their apostolate. Accordingly, some officers and members of the Board of Directors of SHEC, with Fr. Orville R. Cajigal, RCJ as facilitator, conducted an evaluation session regarding the accomplishments of SHEC at the St. Hannibal Training Center, Pasay City last January 4, 2014. The following day, January 5, 2014, based on the evaluations, same group, with the participation of Fr. Dexter M. Prudenciano, RCJ, conducted a planning session to set the objectives for the year 2014, and the ways by which to achieve such objectives.

Happy Birthday, Father Dex! Each person is a blessing, but others manifest their beings as gifts in ways not so much displayed by most or many. Only a few dare to journey with the prophetic shoes of Jesus, and SHEC is especially blessed because of a person like Fr. Dexter Prudenciano, RCJ who, to date, has spent his entire priestly life in the service of the poor and oppressed. Father Dexter was indeed born that way, and SHEC rejoiced with him last January 6, 2014 as he celebrated his birthday at the Baseco Evacuation Center, Baseco Port Area, Manila. Happy Birthday, Apo Dex! The Kingdom apostolate is so lucky to have you around!

You are not alone! This is the compassionate message of solidarity which Fr. Dexter M. Prudenciano, RCJ brought to the typhoon victims as he visited them at Leyte last January 11 to 12, 2014. The visit, needless to say, has been a very meaningful way for Father Dexter to celebrate his 11th sacerdotal anniversary—a priest for the poor, indeed! Added to the visit is SHEC’s intention to make further study on the recovery and development of the place. For this purpose, after arrival at Tacloban, Father Dex met with Fr. Norman Abolencia at Palo, Leyte. Further dialogue was conducted at Tanauan, Leyte where the two pastors met with Mr. and Mrs. Dindo Cortez. The following day, still with the group, Father Dexter celebrated his 11th sacerdotal anniversary at Burauen, Leyte where he also conducted some healing sessions.

Happy Foundation Day, SHEC, SHaCC and PABaNAL! SHEC and the communities at SHaCC and PABaNAL celebrated their foundation anniversary last January 25, 2014 through a parade along Barangays 184, 156, 157, 163 and 165 at Pasay City after which a program was held at the St. Hannibal Subdivision, Phase 2. The occasion was graced by the presence of Fr. Herman Abcede, RCJ, the Major Superior of the Rogationists, PQP and some visitors from Leyte led by Fr. Norman Abolencia. Long live!

Thanks, Father Herman and Fr. John! To discuss the concerns of SHEC and SHaCC, Fr. Herman Abcede, RCJ, Major Superior and Fr. John Joeffer Lucas, made their canonical visit at SHEC last January 27, 2014. The visit was fruitful, and the communities look forward to an ever dynamic Kingdom apostolate at SHEC and PABaNAL. Thanks, Father Herman for continued support and guidance!

Suplica! It’s January 31, and the communities took the occasion to celebrate the suplica in order to thank the Lord for the blessings received in the past year. The event was attended by some leaders and members of SHEC and the communities at SHaCC and PABaNAL.


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