Ramon and Noemi Mescallado
Editor, The Trumpet
Noemi and Ramon have been married 29 years when they started living out their Baptismal commitment to ..."participate in the apostolic and missionary activity of the People of God". Through the auspices and tutelage of the Couples for Christ (CFC) movement they learned the rubrics and rudiments of evangelization.
After a dozen round trip bus rides from Manhattan to Hillside, NJ, they completed the Christian Life Program (12 weekly Orientation Sessions for CFC candidates). Their newfound zeal for spiritual renewal was nurtured by a CFC Household in the Diocese of Brooklyn.
Circa 1997, with subway tokens in their pocket and Faith, Hope, and Love in their heart, Noemi and Ramon trekked to the Chancery of New York. They presented documentation of the program, philosophy, and practices of the Couples for Christ movement for ecclesial scrutiny and consequent recognition and endorsement. The Archdiocese of New York serves 405 parishes in 10 counties of Southern New York State.
The Chancery offered a capacious church hall, replete with 10-seater tables, for the debut of the CFC Christian Life Program in the Big Apple. The NYC Fire Department had rated this venue for 270 Persons Occupancy. It was Standing Room Only ... at all of ONE table!
The following week, ONE couple came back. Come back they did! He was born in the Jewish faith; she was a cradle Catholic. On completion of their Christian Life Program they joined Noemi and Ramon in the Brooklyn prayer group. On many occasions he would read the Torah in the morning at a Queens synagogue; in the evening, with his wife, they would join the CFC Household in reflecting on the Gospels and the New Testament. Some weeks, they would help out at ongoing and starting CLPs that Noemi and Ramon initiated in the Diocese of Rockville Centre on Long Island, NY.
Not too long after, their mixed Judaeo-Christian marriage was blessed at a Catholic Church. A few years later, Noemi and Ramon became his Baptismal and Confirmation Godparents. That One Catholic Couple are presently Leaders at CFC and traveling Speakers for Marriage Encounter International. Both are touching countless lives.
Living out their prayer "that we may be aware of God speaking to us in the events of daily life", Noemi and Ramon try to adapt their respective calling with their journey in faith. Both go about their ordinary lives, doing ordinary things, getting together with other ordinary people. Neither confronting nor imposing. Freely and unabashedly. Practicing faith at home, among friends, in the workplace, in the public square.
An Intensive Care Unit Nurse for 47 years, Noemi has been blessed with constant and countless opportunities in witnessing to and sharing God's enduring Love and endless Mercy amidst suffering and death. It has not been unusual for families of patients being brought together in reconciliation by ordinary acts of caring and kindness. Nor has it been uncommon for patients to accede to an ordinary caring offer for a rabbi, minister, or priest for a blessing before the patient goes home --- in more sense than one.
Ramon was minding his own business overseas when he was sold a till of goods --- good thoughts, good deeds, good relationships --- by his Administrative Assistant. She and her husband had been attending charismatic prayer meetings with Couples for Christ. She fortuitously shared their individual and familial spiritual renewal experience.
He had nothing bitter to do that night before what would turn out to be his final shuttling flight between JFK and MNL, CDG, SIN, etc. Ramon wandered into a chapel nestled among wet market stalls and slum shanties and smack right into the Fourth Talk of Module One of the Christian Life Program ---"Repentance and Faith".
His flight home was exactly that ... Ramon was fleeing a schizoid lifestyle and coming back to the plain peace and juvenile joy of his youth and hometown mores.
Noemi grew up with four (4) sisters. Ramon grew wide, also with 4 sisters ... and... 5 brothers. She was born in a poblacion; he, in a fishing barrio. Heirloom letters tell of both sets of parents and siblings mutually instilling Christian values and Catholic faith, giving up something for the others, persevering through less than gentle circumstances. Having to do without what they do not have.
Being reared in families with deep sense of belonging and responsibility for one another, Noemi and Ramon make time to participate in parish life and community fellowship. They Enthroned the Sacred Heart of Jesus in their home on their Wedding Day in 1967. Two daughters and two sons, four spouses and 3 granddaughters squeeze into the Cape Coral, FL home of Noemi and Ramon whenever they are blessed with an occasional complete family reunion.
They take part in prayer meetings and devotional celebrations such as the monthly First Saturday Immaculate Heart of Mary prayers, the annual Santo Nino celebrations. Both help out in the parish choir.
He is a church cantor and has been in the cast of parish stage productions. Ramon has worked in the Parish Council and has chaired the Stewardship Committee. He is a Fourth Degree Knight of Columbus. He had served in the Diocesan Charismatic Commission and the Peace & Justice Office. He is with a team of Extraordinary Ministers that help out in distributing Holy Eucharist and assisting at Holy Mass at a nursing home.
