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If God is with us… August 10, 2016

Posted by Fr. Felmar Castrodes Fiel, SVD in Diocese of Tagbilaran, Tourism, Vocation Story, Year of Mercy.
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Photo taken in Bohol, Philippines

Photo taken in Bohol, Philippines

Awesome Pollinators August 5, 2016

Posted by Fr. Felmar Castrodes Fiel, SVD in Archdiocese of Davao, JPIC, OMG!.
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Entrance of Monfort Bat Sanctuary

Entrance of Monfort Bat Sanctuary

Monfort Bat Cave (Samal Island), Davao Region, Philippines:

The largest known colony of an estimated 2.5 million

Geoffroy’s Rousette fruit bats (Rousettus amplexicaudatus)

in the world.

These bats are the major pollinators of durian.

Interestingly, they also show no sign of slowing down.

Female bats here in Samal are continuously pregnant,

a departure from the bats’ usual seasonal gestation habits.

Wow.

Bats!

Bats!

 

Bats...

Bats…

 

...bats...

…bats…

 

..and more bats!

..and more bats!

Dear Vocation Promoters July 30, 2016

Posted by Fr. Felmar Castrodes Fiel, SVD in Communications Ministry, Diocese of Baguio, Jesus, Press Release, Priesthood, Vocation Campaign, Year of Mercy.
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Photo is taken in a beach resort at Island Garden City of Samal

Photo is taken in a beach resort at Island Garden City of Samal

Dear Vocation Promoters,

Saint Louis University, Baguio City, Philippines

will once again celebrate the yearly

Vocation and Mission Awareness Week on

September 25 to October 1, 2016 with the

theme: “ I have called you by name”.

Congregations are invited to join the

Mission Exhibits, Vocation Talks and Eucharistic Celebrations.

Interested vocation promoters may communicate with

Fr. Macwayne Maniwang, CICM

(Vice-President for Mission and Identity/ Parish Priest) on or before

August 5, 2015 (Friday).

His contacts are: parish@slu.edu.ph, 442 – 2193/2793 loc. 246.

All the best for the Lord’s vineyard!

 

 

Clergy Day 2016 July 25, 2016

Posted by Fr. Felmar Castrodes Fiel, SVD in Archdiocese of Manila, Diocese of Cubao, Press Release, Priesthood, Vocation Campaign.
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Clergy Day: An Invitation

Clergy Day: An Invitation

 

Is your light hiding under the bush? Remember that you are the salt of the earth and light of the world. Let your light shine as the Prophet Jeremiah says, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”

Let us all hear God’s calling as we invite you to join and be a part of the

Clergy Day.

Happening on Thursday, 4th day of August, 2016

from 1pm to 10 pm at the

Diocesan Shrine of Jesus, the Divine Word,

Christ the King Mission Seminary,

  1. Rodriguez Sr. Ave. Quezon City.

A sports activity, thanksgiving mass and a tribute dinner will be held on the said day.

Come share your time, talents and energy. Treat yourself with fun and excitement while the value of faith and love of God is shared.

You won’t want to miss this significant and triumphant event.

Hope to see you there.

 

Movie to Watch: St. Ignatius of Loyola July 20, 2016

Posted by Fr. Felmar Castrodes Fiel, SVD in Archdiocese of Manila, Vocation Campaign, Vocation Story, Year of Mercy.
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Highly recommended!!! Kitakits.

Highly recommended!!! Kitakits.

 

Must-watch!!! Showing on July 27, 2016: A modern and very human take on the story of St. Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Jesuits, often called “The Saint of Second Chances.” As a brash, hot-headed soldier in a time of political upheaval in Spain, the young Iñigo went from living a life of brutal violence and debauchery, to becoming one of the greatest saints in the history of the Roman Catholic Church.
 

 
This film chronicles Iñigo’s torturous struggle to turn from darkness to light—a struggle that nearly destroyed him, but also gave him the key to a spiritual weapon that continues to save lives to this very day.
 

