Meeting of New Superiors in Rome

Superiors of the different entities of the Congregation, in their first triennium as superiors, take part in a meeting organized by the General Curia in Rome, Italy, from November 5 to 7, 2019. The meeting will be followed by the meeting of all entities superiors that will be held in the same venue from November 11 to 15, 2019.

All participants were welcomed by the General Superior Fr. Carlos Luis Suarez Codorniu, SCJ. In the morning, the new superiors shared their experiences on what they consider as the blessing, cross, hope and fear. The workshop was guided by the General Councilor, Fr. Stephen Huffstetter, SCJ.

In the afternoon, the new superiors met with the General Secretary Fr. Iglesias Pedro Curto, SCJ, who explained the different administrative procedures in the Congregation.

The Philippines Region is being represented by Fr. Lukas Hadi Siswo Sasmito, SCJ. The new superiors had the opportunity to meet Fr. Vincentius Sri Herimanto, SCJ, the new General Councilor who replaced Fr. Alexander Sapta Dwi Handoko, SCJ. Fr. Vincent for many years was a member of the Philippine Mission.

First Dehonian Family Encounter in CDO

Seventy one (71) participants from the SCJ parishes, all over the Philippines, members of the Dehonian Youth and Lay Dehonians, took part in the “First Dehonian Family Encounter”, that was held at the Sacred Heart Formation House in Aluba, Cagayan de Oro City.

The purpose of this meeting, which was a part of celebration of the 30th Anniversary of SCJ presence in the Philippines, was sharing of experiences, learning more about Father Dehon and fellowship among the different groups.

The meeting started on Friday, October 25, 2019, with the Holy Mass to the Sacred Heart of Jesus presided by Fr. Janusz Burzawa, SCJ. On the following day, October 26, 2019, during the morning session Fr. Janusz deepened the theme: “Sharing the Dehonian Charism Serving the Gospel, and Living in the Community” by sharing about the life and works of Fr. Leo John Dehon, and as well  his personal experiences as a missionary in the Philippines for the last 26 years.

In the afternoon, Ms. Elaine Gutang conducted the team building activities. The Eucharist was presided by Fr. Patrick Gutib, SCJ, one of the main organizers of these activities. In the evening, all participants took part in a special program prepared and presented by each group.

On Sunday, October 27, 2019, all the participants attended the Holy Eucharist at the Immaculate Conception Parish, across the street, presided by the regional superior Fr. Lukas Hadi Siswo Sasmito, SCJ. The lunch was followed by the closing activities, namely evaluation and planning. At 3:00 PM the meeting was over and all could return to their respective places. The biggest group came from San Isidro Labrador Parish in Dumalinao, Zamboanga del Sur. Some of the groups were accompanied by their priests.

Hopefully, this was not one time activity, but it will continue in the future.

Ordination to the Diaconate in Dumalinao

On October 16, 2019, two members of the SCJ Philippines Region on final vows: Bro. Victor M. Lingasa, SCJ, and Bro. Julius D. Socorro, SCJ were ordained deacons.

The two SCJs were ordained by the Bishop of Pagadian Diocese, Most Rev. Ronald I. Lunas, D.D., at the San Isidro Labrador Parish in Dumalinao, Zamboanga del Sur.

Dn. Victor comes from Pitogo, Diocese of Pagadian, while Dn. Julius from Bayugan, Diocese of Butuan.The new deacons are assigned, respectively, at the Holy Cross Parish (Parokya ng Banal na Krus) in Tandang Kutyo, Tanay, Rizal, Diocese of Antipolo, and San Roque Parish in Bagong Silang, Diocese of Novaliches.

The ordination was held a day after the SCJ meeting on October 15, 2019, at the Novitiate Fr. Dehon in Lower Locuban, Dumalinao, Zamboanga del Sur and was attended by almost all members of the Philippines Region, priests and religious from the Diocese of Pagadian, family members and friends of the two new deacons.

The ceremony of ordination started at 9:00 am and ended with a lunch at 11:00 am.

25 Years of SCJ Presence in India

On October 6, 2019, falls the 25 anniversary of SCJ presence in India. It started in 1994 with the arrival of +Fr. Martin Van Ooij, SCJ, a Dutch missionary in Indonesia, who later was joined by other missionaries from different provinces. Many of them, due to the visa restrictions or other commitments in their places, were able to stay only for six months. Some others managed to stay longer. In this way many missionaries from different entities passed through India, of whom some have already gone to the Lord. Also, some of the missionaries moved to the Philippines or China.

Officially, the Mission in India became a District of India on May 1, 1999, thirty days before the Philippines became a District (May 31, 2019). It grew very rapidly. Today the District of India has around 100 members of which a half are priests. Some of their priests are assigned in other entities of the congregation. They have 13 communities.

The two-day celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Dehonian presence in India started on October 5, 2019, with the Holy Eucharist presided by the General Superior Very Reverend Fr. Carlos Luis Suarez Cordorniú, SCJ. The homily was a shared reflection by several Dehonians. After the homily, the district’s first Lay Dehonian made a year-long commitment to Dehonian spirituality; Fr. Carlos Luis received her commitment.

