Admission to the Novitiate

On March 25, 2007, a batch of 11 Postulants was admitted to the Novitiate. The ceremony took place at the chapel of the Holy Infant Seminary in Pagadian City and was presided by the District Superior Fr. Rino Venturin. It was also attended by members of the local community of Dumalinao who joined the concelebrated Mass.

The new Novices started their 14-month long Novitiate, the time of preparation to the religious life and first profession of vows which will take place in May 2008. At the moment there are 16 Novices including the old batch of 5 who will make their first vows on May 13, 2007.

On Monday, March 26, 2007 all the Novices moved to the new location in Upper Lucuban, Dumalinao, Zamboanga del Sur. The official inauguration and blessing of the new Novitiate is also scheduled on May 13, 2007.

Dansolihon – Creation of Chaplaincy and Sacrament of Confirmation

The Pastoral Area in Dansolihon, Lumbia Parish, known also as Zone IV, became a Chaplaincy. It was officially declared by the Archbishop of Cagayan de Oro, Bp. Antonio Ledesma, SJ, DD during the Holy Mass, at 7:30 am on February 25, 2007, held in Dansolihon.

This declaration gives more pastoral freedom and possibilities to the SCJ community taking care of this area. At the moment Fr. John Karl Cabaluna from the SCJ Community of Cagayan de Oro is the official Chaplain, assigned by the SCJ District and confirmed by the Archbishop. The Chaplaincy consists of 25 chapels.

During that ceremony also more than 200 young people and adults received the Sacrament of Confirmation. The Confirmation Rites were also held in Vicmar, one of the chapels, where more than 100 people received the Sacrament.

The Ceremony was attended by fellow SCJs and the Parish Priest of Lumbia Parish.