As Editor of The Trumpet, the newsletter of the AFCCPC, Ramon seeks to build on the foundation set down by the newsletter's Editor Emeritus, Dr. Narciso (Al) Albarracin, Jr. The purpose of The Trumpet in the Contemporary World is to live out a closer relationship between Our Lord Jesus Christ and the Corporate AFCCPC as well as with its Individual Members.
Seeking to be an effective, intelligible and easily understood manner of communication, The Trumpet fosters the three elements of the AFCCPC Mission: Service, Unity and, Building Up the Catholic Church through evangelization.
...For Others ...For the Greater Glory of God!
Regional Coordinator, Eastern Canada Region
Tony Pilien was installed Regional Coordinator of Eastern Canada by his Excellency Bishop Oscar Solis during the 17th AFCCPC National Convention held at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel and Convention Center on July 21, 2013.
The youngest among 13 siblings, he was born in Bantay, Ilocos Sur, to a devoted Catholic family. He had a sister who was a Benedictine Nun; she died serving our Lord in Abtei Maria Frieden, Kirschletten, Germany. Tony was Professor in Psychology at the Far Eastern University, Centro Escolar University, University of the East and Manuel L. Quezon University in Manila, from 1972 to 1988. He completed his Bachelor of Science in Preparatory Medicine, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, and Master of Arts in Psychology. He pursued the PhD degree in Clinical Psychology at Far Eastern University and University of Santo Tomas but when he was about to finish the Dissertation, he migrated to Canada.
He worked for 26 years as the Chief Psychologist at the Neuro-Psychiatric Service, Narcotics Department of the National Bureau of Investigation under the Department of Justice in the Phillippines. He was always summoned to be an expert witness in the Justice system. He managed Psychological Testing programs to screen police officers and security guards. He migrated to Canada and worked in TD Bank and Royal Bank of Canada for 21 years.
He is the recipient of numerous awards from the Office of the President, Dangerous Drugs Board in the Prevention of Drug Abuse and Treatment and Rehabilitation of Drug Dependents. He founded the Association of Government Psychologists of the Philippines and participated in a comprehensive program studying Dangerous Drugs trends in Hong Kong, Thailand and Singapore. He is a member of the Speakers Bureau of the Dangerous Drugs Board under the Presidential Office on the Prevention of Drug Abuse that disseminates drug abuse information in all government and private organizations.
He was president of the Association of Government Psychologists of the Philippines. He also served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Psychological Association of the Philippines and helped implement the program to increase awareness of mental health in Philippine schools and universities.
Tony is married to Minda Pilien, a steward of Living for Christ Prayer Community in the Archdiocese of Toronto. Through the prayers of this prayer community, Tony was made aware of his talent and spiritual gift in digital technology in the area of multi-media and social networks. He was subsequently appointed as Media Director and Website Administrator of the Filipino Canadian Catholic Charismatic Prayer Communities (FCCCPC). He considers it an honor and a privilege to maintain the websites of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal Council (CCRC) of the Archdiocese of Toronto (as media head), the Catholic Charismatic Renewal Service of Ontario (CCRSO, the official shepherding body of the provincial Renewal), the Bread of Life Renewal Centre (founded by Rev. Dr. Peter B. Coughlin who is globally known for his healing ministry), the Regina Mundi Retreat Centre (a Roman Catholic lay community), and the Living for Christ Prayer Community.
Presently, he is working as a part time Office Administrator at the Catholic Charismatic Renewal Council of Toronto. He however works for the body of Christ full time, 24/7, doing multi-media presentations (e.g., rallies, conferences, vigils, workshops, retreats, Life in the Spirit and other seminars, flyers, announcing Catholic Charismatic Renewal activities, broadcasting to cyber space). Tony's ministry has become evangelization through the use of social media.
Tony says with humility, "I thank the Lord for making my little camera spread the Good News to save souls for Jesus Christ. To God be the glory and praise the Lord!
CORA MUNOZ, PhD, R.N.
Dr. Cora Munoz of Columbus, OH, was recently appointed Regional Coordinator of the North Central Region by National Coordinator Bob Canton, continuing the work of Terri Albarracin who served as regional coordinator representing Ohio for many years. Sister Cora is a servant leader of the Jesus and Mary Bible Study and Prayer Group based in St. Peter's Parish in Worthington, OH. She has chaired the Pastoral Board and is in the Bible Study faculty. She also does Prison Ministry for the Columbus Catholic Charismatic Renewal.
