On August 12, 2016, two formation communities in Manila and Cagayan de Oro joined the congregation-wide celebration of 91st Death Anniversary of the Founder of the Priests of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Venerable Fr. Leo John Dehon (1843 – 1925).
In Manila, the celebration of the Founder was at the same time a Thanksgiving Mass of Fr. Sergio Matumoto, SCJ, who was ordained a priest last June 3, 2016, in Brazil and just returned to the Philippines. The community was joined by the members of the three nearby pastoral communities.
In Cagayan de Oro, Fr. Rico Lapinig, SCJ, who just returned from the World Youth Day in Krakow, Poland, was the main celebrant. In his homily, Fr. Rico combined the life message of the Founder and of the Holy Father, Pope Francis. The celebration was attended by SCJs from Aluba Parish and Dansolihon, Lay Dehonians, Dehonian Youth and friends.
From November 13 to 19, 2012, a total of 16 SCJs representing the different Dehonian formation entities in the Asian Zone, namely, Indonesia (4), the Philippines (7), Vietnam (2) and India (3), are gathered in the Philippines for the 2012 Asian Formators Conference.
The first 3 days of the conference, that is, from November 13-15, is the THEORETICAL aspect. The venue is in Dehon House, Quezon City, which is the Theologate and Scholasticate formation center of the Philippine Region. These days will be devoted to the plenary sessions, inputs and discussions. There are 3 themes for this year’s conference: (1) Sint Unum; (2) contemporary issues in formation; and (3) the Dehonian way of doing formation. Significantly, during the first day of the conference the delegates will discuss the implementation of the 2011 Asian Conference in Yogyakarta concerning the three-fold dialogue pertaining to the SCJ Formation Program.
Participants of Asian Formators Conference
The rest of the week will be spent in the Island of Mindanao, specifically, from November 16-19, which is the PRACTICAL aspect of the conference. The delegates will have the chance to visit the different formation houses of the Philippine Region, specifically, the Sacred Heart Formation House in Cagayan de Oro and Novitiate Fr. Dehon in Dumalinao, Zamboanga del Sur, and the parishes managed by the SCJs.
On June 12, 2012, the Independence Day in the Philippines – one Filipino and 3 Vietnamese confreres (Patrick, Thai, Khoa and Loc) were ordained as Deacons. The ordination took place at the San Lorenzo Ruiz Parish in Quezon City, Diocese of Novaliches.
The ordaining bishop Most Rev. Antonio Tobias, DD, long time friend of the SCJs in the Philippines, reminded the candidates about their role as servants recalling the words of Jesus ” The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve” (Mk 10:45). This was also the motto chosen by the newly ordained deacons.
The ceremony was attended by SCJs from different communities, many Vietnamese priests, religious from different congregations, family members and friends of new deacons.