Installation of New Superior in Manila Community

On January 25, 2020, Fr. Donald S. Longno, SCJ, was installed as a new superior of the Dehon House Community in Manila. He replaced Fr. Delio Ruiz, SCJ, who next month, together with Fr. Rogereve U. Pausanos, SCJ, will join the new international community in Colombia. Fr. Delio served as the community superior since June 1, 2012. As of now, the Dehon House Community is composed of 12 priests (5 SCJs members of the Philippines Region, 2 SCJs from Indonesia and 1 from India, 3 diocesan priests from West Papua and 1 from the Diocese of Pagadian), and 26 scholastics (9 Filipino and 17 members of Vietnam District).

The ceremony of installation took place during the Holy Eucharist presided by the Regional Superior Fr. Lukas Hadi Siswo Sasmito, SCJ.

Fiesta Celebration in Dansolihon

Feast of the Black Nazarene is one of the most popular religious celebrations in the Philippines. Every year on January 9, thousands of people join the celebrations in Quiapo in Manila and in Cagayan de Oro City, where the replica of the original statue is.

Black Nazarene is also the patron saint of the Chaplaincy in Dansolihon, Cagayan de Oro, Misamis Oriental, administered by the Priests of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (SCJ). The feast, which also is celebrated on January 9, was preceded with 9-day novena as a spiritual preparation for the celebration. Each day, there was a special Novena Mass, and procession with the little statue of Black Nazarene around the barangay of Dansolihon.

The 2020 Patronal Feast, was celebrated in a new, beautiful and almost completed church. The main celebrant was the Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro, Most  Rev. Antonio J. Ledesma, SJ, DD. The Archbishop was accompanied by some SCJs from Cagayan de Oro, Zamboanga del Sur, Manila, and other priests.

The celebration was attended by faithful from all the chapels of the chaplaincy and was concluded with a common meal.

Viva Señor Jesus Nazareno!

Wishing you a blessed New Year 2020

“Before the calendar turns a new leaf over, before the social networking sites get flooded with messages, before the mobile networks get congested, let us take a quiet moment out to wish you a wonderful, happy, healthy and blessed New Year!”

God, thank you for a new year. May everyone be willing to begin anew with a clean slate. We know that you are always ready to forgive us. Help us to be willing to forgive ourselves and to forgive one another.

As we begin a new year, remind us of our truest values and our deepest desires. Help us to live in the goodness that comes from doing what you want us to do. Help us to put aside anxiety about the future and the past, so that we might live in peace with you now, one day at a time.

25 Years in the Lord’s Service


On December 28, 2019, Fr. Lukas Hadi Siswo Sasmito, SCJ, the Superior of the SCJ Philippines Region, together with Fr. Vincentius Sri Herimanto, SCJ, the General Councilor in Rome, have celebrated their 25th Anniversary of Ordination to the Priesthood.


The two of them, together with Fr. Paulus Sarmono, SCJ, and one diocesan priest Fr. Emmanuel, were ordained on November 23, 1994 in Palembang by the Bishop of Palembang, +Most Rev. Joseph Soudant, SCJ.


The celebration was held at 6:00 PM in the Sacred Heart Parish in Metro Lampung, Indonesia, the place of origin of Fr. Lukas. In the past the parish was run by the Priests of the Sacred Heart (SCJ). As of now there are more than thirty SCJ priests coming from this parish.


During his homily Fr. Vincentius stressed the importance of the family in promoting and supporting vocations. He also shared about his personal vocation and the role his father played in it.


The celebration was attended by many SCJs working and coming from the area of Lampung, Palembang and Jakarta, including a long time Polish missionary Fr. Józef Kurkowski, SCJ. The Philippines were represented by Fr. Francis Pupkowski, SCJ, and Fr. Janusz Burzawa, SCJ. Among the people attending this celebration, especially the second part, were some Muslims.

Search-in Seminar in Cagayan de Oro


On December 27, 2019 four out of thirty-five applicants who passed the initial qualification exams responded the invitation to attend the search-in at Sacred Heart Formation House, Aluba, Macasandig, Cagayan de Oro City.


Out of four candidates three are coming from Surigao area and one coming from Kauswagan, Lanao del Norte area. Rev. Fr. Joseph C. Butlig, SCJ vocation director and Rev. Fr. Sergio Shoiti Matumoto, SCJ orientation year formator of the Philippine Region conducted the following sessions; General information about the congregation of the Priests of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (SCJ), the ministry and presence of SCJ Communities in the Philippines, vocation in general, vocation story of Rev. Fr. Sergio, the stages of formation and the life of the founder of the congregation and charism.


In addition, the applicants were interviewed during the search-in to evaluate and assess their motivation and desire why they wanted to become a religious priest. For two days the applicants were given the chance to experience seminary life. The search-in activities started and ended with the celebration of the Eucharist. Moreover, the vocation director will schedule a home visitation of the families of applicants that is prospect to be admitted in the formation program.


