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WE CONDEMN THE KILLING OF OUR BROTHER! April 2, 2007

Posted by Fr. Felmar Castrodes Fiel, SVD in JPIC, SVD.
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Our dear Society of the Divine Word (SVD) congregation mourns the death of our young missionary priest from Indonesia, Fr. Fransiskus Madhu, SVD, 31 who was shot dead while saying mass at around 5:30 pm yesterday (April 1, 2007) in Barrio Mabongtot, Lubuagan, Kalinga of the Northern part of the Philippines.

Fr. Francis is assigned as co-pastor of Fr. Gerardo Gudmalin, SVD in Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Mission in Lubuagan, Kalinga, which is under the Vicariate of Tabuk.

The initial report of our Superior General, Fr. Tony Pernia, SVD states that “Fransiskus was already vested for the afternoon Mass at 17.30 (5:30 p.m.) when a man suddenly appeared before him and fired an M-16 armalite at him without any apparent motive. It seems that the attacker had personal problems and was wanted by the police. Our young confrere died immediately.”

The man who shot him was known to have a criminal record. The Province of Ende has been informed as well as the family of Fr. Francis.

We, his SVD confreres in Christ the King Mission Seminary strongly condemn the killing of Fr. Francis. We hope that the government would do something to give justice to our dead confrere whose only motive was to serve the people of Kalinga in his mission assignment.

Please include him and his murderer in your prayers

JO5L0051

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1. Anonymous - April 2, 2007

Justice should be served!!!

2. Francesco - April 2, 2007

That’s horrible!!!

It is very saddening that this happened to a good missionary priest, especially one so young.

I will pray for him and for his murderer. I sincerely hope justice will be done.

Requiem aeternam dona ei Domine; et lux perpetua luceat ei. Requiescat in pace. Amen.

3. Catherine S. - April 2, 2007

This is very sad indeed. God bless you all.
Shalom.

4. Anonymous - April 2, 2007

Dear Felmar,

I am very sad to hear about the sudden killing of your confrere, Fr, francis. May his soul rest in peace and may God grant his family courage and peace to accept this shocking news. I was touched when you wrote to pray for his family and also for the murderer. Yes, let forgiveness reign, so that Peace may flourish.

Wishing you a fruitful Holy Week and the newness of Easter.
love and God bless,
sister maggie d costa

5. Dale - April 2, 2007

Thank you, Frater Felmar, for sharing the terrible news with us. Yes, I will remember Fr. Madhu in my prayers.
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Ask for nothing, refuse nothing; we must simply abandon ourselves into the hands of Providence, without nourishing any other desire but to do whatever God wills.
–St. Francis de Sales

6. Jrabs - April 2, 2007

Gosh, what a sad loss to your community.

God , please grant Fr Francis eternal rest and peace with you.
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“Only a general knows how and when to use one of his soldiers. Wait, your turn will come.” St. Padre Pio

7. BRC - April 3, 2007

Definitely this is deplorable! This is one reality we missionaries need to be ready for: to die for Christ and His Kingdom. If the police fails to catch the murderer, the perception that they may be party to the crime may be inevitable. The political background need not immediately be brushed off as has been mentioned in one of today’s papers, especially if there has not been any more information gathered. Yes, forgiveness will be given but it has to be sought for.

8. Fr Sean Coyle - April 3, 2007

My deepest sympathy to the family of Father Francis and to all the SVDs on his tragic death. May his generous faith bring many blessings on the people of Kalinga and on his own people in Flores, Indonesia.

Fr Sean Coyle
Editor, MISYON, http://www.misyononline.com

9. Anonymous - April 3, 2007

Dear Fiel,

I am one of those who have arrived this morning at the catehdral. One elderly woman from Lubuagan came crying for him. The ABS-CBN took picture of her but she was unaware. She was there for quite a long time mourning the kalinga.

I followed her after crying she was going out and so I went to talk to her and she told me that clan was also victimsing her family but because of fear she came to Bulanao for safety.

Fr. Gerry Gumadlin, SVD had a short talk after the Chrism mass and said he was still ready to remain in Lubuagan because only a few two or three people did the wrong thing, the injustice but there are more good people there to work with. i admired him for being so reconciliatory in the midst of so great a mourning for a simple, joyful and humble man like Fr. Francis. many kalingas came to show sympathy during the time of waiting. I am sure there are more people coming to pray for his eternal repose.. We will be there at four pm to pray our office for the dead.

I am a Sister of the Immaculate heart of mary, working with some of your priests.

SIHM Sister

10. LINA RUALO - April 3, 2007

WORDS ARE INADEQUATE TO EXPRESS OUR SORROW AT THE NEWS THAT FR. FRANSISKUS WAS GUNNED DOWN BY AN IRRESPONSIBLE PERSON. ALL LOVE AND SYMPATHY TO SVD FAMILY AND THE FAMILY OF FR. FRANSISKUS. WE PRAY FOR THE ETERNAL REPOSE OF HIS SOUL AND MAY GOD BLESS AND FORGIVE THE PERSON WHO HARMED FR. FRANSISKUS.

11. Daniel August C. Lopez - April 3, 2007

I am Daniel Lopez, a teacher from St. Jude Catholic School. I was deeply hurt when I heard the news about Fr. Francis Madhu. He’s a good friend of mine. Let us all offer our prayer to God for his repose, his family, the SVD community in Lubuagan, Kalinga, and also for the murderer. May the Lord be with you always!!

12. Anonymous - April 3, 2007

This is most terrible…an early Good Friday for all of us who one’s with the Arnoldus Family….we are in much pain and mourning…May he rest in peace!
Our prayers will be for Fr Francis, for those who perpetrated the crime and for the family of Fr Francis

Paul Edzz Ko and Family
Davao City Philippines

13. Anonymous - April 5, 2007

While there is no way to find goodness in cutting a person’s life particularly in the most deplorable manner that Fr. Francis was killed, I have to say that not too many people in the present world had been given the oppurtunity to die in the midst of serving God. Who says we lack saints today?

14. Anonymous - April 6, 2007

who care if a preist as slain in the phillipines!!!!!!!

http://profiles.yahoo.com/insanesith1?warn=1

15. Anonymous - April 11, 2007

I just want to make it clear that it was not a pistol but an armalite! WE don,t just pray but pray for the whole people of kalinga for conversion!

16. Anonymous - April 24, 2007

What a horrible thing to happen to such a kind soul. I am an American who lived in the Philippines from 1968-1980. I worship with a Filipino congregation in the parish of St. Augustine in Philadelphia, Pa. Our church is an official shrine for the Santo Nino. I will pray for his soul and for the dear people of Lubuagan, Kalinga and of the Greater Philippines.

Sincerely,

Frank T.

17. crying lady - September 14, 2007

hi!!.. hello one day when my friends research about a congregetion when we read your defferent stories and ducumentaries my friend ask its a wonderful site for those who plan to be missionaries..


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