Meet a Columban: ERL

Erl worked as an auditor in Cagayan de Oro City.  He was also involved in the parish helping out with the deaf ministry and the parish youth program. These inspired him in his search for his true vocation.

14017934_10205523165473639_1832567253_nHe was born in Camp Philips, Manolo Fortich Bukidnon, the third child in the family. He loves reading inspirational books, listening to people, and travelling. Erl grew up in a Columban Parish where he  made friends with many Columbans. He was inspired by their work and the way they relate to the people. He looked up to them as his role models.

Erl became coordinator of the parish youth program. After that he started to discern initially to join the Columban lay missionary program. He was introduced to Fr Jovito and Fr Rolly at a vocation recollection. He felt being moved towards becoming a Columban priest. He started to join the accompaniment program which helps young men discern whether the priestly vocation is for them. After two years in the program Erl was accepted into the Columban formation program. He has just returned from Peru on his First Missionary Assignment (FMA) together with another Columban student, Emmanuel Trocino. Erl is currently completing his last year of theological studies at the Loyola School of Theology.

For him, the “Columban mission is his own special response to God’s invitation by crossing boundaries of culture, gender, religion and race. It is a mission of making himself available to others especially to the marginalized members of our society.”   


God calls from wherever we are or whatever we are. And when you are ready, just say ‘yes.’ And it will turn out to be the greatest adventure of your life.

If you are interested to join us and want to know more about Columban Missionaries, just send us a message.


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