 
Produced by Jesuit Communications Philippines (Jescom), IGNACIO DE LOYOLA was shot on location over two months in the northern regions of Spain. Kitakits sa sinehan!

 

 

 

 

Planting Langka in Colawin July 10, 2016

Posted by Fr. Felmar Castrodes Fiel, SVD in Archdiocese of Cebu, Cebu, Year of Mercy.
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Glad to be part of the occassion!

Glad to be part of the occasion!

After the Holy Mass during the canonical erection of the Immaculate Conception Parish of Colawin, the bishop and the 27 concelebrating priests also planted seedlings around the vicinity of the parish, as part of the promotion on the care for the environment. I am really glad to be a part of the occasion!

Mangga ang gitanom ni Archbishop Palma (Photo Credit: Marybeth Villacastin-Baricuatro)

Mangga ang gitanom ni Archbishop Palma (Photo Credit: Marybeth Villacastin-Baricuatro)

Just recently, the Archdiocese launched the Commission on Environmental Concerns. This commission spearheads the planting of 13,500 seedlings in the parishes as part of the implementation of their flagship program – the Parish Community Based Pocket Forest Program.

 

School and Hospital Governance Workshop Seminar July 5, 2016

Posted by Fr. Felmar Castrodes Fiel, SVD in Archdiocese of Cebu, Cebu, Communications Ministry, SVD, SVD Philippine Southern Province, Year of Mercy.
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Fr. Peru in front of the SVDs

Fr. Peru in front of the SVDs

The Divine Word Missionaries (SVD) of the Philippine Southern Province (PHS) had their seminar workshop on school and hospital governance at the SVD Retreat House of the University of San Carlos (USC) in Talamban Campus, Cebu City on June 17-18, 2016. In this one and a half day seminar workshop, the basic and best governance practices of Catholic schools in the Philippines, the reportorial requirements of the Securities and Exchange Commission, and financial literacy, particularly understanding financial statements were discussed extensively.

 

Start of the Session

Start of the Session

It also included cases and issues concerning school Board practices, SEC updates, and analyzing financial statements. Lecturers are PHS Secretary of Education Ministry Fr. Peru Dayag, SVD; USC VP for Finance Fr. Jun Rebayla, SVD; Atty. Alma Estrada-Dlena and Atty. Tara Tsarina Perez-Retuya, lawyers of the Securities and Exchange Commission.

 

Fr. Peru, Fr. Jing-jong and the SEC lawyers

Fr. Peru, Fr. Jing-jong and the SEC lawyers

According to the Fr. Dayag, impetus of the seminar-workshop was “to deepen the understanding of the participants on governance practices of Catholic schools in the Philippines, particularly the SVD schools; to make the participants aware of the functions of the Securities and Exchange Commission vis-à-vis registered corporations, and; to increase the knowledge of the SVDs in analyzing the financial statements of the schools and hospitals.” This is also in preparation for the other members of the congregation whenever they become part of the Board of Trustees in the future.

Workshop Proper

Workshop Proper

 

Workshop Proper

Workshop Proper

 

Workshop Proper

Workshop Proper

The SVD in the PHS owns three universities in the Visayas, namely, the University of San Carlos in Cebu, the Holy Name University of Bohol (HNU), and the Liceo del Verbo Divino in Tacloban. The Divine Word Hospital in Tacloban and the Holy Name University Medical Center in Bohol are also owned by the SVD. Just recently, the USC and HNU ranked first and fourth respectively among the best-performing Accountancy schools in the country based on the May 2016 board exams.

