St. Therese of the Child Jesus Parish has been a Jesuit mission outpost for more than 20 years. Two missionaries now serve 20 chapels in far-flung settlements, accessible only on foot, horseback or motorbike. The parish needs supports for catechism materials for its lay ministers and parishioners; liturgical supplies. Miarayon population: 11,839; Catholic: 8,477; Titular: St. Therese of the Child Jesus, October 3.
Parish Priest: Fr. Jereme Asunto, SJ
Parochial Vicar: Fr. Marlon Fabros , SJ
Address: Miarayon, Talakag, Bukidnon 8708
St. Therese School of Miarayon was established in 1997 by Fr. Norberto Bautista SJ in collaboration with the Talaandig tribal leaders of the community. It is the only high school in the area. There are public and private schools in Poblacion, Talakag, however the town center is 50 km. away. Student population – 746; 95% indigenous youth (the largest indigenous population among the mission schools); 17 teachers. Academic track – general academic strand (GAS). Funding is needed to support its Lumad college scholars.
School Supervisor: Fr. Marlon Fabros, SJ
Address: Miarayon, Talakag, Bukidnon
About the Miarayon region
Miarayon is a barangay of Talakag (a 4th class municipality) located in the picturesque valley between Mt. Kitanlad and Mt. Kalatungan. At 4500 feet above sea level, its cool weather and high elevation make it suitable for growing vegetables and arabica coffee. The mission station consists of 6 barangays with about 5000 families, 85% belong to the Talaandig tribe. The local roads can be accessed only by motorcycle (habal-habal), on horseback (see photo) or by walking. Telecommunications access is not reliable.
Priorities of our mission
The Parish and Indigenous Peoples Ministry need financial support: (a) funding for indigenous high school and college scholars; (b) catechetical and literacy program materials; (c) refurbishing of structures and interiors of various kapilyas in far flung sitios that also serve as literary centers; (d) purchase of liturgical vestments; (e) medical assistance for parishioners in view of the distance of Miarayon far from public hospitals.
Video about the Lumad youth
Watch video to learn about the stories and struggles of our Lumad students as they pursue their dreams of a better life. Earning a high school education is already, by itself, a big leap for them.
We thank our benefactors from the Mary the Queen Parish of Greenhills West, San Juan City, Metro Manila, for their support and for producing this video,
Through the years, the Miarayon school and parish have been enriched by the selfless work and generous services of many volunteers. Among them are:
Shown in photo are community volunteers with Fr. Philip Yohan, SJ, former parish priest, and Fr. Norberto "Kit" Bautista, SJ, STSM founding missionary.