“Lent is a new beginning, a path leading to the certain goal of Easter, Christ’s victory over death. This season urgently calls us to conversion. Christians are asked to return to God “with all their hearts” (Joel 2:12), to refuse to settle for mediocrity and to grow in friendship with the Lord. Jesus is the faithful friend who never abandons us. Even when we sin, he patiently awaits our return; by that patient expectation, he shows us his readiness to forgive.” (Pope Francis)
The concluding activity of the third day of the SCJ Annual Assembly on February 12, 2020, was Holy Eucharist. It was held at the Immaculate Concepcion Parish in Aluba, Cagayan de Oro City and was presided by the Regional Superior, Fr. Lukas Hadi Siswo Sasmito, SCJ. Besides the two SCJ deacons, Fr. Lukas was accompanied at the altar by Fr. Delio Ruiz, SCJ, and Fr. Rogereve U. Pausanos, SCJ, who will join the new international community in Colombia. On February 17, 2020, they will leave for Madrid in Spain and after a few days, they will proceed to Quito in Ecuador. In Ecuador, they will meet the rest of the group, will organize the new community, and make plans for the future, while Fr. Rogereve will learn Spanish. The most probably by June 2020, they will move to Bogotá in Colombia. The new community will include one SCJ from Indonesia and one from Brazil. Continue reading
On February 10, 2020, the SCJ Philippines Region has started its annual assembly. The assembly is being held at the Sacred Heart Formation House in Cagayan de Oro City and is attended by 37 confreres, including Fr. Daniele Gaiola, SCJ, the Mission Secretary of the North Italian Province. Continue reading
On January 25, 2020, Fr. Donald S. Longno, SCJ, was installed as a new superior of the Dehon House Community in Manila. He replaced Fr. Delio Ruiz, SCJ, who next month, together with Fr. Rogereve U. Pausanos, SCJ, will join the new international community in Colombia. Fr. Delio served as the community superior since June 1, 2012. As of now, the Dehon House Community is composed of 12 priests (5 SCJs members of the Philippines Region, 2 SCJs from Indonesia and 1 from India, 3 diocesan priests from West Papua and 1 from the Diocese of Pagadian), and 26 scholastics (9 Filipino and 17 members of Vietnam District). Continue reading
Feast of the Black Nazarene is one of the most popular religious celebrations in the Philippines. Every year on January 9, thousands of people join the celebrations in Quiapo in Manila and in Cagayan de Oro City, where the replica of the original statue is.
Black Nazarene is also the patron saint of the Chaplaincy in Dansolihon, Cagayan de Oro, Misamis Oriental, administered by the Priests of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (SCJ). The feast, which also is celebrated on January 9, was preceded with 9-day novena as a spiritual preparation for the celebration. Each day, there was a special Novena Mass, and procession with the little statue of Black Nazarene around the barangay of Dansolihon. Continue reading