 

New Parish Erected in Cebu Archdiocese June 30, 2016

Posted by Fr. Felmar Castrodes Fiel, SVD in Archdiocese of Cebu, Cebu, Pastoral, Year of Mercy.
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Photo Credit: Marybeth Villacastin-Baricuatro

Photo Credit: Marybeth Villacastin-Baricuatro

Archbishop Jose S. Palma officiated the canonical erection of the Immaculate Conception Parish of Colawin last June 23, 2016. This new parish is located in the mountain barangay of the municipality of Argao, around 80 kilometers away from the city of Cebu. Part of the decree of canonical erection reads, “we hereby elevate the quasi-parish of Immaculate Conception into a parish with all its rights and privileges.”

Photo Credit: Marybeth Villacastin-Baricuatro

Photo Credit: Marybeth Villacastin-Baricuatro

In a solemn Eucharistic celebration, the first parish priest Fr. Mario Villacastin was also installed.  Under the direction of Canon Law Canon 519, “he (parish priest) exercises the pastoral care of the community entrusted to him under the authority of the diocesan Bishop, whose ministry of Christ he is called to share, so that for this community he may carry out the offices of teaching, sanctifying and ruling with the cooperation of other priests or deacons and with the assistance of lay members of Christ’s faithful, in accordance with the law.” The new parish has an ecclesial territory of seven barangays.

Fr. Mario Villacastin leading the Profession of Faith

Fr. Mario Villacastin leading the Profession of Faith

In his homily, Archbishop Jose Palma reminded the people of God that: “ang pagtukod sa bag-ong parokya ug ang pag-instolar sa bag-ong kura paroko – kining tanan nindot nga pasalig nato pagpakita sa dakong gugma sa Dios natong tanan nga iyang banay, nga iyang mga tawo.” (The erection of the new parish and the installation of the first parish priest – all these are wonderful assurance of God’s love to us, his people).

Some of the concelebrating priests

Some of the concelebrating priests

 

Archbishop Palma, the Presider of the Eucharistic celebration

Archbishop Palma, the Presider of the Eucharistic celebration

 

Photo Credit: Daryll Davide

Photo Credit: Daryll Davide

 

Photo Credit: Cherile Tapdasan

Photo Credit: Cherile Tapdasan

 

Photo Credit: Cherile Tapdasan

Photo Credit: Cherile Tapdasan

 

Photo Credit: Cherile Tapdasan

Photo Credit: Cherile Tapdasan

 

Photo Credit: Cebu Provincial Government FB Page

Photo Credit: Cebu Provincial Government FB Page

2016 Top 10 Best Performing Accountancy Schools in the Philippines June 25, 2016

Posted by Fr. Felmar Castrodes Fiel, SVD in Archdiocese of Cebu, Diocese of Tagbilaran.
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Almost 3,000 passed the Certified Public Accountant Licensure Examination given by the Board of Accountancy this May 2016. About 7,000 accountancy graduates took the exams held in in Manila, Baguio, Cagayan De Oro, Cebu, Davao, Iloilo and Legazpi. Here are the top performing accountancy schools in the Philippines, based on the May 2016 board exams.

10. UNIVERSITY OF THE CORDILLERAS, passing rate: 70.15% 47 out of 67 examinees from this school passed the May 2016 Certified Public Accountant Licensure Examination.

10. UNIVERSITY OF THE CORDILLERAS, passing rate: 70.15%
47 out of 67 examinees from this school passed the May 2016 Certified Public Accountant Licensure Examination.

 

9. ATENEO DE NAGA UNIVERISTY, passing rate: 70.37% 38 out of 54 examinees from this school passed the May 2016 Certified Public Accountant Licensure Examination.

9. ATENEO DE NAGA UNIVERSITY, passing rate: 70.37%
38 out of 54 examinees from this school passed the May 2016 Certified Public Accountant Licensure Examination.

 

8. CENTRAL PHILIPPINE UNIVERSITY, passing rate: 70.83% 17 out of 24 examinees from this school passed the May 2016 Certified Public Accountant Licensure Examination.

8. CENTRAL PHILIPPINE UNIVERSITY, passing rate: 70.83%
17 out of 24 examinees from this school passed the May 2016 Certified Public Accountant Licensure Examination.

