The Glorious Praise October 20, 2016Posted by Fr. Felmar Castrodes Fiel, SVD in Diocese of Imus, Priesthood, SVD, SVD Philippine Central Province, Year of Mercy.
Tags: Fr. Raul Caga SVD
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Kababayans who are in Macau or in Hong Kong, you’re cordially invited to a fund-raising concert by SVD Singing Priest, Fr. Raul Caga, SVD on November 6, 2016 at the Our of Fatima Parish in Macau. The parish is SVD administered, the only one here in Macau. It will be an evening of “Glorious Praise” to the Lord in this part of China, a population of around 600,000 of which 7.2% are Christians. The proceeds will go to the education and formation of future missionaries of the Divine Word Seminary, Tagaytay City, Philippines. (Credit: Fr. Randolf Cariño Flores, SVD)
The Catholic Mass Media Awards (CMMA) acknowledged Fr. Raul’s mission of evangelization through music. His 2006 album “Called by Love” was a finalist in Best Religious Album category, while his 2012 album “My Sweet Surrender” won the “Best Inspirational Album.
His latest album “Gracious Mercy” is still out in the market. This album includes the beautiful song ‘Mercy and compassion’ sang by him and Cardinal Chito Tagle.
Welcome to the Philippines! October 15, 2016Posted by Fr. Felmar Castrodes Fiel, SVD in Communications Ministry, SVD, SVD Philippine Central Province, SVD Philippine Northern Province, SVD Philippine Southern Province, Year of Mercy.
Tags: Bro. Guy Mido Mazola, Divine Word Missionaries, Fr. Arlindo Pereira Dias SVD, Fr. Gregory Pinto SVD, SVD
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The Societas Verbi Divini (SVD) – Philippines welcomes the three General Visitators who are now in the country to visit the different SVD areas in the Philippines:
SVD Philippine Central Province: Fr. Arlindo Pereira Dias, SVD
SVD Philippine Northern Province: Bro. Guy Mido Mazola, SVD
SVD Philippine Southern Province: Fr. Gregory Pinto, SVD
According to the SVD Constitutions, 626: “General visitations are an occasion for the visitator to come into personal contract with the individual confreres. It has the task of strengthening the confreres’ conviction that the Society cares for each and everyone of them. It also helps the Generalate more exact information of the life and work of our confreres and a realistic picture of the conditions and needs of the various areas of the Society. This should result in our confreres living in line with the Society’s norms and working towards our common goal.”
Family Tree 101: The Tan – Fiel Family of Ormoc October 10, 2016Posted by Fr. Felmar Castrodes Fiel, SVD in Archdiocese of Palo, Fiel Clan, Year of Mercy.
Tags: Agaton Fiel, Emiliana Tan
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Emiliana Tan was born on October 11, 1888. She first dreamed of becoming a nun since her teenage years. Her father Pablo Tan, a wealthy haciendero, sent his daughters to Colegio de la Immaculada Concepcion in Cebu, an elite school conducted by the “Hijas de la Caridad” now known as Daughters of Charity. A certain Fr. Pedro Angulo, a Vincentian priest encouraged her to follow God’s call. With the priest’s help, she was all set to go to Spain to join the “Hijas de la Caridad.”
Her father pleaded, “come home (to Ormoc) and receive my blessing before you go.” She knew, however, that it was a ploy to keep her in the Philippines. The good priest, strangely counseled her to go back to Ormoc.
Ormoc back then was a small town. Only one small boat left for Cebu once a week. Pablo Tan was headstrong and determined to keep his eldest daughter out of the convent. So, Emiliana was always accompanied by one of her sisters whenever she left the house and her father placed lookouts in the boat to prevent her from escaping!
In the meantime, Pablo Tan was interested in a match for Emiliana. An intelligent young man of humble origins, the town bard who composed poems for the town’s celebration was a good match. They met and fell in love. But Agaton Fiel, Ormoc’s first lawyer failed the first bar exam because he was in love!
