Cofradia del Santo Nino de Cebu Established Prague Chapter
In a joyous ceremony on January 14, 2024, Sunday, at the Filipino mass held at St. Thomas Church, the Cofradia del Santo Niño de Cebu inaugurated its newest member Chapter in the city of Prague. The event marked the installation of new members and officers, signifying a momentous step in fostering faith and camaraderie within the Filipino community in the Czech capital.
The solemn rites were presided over by Rev. Fr. Nestor B. Bandalan, Jr., OSA, Vice-Rector of the Basilica del Santo Nino de Cebu, who officiated the installation. Assisting him in guiding the spiritual journey of the Chapter is Rev. Fr. Imman Noel Abellana, OSA, the spiritual director of the Cofradia del Santo Niño de Cebu-Prague Chapter.
The atmosphere was filled with a sense of unity and devotion as members and guests gathered to witness the sacred proceedings. The ceremony commenced at 2:00 p.m with the Filipino mass serving as the backdrop for the installation of the new Chapter. Twenty-six were installed among the congregation of faithful present. The spiritual significance of the occasion was palpable, creating an environment where faith and community intertwine.
The Cofradia del Santo Niño de Cebu, with its roots deeply embedded in the rich religious traditions of the Philippines, has found its new home in Prague. This expansion reflects the growing Filipino community’s desire to maintain and strengthen their cultural and spiritual ties in a foreign land.
The newly installed officers are tasked with guiding the Chapter and its members in the pursuit of spiritual growth and community service. Their commitment to the ideals of the Cofradia del Santo Niño de Cebu is expected to create a nurturing environment where individuals can find solace, friendship, and a shared sense of purpose.
As this new chapter in Prague has been established, the confraternity is called to celebrate the bond of faith and the fellowship that flourishes as a community of faithful unites to worship God. The confraternity hopes to continue to grow, fostering a deep connection among its members and serving as a beacon of faith in the heart of Europe.
The Cofradia is now preparing for the feast of Santo Niño de Cebu this coming 21st of January, 2024 at Saint Thomas Church. (Ms. Lea Colegado-Tyman)