SVD PHS Provincial Chapter Convokes Today

Provincial Chapter 2018

The Provincial Chapter of the SVD Philippine Southern Province (PHS) convokes today at the University of San Carlos (USC). The ceremony opened with the Bible enthronement and the words of welcome from Fr. Provincial Eduardo Rocha, SVD. Some of the agenda to be discussed during the day are the following: amendment of the PHS articles of incorporation, home leave, election of General Chapter delegates and other matters like Junior SVD concerns and the PHS retirement house.

Provincial Chapter 2018

The PHS Statement on the Education Ministry and the Manual on School Governance will also be subjected for approval.
The chapter will close at 5:30 pm with the celebration of the Holy Eucharist at the chapel of the St. Rafael community of USC. The elected delegate will be the one to preside.

Provincial Chapter 2018

Provincial Chapter 2018


USC at the Basilica Pilgrim Center

The Holy Child devotees during the 2:30 pm Novena Mass

The 2:30 pm Novena Mass at the Pilgrim Center of the Basilica Minore del Santo Niño de Cebu was sponsored by the University of San Carlos. Fr. Dionisio Miranda, SVD, the President of the University presided the liturgical celebration in Cebuano language. More than 50 priests also concelebrated, more than half of them SVDs.

Photo Credit: Fr. John Cruz, SVD


The Altar of the Pilgrim Center

The homilist was Fr. Romy Cagatin, SVD, the Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation-Integrated Development Incorporated (JPIC-IDC) coordinator of the Philippine SVD Southern Province.


Photo Credit: Fr. John Cruz, SVD


There was a slight rain and suddenly the Pilgrim Center was filled with umbrellas.


This year’s theme for the celebration is “Sto. Niño: Inspiration of Renewed Disciples for the New Evangelization.” This is patterned after the pastoral thrust of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) on the Year of the Clergy and Consecrated Persons.

I did not concelebrate. I was at the Media Center for the live coverage of the Holy Mass.

Free Week-long Bible Study

In view of the National Bible Month and its Annual Fiesta,

the Shrine of Jesus, the Divine Word would like

to invite everyone for a week-long


to be held at the Shrine Church, inside Christ the King Mission Seminary

E. Rodriguez Sr. Blvd. Avenue, Quezon City

From January 22-26, 2018

7 pm after the 6 pm weekday Holy Masses.

Check out the poster below for more details.



Explanation of the Official Logo for the 2018 Year of the Clergy and Consecrated Persons

Text and Photo from CBCPNews

THE logo is a stylized illustration of Jesus’ act of washing the feet of the disciples.  It is also the same challenge being given to those who committed themselves to priestly and consecrated lives (thus the figures are not bound by any gender—it can be seen either as male or female) to God and the Church.


In these contemporary times where people are looking for role models and authentic witnesses to Christianity because of inconsistencies to living virtuous lives (e.g. scandals and other forms of pain brought to the faithful) the clergy and consecrated persons are asked not to put themselves on pedestals and positions of authority but to be examples of humble service to others and witnessing to the life of Jesus with credibility and integrity.


Embracing this life, even in their weaknesses, imperfections and sinfulness, their renewal as “men and women of the cloth” can be a focal point for a new evangelization (symbolized by the bright light blue field background) in the Philippines—a renewed clergy / consecrated persons, (yes, even in their unworthiness) gives real witness to the mercy and love of God for His people.


Thus, the act of washing each other’s feet does not only become an act of those who consecrated themselves to Jesus, but becomes an act that challenges everyone to live lives in real communion with each other!

