MY BIRTHDAY POST March 13, 2013Posted by Fr. Felmar Castrodes Fiel, SVD in OMG!.
Tags: Baptismal Photo, Fr. Felmar Fiel SVD
Two weeks ago, I went home to brush elbows with my dear relatives and my dear family. Bisag pari ta, mingawon pod ta oy. And guess what did I found when I scanned over the old photos at my lola’s house?
Tsaran!!! The photo of my baptism! I looked so cute.
EL SALVADOR March 9, 2013Posted by Fr. Felmar Castrodes Fiel, SVD in Pilgrimage.
Tags: Cagayan de Oro City, El Salvador, Fr. Felmar Fiel SVD, Fr. Manuel Mijares SVD, Shrine of the Divine Mercy
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Last February 22, the Legion of Mary of Parokya San Miguel – Mabuhay together with Fr. Manuel Mijares, SVD and I went for a pilgrimage in the Shrine of the Divine Mercy in El Salvador. No, this is not in Latin America. El Salvador is a small town in Cagayan de Oro which is the home of the 50-foot statue of the Divine Mercy.
We left Olutanga Island at 7 in the morning and arrived 8 in the evening in El Salvador. It was pretty a long trip. When we arrived at the Holy Queen Pilgrim House, we were surprised that a group of other pilgrims from Gensan took our accommodation. Funny. We texted our contact that we would be late because our van was having some engine trouble. Just before we arrived, this group from Gensan who did not have advance booking told the receptionist that their van had an engine trouble. To cut the story short, the good receptionist welcomed them, gave them our accommodation, with the thought that the Gensan group was our group.
So when we arrived, we found ourselves without a place to lay our tired bodies. There were some available beds for our group of 30 but it was not enough. Some of us sacrificed to stay at the sala of the pilgrim house. I stayed outside, at the pathwalk (which is a good thing because I found out the following day that those who stayed outside are free, lol).
The pilgrimage kicked off the following day. Everybody was excited. In fact, Fr. Manuel and I mistaken signed a log-book due to our excitement. We thought we wrote in a guestbook. When I scanned the photos I took during the pilgrimage, I realized that we signed a log-book for those who will be wearing skirts. Hahahahahaha!
We were so blest to have attended the Holy Mass at 8 am. I was one of the concelebrants. I also spent some time to hear the confessions of many pilgrims. It also brought me back to my childhood days where I used to recite the English version of the 3 pm Divine Mercy prayer at ABS-CBN (tagalong na kasi ngayon eh). I just realized that it was one of the longest prayers I memorized by heart as a child. My journey to El Salvador was indeed a spiritual boost.
IPIL MISSION NOW A DISTRICT December 5, 2012Posted by Fr. Felmar Castrodes Fiel, SVD in Diocese of Ipil, Mabuhay, Mission Anecdotes, Pastoral, SVD, Zamboanga Sibugay.
Tags: Fr. Danilo Noval SVD, Fr. Exequiel Mahinay SVD, Fr. Felmar Fiel SVD, Fr. Isagani Ehido SVD, Fr. Jingjong Rocha SVD, Fr. Sherwin Aromin SVD, SVD Ipil District
The Ipil Mission Team at the Diocese of Ipil in Zamboanga Sibugay was recently elevated to the status of a district. Fr. Exequiel Mahinay, SVD was appointed as the first District Superior while Fr. Felmar Castrodes Fiel, SVD was elected as his assistant. Rounding up the new district team are the following: Fr. Sherwin Aromin, SVD as the District Treasurer while Fr. Danilo Noval, SVD is the District Admonitor.
The election was held last October 12 at Dr. Momo’s Residence, one of the parishioners of Parokya San Miguel in Mabuhay. Present during the election was Fr. Jingjong Rocha, SVD , the Provincial Superior of the SVD Philippines South and Fr. Isagani Ehido, Provincial Treasurer. It was the Provincial who announced that Fr. Mahinay is the appointed leader of the newborn district.
The following day, the elevation of the team into a District was celebrated through a Holy Mass together with the Parishioners of Parokya San Miguel –Mabuhay. The District Officials were also presented to the faithful. More power to the new SVD District of Ipil!
MGA TANONG KAY PARING FIEL (PART TWO) March 4, 2010Posted by Fr. Felmar Castrodes Fiel, SVD in Seminary Life, SVD, Vocation Campaign, Vocation Story.
Tags: Fr. Felmar Fiel SVD, Q and A
(HABANG MAAGA AT MAY KURYENTE PA, POST KO NA ITO. BAKA BIGLANG MAGBROWNOUT PA)
Ito ang iba pang mga tanong noong seminarista pa ako: Brought to you by curious minds…
- hahahaha. Ang seminaryo ang building. Ang seminarista ang tao. Hehe, hindi po ako building.
