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


Rooted in the Word, Committed to His Mission

Photo Credit: Fr. Charlton Plateron, SVD

The SVD is indeed a community of brothers from different nations and cultures! This year I chose to join the Palawan group for our annual retreat. The theme “Rooted in the Word, Committed to His Mission” was especially made meaningful by the insights and missionary life experiences of our retreat facilitator Vice Superior General Robert Kisala, SVD and my 70 other confreres at the St. Ezekiel Moreno Spirituality and Development Center in Puerto Princesa.

Groufie with my brothers from different nations


Sharing of stories


Statement shirt of the day

In the middle of the retreat, we received two good news: an SVD confrere was appointed the new bishop of Tokyo in Japan. Bishop Tarcisius Isao Kikuchi, SVD, currently the bishop of Niigata diocese, takes over from Archbishop Peter Takeo Okada who has retired. The other news was the special citation this blog ( recieved from the Catholic Mass Media Awards 2017.


Session with Fr. Bob Kisala, SVD


Adoration before the Blessed Sacrament


Fr. Alois Ortner, SVD in prayer


Thank you to all the people who prayed for the success of our retreat. May the Heart of Jesus live in the hearts of all.

Liturgical Bible Study Seminar

Credit: Fr. Arlo Bernardo Yap, SVD


The Divine Word Biblical Center and the Family Disciples of the Word will be conducting Liturgical Bible Study (LBS) Seminar on June 24-25, 2017 at Janssen Hall, Christ the King Seminary, E. Rodriguez Ave., QC. Aimed at training facilitators, the Liturgical Bible Study is proven to be an effective methodology to feed your family or your community (BEC) with the Word of God. You may watch YouTube posts on Litugical Bible Study. For further inquiries, you may call Sis. Dayday 0928 453 1002. Praise the Lord tayo dyan!

Santatlo Class: First Profession of Vows

All photos are credited to Juni Amora Alexander


The Santatlo Class of the Society of the Divine Word (SVD) who were fresh from their one year of Novitiate formation in Calapan, Oriental Mindoro had their First Profession of Vows at the Holy Spirit Chapel of the Divine Word Seminary of Tagaytay (DWST), Tagaytay City.
As members of a religious congregation, the Missionaries of the Divine Word embrace the evangelical counsels, taking the three traditional religious vows of poverty, chastity and obedience.

Santatlo Class together with Fr. Edwin Fernandez, SVD and Fr. Ben Limsuan, SVD

Their class name, Santatlo, is a combination of the words “isa” meaning “one” and “tatlo” meaning “three” – which pertains to the Holy Trinity, one God but three divine persons. 
Santatlo Class is composed of 16 young seminarians. They shall be among the incoming first year Theology students at the opening of the DWST’s new school year.

Santatlo Class

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Renewal of Vows

Photo Credit: Brother Emmanuel Ines, SVD

Seven SVD Brothers recently had their renewal of vows at the St. Arnold Janssen Shrine-Parish of Cainta, Rizal. By renewing their religious profession, they once again made a public vow to observe the three evangelical counsels of chastity, poverty and obedience. They are:


Brother Mark Paglicawan, SVD

Brother Ruel Bancoro, SVD

Brother Roselo Alagase , SVD

Brother Ramcel Supat, SVD

Brother Retchie Havana, SVD

Brother Samuel De Guzman, SVD

Brother Emmanuel Ines, SVD

Photo Credit: Brother Emmanuel Ines, SVD


Divine Word Missionary brothers are men committed to living Consecrated Life in response to a call from God. They focus on their God-given talents and share their gifts with others while engaged in a variety of ministries. From teaching in schools and building churches to graphic design, music and ministries in medicine and in technical trades, Divine Word Missionary brothers serve the Church and those in need.

Photo Credit: Brother Emmanuel Ines, SVD

The Provincial of the SVD Philippine Central Province, Fr. Raymund Festin, SVD accepted their renewal of vows in behalf of the Superior General.

Photo Credit: Brother Emmanuel Ines, SVD

Perpetual Vows: A Promise for Life

The Communio Class together with Fr. Raymund Festin, SVD (fourth from left), the Provincial Superior of the Philippine Central Province (Photo Credits: Juni Amora Alexander)


Congratulations to the Communio Class for their religious profession of Perpetual Vows in the Society of the Divine Word!!!
Frt. Jhun Joel Templa, SVD
Frt. Godofredo Guddie Abaya, SVD
Frt. Ronie Baleli, SVD
Frt. Dennis Ryan Varquez SVD
Frt. Marlon Atenido,SVD


“By religious profession members make a public vow to observe the three evangelical counsels. Through the ministry of the Church they are consecrated to God, and are incorporated into the institute, with the rights and duties defined by law.” (Code of Canon Law, par. 654)

As members of a religious institute, the Missionaries of the Divine Word embrace the evangelical counsels, taking the three traditional religious vows of poverty, chastity and obedience.

