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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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 (https://fielsvd.wordpress.com) recieved from the Catholic Mass Media Awards 2017.
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.
A visual aid about depression.
Posted at the Campus Ministry bulletin board of the
University of San Carlos-Cebu City.
Below you will find the Local Superiors and House/District Treasurers in our different communities and districts:
St. Rafael SVD Community (USC Downtown Campus):
Rector: FR. ROBERTO EBISA, SVD
House Treasurer: FR. SEMEI REBAYLA, SVD
St. Michael SVD Residence (USC Talamban Campus):
Rector: FR. GENEROSO RICARDO REBAYLA, JR. SVD
HouseTreasurer: FR. MELCHOR CAGAPE, SVD
St. Joseph Freinademetz Formation House:
Rector: FR. ALEJANDRO VILLASANTE, SVD
Prefect:BR. IROL TORRES, SVD
House Treasurer: BR. EDGARDO FAZ, SVD
St. Gabriel SVD Community (HNU):
Rector: FR. SAMUEL CLARIN, SVD
House Treasurer: FR. CYRUS MERCADO, SVD
St. Arnold Janssen Home (HNUMCI Community):
Rector: FR. ARTURO CALONIA, SVD
Vice Rector: FR. VIRGILIO ALEJANDRIA, SVD
House Treasurer: FR. LUKAS AJA WONA, SVD
St. Paul SVD Community (LVD):
Rector: FR. JERRY PEROCHO, SVD
House Treasurer: FR. ARIEL TAMPUS, SVD
Divine Word Formation Center – Davao
Rector & House Treasurer: FR. ERNESTO SALVAR, SVD
District Superior: FR. CHARLES GINGCO, SVD
District Treasurer: FR. YEREMIAS SASI, SVD
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,
FR. EDUARDO R. ROCHA, SVD
SVD Provincial Superior – PHS