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)

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

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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Renewal of Vows

Photo Credit: Brother Emmanuel Ines, SVD

Seven SVD Brothers recently had their renewal of vows at the St. Arnold Janssen Shrine-Parish of Cainta, Rizal. By renewing their religious profession, they once again made a public vow to observe the three evangelical counsels of chastity, poverty and obedience. They are:


Brother Mark Paglicawan, SVD

Brother Ruel Bancoro, SVD

Brother Roselo Alagase , SVD

Brother Ramcel Supat, SVD

Brother Retchie Havana, SVD

Brother Samuel De Guzman, SVD

Brother Emmanuel Ines, SVD

Photo Credit: Brother Emmanuel Ines, SVD


Divine Word Missionary brothers are men committed to living Consecrated Life in response to a call from God. They focus on their God-given talents and share their gifts with others while engaged in a variety of ministries. From teaching in schools and building churches to graphic design, music and ministries in medicine and in technical trades, Divine Word Missionary brothers serve the Church and those in need.

Photo Credit: Brother Emmanuel Ines, SVD

The Provincial of the SVD Philippine Central Province, Fr. Raymund Festin, SVD accepted their renewal of vows in behalf of the Superior General.

Photo Credit: Brother Emmanuel Ines, SVD

Perpetual Vows: A Promise for Life

The Communio Class together with Fr. Raymund Festin, SVD (fourth from left), the Provincial Superior of the Philippine Central Province (Photo Credits: Juni Amora Alexander)


Congratulations to the Communio Class for their religious profession of Perpetual Vows in the Society of the Divine Word!!!
Frt. Jhun Joel Templa, SVD
Frt. Godofredo Guddie Abaya, SVD
Frt. Ronie Baleli, SVD
Frt. Dennis Ryan Varquez SVD
Frt. Marlon Atenido,SVD


“By religious profession members make a public vow to observe the three evangelical counsels. Through the ministry of the Church they are consecrated to God, and are incorporated into the institute, with the rights and duties defined by law.” (Code of Canon Law, par. 654)

As members of a religious institute, the Missionaries of the Divine Word embrace the evangelical counsels, taking the three traditional religious vows of poverty, chastity and obedience.

The SVD Missionaries who were also there for the event.

Poverty means that all possessions are held in common and that no member may accumulate wealth. Chastity means more than abstaining from sexual activity and its purpose is to make the religious totally available for service; it is also a sign that only God can completely fill the human heart. For a member of a religious congregation, obedience is not slavishly doing what one is told by the superior but being attentive to God’s will by prayerfully listening to the voice of the person in charge. Ultimately, these vows are lived out within a community and bolstered by a relationship with God.