On November 30, 2006, the Archbishop Antonio Ledesma, DD, SJ paid a short visit to the Sacred Heart Formation House in Cagayan de Oro City.
Besides his busy schedule, the Archbishop was able to find a time to visit the SCJ community and to have a supper together. The visit was friendly and very promising regarding the pastoral involvement of SCJs in the diocese. For the seminarians it gave an opportunity to know better their bishop.
The typhoon “Durian” which hit the central Philippines last November 30 and December 1, 2006, may have killed up to 400 people after heavy rains and winds sent tonnes of mud and boulders the size of cars crashing onto villages. The most affected provinces were Albay and Camarines Sur.
Durian, locally called “Reming” was the fourth “super typhoon” to hit the Philippines in as many months. In late September, Typhoon Xangsane left 230 people dead and missing in and around Manila. Typhoon Cimaron killed 19 people and injured 58 others last month, and earlier this month, Chebi sliced through the central Luzon region, killing one.
About 20 typhoons and tropical storms hit the Philippines each year.
On November 26, 2006 – the Dehonian Family in Cagayan de Oro celebrated the 3rd already SCJ Memorial Day. The celebration started at 5:30 pm with the concelebrated Holy Mass and was followed by a simple supper.
The main celebrant, Fr. Indra Pamungkas in his introduction, explained the importance and reason for this celebration, which was picked-up and continued by Fr. Francis Pupkowski – the homilist.
In his homily Fr. Francis connected the Solemnity of Christ the King with the commemoration of SCJ Martyrs, who through their martyrdom became witnesses to the Gospel and Christ’s Kingdom. To be a martyr and missionary was a dream of Fr. Leo Dehon, the founder of the Congregation, which was fulfilled by his followers in different parts of the world. To be a witness to the Gospel and Christ’s Kingdom is the everyday challenge for every member of the Dehonian Family, which means openness to the signs of the times, especially to the poor and needy.