First Tech4ED Center in the Sacred Heart Parish Shrine, Kamuning

Photo Credit: Tech4ED Centers FB Page

The first Tech4ED center in the Sacred Heart Parish of Kamuning is launched today, April 12. This initiative aims to bring the benefits of ICT and introduce the Department of Information and Communications Technology – DICT Tech4ED Project in the religious sectors.

Photo Credit: Tech4ED Centers FB Page


The Technology for Education, Employment, Entrepreneurs, and Economic Development (Tech4ED) Project evolved  from the Philippine Community eCenter Program,  a national digital inclusion initiative establishing eCenters that provide critical e-government and  ICT-enabled services in  communities with minimal or no access to information and government services.


This initiative was the government’s  response to the World Summit on Information Society Plan of Action of which the Philippines  was a signatory which states that “ Governments and other stakeholders should establish multi-purpose community public access points, providing affordable or free-of-charge access for their citizens to the various communication resources, notably the internet.”

Photo Credit: Tech4ED Centers FB Page


Arnold Janssen Catholic Mission Foundation, Inc. (AJCMFI) is a non-profit organization which aims to promote the ideals and goals of the Department of Education’s Alternative Learning System (ALS) initiatives in the ALS centers in the country.


Photo Credit: Tech4ED Centers FB Page


The Ceremonial Memorandum of Agreement Signing and Center launching was led by Tech4ED Project Manager Maria Teresa Magadia Camba, Asst. project Manager Amelia Dean and Rev. Father Jerome Marquez, the parish priest of the Sacred Heart Parish of Kamuning.

Photo Credit: Tech4ED Centers FB Page

The parish was erected on October 1, 1941 and Fr. Theodore Buttenbruch, SVD was installed the first parish priest.




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.