Fr. Flor Lagura, SVD shared about the story of Fr. Robert Winkler, SVD. “Fr. Winkler was a German missionary to Mindoro. In the 1940’s, Fr. Winkler had to hike from Calapan, the provincial capital, to Bulalacao, the southernmost town. A distance of roughly 200 kilometers over hills, mountains and rivers.

One night, the Bongabon River raged, so the good missionary decided to wait for the dawn cradled in the safety of a tree towering over the riverbank. The next morning, he was shocked to see a huge crocodile awaiting him at the tree’s base. Fortunately, Fr. Winkler – being more patient than the reptile – lived not only to tell the story but also spend many years of his life in building up God’s kingdom.” (The Word in Other Words 2002, May 9)


I welcome contributions! Anecdotes must be funny, true stories of SVD missionaries working in the Philippines or Pinoy SVD missionaries working in any part of the globe. Contributions may be forwarded to





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