Nagtetext din po kayo?
- noong college kami, bawal mag-cp. pero sa higher formation allowed na.
Umaakyat din po ba kayo sa pader (read: umeeskapo po ba kayo sa seminaryo ng walang paalam)?
- haha, hindi. Malakas ang loob ko, sa gate ako dumadaan. May classmate akong nag-over da bakod, natusok, ayun, pinalabas ng tuluyan.
Nangudigo po ba kayo sa exams?
- once lang, sa aming Latin exam. Pero di ko na inulit. Ang hirap ng Latin kasi! Puro memorizations. Mautak ang old professor namin. Nagda-dark shades siya during exams para di namin mapansin kung saan siya nakatingin. Ung isa namang student, gumaya ng kodigo, kaso ung kodigo niya ninakaw pa ng isang classmate nya. Wahahaha.
Hindi nyo ba namimiss ang parents/family ninyo?
- Siyempre namimiss din. Pero pag nagbabakasyon ako, dapat two weeks lang. Uneasy na ako pag lumampas pa diyan. Iba talaga ang hatak sa loob ng seminaryo.
Kung masaya nga sa loob ng seminaryo, may mga lonely moments ba?
- Yes. Pag may nagdedecide na lumabas. Kakalungkot.
Bakit naka-civilian attire na ang mga pari ngayon? Dati ang mga pari laging naka-sotana…
- Pangkantong sagot: Noon yun. Ikaw, gusto mo bang magswimming na naka-sotana, magbasketball na naka-sotana, manood ng Avatar na naka-sotana?
Bakit ang galing-galing kumanta ng mga seminarista at pari?
- hindi po totoo yan pag i-aapply na sa lahat. May naalala akong pari dito. Noong pinalabas ang Miss Saigon sa London, tuwang-tuwa ang mga British sa mga Pinoy. During one party, pinilit nila ang isang Pinoy na pari na kumanta kasi sabi ng mga British “All Filipinos can sing.” Ayon, pinagbigyan sila ng paring Pinoy, and he sang his heart out. After the song, sabi ng emcee, “Now I know, not all Filipinos can sing.” Hahaha.
(kung kayo ay may mga kwelang tanong na gusto nyong itanong sa akin, isend nyo lang sa aking fb. walang limit. pag mapipili ko ang mga questions ninyo, ipopost ko ang mga yun)
JANSSENVILLE November 15, 2009Posted by Fr. Felmar Castrodes Fiel, SVD in Arnold Janssen, Mission Anecdotes, Pastoral, SVD, SVD Philippines Centennial, Vocation Campaign.
Tags: Fr. Felmar Fiel SVD, Fr. Leo Schmitt SVD, Fr. Manuel Bongayan SVD, Fr. Martin Mandin SVD, Janssenville, St. Arnold Janssen, St. Arnold Janssen Shrine Parish
(This is my second article in the coffee table book of the SVD Central Province on the 100th year of the Divine Word Missionaries/SVD in the Philippines. Until now, nasa printing press pa rin po yata, hehe.)
Ito ang Janssenville
Have you heard of Janssenville?
Janssenville is only one of the many subdivisions built by Fr. Leo Schmitt, SVD. From being Prefect of Seminarians in the archdiocesan seminary of Binmaley, Pangasinan and Christ the King Mission Seminary, Fr. Leo was appointed by Fr. Schűtte, SVD Superior General, to lead the movement called Action Leaven and serve as its Executive Director. This Action Leaven was born out of the 1960’s turbulent First Quarter Storm where there were so much violations of human rights and social strife resulting from poverty, unemployment and homelessness. This scenario paved way for the birth of
Action Leaven whose aim was the safeguard the rights of the oppressed.
Si Padre Leo
The pioneer group of Leaveners was composed of 70 priests, nuns, seminarians, community organizers, engineers and agriculturist among others. It was adopted by CBCP as an experiment for the Archdiocese of Manila. They established 10 pilot parishes. However, in the process, they were confronted with some Leaveners who had the tendency to incorporate leftists’ principles into the movement’s Christian orientation and to some extent, it brought confusion among the members.
The year after, Fr. Leo’s contract with the Action Leaven ended and Rufino Cardinal Santos appointed Bishop Protacio Gungon as his successor.
However, Fr. Leo did not stop from what he started. Shortly after leaving the Action Leaven, some 800 families sought his help after being forced to leave from Pleasant Hills, Mandaluyong. So, he was thrown into the herculean task of looking for a relocation site for the squatter community. Together with 2 SVD confreres, 2 sisters and 5 laymen, Fr. Leo created a foundation possessing a legal personality that would address the problem of informal settlers. On September 28, 1971, the SAMAHANG BAGONG BUHAY FOUNDATION INCORPORATION (SBBFI) was formally registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission as a non-stock and non-profit corporation.