 

 

7. UNIVERSITY OF MINDANAO - DAVAO CITY, passing rate: 75.00% 33 out of 44 examinees from this school passed the May 2016 Certified Public Accountant Licensure Examination.

7. UNIVERSITY OF MINDANAO – DAVAO CITY, passing rate: 75.00%
33 out of 44 examinees from this school passed the May 2016 Certified Public Accountant Licensure Examination.

 

6. XAVIER UNIVERSITY, passing rate: 75.68% 28 out of 37 examinees from this school passed the May 2016 Certified Public Accountant Licensure Examination.

6. XAVIER UNIVERSITY, passing rate: 75.68%
28 out of 37 examinees from this school passed the May 2016 Certified Public Accountant Licensure Examination.

 

5. HOLY ANGEL UNIVERSITY, passing rate: 80.85% 38 out of 47 examinees from this school passed the May 2016 Certified Public Accountant Licensure Examination.

5. HOLY ANGEL UNIVERSITY, passing rate: 80.85%
38 out of 47 examinees from this school passed the May 2016 Certified Public Accountant Licensure Examination.

 

4. HOLY NAME UNIVERSITY (formerly DIVINE WORD-TAGBILARAN), passing rate: 87.50% 21 out of 24 examinees from this school passed the May 2016 Certified Public Accountant Licensure Examination.

4. HOLY NAME UNIVERSITY (formerly DIVINE WORD-TAGBILARAN), passing rate: 87.50%
21 out of 24 examinees from this school passed the May 2016 Certified Public Accountant Licensure Examination.

 

3. UNIVERSITY OF SANTO TOMAS, passing rate: 90.32% 84 out of 93 examinees from this school passed the May 2016 Certified Public Accountant Licensure Examination.

3. UNIVERSITY OF SANTO TOMAS, passing rate: 90.32%
84 out of 93 examinees from this school passed the May 2016 Certified Public Accountant Licensure Examination.

 

2. DE LA SALLE UNIVERSITY, passing rate: 93.10% 54 out of 58 examinees from this school passed the May 2016 Certified Public Accountant Licensure Examination.

2. DE LA SALLE UNIVERSITY, passing rate: 93.10%
54 out of 58 examinees from this school passed the May 2016 Certified Public Accountant Licensure Examination.

 

1. UNIVERSITY OF SAN CARLOS, passing rate: 95.56% 43 out of 45 examinees from this school passed the May 2016 Certified Public Accountant Licensure Examination.

1. UNIVERSITY OF SAN CARLOS, passing rate: 95.56%
43 out of 45 examinees from this school passed the May 2016 Certified Public Accountant Licensure Examination.

 

For the record, 7 out of these schools are Catholic schools.

Of the 7, two are owned by the Divine Word Missionaries:

The Holy Name University of Bohol (#4) and

The University of San Carlos in Cebu (#1).

Proud to be SVD.

Precious is the Life Given for the Mission June 15, 2016

Posted by Fr. Felmar Castrodes Fiel, SVD in Arnold Janssen, Communications Ministry, SVD, Year of Mercy.
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Credit: Fr. Adam MacDonald, SVD

Credit: Fr. Adam MacDonald, SVD

 

Please join me and the rest of the Divine Word Missionaries, the Pink Sisters and the Blue Sisters in praying for the repose of the soul of Holy Spirit Missionary Sister Veronika Theresia Racková, SSpS who was called home to heaven last month.

 

 

Sister Veronika was native of Slovakia serving as head of St. Bakhita’s Medical Centre in Yei, South Sudan, Sr. Veronica was driving a car after taking a patient to hospital on the evening of May 16 when she was ambushed by gunmen suffering multiple fractures of the pelvis during the shooting.

 

Sr. Veronica has given her life and death for the people in South Sudan. Let us unite our prayers that her blood and death will be like a seed sown for greater peace to the people in South Sudan and the whole world. We entrust her to the love of the Triune God whom she loved until the end!

 

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