Pilgrim Relics of St. Therese in Dumalinao Parish

The pilgrim relics of Saint Thérèse of the Child Jesus is for the fourth time in the Philippines. It arrived on January 13, 2018, and will stay until May 31, 2018, visiting different dioceses and parishes.

At the moment the relics is visiting the Diocese of Pagadian. On April 24, 2018, the relics, for a short time, visited the St. Isidore Parish in Dumalinao run by the SCJs.

The pilgrim relics of Saint Thérèse have visited the Philippines in 2000, 2008 and 2013.

Saint Thérèse of the Child Jesus, also called Saint Thérèse of Lisieux, was born on January 2, 1873, in Alençon, France. She died on September 30, 1897, at the age of 24.

She is one of the most popular Catholic saints. As a doctor of the church, she is the subject of much theological comment and study, and as an appealing young woman, whose message has touched the lives of millions, she remains the focus of much-popular devotion.

Relics are the material remains of a saint or holy person after death, as well as objects sanctified by contact with his or her body.

Real or first-class relics include the skin and bones, clothing, objects used for penance and instruments of a martyr’s imprisonment or passion, while representative relics are objects placed in contact with the body or grave of a saint.

The Catholic faithful venerate the relics of saints because as intercessors with God for the living, through their relics—a record of the saint—God manifests his presence.

Ordinations to the Priesthood

On February 4 and 5, 2010, two SCJ deacons Rev. Marcial C. Aguirre and Rev. Donald S. Longno were ordained priests. The two separated celebrations were held in their home parishes in Kumalarang and Margosatubig respectively. In both cases the ordaining bishop was Most Rev. Emmanuel Cabajar, C.Ss.R, DD, the Bishop of Diocese of Pagadian.

It is noteworthy that Kumalarang is an SCJ parish and Margosatubig, a former SCJ parish and in both of them it was already second ordination for the Congregation of the Priests of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

Both ordinations were attended by many SCJ’s, diocesan priests, religious from different congregations, friends and relatives of the newly ordained priests. Also, among the priests attending the celebration in Kumalarang was Fr. Mick Sinnott, a Columban priest, who last October 2009 was kidnapped and released after one month in captivity. Fr. Mick just returned to the Philippines and to Pagadian from where he was taken.

On February 13 and 15, 2010, two more SCJ deacons Rev. Rechie C. Gier and Rev. Jigger C. Ganados will be also ordained priests, which will increase the number of Filipino SCJ priests to seven.

So far, thanks be to God for his blessings and congratulations to the new priests.

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20 Years of SCJ Presence in the Philippines

May 17, 1989 is the official date of arrival of first SCJ missionaries in the Philippines. The original group was composed of 8 priests coming from 5 different provinces: Argentinean, Indonesian, Polish, German and British-Irish. After six-month course of language and culture in Davao City, the members of the first group were assigned in 3 parishes: in Kumalarang and Margosatubig in the Prelature of Ipil and in Dimataling in Diocese of Pagadian.

Soon, the mission was joined by other members coming in different batches; total 14 priests and 2 brothers. At the same time 7 members returned to their mother provinces. Fr. Hans Sondermeijer of the first group died in Indonesia.

At the moment in the Philippines there are only 2 members left of the original group: Fr. Rino Venturin and Fr. Francis Pupkowski.

Today, we are 51 religious living and working in 5 communities. 25 are Filipino, 9 Vietnamese, 7 Indonesians, 4 Polish, 3 Brazilian, 1 Argentinean, 1 Italian and 1 British.