Si Aga ay nagdonate kay Fr. Leo ng “significant amount” para sa statue ng aming Founder na si St. Arnold Janssen
Motivated by the Bible passage from Matthew 25:40 which states that “what you have done to the least of my brethren, you have done unto me”, the primary objective of the SBBFI is “to help build socially, economically and culturally self-sustaining Christian communalities with the development of the whole person as the ultimate goal”. The foundation provides low-cost housing for the poor but the services it renders cover a wide range of areas including, but not limited to, medical help, pastoral services, production center and establishment of kindergarten schools.
Si Father Leo kinukulit si Fr. Bong na kumakain ng lugaw (?)
From the time of the foundation’s birth, many housing projects were already built: San Antonio Village in Antipolo; San Jose Freinademetz Subdivision in Cogeo, Antipolo; Janssenville Subdivision in Cainta, Rizal; San Agustin Village in Antipolo; San Lorenzo Ruiz in Bulacan and Antipolo; St. Francis Square, Payong, which is also in Antipolo.
It was in 1987 when Gerardo Ozaeta, through Jaime Cardinal Sin, asked the help of SBBFI regarding the squatter problem of one thousand families illegally occupying the 36 hectares of land known as Upper and Lower Manggahan, owned by the Melitona Estates. After continuous organizational work and communication, the homeowners association was formed. When the relocation site was secured the year after, the people made their transfer from Upper Manggahan to the Munting Paraiso, now known as Janssenville, after St. Arnold Janssen.
Originally, Janssenville was part of the St. Anthony of Padua Parish. When the canonization of the then Blessed Arnold became certain, Fr. Leo approached the bishop about the plan of making Janssenville the seat of a new parish to be named after the SVD founder. But, there were strong reservations on the part of the parish priest of St. Anthony. Providentially, through the inspection trip of the Vicar General, Msgr. Roberto de Guzman, the Chancellor of the Diocese, Msgr. Peter Canonero, Msgr. Mariano Balbago and two other priests, it was agreed that a new parish should be erected “to thank St. Arnold for the services of his congregations to the Church, in particular to the Diocese of Antipolo and to promote his virtues.” This vision was accepted by the presbyteral council, the priests and the Bishop. On 30th of November, 2003 the St. Arnold Janssen Parish was canonically erected. Holy Mass was presided by Bishop Gabriel Reyes, DD and concelebrated by Msgr. Roberto de Guzman and Msgr. Peter Canonero together with the SVD PHC Provincial Superior Fr. Joel Maribao, SVD. It was the first and only permanent religious parish in the Diocese of Antipolo. On January 15 the following year, Fr. Leo Schmitt was installed as the first parish priest.
Ako, si Fr. Leo, Si Fr. Bong, si Fr. Martin
These “little something done for the less fortunate”, as what Fr. Leo calls it, was not achieved overnight. Some stubborn families did not want to be relocated actually. On 1991, one family even claimed that it was Fr. Leo who ordered the demolition of their shanty, and this appeared in People’s Tonight, a local paper. “Walang awang pari,” was the opening salvo of the newspaper report. Fr. Leo relates “Having worked for 20 years from Smokey Mountain to Jalajala, it pains me very much to be subjected to a malicious smear campaign.” However, those who believed in the purity of his cause, also mobilized themselves to defend the SVD priest who was linked to a controversial demolition case.
Mula sa isang maliit na simbahan, ito na ang simbahan ng Janssenville ngayon — the St. Arnold Janssen Shrine Parish
Today, the St. Arnold Janssen Shrine Parish is now on its way to completion. From a small chapel, the big Shrine stands in the very entrance of Janssenville Subdivision as a testament of the growth of the community who participated and believed in each other in planning and development procedures. Fr. Leo asserts that, “You cannot go wrong if you work on the premise of a Christian value and the development of the total person.” Indeed, Janssenville and the other communities founded by Fr. Leo and the Samahang Bagong Buhay Foundation remains a strong source of hope and inspiration in their community building and the upliftment of every person’s dignity.
PHILIPPINE SVD @ 100 August 30, 2009Posted by Fr. Felmar Castrodes Fiel, SVD in Arnold Janssen, Bible Animation, Family Feast, Jesus, JPIC, Mission Anecdotes, Pastoral, Pilgrimage, Pink Sisters, Prayers, Subanipa Diaries, SVD, SVD Philippines Centennial, Vocation Story, XVD.
