First Days of the General Chapter

Sunday, May 17, 2015 marks the start of the XXIII General Chapter of the Congregation of the Priests of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, which is the highest legislative body of the congregation held every six years. It started with the prayer and common supper during which the chapter participants shared the food and beverages from their respective countries. It was also the time of introduction of all the participants.  All together, there are 78 participants: 8 members “de jure” representing the General Curia, 20 Provincial Superiors, 4 Regional Superiors and 46 elected delegates. The SCJ Philippine Region is being represented by Fr. Francis Pupkowski, the regional superior and Fr. Donald Longno.

On May 18, the first full day of the chapter, participants had a day of reflection led by Fr. Carlos Luis Suárez Codorníu of Venezuela. The day ended with an opening: the opening mass celebrated by Fr. José Ornelas Carvalho.

Tuesday, May 19, was the first day of “business” for the General Chapter. The delegates, staff and invited guests were seated and the superior general, Fr. José Ornelas Carvalho,  gave his “State of the Congregation” report. The report, which was the summary of the last six years of activities of the General Administration and the whole Congregation, was accepted with applause.

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015, began in small group discussions, reflecting on the general superior’s report.

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In the afternoon, it was time for finance. The general treasurer, Fr. Aquilino Mielgo,  gave his report; he was followed by the commission of financial experts who had done an external audit of the congregational finances.

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St. Isidore – Farmer and Lover of the Poor

 Patron Saint of Dumalinao and Kumalarang Parishes

isidroSt. Isidore has become the patron of farmers and rural communities. In particular he is the patron of Madrid, Spain, and of the United States National Rural Life Conference.

When he was barely old enough to wield a hoe, Isidore entered the service of John de Vergas, a wealthy landowner from Madrid, and worked faithfully on his estate outside the city for the rest of his life. He married a young woman as simple and upright as himself who also became a saint—Maria de la Cabeza. They had one son, who died as a child.

Isidore had deep religious instincts. He rose early in the morning to go to church and spent many a holiday devoutly visiting the churches of Madrid and surrounding areas. All day long, as he walked behind the plow, he communed with God. His devotion, one might say, became a problem, for his fellow workers sometimes complained that he often showed up late because of lingering in church too long.

He was known for his love of the poor, and there are accounts of Isidore’s supplying them miraculously with food. He had a great concern for the proper treatment of animals.

He died May 15, 1130, and was declared a saint in 1622 with Ignatius of Loyola, Francis Xavier, Teresa of Avila and Philip Neri. Together, the group is known in Spain as “the five saints.”

Ordination to the Diaconate


After the Final Profession of Vows, the two (2) members of the Philippine Region and one (1) member of the Vietnamese District: Bro. Ronald M. Basco, Bro. Sergio Shoiti Matumoto and Bro. Dinh Van Nguyen were ordained deacons. The celebration was held at the San Isidro Parish in Dumalinao, Zamboanga del Sur, which belongs to the Diocese of Pagadian. The three SCJs were ordained by the local bishop Most Rev. Emmanuel Cabajar DD, CSsR, on May 14, 2015, the day before the Patronal Feast of the Parish. St. Isidore, the farmer, is a very popular patron saint in the Philippines, especially in the rural areas of Mindanao. In fact, both parishes in Zamboanga del Sur served by the SCJs, Kumalarang and Dumalinao, have him as their patron saint.

First and Final Profession of Vows

Today, on May 13, 2015, the following members of the Philippine Region and Vietnamese District: Ronald M. Basco (PHI), Sergio Shoiti Matumoto (PHI) and Dinh Van Nguyen (VIE) made their Final Profession of Vows: Chastity, Poverty and Obedience in the Congregation of the Priests of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

During the same celebration three (3) Novices: Rene Boy Soccoro (PHI), Dinh Nguyen (VIE) and Son Nguyen (VIE) professed their first vows of Chastity, Poverty and Chastity.

The vows were accepted by Fr. Franciszek Pupkowski, superior of the Philippine Region. The ceremony was held at the church of St. Isidro Parish in Dumalinao and was witnessed by SCJs coming from different communities, religious sisters, families and friends of the professes.

Priesthood and Religious Life Anniversaries

On June 13, 2015, Fr. Janusz Burzawa, scj will celebrate his 25th Anniversary of Ordination to the Priesthood and on July 20, 2015, Fr. Robertus Sutopo, scj his 25th Anniversary of Religious Life.