Eventually, on January 26, 1916 in Ormoc parish Church Agaton Fiel and Emiliana Tan exchanged “I dos.”
In the early 1920’s, the family experienced a great sorrow. A dysentery epidemic ravaged Ormoc. Antibiotics were not yet discovered. Among the child victims were Joselito (2) and Arturo (4) within hours from each other. Six months later, Araceli (6) succumbed to the deadly disease. Agaton and Emiliana were desolate. Father Angulo consoled the grief-stricken parents.
In 1935, they moved to Manila. Antonio Tan Fiel, who for some years earlier graduated valedictorian from San Beda College, received his diploma in Civil Engineering Cum Laude from the University of Santo Tomas in 1937.
December 7, 1941. The bombing of the Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. War erupted in the Philippines. Antonio Tan Fiel, also known as “Toňing” was a “guerillero”, an underground who resisted the Japanese invaders. He was caught in a “treacherous act” – listening over short wave radio to the forbidden news from the United States. He was imprisoned and tortured. He was never seen again.
On December 6, 1944, a week after Toňing was arrested, six grim-faced Japanese military police came to the house of Agaton and Emiliana. They finally decided to arrest Agaton, a prospect that spelled torture and death. Just before they were to take him away, the family knelt before the image of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and prayed as they never prayed before. In those few moments of wrenching supplications, a miracle happened. A change of heart! The dreaded enemy said, “Mr. Fiel you stay, your family needs you.”
On May 13, 1946, Josefina Tan Fiel sailed for the Good Shepherd Novitiate in Los Angeles. She was later known as Sr. Anne of the Religious of the Good Shepherd. Seven days later, Milagros “Guitos” Tan Fiel joined the Holy Spirit Sisters in Mendiola. She was later known as Sr. Milagros of the Blue Sisters. Their mother was overwhelmed with consolation. The nun she wanted to be but did not become was fulfilled in her children. Still grieving over Toňing’s fate, she reverently said, “the fruits of the cross are sweet.”
In 1954, Celina also joined the Good Shepherd Sisters and was known as Sr. Teresita. With three daughters in the convent, Emiliana exclaimed, “Lord, my debt is paid – with interest!” (Sr. Ma. Teresita Tan Fiel, RGS)
Picture of Perseverance in Missionary Life October 5, 2016Posted by Fr. Felmar Castrodes Fiel, SVD in Arnold Janssen, Communications Ministry, Diocese of Cubao, Jesus, Priesthood, SVD, SVD Philippine Central Province, SVD Philippine Northern Province, SVD Philippine Southern Province, Vocation Campaign, Vocation Story, Year of Mercy.
Tags: Bishop Antonio Palang SVD, Fr. Anselm Taolin Kiik SVD, Fr. Anselmo Nicasio SVD, Fr. Carlos Lariosa SVD, Fr. Danilo Bayalas SVD, Fr. Eduardo Guarin SVD, Fr. Eleuterio Lacaron SVD, Fr. Emeterio dela Paz SVD, Fr. Emmanuel Menguito SVD, Fr. Felix Ferrer SVD, Fr. Fernando Santos SVD, Fr. Francis Vega SVD, Fr. Geronimo John Paat SVD, Fr. Ignacio Joaquin SVD, Fr. Jose Caballes SVD, Fr. Joseph Villas SVD, Fr. Lloyd Fiedler SVD, Fr. Manuel Bongayan SVD, Fr. Michael Padua SVD, Fr. Peter Michael SVD, Fr. Quintin Terrenal SVD, Fr. Thaddeus Teano SVD, Fr. Timoteus Gampur SVD
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Here are our missionaries from the SVD Philippine Central Province who are celebrating their Jubilee. Some 25 years of ordination and vows, some 40, some 50 years.
Fr. Peter Michael, SVD – the most senior among the Divine Word Missionaries in the Philippines today, celebrates his 80th year in vows. Last October 1, he celebrated his 104th birthday.
