St. Arnold Janssen Pastoral Hall

Arnold Janssen Hall

Photo Credit: Fr. Peter Vu, SVD

They only had their ground-breaking ceremony last year. Today, February 24, the faithful of the St. Luke Quasi-Parish of Aramaywan, Quezon, Palawan finally celebrates the thanksgiving and blessing of Saint Arnold Janssen Pastoral Hall. Fr. Peter Vu, their priest-administrator, posted in his facebook account his joy over the completion of the project:

“At this moment, my heart is full of joy in thanking God, St. Arnold Janssen, Bishop Socrates Mesiona, SVD Superiors and confreres, all clergy and religious of the Apostolic Vicariate of Puerto Princesa (Palawan), benefactors, mission-partners, friends, and all parishioners/mission-partners of St. Luke Quasi-parish for the accomplishment of the construction of this parish pastoral hall.”

Arnold Janssen Hall2

Photo Credit: Fr. Peter Vu, SVD

The St. Arnold Janssen Pastoral Hall is a two-floor building which will accommodate parishioners when they come for formation seminars or pastoral gatherings; it will also house the clergy for meetings. It was named after the SVD Founder Saint Arnold to leave a mark of SVD mission and to follow the example of our Founder to entrust everything to the Divine Providence.

The current priest-administrator, Fr. Peter Vu Continue reading


Farmer Scientist Training Program Graduation in Carcar City

Farmer Scientist Training Program Graduation

I was in Carcar City for the Holy Mass of the Farmer Scientist Training Program (FSTP) graduation. It was my first time to enter the new Carcar City Hall. Nice place!



The theme for the celebration was “Empowering Farmers for Socio-economic Progress.” The corn-based FSTP is based on the assumptions that “there is no barren soil, only barren mind” and “farming is a business and designed to liberate poor farmers from the bondage of poverty and hunger.”


Farmer Scientist Training Program Graduation


Farmer Scientist Training Program Graduation


The main objective of the Farmer Scientists Research, Development and Extension Training Program is to give small farmers in Cebu, Siquijor, Negros Oriental, Bohol, Leyte and other provinces in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao direct training contact with agricultural experts and scientists to develop their technical and scientific capabilities to grow corn and other crops utilizing appropriate farming technologies.



It also aims to strengthen the teaching, research and extension capabilities of local government units and state colleges and universities so they can render better services in their areas of responsibility.


Farmer Scientist Training Program Graduation


The theme song of the graduates of FSTP is “Sino Ako,” composed by Fr. Jose S. Castañeda who was then assistant parish priest of the Basilica de Immaculada Concepcion in Batangas City back in 1981. The same song was translated into Cebuano by Fr. Roberto M. Ebisa, SVD in 1995.


Novena Sched for the 104th Birthday of Msgr. Teofilo Camomot

Handuraw 2018: The 104th birthday anniversary of Archbishop Teofilo Bastida Camomot. The theme for this year is “Year of the Clergy and Consecrated Persons: Renewed Servant-leaders for the New Evangelization.” The activities shall cover February 22 to March 3. The opening salvo on February 22 will be the 4 pm Walk with Mary for the Canonization of Archbishop Teofilo Camomot.  These are the schedules of Novena Masses:


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February 21, 2018

5 pm – Fr. Paul Eric Pedrosa



February 22, 2018 (First Day)

10 am – Msgr. Carlito Pono, HP

3 pm – Fr. Benjamin Contapay



February 23, 2018 (Second Day)

10 am – Fr. Paul Eric Pedrosa

3 pm – Fr. Marlito Binondo



February 24, 2018 (Third Day)

10 am – Fr. Mhar Vincent Balili

3 pm  – Fr. Miguelito Sarmago



February 252, 2018 (Fourth Day)

10 am – Msgr. Oscar Florencio, DD

3 pm – Msgr. Esteban Binghay



February 26, 2018 (Fifth Day)

10 am – Fr. Zachary Honorio Zacarias

3 pm – Msgr. Camilo Alia



February 27, 2018 (Sixth Day)

10 am – Fr. Oscar Ornopia, E.V.

3 pm – Fr. Ace Vocales



February 28, 2018 (Seventh Day)

10 am – Fr. Archbishop Jose Palma, DD

3 pm – Fr. Mike Hisoler



March 1, 2018 (Eighth Day)

10 am – Msgr. Dennis Villarojo, DD

3 pm – Fr. Cresenciano Ubod



March 2, 2018 (9th Day)

10 am – Msgr. Joseph Tan

3 pm – Fr. Dennis Baricuatro



March 3, 2018 ( 104th Birthday of Arch. Teofilo Camomot)

10 am – Fr. Patrick Daniel Parcon, DD

3 pm – Fr. Archbishop Jose Palma, DD


In the evening will be the grand finale of the Second AWITeofilo Songwriting Competition. Special guests are Jamie Rivera and the Cebu singing priests.


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.

Job Vacancy for Coastal Resource Management

Join the SVD Philippines’ largest NGO – the JPIC-IDC, Inc.! We are in need of 8 personnel for our newest project: Coastal Resource Management



Duration: January 2018 to December 2020.

Personnel to be recruited:
1. Project Manager (1 person)
2. CRM Coordinator (1 person)
3. Community Organizer (2 persons)
4. Livelihood & Marketing Coordinator (1 person)
5. Environmental Education & Monitoring Officer (1 person)
6. Project Accountant (1 person)
7. Project Driver & Mechanic (1 person)

Photo Credit: JPIC-IDC




Photo Credit: JPIC-IDC




Photo Credit: JPIC-IDC


Photo Credit: JPIC-IDC


Photo Credit: JPIC-IDC


Photo Credit: JPIC-IDC


Photo Credit: JPIC-IDC



Photo Credit: JPIC-IDC

Any interested applicant could send their application to:

The Executive Director
c/o University of San Carlos
Pelaez Street, 6000 Cebu City

Documents to be sent:
 Application Letter (Manuscript)
 Curriculum Vitae
 Photocopies of Diplomas & Certificates

Pelaez Street, Brgy. Kamagayan, Cebu City, Philippines
Telephone: +6332 253 3254; Telefax: +6332 254 7459
Email address:

Posting Closing date: February 16, 2018

N.B. Only selected candidates will be contacted


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.