She is Professor Emeritus of Nursing at Capital University in Columbus, OH, having retired as Professor in 2011. She completed her PhD degree in Counselor Education at The Ohio State University and obtained her Masters degree in Nursing Education from Columbia University in NY City. She also did a Post-Masters Study in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing at Hunter College in NY City. She is the recipient of numerous awards including Fulbright Scholarships (Global Health, Boromrajonani College of Nursing, Thailand, 2013, and Faculty Development, Coaching, and Mentoring, St. Paul University, Manila, 2009). A national and international speaker, she lectures on Health & Culture and Nursing. She has authored numerous articles on Transcultural Health and Cultural Competency. Dr. Munoz published a book entitled "Transcultural Communication in Nursing" (Thomson Delmar Publishing, 2005) and is a contributing author to the textbook, "Determining Nursing Diagnosis Through Assessment" (Williams & Wilkins, 1988). She has been involved both locally and nationally in cultural competency curriculum development and grant writing.
She is a founding member and executive committee member of the Ohio Asian-American Health Coalition and served as Chair of the Health and Wellness Committee of the Asian Festival. She has served in numerous advisory boards including the Lutheran Social Services of Central Ohio, Ohio Commission on Minority Health, Multiethnic Mental Health Consortium, and Mental Health Association of Franklin County. She has also served in Editorial Boards of professional journals including the Journal of Nursing Education. She has served as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Asian Festival Corporation.
In 2009, after serving 8 years as a Commissioner, Dr. Munoz was reappointed by the Governor of the State of Ohio to serve as a Commissioner on the Ohio Commission on Minority Health. In 2010 she was appointed by Governor Strickland of Ohio to the first Advisory Council for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders to address issues on Health, Immigration, Social and Cultural and Economic Development. She has served in the 2012 Bicentennial Commission appointed by the Mayor of Columbus in the Health and Human Services Committee identifying projects to improve the health of the people.
Her international educational and cultural visits have included trips to the Philippines, China, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, England, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand and Hongkong.
Dr. Munoz is a Captain in the US Army Reserve Nursing Corps of the 2291st US Army Hospital. In addition, she does or has done volunteer work in the following organizations: American Red Cross, Breast and Cervical Cancer Prevention Project of the Ohio Department of Health, Governor's Council on Aging, Anxiety and Depression Screenings.
Dr. Munoz belongs to the Canlas family whose members are active in the Catholic Charismatic Renewal. Her sister, Lou Canlas , was once National Treasurer of AFCCPC.
Let's welcome Dr. Cora Munoz to the Alliance and wish her well as she joins the AFCCPC leadership. (/N. Albarracin, Jr.)
Ed & Susan Bilbao
Land O' Lakes, FL
Coordinators, AFCCPC Southeastern Region
Ed and Susan Bilbao were recently appointed by National Coordinator Bob Canton as Regional Coordinators of the Southeastern Region which encompasses the State of Florida. They join the Southeastern AFCCPC team of Dr. Linda Carder (FL), Greg Acedo (NC), and Ramon Mescallado (FL).
The Bilbaos are a unique husband-and-wife team in the service of the Lord. Together, they serve at the diocesan level as Team Coordinators for the Multicultural Commission of the Diocese of St. Petersburg. At the parish level, they serve Tampa's St. Paul Parish in diverse roles as RCIA teachers, religious educators, lectors, and Eucharistic ministers. In the national level, they are members of the Couples for Christ and serve as leaders of the CFC community in Tampa Bay.
Bro. Ed is from Matag-ob, Leyte, Philippines. He obtained degrees in Philosophy and Theology from the University of Santo Tomas (Manila) and Seminario Mayor de San Carlos (Cebu City) in 1971 and 1976. In the secular world, he worked in Management for several US multinational companies for many years. Presently, he is President of the Santo Nino Shrine USA, Inc, which is a parish-based ministry of St. Paul Catholic Church in Tampa, FL. He also sits in the National Coordinators Team of CFC Servants of the Lord Ministry. He serves in an advisory capacity to Tampa Bay's Philippine American Sports Association.
Sister Susan is from Cebu City. She earned degrees in Commerce and Education in 1977 and ran an international import and export firm in the US for a number of years. She serves the parish of St. Paul and the Diocese of St. Petersburg by wearing many hats in Liturgy, Education, and Community Relations. She is a graduate of the Lay Pastoral Ministry Institute of the Diocese of St. Petersburg. She is a Coordinator for the Tampa Bay CFC Handmaids of the Lord Ministry. She currently is the President of Ang Bisaya of Florida Inc, a non-profit civic organization that assists the Association for Santo Nino Devotion in Tampa Bay.
The Bilbaos' first project with the AFCCPC is chairing the upcoming 2nd Annual Lenten Retreat to be held at the Bethany Center in Lutz, FL, on March 8-10, 2013.
