SVD BLOGGERS April 29, 2009Posted by Fr. Felmar Castrodes Fiel, SVD in Mission Anecdotes, Seminary Life, SVD, SVD Bloggers, SVD Jokes, SVD Philippines Centennial.
Tags: Argentina, Belgium, Botswana, Bro. Errol Torres SVD, Congo, Divine Word School of Theology, Fr. Adonis Narcelles SVD, Fr. Ariel Tampus SVD, Fr. Arnold Biago SVD, Fr. Bernard Collera SVD, Fr. Dondion Soriano SVD, Fr. Elmer Ibarra SVD, Fr. Felix Ferrer SVD, Fr. Felmar Fiel SVD, Fr. Ferdimar Faminialagao SVD, Fr. Genesis Velez SVD, Fr. Jaekel Solde SVD, Fr. Jaimelito Gealan SVD, Fr. Judy Baňez SVD, Fr. Jun Balay SVD, Fr. Michael Layugan SVD, Fr. Nonito Gallego SVD, Fr. Randy Flores SVD, Fr. Ross Heruela SVD, Frt. Abraham Ronald Borja SVD, Frt. Ferdinand Bajao SVD, Frt. Melchor Fuerzas SVD, Frt. Nelson Barbarona SVD, Frt. Ritchelle Salinas SVD, Germany, Hongkong, Japan, Kenya, New Zealand, Philippines, SVD
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Here is my list of SVD bloggers and they are all around the world!
Brother Errol Torres, SVD – Blog of Brothers
Fr. Adonis Narcelles, SVD – Berlin IMPRESSIONS
Fr. Ariel Tampus, SVD – Sharing the World to the World
Fr. Arnold Biago, SVD – Homilies
Fr. Bernard Collera, SVD – Reflections
Fr. Dondion Soriano, SVD – Welcome, Mga Kapuso’t Kapamilya
Fr. Elmer Ibarra, SVD – Your Mate Down Under
Fr. Felix Ferrer, SVD – Happylex
Fr. Felmar Fiel, SVD – Felmar’s Missionary Journey
Fr. Ferdimar Faminialagao, SVD – Japsaya
Fr. Genesis Velez, SVD – SVD Pinoy
Fr. Jaekel Solde, SVD – Sabaw sa Balbakwa
Fr. Jaimelito Gealan, SVD – Fr. Heart’s Domain
Fr. Judy Baňez, SVD – Judy’s Site
Fr. Jun Balay, SVD – Jun Haus
Fr. Michael Layugan, SVD – Divine Word School of Theology
Fr. Nonito Gallego, SVD – From a Distance
Fr. Randy Flores, SVD – Divine Word Seminary
Fr. Ross Heruela, SVD – Witness to the Word
Frt. Abraham Ronald Borja, SVD – Frozen Events
Frt. Feure du Nand Bajeaux, SVD – Shine!
Frt. Melchor Fuerzas, SVD – Seminary Life
Frt. Nelson Barbarona, SVD – My Home Away from Home
Frt. Ritchelle Salinas, SVD – Ritch and Pour
FROM THE MISSIONS #3: A MOTHER’S LETTER November 3, 2008Posted by Fr. Felmar Castrodes Fiel, SVD in Mission Anecdotes.
Tags: Argentina, Butuan City, Fr. Judy Baňez SVD, Yobel Class
Dearest Fr. Judy,
I felt like a proud mother reading her son’s letter far away from home when I was reading your blog at Multiply. You have grown. You have spread your wings and you are soaring like an eagle on your new assignment. I cannot help but feel very proud of you.
It was like watching a movie or a documentary reading your wonderful account of your new life in the barrios. I am pleased that you met people who, I believe, will support you and teach you more lessons in your life as a young priest. It is also very heartwarming to note that you have tremendously matured in your priesthood while there. I guess, had you stayed longer here in the Philippines, it would not be the same. Sometimes God puts us in unfamiliar territories with much of the unexpected before us. Sometimes we wonder what is there for us? But in His awesome wisdom, He has planned it all out for the best. And I can see in your struggles coupled with your perseverance and enthusiasm how much the whole experience is molding you into a stronger, more sensitive, compassionate and definitely, a more effective missionary.
Do continue what you are doing. I am really very pleased to hear that you are enjoying the Liturgy of the Hours… Just think that we are doing it together and I am sure it will uplift your heart that I am here doing the same as you are as we say our prayers together. Do continue touching base with the people in your community. When you were telling me about how you cried about how indifferent the people were in your mass, be assured that God has been consoled by your Eucharistic sacrifice. I too cry everyday in my heart when I see people (although there is definitely much more of them, in terms of number as compared to your barrio people there) receiving Our Lord in communion not really knowing it is the Lord coming to them and so they do it out of obligation and sometimes without reverence!
