Rest in peace, Fr. Herman Suico, SVD (1954-2018)

Rest in peace, Fr. Mannix!

Rest in peace, Fr. Herman Suico, SVD (May 28, 1954; Dipolog – June 8, 2018; Cebu). He had a stroke last Thursday and was on comatose mode while at the Perpetual Succour Hospital. He died Friday, 4:30 in the afternoon.


Photo above was taken during our arrival in Olutanga Island, Zamboanga Sibugay for our new mission assignments. We took the Philippine Airlines flight from Cebu to Dipolog on June 1, 2009. We almost missed the flight actually, kay wala man sija kamata dajon sa kaadlawon. I knocked his room several times and in ten minutes, we were ready to go to the airport – but went back to the University of San Carlos because he left his cellphone in his room.


At Dipolog airport, we met his cousin, an airline pilot, who prepared the breakfast for us. Then a parishioner couple from Olutanga Island, Kiking Lim (+) and Noel Llanos accompanied us on our loooooooooooong trip to our mission area.

Rest in peace, Fr. Mannix!

First Vows: 1979
Ordination: 1983

Mission Assignments:
1. Divine Word Formation Center of Cebu
2. Sts. Peter and Paul-Cagdianao, Dinagat Island, Surigao del Norte
3. Holy Name University (formerly Divine Word College of Tagbilaran), Bohol
4. University of San Carlos, Cebu
5. Immaculate Conception Adoration Convent of the Perpetual Adoration Sisters, New Washington, Kalibo, Aklan
6. San Miguel Parish-Mabuhay, Zamboanga Sibugay
7. San Vicente Ferrer Parish-Talusan, Zamboanga Sibugay
8. St. Arnold Janssen Parish-Alumnos, Basak, San Nicolas, Cebu City


Rest in Peace, Fr. Dino Ariola, SVD

Photo Credit: SVD Archives


Rest in peace, Fr. Dino Ariola, SVD!


Fr. Dino Ariola, SVD died of heart attack on March 21, 2018 at the Holy Name Medical Center (HNMC), Tagbilaran City, Bohol. He was 71 years old. His wake from March 22-23 will be at the activity center of HNMC while on March 24 and 25, it will be at the St. Arnold Janssen and Joseph Freinademetz Chapel of the University of San Carlos Talamban Campus (USC-TC), Cebu City. Funeral Mass will be on March 26, 1 pm at the USC-TC.


Fr. Dino was born in Lapaz, Iloilo on Septembre 17, 1946. He was the 6th among 13 siblings.


His family transferred to Mabolo, Cebu when he was still young. The zeal of her elder sister to attend Holy Mass also inspired him to become an altar boy. He believed that through his services in the liturgical celebration, the young seed of priestly vocation was already planted in his heart.


He pursued medicine in Manila but after the death of his father, he went back to Cebu and continued his studies at the University of San Carlos. Here, he was introduced to the life of the Divine Word Missionaries. Eventually, he entered the seminary.


Fr. Dino belonged to the Verbum Incarnatum Class and they were ordained on October 25, 1980. His first mission assignment was Togo, Africa. He learned French in Belgium as his preparation for his mission.


When he went back to the Philippines, he became a chaplain of the Divine Word University (Liceo Verbo Divino) in Tacloban, Leyte.


He also went to Rome for a Spiritual Formation Course which proved to be very beneficial in his succeeding mission assignments: 5 years chaplaincy at the Divine Word College (Holy Name University), Tagbiliran, Bohol; 5 years parish priest in Socoro, Siargao Island and Sabang, Surigao City, and; Spiritual Director of the SVD Brothers at the St. Joseph Friendametz Formation Center-Cebu.


In 2016, Fr. Dino was assigned at the Divine Word Formation Center-Davao. He also celebrated his 35th anniversary in the priesthood on October 25, 2016. (Text Credits: FCF and Joseph Nichols Magdaherin)

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.

Job Vacancy for Coastal Resource Management

Join the SVD Philippines’ largest NGO – the JPIC-IDC, Inc.! We are in need of 8 personnel for our newest project: Coastal Resource Management



Duration: January 2018 to December 2020.

Personnel to be recruited:
1. Project Manager (1 person)
2. CRM Coordinator (1 person)
3. Community Organizer (2 persons)
4. Livelihood & Marketing Coordinator (1 person)
5. Environmental Education & Monitoring Officer (1 person)
6. Project Accountant (1 person)
7. Project Driver & Mechanic (1 person)

Photo Credit: JPIC-IDC




Photo Credit: JPIC-IDC




Photo Credit: JPIC-IDC


Photo Credit: JPIC-IDC


Photo Credit: JPIC-IDC


Photo Credit: JPIC-IDC


Photo Credit: JPIC-IDC



Photo Credit: JPIC-IDC

Any interested applicant could send their application to:

The Executive Director
c/o University of San Carlos
Pelaez Street, 6000 Cebu City

Documents to be sent:
 Application Letter (Manuscript)
 Curriculum Vitae
 Photocopies of Diplomas & Certificates

Pelaez Street, Brgy. Kamagayan, Cebu City, Philippines
Telephone: +6332 253 3254; Telefax: +6332 254 7459
Email address:

Posting Closing date: February 16, 2018

N.B. Only selected candidates will be contacted


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.