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The recently concluded ME No. 35 held at the Mount Mary Immaculate Retreat Centre in Ancaster last September 13-15 was a complete success. Indeed, what an awesome God we have for He gave us 27 lovely couples in this encounter:

Aquilino and Maria Fe Agustin,  Eric and Glenda Alhambra, Carlito and Arceli Almeida,  Alex and Aireen Arce, Peter and Linda Barnas,  Merlo and Ellen Binoya,  Arnold and Fe Castillo, Reynald and Roselie Cavida,  Keith D'Souza and Neela Saldanha, Bernardo and Theresa De Pedro, Nathaniel and Maria De Vera, Deroy and Wendy Destang, Bernard and Boadita Gomes, Nichol Gotera and Gina dela Cruz, Jeoffrey and Maria Theresa Jose, Manuel and Epigenia Mercado, Velarde and Rica Meriel, Leonardo and Emily Nery, Douglas and Delia Neville, Arthur and Priscilla Ortiz, Isidoro and Manolita Pagulayan, Arnel and Josielyn Salazar, Francis and Rhodelia Tapia, Jay and Judie Tinamisan, Luvino and Fidela Uy, Emmanuel and Faustina Valencia, Nestor and Imelda Vilela.


Manny and Letty Buado were assigned to shepherd this class.


It was a site to see having this so many couples in one weekend for it’s been a while since we witnessed the ME to be this vibrant and teeming with candidates. From the looks of the candidates’ faces, it can be gauged that they were truly inspired and are raring to make their marriage work to the fullest and become the best ever.


The Pastoral Team of Pat/Rose Canlas, Joey/Susan Linsao, and Fr. Dominik Mbah struck a chord among the participants whom some have remarked: I was so inspired from the sharing of the presentors that I can relate from their experience”. Their sharing(s) were so powerful and meaningful that it moved me to tears”. Another participant commented: “I felt a new sense of purpose in my life”.


Some members of our community commented: “I’ve witnessed a new beginning for a momentous event such as the Marriage Encounter and it has been a while since an excitement was generated by the ME”. Another stated: “It’s very encouraging to see the happiness in the ME 35 graduates’ faces. It looked like they have been refreshed in their married lives”. Another commented that “we must have been doing it right that is why there were so many candidates who participated in the ME”. Still another said: “I am now motivated to do more in the next ME”.


There were close to 200 people at the conference room on the Sunday of the ME.  ME graduates (“old and new”) mingled together in celebrating the resurgence of energy from the community. Spotted in the conference rooms are some family members including children of some of the participants- who were overjoyed in seeing their loved ones in attendance to bear witness to their “new found” happiness in their married life.


The ME Class No. 34 headed by their Shepherd Couple (Benny and Nini Flores) did a superb job in sponsoring this ME 35 Weekend. Kudos as well to the powerhouse team of Rev.Fr. Dominik Mbah, Pat-Rose Canlas and Joey-Susan Linsao for the powerful delivery of their talks and sharings that truly touched the hearts of the candidates; the ME-Coordinator Lito and Arlene Martin for their valuable support and tireless recruitment drive; and the Musical Director, Gus and Nila Soriano, with instrumentalist Nestor Naluz, for their musical accompaniment which intensified the candidates' emotions into positive reverential reaction towards the Almighty God.


The success of the spiritual retreat would not have been made possible without the assistance of our brothers and sisters in the community. To the auxiliaries from Intercessory, Liturgy, Service and Praise Ministries, our sincere gratitude and appreciation for your prayers, time, talent and kind hearted support during the weekend.


The ME 34 sponsoring class with gratitude in their hearts thank the DSL, DCS, DLCs, Sponsors, Donors/Benefactors and ALL the members of the BLD covenant community for their prayers coupled with their active and effective involvement in the recruitment of candidates leading up to  the ME weekend. We are truly one BODY OF CHRIST!


