Yesterday I was invited to come with Fr. Frank Pupkowski, scj, and Fr. Khoa Nguyen,scj, to Dansolhon for the 08:00 Mass to be followed by the blessing of the new convent that will be the home to 3 SCJs. First off I must explain to you that here in the Philippines a convent or also called a convento as they say applies to both a convent for nuns and a rectory for priests.
At present Jesus Nazareno functions as a Chaplaincy that I can best describe as a sub-parish, it currently has 35 out stations, and if you add them all up about 1100 families. It is staffed by Fr. Jan Krzysuok, scj, and Fr. Elpido Luza, Jr., scj. Fr. Jan is a missionary from Poland while Fr. Elpido is a native Filipino. They will soon be joined by Br.Yohanes Sismadi, scj, who is a missionary from Indonesia. As you can see this a real international SCJ community. According to Fr. Frank, the regional superior, though it is a chaplaincy,Jesus Nazareno really is functioning as a parish.
By: Fr. Tom Cassidy, SCJ