But we have to persevere… We have to go on doing everything for His Greater Glory!… Do continue learning and perfecting the language. It will be your connection with the people… Do continue learning from your American parish priest. I am sure, time and age has given him much wisdom which you can learn from… Do continue experimenting in the kitchen. Winning hearts is really through the stomach most of the time (Hehehe!)… Do continue expressing your feelings through your letters and photos. Even if we do not reply, know that it makes us aware of what is happening to you and it definitely brings you much closer to our hearts….
So much for my homily… Rest assured you are always in my daily prayers…
FROM THE MISSIONS #1: HUGS AND KISSES October 3, 2008Posted by Fr. Felmar Castrodes Fiel, SVD in Mission Anecdotes.
Tags: Argentina, Fr. Dexter Carr SVD, Vox Dei Class
What would you feel if you are in front of a beautiful woman with blond hair and blue eyes? And more….. if she would ask you to come closer to kiss and hug her? Me? Well, I would be fascinated… and I was fascinated.
It was 3pm when somebody asked me to meet that woman. She was an Italian descendant. She had blond hair, blue eyes, and extremely beautiful. Not only external but she had a wonderful heart. I could sense and feel it during our first encounter.
She talked softly, gently, and with wisdom. I was fascinated and i admired her instantly. While listening to her my heart was beating so fast. I did not know why. What i knew was I was meeting a wonderful person at that moment and I thanked the Lord for that great opportunity.
While she was talking I was giving her the best attention I could for she was sharing things that last forever. I was looking at her eyes with much affection… trying to read what words can not express. While she was speaking I could sense the pain from her face. Inspite of this, she was calm and there was no mark of bitterness on her angelic eyes. Moreso, she could manage to look at me with a wonderful smile…. and i was so impressed by that.
Before I left, she asked me to come closer to her ….. to hug her tenderly and kiss her with respect. ….that beautiful lady with blond hair and blue eyes was the woman i was administering the last sacrament and she was 83 years old….
MISSION ASSIGNMENTS 2008 August 12, 2008Posted by Fr. Felmar Castrodes Fiel, SVD in Pastoral, Seminary Life, Vocation Story.
Tags: Argentina, Fr. Aris Martin SVD, Fr. Felmar Fiel SVD, Fr. Gil Rochar Dulay SVD, Fr. Jaekel Solde SVD, Fr. Jhonatan Letada SVD, Pantas Class
Our mission assignments were officially announced last Thursday, August 7, 2008 during our concelebrated mass in Tagaytay in the presence of the whole community of the fathers and the scholastics. Honestly, we were not surprised because some SVD confreres have already congratulated us and informed us about our mission assignments, thank you to the modern gadgets of communications. Our confreres and our co-missionaries were happy for us. We were happy too. PHS, here I come!
Rev. Aris Martin, SVD – Philippine Central Province
Rev. Jaekel Solde, SVD – Argentina East
Rev. Gil Rochar Dulay, SVD – Philippine Northern Province
Rev. Felmar Castrodes Fiel, SVD – Philippine Southern Province
Rev. Jhonatan Letada, SVD – Philippine Central Province
DIACONATE ORDINATION 2008 July 1, 2008Posted by Fr. Felmar Castrodes Fiel, SVD in Diaconate, Vocation Story.
Tags: Argentina, Bishop Gabriel Reyes, Fr. Aris Martin SVD, Fr. Felmar Fiel SVD, Fr. Gil Rochar Dulay SVD, Fr. Jaekel Solde SVD, Fr. Jhonatan Letada SVD, Pantas Class, St. Arnold Janssen Shrine Parish
Our diaconate ordination was held in St. Arnold Janssen Shrine Parish in Cainta, Rizal last June 28, 2008. Prior to this event, we had our overnight recollection at the Villa Cristo Rey of Christ the King Mission Seminary. The Villa Cristo Rey is the home of our old priests. We thought it fitting that we begin our diaconate reflections with our veteran SVD missionaries who already labored much for the Word of God. Especially moving for us was our visitation to the bed-ridden confreres, especially Bishop Cinches, SVD who was moved to tears when we sang to him his composed “Sunday Vespers.” I will be posting some photos of our VCR recollection soon…
Rev. Aris Martin, SVD – Sacred Heart Parish of Kamuning, QC
Rev. Jaekel Solde, SVD – Balayan Parish, Batangas
Rev. Gil Rochar Dulay, SVD – Nazareno Parish of Dasmariñas, Cavite
Rev. Felmar Fiel, SVD – St. Arnold Janssen Shrine, Cainta, Rizal
Rev. Jhonatan Letada, SVD – Dampalit Parish, Malabon
JOURNEY TO THE TAAL CRATER April 21, 2008Posted by Fr. Felmar Castrodes Fiel, SVD in Tourism.
Tags: Argentina, Fr. Aris Martin SVD, Fr. Felmar Fiel SVD, Fr. Gil Rochar Dulay SVD, Fr. Jaekel Solde SVD, Fr. Jhonatan Letada SVD, Fr. Raul Caga SVD, Fr. Ronie Crisostomo SVD, Frt. Pelermo Suganob SVD, Mount Taal of Batangas, Pantas Class