December 2011

MAN OF FAITH, MAN OF ACTION

REV. FR. SEAN CONNAUGHTON, MSSC
"Fr. Sean is a champion of the poor. When we were starting out. I remember asking him why we have to give priority in lending to the poor when they do not have capacity to pay. He explained that this lack of financial capacity requires us not to be complacent and accept the status quo; rather, it should drive us to take action."

Fr. Sean, as he is fondly called by the KAZAMA Grameen, Inc. family, is a missionary priest from Ireland. He was assigned in the Philippines in 1962 to build God's Kingdom. That he did with passion and conviction.

Such conviction led him to establish project that inspire ordinary people to work together and make difference. Under Fr. Sean's guidance, the extraordinary happen as people pool talent and resources to help and empower under privileged to act and pursue their own development

Kazama Grameen, Inc. (KGI) was created out to three community that Fr. Sean founded, some with the Basic Ecclesiastical Community (BEC) of the parish. "Fr. Sean is a champion of the poor. When we were starting out, I remember asking him why we have to give priority in lending to the poor when they don't have capacity to pay. He explained that his lack of financial capacity requires us not to be complacent and accept the status quo; rather, it should drive us to take action. According to Fr. Sean, providing the poor with access to financial resources will capacitate theme to earn and live in abundance," shares Ruben Rianzares CCC of KGI.

Marlou Concepcion, President of KGI adds, "Fr. Sean is a visionary. Who would have thought that I had it in me to lead this organization? poverty forced me to stop my college schooling. That was when I met Fr. Sean. He granted me scholarship so I could continue and complete my college education This formal schooling, along with practical knowledge and experiences that Fr. Sean me me go through, shaped me as a leader, able to steer KGI in this challenging and exciting times."

Clearly, there is more to Fr. Sean than being a priest and founder of KGI. He is also a loving father and tireless mentor. "It feels like he never left", exclaims Sonny Guiang, KGI's Manager for Training, Research and Development. Now back in Ireland, Fr. Sean does not let wide distance keep him from inspiring and guiding the KGi family. He remains a man of faith, a man of action.


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