There are three formators at the novitiate. The novice master is Fr. Pat Breeze SM who is from New Zealand, the socius is Fr. Anggong Ingente SM from the Philippines, and the assistant is Fr. Joe Rooney SM from Ireland. Together they form a team which guides and supports the novices throughout the novitiate year.
Fr Pat Breeze SM – Novice Master
Hello, my name is Fr Pat Breeze. I was born in Timaru, New Zealand in 1962 and received my high school education from Marist priests before entering the Marist seminary at Greenmeadows in 1983. I made my final profession in the Society of Mary in 1992 and was ordained a priest in 1993.
After my ordination I was appointed as chaplain to Hato Paora Maori Boys College, in the lower North Island of New Zealand. During this time I was also chaplain to a local coeducational Catholic college as well. I ministered in these schools for 6 years, following which I was appointed to a new school and youth ministry that was being established in Auckland. During this time I was also vocations director for the New Zealand Marist province.
Upon completing 6 years in these ministries I was sent to Rome for two years to study religious and priestly formation. In late 2008 I was appointed as novice master for the International English Language Novitiate in Davao.
Fr Anggong Ingente SM
I am Fr. Fernando Masillones “Anggong” Ingente. I am a Filipino. I was born on the 9th of November 1977 in Mati, Davao Oriental, in the island of Mindanao. I have only one brother, Ferdinand. My mother, Teresita, is very supportive in my chosen vocation. My Father, Daniel, passed away two years ago.
I joined the Society of Mary in 1998 right after my graduation in college. As a postulant I studied Philosophy at Ateneo de Davao University. I did my novitiate in 2000 at Punta Dumalag, Davao City. Fr. Larry Sabud sm was my novice master. I did two years of theological studies at Regional Major Seminary with the Diocesan seminarians. I had an opportunity to go to New Zealand for my pastoral exposure in 2003. After my pastoral exposure I finished my theological Studies at the Redemptorist Seminary in Davao City.
I was perpetually professed in the Society of Mary in 2005, and in 2006 was ordained as a Marist priest. My first assignment as a Marist priest was in Maguindanao Province at Our Lady of Salvation parish in Timanan, South Upi. I was there with Fr. Aliki Langi from Tonga and Deacon Cyr Avaligbe from Africa.
Now I am here in Davao City as socius in our English speaking international novitiate. I’m here with Frs. Pat Breeze and Joe Rooney.
Fr Joe Rooney SM
Born in Dublin, 11-6-1933
I went to the Novitiate in Milltown and professed 24 September 1958.
After ordination in 1964 I was sent to Japan where I spent 28 wonderful years. It was in Japan that I became involved in working with people with learning disabilities and subsequently associated with the L’Arche communities.
In 1993 I came back to Ireland on loan for three years to work, in what we were calling at the time, ‘Reverse Mission’. I spent those three wonderful years in the Parish of Brookfield, Dublin. During that time I had been invited to join the L’Arche community in Cork to help in establishing a House of Prayer in the community. I got the necessary permissions and after my three years in Brookfield I went to the L’Arche community in Cork where I spent the next four and a half years.
After Cork I was invited to go to Notre Dame London for three months which turned into almost three years. During that time I was also invited to be chaplain to the Catholic Japanese Community in London.
I returned to Ireland and was appointed to Holy Family Parish Dundalk in February 2003.
In 2005 I was appointed to work with the L’Arche communities in Ireland. I lived with the Marist community in Holy Family Parish and spend 3 – 4 days a week with the L’Arche community in Belfast and involved with L’Arche Ireland for retreats etc.
In 2008 I was appointed as the ‘third man’ to the International English Speaking Noviciate in the Philippines and took up residence there in January 2009.