The Holy Mass was followed by a cultural show and Agape. The celebration was held at the SCJ Theologate in Eluru, Andhra Pradesh, South India.

The main celebration is scheduled on October 6, 2019. Among the invited guests were former missionaries to India, heads of different entities and members of the congregation. Philippines is being represented by the Regional Superior Fr. Lukas Hadi Siswo Sasmito, SCJ and Fr. Showe Bala Reddy Nekkanti, SCJ.

Congratulations to the District of India!

Patronal Feast at San Lorenzo Ruiz Parish

On September 28, 2019, the parish community of San Lorenzo Ruiz Parish in Quezon City, Diocese of Novaliches, celebrated its Feast of the Patron – San Lorenzo Ruiz, martyr and first Filipino saint.

The celebration started at 4:00 PM with the solemn procession and was followed by the Holy Eucharist presided by Most Reverend Bishop Emeritus Antonio R. Tobias, DD, at 6:00 PM, and community diner at 7:30 in the evening. Prior to this event the community held a special novena that was held on 9 consecutive Sundays at 10:00 in the morning. The celebration was attended by the members of the Dehon House community and the Regional Superior, Fr. Lukas Hadi Siswo Sasmito, SCJ.

The parish was officially established on August 15, 1987. Since 2016, the parish is being served by the SCJ community.

Welcome of a New Member in CDO I

On September 23, 2019, the formation community in Cagayan de Oro City has officially welcomed Fr. Sergio Matumoto, SCJ, as its new member. Fr. Sergio is a Brazilian. He arrived in the Philippines in 2011 as a scholastic. He studied Theology at the Ateneo de Manila University and was ordained priest in 2016 in Brazil. His first assignment was at the Holy Cross Parish (Parokya ng Banal na Krus) in Tandang Kutyo, Tanay, Rizal (Diocese of Antipolo) as an assistant parish priest. In 2018 he went to Rome to prepare himself to be a formator. In Cagayan de Oro he will be in charge of the Senior High and Pre-College students.

The welcome ceremony was joined with the birthday celebration of one seminarian Allen Fornis and Miss Norelyn T. Novabos, the secretary in the fundraising office.

“Rejoice & Be Glad” – Annual Retreat in Cebu

From September 9 to 13, 2019, 34 members of the SCJ Philippines Region participated in the spiritual retreat conducted by Fr. Eugene Cañete, MJ.

The theme of the retreat was “Rejoice & Be Glad” – Celebrating 30 years of Missionary Presence in the Philippines, and was held at the Redemptorist Retreat House of the Holy Family in Lahug, Cebu.

Besides personal questions, the participants were invited by the facilitator to examine anew the challenges of their ministry in the changing reality in order to become the Heart of Jesus to the people to whom they are called to serve.

Fr. Eugene Cañete, MJ, has been founding member of the Missionaries of Jesus (MJ). From 1996 until 2001, he has been serving in Zambia, Africa, as a member of CICM Congregation. Presently is working as a professor at the St. Vincent School of Theology, Maryhill School of Theology, and ICLA, and is involved in Formation of Missionaries of Jesus in Antipolo City.

8th Parochial Fiesta Celebration in San Roque Parish

The community of San Roque Parish, Bagong Silang, in the Diocese of Novaliches, celebrated its 8th Parochial Fiesta on August 18, 2019. With them were friend priests from the Diocese particularly from Sto. Nino Vicariate and the nearby SCJ communities–Dehon House Scholasticate, San Lorenzo Ruiz Parish (Tandang Sora, QC), Banal na Krus Parish (Tandang Kutyo, Tanay, Rizal). The Holy Eucharistic celebration was presided by the outgoing bishop of the Diocese of Novaliches Most Rev. Antonio R. Tobias, D.D. at 10:00 in the morning.

After the Thanksgiving Mass, the parish community gave a plaque of recognition and appreciation to the key persons who were of great help in the parish fiesta activities namely the Bishop himself Most Rev. Antonio R. Tobias, D.D. and the distinguished government leaders of the City. It was followed by a simple banquet prepared by and shared with the community.

Prior to this celebration were the Novena Masses offered for the Patron Saint and other activities. The community actively participated in the BEC Night, Search for Little Miss San Roque, Patronal Procession, and Street Dancing.

By: Bro. Julius Socorro, scj

Celebration of Fr. Dehon’s Death Anniversary

On August 12, 2019, the formation community of Cagayan de Oro, together with the SCJs from nearby communities, members of the Dehonian Family and friends of the Congregation, celebrated 94th Death Anniversary of Fr. Leo Dehon, the founder of the Priests of the Sacred Heart.

The celebration was presided by the Regional Superior Fr. Lukas Hadi Siswo Sasmito, scj.

As usual the celebration was concluded with a common meal.

Similar celebration was held in Dehon House in Manila.