The SVD Missionaries who were also there for the event.

Poverty means that all possessions are held in common and that no member may accumulate wealth. Chastity means more than abstaining from sexual activity and its purpose is to make the religious totally available for service; it is also a sign that only God can completely fill the human heart. For a member of a religious congregation, obedience is not slavishly doing what one is told by the superior but being attentive to God’s will by prayerfully listening to the voice of the person in charge. Ultimately, these vows are lived out within a community and bolstered by a relationship with God.


Palm and Passion Sunday (A)

Palm and Passion Sunday


Palm Sunday / Passion Sunday (A)

Isaiah 50:4-7

Psalm: My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?

Philippians 2:6-11


Matthew 26: 14-27,66


Welcome to the Palm and Passion Sunday!


Tandaan po ninyo, ang linggong ito ang isa sa mga may pinakamagandang second readings sa buong taon para sa akin. Ito ay galing sa book of St. Paul to the Philippians: at ang mensaheng ito ay produkto ng pagninilay ng first Christian communities. “Though he was in the form of God, Jesus did not deem equality with God something to be used for his own advantage.” (Philippians 2:6). Sa simula pa lamang, si Hesus ay talagang banal. Ngunit hindi tumigil si St. Paul doon. Sabi pa niya: “Rather, he emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in the likeness of men. Thus, he humbled himself, by becoming obedient to death, death on the cross!” (Philippians 2:7)


Ang Dios na banal ay naging tao, upang ang tao ay maging banal.


This is a special time of the year that we stop to remember and bring back the memories leading to our redemption and salvation. Yes, we remember Jesus’ dying and rising, but let us also remember our own dying and rising with him.


Let us ponder upon two questions for today:


  1. Do I have true sorrow for my sins?


Akin bang nararamdaman ang taus-pusong pagsisisi sa aking mga kasalanan? Ngunit hindi lamang iyan – ang pagsisisi ay hindi lamang iyong makaramdam ng kalungkutan, pananangis at pagtanggap ng parusa sa mga kasalanang nagawa ngunit ang pagbabagong-isip.


Ang tunay na pagsisisi ay yaong may kasamang paggawa ng  mabuti (Luke 3:8). Samakatuwid, kung ako’y magdarasal, hihingi ng tawad sa Dios, ako ay tunay na nagsisisi kung ang aral ni Hesus ay akin ng isinasabuhay. It is impossible to change if the person cannot and will not change. Change will come if you change. Imposible ang tunay na pagsisisi kung walang bungang pagbabago sa ugali.


  1. Am I willing to carry my own cross?


May story ako na naalala ko pa mula sa aking auntie na aking guro noong high school. Sabi niya, one day, a man complained to Christ dahil masyadong mabigat ang krus na kanyang dala. Then dinala siya ni Hesus sa isang lugar na puno ng krus. sabi ni Hesus, pili ka ng krus mo dyan.


So, ibinaba nya yong kanyang krus at nagsimula siyang umikot. He saw a very small cross, binuhat niya, then sabi niya: ang gaan naman. So ibinaba niya at naghanap ulit. May nakita siyang malaking krus, binuhat niya, ngunit sabi – sobrang bigat naman!


So, hanap siya ng hanap ng krus na babagay sa kanya. Naikot niya ang buong lugar ngunit wala siyang mahanap na krus na sakto lamang sa kanya.


Then, all of a sudden, in a corner, may nakita isang krus, hindi masyadong Malaki, hindi rin masyadong maliit. He carried it, not so heavy, not too light. Kaya sabi niya kay Hesus, “yes, Jesus, ito na ang napili kong krus!”


Jesus laughed at him. Sabi ni Hesus, that’s the same cross you complained about!


Brothers and sisters, while we ponder on the sufferings of Christ, let us also be mindful to accept our own sufferings, knowing that God never gives us trials beyond our capacity. (1 Corinthians 10:13). His grace is always enough for us.


Have a meaningful and prayerful holy week po.


This is Fr. Felmar Castrodes Fiel, SVD. Witness to the Word.