MCST logo and MCST Sisters, Singles (50,000)
Golden Jubilee logo, St. Therese and Alfredo Maria Obviar,
Souvenir Sheets of Eight (6,000)
Designers and Graphic Artists: Sister
Vivian de la Cruz, MCST; Reinalyn Bajar, Robinson C. Cruza.
Project Proponent: Missionary
Catechists of Saint Therese of the Infant Jesus.
Project Coordinator: Sister
Marilou Paulo, MCST
First Day Covers:
Manila and Tayabas, Quezon (Misspelled "Tabayas" in Canceller)
MISSIONARY CATECHISTS OF ST.
THERESE OF THE INFANT JESUS - 50th ANNIVERSARY
"1 Seek Your Face, 0 Lord."
words of the Psalmist (Ps. 27:8) reflect the unfathomable desire of
a simple priest to seek the face of Jesus. He found it in the face
of the poor, not the materially destitute, but those hungry and
thirsty for an intimacy with a loving God.
This simple, gifted and prophetic priest, who
later became the First Bishop of the Diocese of Lucena, was Bishop
Alfredo Ma. A. Obviar.
saw the need for catechists to teach Christian Doctrine in the
public schools within his diocese. But the problem of tepidity and
tenacity arose among those who volunteered to help him in the work
of evangelization. Many left the ministry for various reasons:
marriage, further studies and better-payinq
To address the problem of losing permanent catechists, Bishop Obviar,
inspired by the Holy Spirit and his pastoral obsession with the
teaching of catechism, thought of founding a religious congregation.
This was the auspicious birth of a new religious institute, the
Missionary Catechists of Saint Therese of the Infant Jesus (MCST),
named after Saint Therese, the patroness of the missions. It was on
August 12, 1958 in the town of San Narciso, Quezon that the
prayerful aspiration of Bishop Obviar began to be realized.
The MCST will be exactly fifty (50) years on August 12, 2008, fifty
years faithful to the Church in its ministry of evangelization
through catechesis in all levels: children, youth and adults;
reaching out to different places, urban and rural areas and wherever
catechesis and other services are needed.