34th Anniversary of the SCJ Mission in the Philippines

On May 17, 1989, eight SCJ missionaries from different countries and provinces arrived in the Philippines. They were assigned to three parishes in Zamboanga del Sur. The missionaries faced numerous challenges, including difficult travel conditions and a lack of basic amenities. However, they persevered in their mission to spread the Gospel.

Over the past 34 years, the SCJ presence in the Philippines has grown steadily. The congregation has established new parishes and formation houses, and it has pursued various social projects that help the needy and the oppressed. They believe that they have been able to bring the love of Christ to the people and places that society neglects, the people, and places in greatest need of His healing touch and compassionate care.

Today, the SCJ Philippines Region is composed of 42 members, including 24 Filipino priests, 1 bishop from Brazil, 1 deacon, 1 religious brother, 8 scholastics on temporary vows, 13 aspirants, and 6 orientation year members. The congregation runs 3 formation houses and 8 parishes and is currently building a retreat and spirituality center.

The SCJ mission in the Philippines has begun like the proverbial “mustard seed,” taking time to grow. But with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, the congregation has been able to grow and expand its presence to various parts of the country, sharing the love of Christ with more people. Today, the SCJs are present in 6 dioceses: Mindanao, Visayas, and Luzon.

As the SCJ Philippines Region celebrates its 34th anniversary, the members of the Region look back with gratitude for all that has been accomplished. They are grateful for the grace of God, the support of the Filipino people, and the cooperation of the Philippine Church. They are also thankful for the sacrifices of the missionaries who have gone before them, including Fr. Hans Sondermeijer, Fr. Jerry Sheehy, Fr. Aloisio Back, and Fr. Joseph Butlig.

The SCJs in the Philippines look ahead to the future with hope and determination. They know that there is still much work to be done, but they are confident that with the help of God, they will be able to continue to share the love of Christ with the people of the Philippines.