Holy Infant Community (HIC) founder-priest laid to rest 

april 4, 2014
 
The priest who founded a charismatic community among Catholics that has grown by thousands of flocks in Mindanao was laid to rest Wednesday morning. 
 
Fr. Jose Agusto Sison fondly called by parishioners as Fr. Jong was buried at the sacristy’s tomb, lower ground of the new Christ the King Cathedral, along Sobrecarey St., Tagum City.
 
His internment followed after the requiem mass at the Cathedral celebrated by Diocese of Tagum Bishop Wilfredo Manlapaz and attended by a hundred of priests.
 
Fr. Sison was 75 years old when he died dawn last March 29. He was ordained priest on April 2, 1967, and retired from priestly functions some three years ago.
 
More than a thousand of tearful mourners mostly Holy Infant Community (HIC) members bade their final goodbyes to Fr. Jong, the founder and spiritual adviser of the Holy Infant Community, a charismatic community known for its devotion and prayer healing. 
 
HIC members are known to be wearing white dress during their own religious gatherings as well as when attending Catholic masses.
 
Since the founding of HIC in 1986 in Mawab, Compostela Valley, during the time of erstwhile undivided Davao del Norte, it has grown in membership spreading “by thousands almost throughout Mindanao, while there already there is already one HI Community in Luzon, and one in Dubai,” HIC brother Ireneo Pamaylaon in an interview right after the interment.
 
He added that “while HIC is still under observation for formal acceptance by the Church, it is found out that HIC has been useful in conversion and evangelization. We are charismatic community composed of celibate, single and married. We draw our members from the Catholics. It was Fr. Jong who nurtured and guided our community to grow.” (Rural Urban News/Cha Monforte)
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