The Society of the Divine Word (Latin: Societas Verbi Divini, abbreviated SVD), popularly called Divine Word Missionaries, and sometimes the Steyler Missionaries, is a missionary religious congregation in The Roman Catholic Church Roman.
In the Philippines, the Divine Word Missionaries arrived in Bangued, Abra, in 1909, founding schools in Bangued, Vigan, in Ilocos Sur and Laoag City in Ilocos Norte, as well as in other parts of the Philippines. Now there are about 500 Filipino SVD priests and brothers and around 150 of them are serving in overseas missions on all continents. In the Philippines, the SVD have three ecclesiastical provinces, namely: the Philippine North (PHN) that comprises missionary works of Pangasinan to Aparri; the Philippine Central (PHC) that covers the National Capital Region, and all the provinces comprising central Luzon, southern Tagalog and the whole Bicol region; and the Philippine South (PHS) whose ministries cover the Visayas and Mindanao Islands.
The congregation opened Christ the King Mission Seminary in 1934 in Quezon City for their Filipino applicants and from then on their numbers continued to increase eventually making the SVD the largest religious institute of men in the country.
HELP US ALSO PROMOTE THE CAUSE FOR THE BEATIFICATION OF OUR MARTYR-BISHOP:
Bishop William Finnemann, SVD
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Nagwerk. Nag-change Career. Nag-SVD. September 30, 2016Posted by Fr. Felmar Castrodes Fiel, SVD in Communications Ministry, SVD, SVD Philippine Central Province, SVD Philippine Northern Province, SVD Philippine Southern Province, Vocation Campaign, Vocation Story, Year of Mercy.
Tags: Bishop Leopoldo Jaucian SVD, Bro. Bela Lanyi SVD, Bro. Errol Torres SVD, Fr. Dennis Testado SVD, Fr. Eric Lacandula SVD, Fr. Franlou Bardon SVD, Fr. Jerry Perocho SVD, Fr. Victor Florida SVD
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Are you a single professional or a fourth year high school who feels the call to serve God in the religious missionary life?
Then, join the SVD!
We are a congregation of congregation of Priests and Brothers, founded in Steyl, Holland on September 8, 1875, by St. Arnold Janssen. SVD is one of the three religious congregations founded by St. Arnold, along with the Blue Sisters and the Pink Sisters.
The SVD Missionaries, as “witnesses” to the Divine Word (Jesus), are engaged among others, in the following works: biblical apostolate, education, parish administration, mass media/communication, mission animation, formation of youth, formation of future priests and religious missionaries, promotion of justice, peace and integrity of creation (JPIC), community organizing, empowerment of indigenous peoples/communities, care of street children, prostituted women and other marginalized sectors of the society.
At present, we are the 7th biggest male congregation in the Church and the biggest in the Philippines.
For more details, visit or call the nearest SVD vocation office nearest you:
SVD PHILIPPINE NOTHERN PROVINCE:
DIVINE WORD FORMATION CENTER – URDANETA
c/o Divine Word College of Urdaneta, Urdaneta, 2428 Pangasinan
Tel. No. (075) 568-2612
SVD PHILIPPINES CENTRAL PROVINCE
SVD Vocation Director
Christ the King Mission Seminary
1101 E. Rodriguez Sr. Ave.
Quezon City, Philippines 1112
Telephone Number(s): (632) 726 5002; (632) 725 8981 to 82 Fax Number: (632) 412 0618
SVD PHILIPPINES SOUTHERN PROVINCE
St. Joseph Freinademetz Formation House
0534 D. Jakosalem St., Cogon Ramos
6000 Cebu City
Mobile Numbers: 0928-240-5863 (Smart); 0927-834-6933 (Globe); 0922-359-4138 (Sun)
Telephone Numbers: (032)255-1876; (032)255-1892
Email Ads: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com
DIVINE WORD FORMATION CENTER-DAVAO
Catalunan Grande, 8000 Davao City P.O. Box 81218
Tel No. (082) 297-4449
Retreat House in Marigondon, Lapulapu City September 25, 2016Posted by Fr. Felmar Castrodes Fiel, SVD in Archdiocese of Cebu, Cebu, Communications Ministry, SVD, SVD Philippine Southern Province, Year of Mercy.
