First Tech4ED Center in the Sacred Heart Parish Shrine, Kamuning

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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.

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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.”

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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.


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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.

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




Rest in Peace, Fr. Dino Ariola, SVD

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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 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.

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)