"For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another."  Romans 12:4-5

Last Updated on Monday, 20 October 2014 19:35
Join us for Family Encounter #17: Aug 24-26
Written by MFLA   


The Marriage and Family Life Apostolate (“MFLA”), through the grace of God, is pleased to announce that it will be conducting the Family Encounter (“F.E.”) # 17 Weekend on Friday, August 24 to Sunday, August 26, 2012 at the Mount Mary Immaculate Retreat Centre, 437 Wilson St. East, Ancaster, ON L9G 3K4.

Families, whose parents are graduates of Bukas Loob Sa Diyos (”BLD”) M.E. or SPE and L.S.S. Programs are qualified and are encouraged to attend this spiritual weekend workshop together with their unmarried children (ages 9 and up). Married children (below 26 years old) may attend provided they live in the same house as their parents. Exceptions to the above will be considered on a case-by-case basis by the MFLA and the District Council of Stewards.

We would encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible as we will be processing them on a “first-come, first-served” basis.

Please click below for more information:

FE#17 Invitation Letter

Registration Form (Fillable PDF)

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ME Class # 33: A Blessed Success
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From the MFLA

Brothers and sisters, let us once again welcome the graduates of ME Class #33 headed by their Class Shepherds, Ed and Cristy Samson.  Let us give thanks to Our Lord for giving these thirteen couples memories which will last a lifetime.  (May we call on the Class of ME #33 to stand and be recognized)

Let us also give thanks to Fr. Tito, Pat and Rose Canlas and Lito & Arlene Martin for their powerful  teachings and sharings.  (May we call on these 2 couples to please stand?)

The successful ME weekend was made possible by the united and humble services of the sponsoring class of ME #32,  led graciously and lovingly by their shepherd couple, Gie & Beth Santulan.  Their hard work and perseverance made this priceless weekend possible. We would also like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to the various ministries, sponsors, auxies and those who offered love offerings in cash and kind and to the whole BLD community for their love, support  and prayers.

Most of all, we give thanks to our Almighty God for calling these 13 couples to experience his embracing love and mercy.  The lives of these couples will never be the same.

Brothers and sisters, let us all welcome them together with their Class Shepherd Couple, Ed and Cristy Samson!

Thank you

Last Updated on Thursday, 10 November 2011 23:47

(a ministry of the Evangelization Apostolate)

“… You shall love the Lord your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.
This is the greatest and the first commandment. The second is like it:
You shall love your neighbor as yourself. …” (Matt 22: 34-40)

“… Love is patient, love is kind. It is not jealous, [love] is not pompous, it is not inflated, it is not rude,
it does not seek its own interests, it is not quick-tempered, it does not brood over injury, it does not
rejoice over wrongdoing but rejoices with the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all
things, endures all things….” (1 Cor 13:1-13)

Functional Diagram


The Marriage and Family Life Apostolate ensures that the conduct of the Marriage Encounter Weekend, and the Family Encounter weekend are according to the prescribed standards of the BLD Covenant Community.


Bert and Cecile Cruz – Ministry Coordinators
Larry and Myrna Nieva – members – ME 31 Shepherd couple
Gie and Beth Santulan – members – ME 32 Shepherd couple
Gusty and Annie Andino - members - FE 14 Shepherd family
Willie and Annette Guillermo - members - FE 15 Shepherd family

Events and activities:

Monthly meeting and LWG – date and time – TBA

Upcoming Events and activities:

  • FE #16 – August 20-21, 2011 to be held at Holiday Inn Express, Richmond Hill 
  • ME #33 – October 22-23, 2011 to be held at Holiday Inn Express, Richmond Hill

Completed Events and activities:

  • ME #32 – October 15-17, 2010 held at Mount Mary Immaculate Retreat Centre, Ancaster, Hamilton
  • FE #15 – August 27-29, 2010 held at Mount Mary Immaculate Retreat Centre, Ancaster, Hamilton

Application Forms:

Click to download Marriage Encounter application form.


Contact Us:

Bert and Cecile Cruz - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Join us for Corporate Worship

Friday Evenings at 8:00 PM

1st Friday of the month: Eucharistic Celebration with Benediction
Other Fridays: Praise and Worship


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