How It Started In The Philippines
The first Parish Renewal Experience Seminar in the Philippines was conducted at the Sanctuario de San Antonio Parish, Forbes Park, Makati by its Parish Priest Fr. Hugh Zurat, OFM, in the early 1980’s. Fr. Zurat, an American, had a vacation in the United States where he took his PREX (then called PRE). Upon his return to his parish, he right away conducted the seminar to his parishioners.
The training of parish priests in the Philippines took place in Baguio City in 1983 under Fr. Chuck Gallagher himself, on invitation of His Eminence, Jaime L. Cardinal Sin, who was overwhelmed and inspired by the visible results of PREX that he saw in Sanctuario de San Antonio parishioners in Forbes Park. The most active parish in the country today in giving PREX seminars in and out of its parish is the GOOD SHEPHERD CATHEDRAL PARISH of Fairview Park, Quezon City under the spiritual leadership of its former parish priest, Msgr. FIDELIS LIMCACO, and presently, its new pastor, Msgr. Gerry Tapiador. In Fairview alone, the Good Shepherd Cathedral Parish has already given more than 225 classes, conducted once a month for the last 20 years. It has outreached many parishes in the Archdiocese of Manila as well as in Northern and Southern Luzon, Batanes, the Bicol regions, Visayas, and Mindanao.