Acceptance to the Novitiate

12 Postulants, 7 from India and 5 from the Philippine District were accepted to the 14-month Novitiate. The ceremony of acceptance took place in the Novitiate Fr. Dehon in Lower Lucoban, Dumalinao, Zamboanga del Sur on March 25, 2001, the Solemnity of Annunciation, during the Holy Mass presided by Fr. Benedito Machado, the Superior of the Philippine District.

At the moment there are 17 Novices: 7 from India, 7 from the Philippines and 3 from Vietnam.

Celebration of 168th Anniversary of Birth of F. Dehon in Cagayan de Oro

On March 14, 2011 – the SCJ community of Cagayan de Oro, together with the members of the Dehonian Family and friends, celebrated 168th anniversary of birth of Fr. Leo John Dehon. The celebration was preceded with a novena prayers for new vocations to the priesthood and religious life.

The main celebration started with the Holy Eucharist at 5:30 in the afternoon. Fr. Jose Benedito Machado de Moraes, the superior of the Philippine District, was the presider and homilist.

During the celebration it took place two important events: an acceptance to the Postulancy Program of four Aspirants and dedication of new members of the Dehonian Youth group connected with the formation community in Cagayan de Oro.

Right after the Mass, the whole congregation moved in front of the statue of Fr. Leo Dehon to pray together for his soon beatification and new vocations to the Congregation.

As usual, the celebration was concluded with the common supper.

Groundbreaking Ceremony for the New Pre-college Building in Cagayan de Oro

On March 8, 2011, took place a groundbreaking ceremony and blessing of the construction site of an additional Pre-college building. The purpose of this new project is to provide a better accommodation to live and study for the new candidates to our congregation. The ceremony was conducted by the SCJ in-charge of this project – Fr. Andrew Sudol, who also, in the name of the community, signed a contract with the architect and the same time constructor. The estimated time to finish this construction is five months.