Using the opportunity of being together for the monthly meeting, the profession of vows and ordination to the diaconate, the Philippine Region organized a simple celebration of Thanksgiving to God for the gift of their vocations. Fr. Janusz was the main celebrant and Fr. Robertus delivered the homily. The celebration took place in the Novitiate Fr. Dehon in Lower Lucoban, Dumalinao on the Eve of the Final Vows of three (3) SCJs and First Vows of three (3) Novices on May 12, 2015.

Acceptance to the Novitiate

Today, on May 11, 2015, seven Postulants: two (2) Filipinos and five (5) Vietnamese were accepted to the Novitiate. The ceremony took place at the Novitiate Fr. Dehon in Lower Lucoban, Dumalinao, Zamboanga del Sur during the Holy Eucharist. The new Novices will be accompanied in their fourteen month journey by their Novice Master Fr. Indra Pamungkas, who also started his office with the “Profession of Faith”. The ceremony was presided by the Regional Superior Fr. Francis Pupkowski, scj.




Thank you Father, rich in mercy,
for the love that we experience
in your Son, Jesus Christ,
who “emptied himself” (Phil 2:6) to live among us.

Guide us and enlighten us with your Holy Spirit,
that we may always thank you
for the gift of faith and the vocation
we live in the Congregation of the
Priests of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

Give us the ability to share
your gift of grace
in our community service
to all the brethren, and especially
to the poor, the young and the marginalized.

Mary, our Mother,
model and protector of all
be with us and support us
that we may be faithful
in every experience of life,
and may announce the Kingdom of Your Son,
to each brother and sister awaiting
salvation and joy.

Heart of Jesus,
source of salvation and eternal joy
reign in our hearts.

Jubilee of Mercy – Description of the logo

Official logo for the Holy Year of Mercy. (CNS/courtesy Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelization)The logo and the motto together provide a fitting summary of what the Jubilee Year is all about. The motto Merciful Like the Father (taken from the Gospel of Luke, 6:36) serves as an invitation to follow the merciful example of the Father who asks us not to judge or condemn but to forgive and to give love and forgiveness without measure (cfr. Lk 6:37-38). The logo – the work of Jesuit Father Marko I. Rupnik – presents a small summa theologiae of the theme of mercy. In fact, it represents an image quite important to the early Church: that of the Son having taken upon his shoulders the lost soul demonstrating that it is the love of Christ that brings to completion the mystery of his incarnation culminating in redemption. The logo has been designed in such a way so as to express the profound way in which the Good Shepherd touches the flesh of humanity and does so with a love with the power to change one’s life. One particular feature worthy of note is that while the Good Shepherd, in his great mercy, takes humanity upon himself, his eyes are merged with those of man. Christ sees with the eyes of Adam, and Adam with the eyes of Christ. Every person discovers in Christ, the new Adam, one’s own humanity and the future that lies ahead, contemplating, in his gaze, the love of the Father.

The scene is captured within the so called mandorla (the shape of an almond), a figure quite important in early and medieval iconography, for it calls to mind the two natures of Christ, divine and human. The three concentric ovals, with colors progressively lighter as we move outward, suggest the movement of Christ who carries humanity out of the night of sin and death. Conversely, the depth of the darker color suggests the impenetrability of the love of the Father who forgives all.

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Prayer of Pope Francis for the Jubilee


jubilee-year-of-mercyLord Jesus Christ,

you have taught us to be merciful like the heavenly Father,

and have told us that whoever sees you sees Him.

Show us your face and we will be saved.

Your loving gaze freed Zacchaeus and Matthew from being enslaved by money;

the adulteress and Magdalene from seeking happiness only in created things;

made Peter weep after his betrayal,

and assured Paradise to the repentant thief.

Let us hear, as if addressed to each one of us, the words that you spoke to the Samaritan woman:

“If you knew the gift of God!”


You are the visible face of the invisible Father,

of the God who manifests his power above all by forgiveness and mercy:

let the Church be your visible face in the world, its Lord risen and glorified.

You willed that your ministers would also be clothed in weakness

in order that they may feel compassion for those in ignorance and error:

let everyone who approaches them feel sought after, loved, and forgiven by God.


Send your Spirit and consecrate every one of us with its anointing,

so that the Jubilee of Mercy may be a year of grace from the Lord,

and your Church, with renewed enthusiasm, may bring good news to the poor,

proclaim liberty to captives and the oppressed,

and restore sight to the blind.  


We ask this through the intercession of Mary, Mother of Mercy,

you who live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit for ever and ever.