Fr. Laurentius Suwanto, SCJ
On August 16, 2013, Fr. Laurentius Suwanto, the Novice Master, was installed as a new superior of the Novitiate Community. He replaced Fr. Indra Pamungkas who got his assignment as a Vocation Promotion Director in Manila. As of now, the Novitiate Community is composed of three religious and five novices.
The ceremony of installation took place during the Holy Eucharist presided by the Regional Superior Fr. Francis Pupkowski, scj. In his homily, Fr. Francis thanked Fr. Indra for six years of service to the community, his dedication and availability and wished Fr. Suwanto to be a “Good Shepherd” in attending the needs of the whole community and of each member. After the homily Fr. Donald Longno, read the letter of appointment of a new superior, which was followed by the “Profession of Faith” recited by the new superior.
The celebration was concluded with a simple supper, which was attended by fellow SCJs, religious sisters from various congregations and friends of the congregation.
“For Him I lived for Him I die” – with these words on August 12, 1925, Fr. Leo Dehon, the founder of the Congregation of the Priests of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, ended his earthly pilgrimage. In this short summary he enclosed his passion for God and His love that was shown to the humankind through the open Heart of Jesus. His desire was to establish the “Reign of God in the souls and society.”
Each year, the anniversary of his death is a special event celebrated by the whole congregation and different communities all over the world. Very often it is preceded by a special novena prayer commemorating the life and works of our Founder, which gives us an opportunity to reflect on our charism and mission in the Church and society. The very day of his death anniversary is a day of thanksgiving for the gift of his life very much celebrated in all formation communities.
Like in previous years, the community in Cagayan de Oro, held a special Thanksgiving Mass and dinner to commemorate this anniversary. The concelebrated Mass was presided by Fr. Andrew Sudol, the formator of Postulacy Program and was attended by SCJ confreres, seminarians and friends of the congregation.
Sunday, May 13, 2012, was a special day for the newly created Philippine Region. On this day three Novices: Bro. Nathaniel Robilla, Bro. Rogereve Pausanos and Bro. Junlou Arcayos professed their first vows of poverty, chastity and obedience and in this way became members of the Congregation of the Priests of the Sacred Heart.
The ceremony of first profession took place during the Holy Eucharist celebrated at the Novitiate Fr. Dehon in Lower Lucoban, Dumalinao, Zamboanga del Sur. The vows were accepted by the Regional Superior Fr. Franciszek Pupkowski, SCJ.
The celebration was attended by SCJs from different communities, the assistant parish priest from Dimataling, religious sisters, members of the families of the newly professed confreres and friends.
We entrust these new members of the Philippine Region to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and support them with our prayers.
On May 13, 2011 – four Novices: Dennis M. Macasero, Vic Anthony Calonia, Dang Van Nguyen and Luong Van Nguyen made their first profession of vows in the congregation of the Priests of the Sacred Heart. The ceremony took plcae during the Holy Eucharist at the Novitiate Fr. Dehon in Lucoban, Dumalinao, Zamboanga del Sur.
The vows were taken in the presence of the members of SCJ Philippine District, quest priests and religious, members of families and friends of the newly professed SCJs and the Congregation.
The vows were accepted by the District Superior Fr. Jose Benedito de Moraes Machado.
12 Postulants, 7 from India and 5 from the Philippine District were accepted to the 14-month Novitiate. The ceremony of acceptance took place in the Novitiate Fr. Dehon in Lower Lucoban, Dumalinao, Zamboanga del Sur on March 25, 2001, the Solemnity of Annunciation, during the Holy Mass presided by Fr. Benedito Machado, the Superior of the Philippine District.
At the moment there are 17 Novices: 7 from India, 7 from the Philippines and 3 from Vietnam.
On January 11, 2010, the SCJ Philippine District started its annual assembly. The assembly is being held in the Novitiate Fr. Dehon in Lucoban, Dumalinao, Zamboanga del Sur and will conclude on January 14, 2010.
Among the 25 participants attending this meeting there are two special visitors from Rome – the General Superior Fr. Jose Ornelas Carvalho and Fr. Paulus Sugino, the General Councilor, two confreres working in Vietnam and four deacons, who are going to be ordained next month.
The assembly started with reflection conducted by Fr. Delio Ruiz, which was followed by the personal sharing of each member of the District.
According to the schedule, the second day is dedicated to reporting of activities by different commissions and groups of interest.
On the third day, the General Superior Fr. Jose Ornelas Carvalho will have his time to share about activities of the Congregation and to discuss important matters regarding works and future of the District.
The fourh and last day of the assembly will be dedicated to financial matters in the morning, and a 3-year plan of the District in the afternoon.
The Philippine District is happy and thankful because of the presence of Fr. Jose Ornelas Carvalho and Fr. Paulus Sugino.
On January 12-13, 2009, the SCJ Philippine District held its annual assembly. This year the assembly took place in the Novitiate Fr. Dehon in Locuban, Dumalinao, Zamboanga del Sur and was attended by 19 SCJs.
The first day was dedicated to the personal sharing in the morning and formation related issues in the afternoon.
The second day of the assembly was divided into three major parts: financial matters, pastoral and social activities of the district and important issues to be decided. Among the topics tackled in the third part were: future Retreat Center in Dumalinao, new pastoral area in Manila, different issues from the District Chapter and District Agenda 2009. The assembly was shorter than usual due to the District Chapter which was held last October 2008.