SVD PHS Provincial Chapter Convokes Today

Provincial Chapter 2018

The Provincial Chapter of the SVD Philippine Southern Province (PHS) convokes today at the University of San Carlos (USC). The ceremony opened with the Bible enthronement and the words of welcome from Fr. Provincial Eduardo Rocha, SVD. Some of the agenda to be discussed during the day are the following: amendment of the PHS articles of incorporation, home leave, election of General Chapter delegates and other matters like Junior SVD concerns and the PHS retirement house.

Provincial Chapter 2018

The PHS Statement on the Education Ministry and the Manual on School Governance will also be subjected for approval.
The chapter will close at 5:30 pm with the celebration of the Holy Eucharist at the chapel of the St. Rafael community of USC. The elected delegate will be the one to preside.

Provincial Chapter 2018

Provincial Chapter 2018


USC at the Basilica Pilgrim Center

The Holy Child devotees during the 2:30 pm Novena Mass

The 2:30 pm Novena Mass at the Pilgrim Center of the Basilica Minore del Santo Niño de Cebu was sponsored by the University of San Carlos. Fr. Dionisio Miranda, SVD, the President of the University presided the liturgical celebration in Cebuano language. More than 50 priests also concelebrated, more than half of them SVDs.

Photo Credit: Fr. John Cruz, SVD


The Altar of the Pilgrim Center

The homilist was Fr. Romy Cagatin, SVD, the Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation-Integrated Development Incorporated (JPIC-IDC) coordinator of the Philippine SVD Southern Province.


Photo Credit: Fr. John Cruz, SVD


There was a slight rain and suddenly the Pilgrim Center was filled with umbrellas.


This year’s theme for the celebration is “Sto. Niño: Inspiration of Renewed Disciples for the New Evangelization.” This is patterned after the pastoral thrust of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) on the Year of the Clergy and Consecrated Persons.

I did not concelebrate. I was at the Media Center for the live coverage of the Holy Mass.

SVD Ordination 2017

The Communio Class with Msgr. Socrates Mesiona, MSP (Photo Credit: Juni Amora Alexander)

Five new Filipino priests are added to the list of the Divine Word Missionaries (SVD) last December 2, 2017 at the Divine Word Seminary in Tagaytay City. They call themselves the “Communio Class,” a Latin word which means “Communion.” Their mission assignments are the following:


Fr. Marlon Atendido, SVD (Missionary to Central America Province)

Fr. Jhun Joel Templa, SVD (Missionary to Philippine Northern Province)

Fr. Dennis Ryan Varquez, SVD (Missionary to Zimbabwe Region)

Fr. Godofredo Abaya, SVD (Missionary to Germany Province)

Fr. Ronie Baleli, SVD (Missionary to Ghana Province)

Three of the new new priests are alumni of Divine Word Formation Center of Davao #DavaoBoys (Photo Credit: Van Avenido)

The ordaining prelate was Bishop Socrates Mesiona of the Mission Society of the Philippines, himself an alumnus of the Divine Word Seminary Tagaytay. Among the ninety priests present were the three Philippine provincial superiors: Fr. Romeo Fajardo, SVD of the Philippine Northern Province, Fr. Jingjong Rocha, SVD of the Philippine Southern Province and Fr. Raymun Festin, SVD of the Philippine Central Province.



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.

WitnesSing to the WORD

To the students, faculty and (ADEA) non-teaching personnel of the University of San Carlos – CEBU CITY:
You are all invited to participate in the 3rd WitnesSING to the Word Songwriting contest. Please take time to read the guidelines.

Photo Credit: Hardie Bigcas

1st Prize is P20,000
2nd: 15,000
3rd: 10,000
Consolation: P2,000.
For more information: visit or call the USC Campus Ministry Office in your respective campus.
Deadline for submission of entries on July 28, 2017, 5:30pm.
God bless! Please share this post.

SVD Local Superiors and House/District Treasurers (2017-2020)

Fr. Eduardo Rocha, SVD: Provincial Superior of the SVD Philippine Southern Provinces


Below you will find the Local Superiors and House/District Treasurers in our different communities and districts:


St. Rafael SVD Community (USC Downtown Campus):


House Treasurer: FR. SEMEI REBAYLA, SVD



St. Michael SVD Residence (USC Talamban Campus):





St. Joseph Freinademetz Formation House:



House Treasurer: BR. EDGARDO FAZ, SVD


St. Gabriel SVD Community (HNU):


House Treasurer: FR. CYRUS MERCADO, SVD



St. Arnold Janssen Home (HNUMCI Community):



House Treasurer: FR. LUKAS AJA WONA, SVD



St. Paul SVD Community (LVD):


House Treasurer: FR. ARIEL TAMPUS, SVD


Divine Word Formation Center – Davao

Rector & House Treasurer: FR. ERNESTO SALVAR, SVD


Agusan-Surigao District:

District Superior: FR. CHARLES GINGCO, SVD

District Treasurer: FR. YEREMIAS SASI, SVD


Ipil District:

District Superior: FR. DANILO NOVAL, SVD

District Treasurer: FR. LOIE DA-ILISAN, SVD


There are Local Superiors and House/District Superiors who were reappointed and therefore they continued to function in their respective offices. The rest who are newly appointed assume in office on June 1, 2017 (except for Frs. Calonia and Lukas who assumed in office last May 16, 2017). Let us pray for all our Local Superiors and House/District Treasurers together with the members of their respective Local Councils who will be elected that they will exercise their responsibilities in the service of our Lord and of our Society, in particular of our Province.


May Sts. Arnold and Joseph accompany all of us in our missionary journey!


Sincerely yours in the Divine Word,



SVD Provincial Superior – PHS