Since 2012, Jesuit Communications has been staging the Patron of the Arts Concert for the Archdiocese of Manila. Not only does the show feature great Filipino talent, it also raises funds for the vital programs of the Archdiocese. The Patron of the Arts has raised funds for the restoration of the iconic Manila Cathedral, social housing program of the Archdiocese, and scholarship funds for the Archdiocese’s schools.
Slated at the Meralco Theater in Ortigas on Saturday, 12 December 2015, the anniversary of the installation of H.E. Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle, DD, STD as Archbishop of Manila and the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patron of the Arts 2015 will launch Pope Francis’ Year of Mercy. His Holiness, Pope Francis set aside next year as a special year for works and programs of mercy. Through the concert, and in response to the Pope’s call, the Cardinal hopes to start a medical aid fund for the poor.
ARTISTS: John Van de Steen Choir, Kilyawan Consortium of Voices Children’s Choir, Koro Ilustrado, Musica Chiesa, PerforManila, Elha Mae Nympha, Gerphil-Geraldine Flores, Sr. Bubbles Bandojo, rc, and His Eminence, Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle.
You may help in this noble cause by becoming a SPONSOR of the concert. We can come to your office, any time at your convenience, to explain the details of how you can help in this project. Or, you may want to contact us at Jesuit Communications Foundation, Ateneo de Manila Campus, 426-5971 to 72, local 121 or 0908-8868447, or via email email@example.com (Ms. Dit Sablan).
We hope to hear from you soon. Let us all help the good Cardinal take care of the sick and the aged.
Learn more about the Special MEDKIT for the Poor: RCAM’s Fund for the Sick and the Elderly, and read Cardinal Tagle’s appeal below.
Dear Friends of the Archdiocese of Manila,
From December 8, 2015, Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception to November 20, 2016, Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, the whole Church will be celebrating the Jubilee Year of Mercy. Increasingly known as the Pope of Mercy for the concrete little acts of mercy that he shows wherever he goes, Pope Francis has set next year as a special year to re-awaken our sense of compassion and mercy for the needy in the world. He firmly believes that “a little bit of mercy makes the world less cold and more just.” During the launch of the Year of Mercy in Rome, he has reminded us of our mission as a Church: we are to be a “witness to mercy.”
The Archdiocese of Manila is deeply moved by the call of our Supreme Pontiff. Certainly, we are already engaged in many works of mercy. Our flagship charity program, Caritas Manila, gives scholarship for the poor and provides immediate relief and livelihood assistance to survivors of various disasters. Our Pondo ng Pinoy also gathers funds for various social outreach programs such as the feeding of hundreds of malnourished children every day. But we can do more. The Pope challenges us to do more.
Thus, for the Jubilee Year of Mercy, the Archdiocese of Manila hopes to come to the aid of the sick and the elderly. We know for a fact that the poor have very little income and the little that they have is spent largely on food. Nothing is saved for medical emergencies. Although the government offers medical assistance, this falls short of the sheer number of those in need. As a last resort, they would knock at the doors of our churches and plead for our help. With a special fund for them, which we can hopefully start in this Year of Mercy, the Archdiocese can joyfully give them assistance and care.
I am thus once again appealing to your generosity. Let us respond to the clarion call of Pope Francis: to be “merciful like the Father.” In concrete, let us extend our helping hand to the sick and the elderly. Please join us in the Patron of the Arts, our yearly Benefit Show, slated on Saturday, 12 December 2015, at the Meralco Theater, Ortigas Avenue, Pasig. Together let us welcome the Jubilee Year of Mercy and start a special medical fund for the poor. May you join us on that blessed evening and in this blessed undertaking? God bless you all.
Sincerely in Christ,
Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle, DD, STD
Archbishop of Manila