Tags: Bishop Arturo Bastes SVD, Blue Sisters, Cebu, Fr. Anthony Salas, Fr. Carlos Lariosa SVD, Fr. Eleno Bucia SVD, Fr. Felicito Borres SVD, Fr. Felmar Fiel SVD, Fr. Jingjong Rocha SVD, Fr. Joseph Audiencia SVD, Fr. Juan Scheiermann SVD, Fr. Ludwig Beckert SVD, Fr. Melencio Balay SVD, Fr. Ramilo Mapaye SVD, Fr. Roger Solis SVD, Fr. Ruel Lero SVD, Fr. Tony Pernia SVD, Fr. Virgil Alejandria SVD, Fr.Heinz Kulueke SVD, PHS, Pink Sisters, SVD, University of San Carlos
The Society of the Divine Word (SVD) is now celebrating our one hundred years of missionary presence in the Philippines. On August 15, 1909, the first two SVD missionaries arrived in Manila and began their long journey to Abra, a landlocked province in Northern part of Luzon. With only a bamboo raft, Fr. Juan Scheiermann, SVD and Fr. Ludwig Beckert, SVD journeyed on Abra River to Bangued, the capital. They reached Pilar, Cagotungan, Abra — their mission station, by horse — in their full black cassocks! Perhaps they never thought that one hundred years after, the SVD mission in the Philippines will be this big and this successful. We owe all to the grace of God.
It seems young priests are more comfortable in front of the camera
Last August 17, I arrived in Cebu for the Centennial Celebration of the SVD Philippine Southern Province. More than 100 of my confreres came to celebrate this significant occassion.
Hehe Parang Mag-Ama! Puros Hubag!
With the theme “We Remember, We Rejoice, We Renew”, we were delighted to hear anecdotes about the SVD in the Philippines. Bishop Arturo Bastes, SVD shared to us never-been-heard-nor-published stories about the Divine Word Missionaries in the Philippines (Sample: Did you know that the SVD owned all the Church properties in one of the Archdioceses in the country after the World War II? Mahabang istorya ito!) I was really thankful to the good bishop who happened to be the ordaining prelate during my priestly ordination. So, i also took the opportunity to have photo op with him.
Fr. Tony Pernia, SVD shared about the facts and figures in the Philippine SVD. FYI, Fr. Tony is the Superior General of the SVD worldwide!!! Not only that, he is a Filipino!!! During our time with him, somebody made a remark, “100 years of the SVD in the Philippines is not enough to produce a saint, but enough to produce a Superior General.”
The SVD together with the Blue Sisters and the Pink Sisters
The Pink Sisters are praying for me! Ssshhh, wag maingay!
Our sister congregations also celebrated with us. The Centennial Mass was celebrated at the Pink Sisters Convent together with our lay mission partners, XVDs and the Blue and Pink Sisters. The presider and the mass homilist was Fr. Tony. Agape meal followed.
We also had basketball exhibition game: SVD vs. XVD (ex-SVD seminarians). Did I mention the SVD won? We were on the Sports page of the Sunstar Magazine the following day, and the whole of Cebu knew about it.
Ricardo Cardinal Vidal also joined us for the prayer before the clergy religious night. He also expressed his appreciations for the missionary work done by the SVDs in the Archdiocese of Cebu.
The SVDs listened to a fisherman from Cordova
The last day of the Centennial Celebration proved to be the most memorable and most meaningful for me. Perhaps all my other confreres will also agree. We went to Cordova, where one of the housing projects of the SVD is located. Father Max Abalos, SVD, who spearheaded the project said that it is geared toward the development and liberation of the people from poverty and oppression. The Cordova fisherfolk village has now a cooperative business and will soon establish their dried danggit business.
Mabenta ang mais ng mga fisher folks. Mga pari nag-enjoy!
Our last stop was the Janssenville in Bangkal, Soong, Lapu-Lapu City. Janssenville is another housing project of the SVD. It is a compound of 100 houses with a gate and a chapel for the housing recipients. Together with NGOs, our mission partners, fisherfolks, street children, XVDs, students, visitors, Janssenville settlers and many others, we were given a tour in the area. Fr. Anthony Salas, SVD, JPIC-IDC director, said the houses were built through the consolidated effort of the SVD and the University of San Carlos (USC) community and the beneficiaries.
Fr. Tony is given a tour in the Janssenville Compound
The Holy Mass in the afternoon was presided by Bishop Bastes. He also gave the homily in flawless Visayan language. Hehe Bol-anon man pod diay siya mao nga hasler kaayo mobisaya. Paka-paka oy!
Bishop Bastes, SVD
After that, Fr. Tony led the blessing of the whole village. We blest the 100 houses, one priest per house. (siyempre sama ako doon). It was very touching…ang bawat pamilya may isa-isang paring dala papunta sa kanilang mga bahay. Masaya ang naging kwentuhan ko with the family na nakasama ko.
Fellowship meal followed. It was like a feast. I was happy and thankful to be part of that celebration. Indeed, it was a piece of heaven. More pictures HERE!!!
Congrats SVD and may the Triune God live in the hearts of all.