Sinulog 2018 Official Schedule of Activities

Photo Credit: Fr. Semei Rebayla, SVD


#Sinulog2018 #38thSinulogFestival #VivaPitSeñor#453rdFiestaSeñor #CebuCityPIO

December 01, 2017 – January 31, 2018
Sinulog Street Fair @ Osmeña Boulevard #

January 7, 2018 (Sunday)
5:00AM–Sinulog Fun Run by Philippine Sports Commission
4:00PM–Kick Off ( Route: same as Sinulog Grand Parade)
Sinulog Dance Crew 2018 Elimination @ Mall #

January 11, 2018 (Thursday)
Opening Salvo: Walk with Jesus
4:00AM–Assembly @ Fuente Osmeña (Fuente Osmeña-Osmeña Blvd.-Basilica Minore Del Santo Niño)
4:30AM–Start of walk from Fuente Osmeña to Basilica Minore Del Santo Niño
5:30AM–Installation of Hermano & Hermana Mayores 2017 #

January 12, 2018 (Friday)
Sinulog 2018 Kick Off
10:00AM–Sinulog Trade Fair @ SM City Cebu by The Department of Trade and Industry
2:00PM–Solemn Mass @ Basilica Del Santo Niño – Opening Salvo Sinulog 2018
3:00PM–Sinulog 2018 Launching Parade (Basilica to Fuente Circle to Cebu City Sports Center)
7:00PM–Opening & Launching Program @ Plaza Independencia; Presentation of: Sinulog Festival Queen ; Sinulog Idol ; Sinulog Dance Crew #

January 13, 2018 (Saturday)
Sinulog sa Lalawigan
1:00PM–Parade of Participants from Capitol Grounds to Cebu City Sports Complex
2:00PM–Sinulog sa Kabataan sa Lalawigan @ Cebu City Sports Center
6:30PM–Cultural Show @ Plaza Independencia by Department of Education – Cebu Province
8:00PM–Sinulog Idol Elimination @Mall
8:00PM–Concert @ Plaza Independencia #

January 14, 2018 (Sunday)
Sinulog sa Barangay
12:00PM–Parade of Participants from Legaspi Ext. Plaza Independencia to Cebu City Sports Complex
1:00PM–Sinulog sa Barangay @ Cebu City Sports Center
6:30PM–Cultural Show @ Plaza Independencia by Cebu Technological University & Indiana Aerospace University
4:00PM–Sinulog Idol Elimination @ Mall
8:00PM–Concert @ Plaza Independencia #

January 15, 2018 (Monday)
6:30PM–Cultural Show @ Plaza Independencia by University of Visayas & University of Cebu
4:00PM–Sinulog Idol Elimination @ Mall
8:00PM–Concert @ Plaza Independencia #

January 16, 2018 (Tuesday)
6:30PM-Cultural Show @ Plaza Independencia by Mandaue City College & Mandaue School for the Arts
8:00PM–Concert @ Plaza Independencia #

January 17, 2018 (Wednesday)
6:30PM–Cultural Show @ Plaza Independencia by Salazar Institute of Technology and Cebu Doctors University
8:00PM–Concert @ Plaza Independencia #

January 18, 2018 (Thursday)
10:00AM–Sinulog Festival Queen 2018 Photo Shoot @ SM City Cebu Events Center
6:00PM–Sinulog Festival Queen 2018 Parade of Costumes & Runway Competition @ SM City Cebu Northwing Atrium
6:30PM–Cultural Show @ Plaza Independencia by University of San Carlos
8:00PM–Sky Night @ Plaza Independencia c/o Sky Cable #

January 19, 2018 (Friday)
4:00AM–Walk with Mary (Our Lady of Guadalupe Church-V. Rama Ave.-left to B. Rodriguez St.- Fuente Osmeña-Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño
Cebu-Mandaue-Lapu-Lapu Traslacion
9:00AM–Solidarity Meeting (All Competing Contingents, Floats, Higante, & Puppeteers) @ Cebu City Sports Complex
6:30PM–Cultural Show @ Plaza Independencia by University of Southern Philippines Foundation, University of San Jose Recoletos, and Cebu Institute Technology University
7:30PM–Sinulog Festival 2018 Festival Queen Coronation Night and Sinulog Dance Crew Grand Showdown @ Cebu City Sports Center
9:00PM–Concert @ Plaza Independencia #

