On May 21, 2016, the Kasanag Daughters Foundation, Inc. (KDFI), one of the social projects of the Priests of the Sacred Heart – Philippine Region in Cagayan de Oro City, celebrated its 17th Founding Anniversary. The celebration started with the Holy Eucharist and was followed by the arts exhibit prepared by the beneficiaries of the program, short cultural presentation and common supper. The institution, providing shelter and rehabilitation opportunities to the victims of sexual abuse, was established in 1999 by Fr. Eduardo Aguero, SCJ.
On May 8, 2016, five Postulants (three Filipinos and two Vietnamese) officially started their 14-month Novitiate. The ceremony of acceptance took place in the community chapel in the Novitiate Fr. Dehon in Lucoban, Dumalinao, Zamboanga del Sur and was presided by Fr. Lukas Hadi Siswo Sasmito, SCJ, the councilor of the Philippine Region.
On May 7, 2016, Fra. Nathaniel D. Robilla, SCJ, member of the Philippine Region, made his perpetual profession of vows. The vows were accepted by Very Rev. Fr. Oliviero Cattani, SCJ, the Provincial Superior of the Northern Italian Province (ITS). The ceremony was attended by many confreres from the ITS Province and members of Roma I community and of the General Administration. “There were a lot of people, and a group of 40 Filipino singing during the holy Mass: a very nice experience for all of us! (Fr. Enzo Brena, SCJ). As we congratulate Fra. Nathaniel, we continue to support his with our prayers.
On May 7, 2016, Fra. Nathaniel D. Robilla, SCJ, will make his final commitment in the Congregation of the Priests of the Sacred Heart of Jesus by the act of the Perpetual Profession of Vows of Chastity, Obedience and Poverty. The ceremony will be held at the “Studentato per le Missioni” in Bologna, Italy at 6:30 PM. Fra. Nathaniel belongs the SCJ Philippine Region and at the moment is completing his studies on the “New Evangelization” at the Bologna University.
Also, on May 19, 2016, Deacon Ronald M. Basco, SCJ, will be ordained a priest by the Most. Rev. Wilfredo D. Manlapaz, D.D., Bishop of the Diocese of Tagum. The ordination will be held at 9:00 in the morning in the Christ the King Cathedral in Tagum City.
Almighty God, Loving Lord:
On May 9, we, the people of the Philippines, will go to the polls to elect both our national and local leaders.
Lord, we ask You to help us appreciate the importance of fair, free and honest elections and of electing sincere honest and capable men and women who have the best interests of the Filipino people at heart, and who will work diligently to grow our economy, create jobs, and lift millions of our countrymen out of the bonds of poverty.
Guide us so that we may choose men and women of good character and integrity, men and women who are fit to lead our country and pursue what is right and just, men and women who can best respond to the many social, political and economic challenges our country faces.
In the exercise of our precious right to vote, banish and free us from all temptations of money, favors, power, revenge, leverage and other improper motives.
Grant, Lord, that the national elections be conducted honestly and peacefully, free from fraud and any irregularities that subvert the will of the electorate.
Protect all voters from harm and keep all candidates safe, especially those for whom we pray.
On June 3, 2016, on the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Deacon Sergio Shoiti Matumoto, SCJ, will be ordained as priest by Most. Rev. Bp. Vilsom Basso, SCJ in his parish in Brazil. Deacon Sergio arrived in the Philippines in October 2011, following his dream to become a missionary. We entrust him to your prayers. In the video below, which is in Portuguese, Sergio shares his vocation story and way to the priesthood.
On May 17, 2016, the SCJ Philippine Region will celebrate the 27th Anniversary of SCJ presence in the Philippines. The video below, originally intended for the 25th Anniversary, summarizes main activities of the Philippine Mission since the arrival of first SCJ missionaries up to the present.