The SVD Philippine Southern Province recently elected its new officials for the next triennium. They were chosen by 112 confreres who were present during the Provincial Election held last January 29, 2014. Fr. Eduardo “Jingjong” Rocha, SVD was elected by a whooping majority as the Provincial Superior. This is Fr. Jingjong’s first time to be elected in the office after he assumed the position vacated by Fr. Heinz Kulueke, SVD who was elected Superior General during the 17th General Chapter on July 3, 2012.
Fr. Ernesto Salvar, SVD, the current Rector of the Divine Word Formation Center of Davao, was elected Vice-Provincial Superior. Fr. Eugene Docoy SVD, the Rector of St. Raphael Commnity (USC-Main) and the Director of the PHS JPIC and Fr. Jerry Perocho, SVD, the Superior of the Agusan-Surigao District, were also elected first and second councilors, respectively. The one elected Admonitor was Fr. Aleksander Gaut, SVD, the Rector of University of San Carlos – Talamban community.
A thanksgiving mass was held at the Pink Sisters’ Community after the election. The Provincial Superior presided the Holy Mass and also gave the homily.
Their term of office starts on the first day of March.