January 20, 2018 (Saturday)
2:00AM–Mass @ National Shrine of St. Joseph
Mandaue-Lapu-Lapu Traslacion
3:00AM–Fluvial Procession of the Miraculous Image of the Santo Niño
9:00AM–Re-enactment of the Baptism of Queen Juana & Rajah Humabon @ Basilica Del Santo Niño
1:00PM–Solemn Procession of the Miraculous Image of the Santo Niño
6:30PM–Cultural Show @ Plaza Independencia
Department of Education – Cebu City
Sinulog Idol 2018 Grand Finals @ Plaza Independencia
7:00PM–Sinulog Fireworks Competition @ SM City Cebu
9:00PM–Coke Studio Artists @ Plaza Independencia by Coca Cola #

January 21, 2018 (Sunday)
Sinulog Grand Parade
4:00AM–Mañanita Mass @ Basilica Del Santo Niño
6:00AM–Pontifical Mass @ Basilica Del Santo Niño
7:00AM–Holy Mass @ Cebu City Sports Complex
8:00AM–Short Program
8:30AM–Sinulog 2018 Grand Parade Kick Off @ Cebu City Sports Complex
4:00PM–Sinulog 2018 Grand Finale @ Cebu City Sports Complex
6:00PM–Concert @ Plaza Independencia with Mofo Band
8:00PM–Parokya ni Edgar @ Plaza Independencia by Globe Telecom #

January 22, 2018 (Monday)
Awarding Ceremonies
1:00PM–Awarding Ceremonies @ Cebu City Sports Center #

January 26, 2018 (Friday)
“HUBO Mass”
4:00AM–Mass @ Basilica Minore del Sto.Niño Pilgrim Center #

#Sinulog2018 #38thSinulogFestival #VivaPitSeñor #453rdFiestaSeñor

Source: Cebu City Public Information Office


Saint Mary’s Cathedral in Yangon, Myanmar

Photo Credit: Fr. JR Alojipan

#TeamAsia in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Yangon, Myanmar: Saint Mary’s Cathedral is located in Yangon (formerly known as Rangoon), the largest city in Myanmar (formerly Burma). This is the largest cathedral in the country. Designed by Dutch architect Jos Cuypers, it has a red brick exterior, two spires and a bell tower. Pope Francis celebrated a Mass with young people here last Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017. Addressing the young people of Myanmar, he said: “Indeed, you are good news, because you are concrete signs of the Church’s faith in Jesus Christ, who brings us a joy and a hope that will never die.”

Photo Credit: Fr. JR Alojipan

SVD Ordination 2017

The Communio Class with Msgr. Socrates Mesiona, MSP (Photo Credit: Juni Amora Alexander)

Five new Filipino priests are added to the list of the Divine Word Missionaries (SVD) last December 2, 2017 at the Divine Word Seminary in Tagaytay City. They call themselves the “Communio Class,” a Latin word which means “Communion.” Their mission assignments are the following:


Fr. Marlon Atendido, SVD (Missionary to Central America Province)

Fr. Jhun Joel Templa, SVD (Missionary to Philippine Northern Province)

Fr. Dennis Ryan Varquez, SVD (Missionary to Zimbabwe Region)

Fr. Godofredo Abaya, SVD (Missionary to Germany Province)

Fr. Ronie Baleli, SVD (Missionary to Ghana Province)

Three of the new new priests are alumni of Divine Word Formation Center of Davao #DavaoBoys (Photo Credit: Van Avenido)

The ordaining prelate was Bishop Socrates Mesiona of the Mission Society of the Philippines, himself an alumnus of the Divine Word Seminary Tagaytay. Among the ninety priests present were the three Philippine provincial superiors: Fr. Romeo Fajardo, SVD of the Philippine Northern Province, Fr. Jingjong Rocha, SVD of the Philippine Southern Province and Fr. Raymun Festin, SVD of the Philippine Central Province.