Tags: Recollection Venue in Cebu, Recollection Venue in in Lapu-lapu City, Retreat House in Cebu, Retreat House in Lapu-lapu City, Team Building Venue in Cebu, Team Building Venue in Lapu-lapu City
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The SVD Rest House is now ready for your:
Retreat, Recollection, Team Building, Short Stay and any Special Events.
Its location is in Marigondon, Lapu-lapu City, Cebu
just beside the University of San Carlos Marine Sanctuary.
For Inquiries kindly PM or Check @ 2535105 / 09324083924.
If you are interested,
Kindly direct your inquiries
@ 2535105 / 09324083924
Because I cannot answer your questions.
Have a nice day!
Rest in Peace, Archbishop Carmelo Morelos September 20, 2016Posted by Fr. Felmar Castrodes Fiel, SVD in Archdiocese of Zamboanga, Obituary, Priesthood, Year of Mercy.
Tags: Archbishop Carmelo Morelos, Archbishop Socrates Villegas
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REST IN PEACE, Archbishop Carmelo Morelos!!!
(December 11, 1930 – September 17, 2016)
Ordained priest: April 3, 1954
Ordained bishop: July 5, 1967
Archbishop of Zamboanga: 1994-2006
When I posted the photo above in my facebook account, Archbishop Socrates Villegas have very good words for Bishop Morelos:
“He (Bishop Carmelo Morelos) was a zealous and prudent bishop. His sense of humor and his practical wisdom endeared him to so many bishops, priests, nuns and laity. Having been a former CBCP President, he led the bishops with his exceptional intelligence and unique insights. We have a new saint in heaven.”
Missionaries Learning Languages 101 September 15, 2016Posted by Fr. Felmar Castrodes Fiel, SVD in Archdiocese of Cebu, Cebu, Communications Ministry, Facebook, Jokes, SVD Jokes, SVD Philippine Southern Province, Year of Mercy.
Tags: Brother Paulino Bongcaras SVD
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Laugh trip! Creative English 101: The University of San Carlos-Cebu SVD community is blest with the presence of non-Filipino missionaries. Part of their training is to learn English, then Cebuano, the local language. This is how Brother Paulino Bongcaras creatively teaches a Vietnamese confrere regarding the parts of the body – in English. (Video Credit: Fr. Semei, SVD)
Back-to-Back Victory September 10, 2016Posted by Fr. Felmar Castrodes Fiel, SVD in Archdiocese of Cebu, Cebu, Communications Ministry.
Tags: Cebu Broadcasters’ Month, DYRF, DYRF Radio Fuerza, Kapisanan ng Mga Broadcasters ng Pilipinas, Power FM
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The month of September is Cebu Broadcasters’ Month. The two radio stations of the Divine Word Missionaries, DYRF and Power FM of the Word Broadcasting Corporation (WBC) joined the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkasters ng Pilipinas (KBP) – Cebu in celebrating the Broadcasters’ Month.
KBP-Cebu is the most active KBP chapter in the Philippines and we have a hall of fame status to prove that. This year proves to be very special for our two stations as our bets for the Mister and Miss KBP won. Congratulations to Kaiser R. Castañares of DYRF 1215 Radio Dyrf Ka Fuerza and Maxi Bolongaita of 89.1 Dydw Power FM for winning the contest. They will be representing the KBP-Cebu for the Mister and Press Freedom.
Memorare to the Blessed Virgin Mary September 8, 2016Posted by Fr. Felmar Castrodes Fiel, SVD in Mama Mary, Year of Mercy.
Tags: Mama Mary
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The Memorare is a Roman Catholic prayer that reminds us that we have a wonderful advocate and protector in the mother of our Lord, the Blessed Virgin Mary. It invites us to ask the Blessed Mother for her assistance and her grace, especially when we feel most troubled in our daily lives. (Thanks to Fr. Ferdie for the music)