Today, on May 31, 2020, the Solemnity of the Pentecost and the Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, one (1) SCJ Novice from the Philippines, Kevin Barranco, together with seven (7) SCJ Novices from Vietnam made their commitment to God in the Congregation of the Priests of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. By the profession of three vows: Chastity, Poverty and Obedience, they declared their readiness and will to follow Jesus more closely. They were preparing for this moment for a little bit more than one year under the guidance of Fr. Indra Pamungkas, SCJ, the Novice Master, Fr. Yohanes Sono Pribadi, SCJ, the “Socius”, and Fr. Ronald M. Basco, SCJ. Continue reading
Fr. Jigger C. Ganados, SCJ – Missionary from Finland
Fr. Sergio Shoiti Matumoto, SCJ – the main celebrant
Remembering Pope St. John Paul II on his 100th Birth Anniversary
Karol Józef Wojtyła, known as John Paul II since his October 1978 election to the papacy, was born in the Polish town of Wadowice, a small city 50 kilometers from Krakow, on May 18, 1920. He was the youngest of three children born to Karol Wojtyła and Emilia Kaczorowska. His mother died in 1929. His eldest brother Edmund, a doctor, died in 1932 and his father, a non-commissioned army officer died in 1941. A sister, Olga, had died before he was born.
He was baptized on June 20, 1920 in the parish church of Wadowice by Fr. Franciszek Zak, made his First Holy Communion at age 9 and was confirmed at 18. Upon graduation from Marcin Wadowita high school in Wadowice, he enrolled in Krakow’s Jagiellonian University in 1938 and in a school for drama. Continue reading