By: Fr. Joseph C. Butlig, SCJ

Celebration of the Immaculate Conception Feast in Aluba Parish

On December 8, 2019, the Immaculate Conception Parish in Aluba, Cagayan de Oro City, celebrated its Patronal Feast. The concelebrated Fiesta Mass was presided by Fr. Julius Clavero, SSJV, the parish priest of St. Francis Xavier Parish in Pueblo, Cagayan de Oro City. As usual the main celebration was preceded with nine day novena and other activities, such as a Parish BEC Family Day on November 30, Walk for Fun on December 7, and culminated with the Acoustic Band Concert on December 8.

The Immaculate Conception  is also the Principal Patroness of the Philippines and this year is celebrated on December 9.

In 1854, Pope Pius IX’s solemn declaration, Ineffabilis Deus, clarified with finality the long-held belief of the Church that Mary was conceived free from original sin. In proclaiming the Immaculate Conception of Mary as a dogma of the Church, the pope expressed precisely and clearly that Mary was conceived free from the stain of original sin. This privilege of Mary derives from God’s having chosen her as Mother of the Savior; thus she received the benefits of salvation in Christ from the very moment of her conception.

This great gift to Mary, an ordinary human being just like us, was fitting because she was destined to be Mother of God. The purity and holiness of the Blessed Virgin Mary is a model for all Christians.

The Immaculate Conception Parish in Aluba is being administered by the Priests of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (SCJs) since June 1, 2011. At the present Fr. Janusz Burzawa is the Parish Priest and is assisted by Fr. Szymon Bendowski, and Fr. Ruel C. Paalisbo.

Miraculous Medal Quasi-Parish in Talisay declared a Parish

On November 30, 2019, the Our Lady of Miraculous Medal Quasi-Parish in Talisay, Hilongos, Southern Leyte, was elevated to the rank of a parish. The declaration was made by the Most Rev. Precioso D. Cantillas, SDB, D.D., the Bishop of Maasin, during the concelebrated Holy Eucharist.  Also, during the same ceremony, the bishop has installed Fr. Arthur Guevara, SCJ, as a Parish Priest of the new parish. The celebration was a part of the 3rd Feast of the Patron and was preceded with nine day Novena and other activities.

In the Roman Catholic Church, a parish is a stable community of the faithful within a particular church, whose pastoral care has been entrusted to a parish priest, under the authority of the diocesan bishop. It is a territorial entity constituting a division within a diocese.

The parish is where the Church lives. Parishes are communities of faith, of action, and of hope. They are where the gospel is proclaimed and celebrated, where believers are formed and sent to renew the earth. Parishes are the home of the Christian community; they are the heart of our Church. Parishes are the place where God’s people meet Jesus in word and sacrament and come in touch with the source of the Church’s life.

The official SCJ presence in the Diocese of Maasin started on June 11, 2016, when the local bishop entrusted to the Congregation of the Priests of the Sacred Heart (SCJ) a part of the Immaculate Conception Parish in Hilongos,  the St. Pope John Paul II Southern Mission Territory, with its main chapel in the Barangay Talisay, later on Miraculous Medal Quasi-Parish. At the moment there are three SCJs assigned there: Fr. Arthur Guvera, Fr. Christopher Alburo and Fr. Josepatro Gier, Jr.

On January 1, 2018, with the ground breaking ceremony, the parishioners of Talisay started construction of their new parish church, which at the moment is at the stage of its completion.

The celebration was attended by the Regional Superior Fr. Lukas Hadi Siswo Sasmito, SCJ, the Regional Secretary and Treasurer Fr. Joseph Butlig, SCJ, Fr. Elpidio Luza, SCJ, the Parish Priest of Bagong Silang, diocesan priests, religious from different congregations and parishioners. As usual, it ended at the table filled with the different kinds of food.

Celebration of SCJ Memorial Day 2019

November 26, 2019 marks the 55th death anniversary of Mgr. Joseph Albert Wittebols, SCJ, the bishop of Wamba, who was killed together with six other missionaries in 1964 in Congo during the Simba revolution.
Since 2004, the Congregation of the Priests of the Sacred Heart (SCJ), remembers on this day all SCJs who have died as martyrs for the sake of the Gospel and Kingdom of God.
The SCJ Memorial Day is celebrated in a very special way in all formation communities together with the members of the Dehonian Family, friends and benefactors.
This year, the celebration of the memorial day in Dehon House in Manila, was presided by Fr. Lukas Hadi Siswo Sasmito, SCJ, the Superior of the SCJ Philippines Region, while the homily was delivered by Fr. Francis Pupkowski, SCJ, from Cagayan de Oro,  in-charge of the fundraising office.
In his homily, Fr. Francis shared about the meaning of martyrdom, history and the common call to be living martyrs.
After the Mass, the participants were invited to watch a short video presentation about the SCJ Martyrs, which was followed by a common meal.
The celebration was attended by the SCJs from the Zone of Manila, Cagayan de Oro, Zamboanga del Sur, guest priests, religious of different congregations, friends and benefactors.
Similar celebrations were held in the Sacred Heart Formation House in Cagayan de Oro and Novitiate Fr. Dehon in Lower Lucoban, Dumalinao, Zamboanga del Sur.

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.