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.

 

 

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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 (https://fielsvd.wordpress.com) 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.

St. Arnold Janssen and the Trinity

St. Arnold Janssen and the Holy Trinity

The source from which all St. Arnold’s spirituality flows is his devotion to the Most Blessed Trinity, the most unfathomable mystery of our faith.

 

His every thought and effort and undertaking converged on this truth: All must serve the Triune God; all must be conquered for the Trinity; all must be done in Its name; all hearts must become Its abode; all men must come to know and love and adore the Triune God: our guardian angel must do homage to this God dwelling in our hearts!

 

To pray in the spirit of Father Arnold, we must make frequent use of these aspirations: “May the holy Triune God live in our hearts!” (The Spirituality of the Founder, p.8)

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):

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

 

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,

 

FR. EDUARDO R. ROCHA, SVD

SVD Provincial Superior – PHS

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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