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.
On May 16 and June 5, 2011, Fr. Francis Pupkowski celebrated his 25th Anniversary of Ordination to the Priesthood.
The first celebration, which was the official celebration of the Philippine District, took place at the Novitiate Fr. Dehon in Lower Locuban, Dumalinao, Zamboanga del Sur.
The second one was connected with the anticipated celebration of the Feast of the Sacred Heart with the benefactors and took place in the Sacred Heart Formation House in Cagayan de Oro City.
Fr. Francis was ordained on June 19, 1986 in Stadniki, Poland. After his ordination he was assigned for two years as an assistant parish priest in Ostrowiec Sw.
In 1988 he volunteered to go to the Philippines to join the new international mission. He has been serving the local Church and the Philippine District for 22 past years as: an assistant parish priest, parish priest, district treasurer and secretary. At the moment Fr. Francis is working in the fundraising office in Cagayan de Oro City and is taking care of a group of Lay Dehonians.
On December 31, 2007, Fr. Aloisio Back, the Novice Master, celebrated his 25th Anniversary of Ordination to the Priesthood.
The Anniversary was marked by a special concelebrated Mass held at the Fr. Dehon Novitiate in Lucoban, Dumalinao, Zamboanga del Sur. During his homily Fr. Aloisio recalled his way to the priesthood and thanked to God for all the graces he received during these past 25 years of which 16 he spent in the Philippines.
In the name of the District Fr. Janusz Burzawa, the first councilor, thanked to Fr. Aloisio for the work he is doing and for his dedication to the Church, the Congregation and the District.
The celebration was attended by representatives of all SCJ communities and by some friends.