Let's all welcome the Bilbaos in the AFCCPC family
Coordinator, East Atlantic Region
Appointed by Bob Canton, Bro. Sonny was formally installed as a Coordinator of the East Atlantic Region by Bishop Oscar Solis during the recently-held AFCCPC Toronto Regional Convention, and joins an elite group of coordinators led by Board-member Purita Vazquez. He brings to the Alliance a lot of credentials, expertise, and experience, both in the secular and spiritual areas. By education and training, he is both an engineer and a businessman. He earned his BS in Mechanical Engineering degree from De La Salle University in Manila, his MBA degree from the University of the East, and PhD degree in Business Management from MLQ University. He was president of the Philippine Computer Society and the Lions Club of Makati Central, and was founding member and treasurer of the Rotary Club of Makati. He also served as VP of Summa Computer Services Divison of Herdis Corporation and President of Technology Sources, Inc. In the US, he managed a computer superstore in Rochelle Park, NJ, and was a computer executive in a Software Company in Somerset, NJ. He is now a Business Development Executive for a technology firm in NY City, after a 2-year stint at the US Department of Commerce as a Senior Partnership Specialist/Team Leader.
Sonny Aguiling founded and moderated the WorldWide Prayer Warriors (WWPW), an Internet-based organization with 5000 prayer warriors worldwide. He is now an active servant leader of the Couples for Christ (CFC) covering the Northeast region of the USA. He is also Regional Coordinator for the CFC Mission in Central and South America. He was Chair of the Board of ANCOP Foundation USA Inc, which is involved with CFC community development in the Philippines and other Third World countries. A gifted and anointed speaker, Sonny has given many talks on issues concerning life, faith, evangelization, family renewal, and spiritual warfare. He is responsible for the development and implementation of several Christian websites including that of CFC/NJ, CFC/USA, and ANCOP-USA.
Sonny is married to Brenda Barretto of Basilan with whom he has 4 adult children, two of whom have now successful careers of their own. Michael is an engineering graduate and an IT professional and is VP at JP Morgan Chase in NY. Marjoe is a film and TV production professional and works as a Producer at CNN in NY and is an Emmy Awardee for Technical Achievement in film. Mark, a gifted drummer, is in college. Basil Philip, the special child and angel of the family, passed away in 2001 at the age of 22. The Aguilings have 3 grandchildren - Maya Bella, Maddox, and Marjoe, Jr.
David de la Fuente
Vice National Coordinator for Youth/East
David holds a Bachelor's degree (cum laude) in Political Science and Theology (with concentration in American Catholic Studies) from Fordham University and is currently pursuing a Master's Degree in Theological Studies and Systematic Theology at the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry, expecting to graduate in May of 2012.
He has worked extensively with youth. He has been an after-school academic enrichment teacher and has provided homework assistance for Teen Advantage middle school programs. He has led weekly academic enrichment activities such as basketball journalism and has mentored students through team-building activities. He has served the Bukas Loob Sa Diyos (BLD) Youth Ministry and has served on the Youth Encounter and Youth Life in the Spirit Seminar retreats. He has adapted and developed Youth Ministry teachings on prayer, praise, worship, spiritual warfare, and apologetics. He also has served on 3 Emmaus Retreats which are adaptations on the spiritual exercises of St. Ignatius. He was editor and contributor to the Lumen et Vita Journal of the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry.
We warmly welcome David to the Alliance and pray for strength and guidance as he ministers, inspires, and leads our youth.
Coordinator, North Pacific Region
Bro. Emil Lucero was recently appointed AFCCPC North Pacific Regional Coordinator. He is currently the Coordinator of the Filipino Catholic Charismatic Communities (FCCC) of the Archdiocese of San Francisco, CA. A member of the Amor Dei Charismatic Prayer Community, he was baptized in the Holy Spirit in 2000.
He is a 1976 graduate of the Philippine Military Academy and has served in the Philippine Constabulary, now Philippine National Police.
He earned a Law degree in 1986 from the Baguio Colleges Foundation.
He attributes to the encouragement of his wife, Chilla, his transformation from a decorated combat soldier to a soldier of God. Both of them are now dedicated and committed servants of the Lord in the Amor Dei Community.
As coordinator of the Filipino Catholic Charismatic Communities of the Archdiocese of San Francisco, Bro. Emil oversees the activities of 14 charismatic prayer communities - Amor Dei, BLD, El Shaddai, Light of God, Our God Reigns, St Patrick, Shalom, God's People, Lord's Flock, Immaculate Conception, Perpetual Help, God's Word, Our Lady of Angels, and FCA/JAC.
Let's give Bro. Emil a warm welcome to AFCCPC.