Celebration of First Profession of Vows and Solemnity of the Sacred Heart

Today, on June 28, 2019, the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart, three (3) SCJ Novices from the Philippines, Agustin M. Indangan Jr., Aldrin R. Ayaton, and Carl Ryan N. Opeña, made their commitment to God in the Congregation of the Priests of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. By the profession of three vows: Chastity, Poverty and Obedience, they declared their readiness  and will to follow Jesus more closely. They were preparing for this moment for almost fourteen (14) months under the guidance of the Novice Master Fr. Indra Pamungkas, SCJ and Fr. Yohanes Sono Pribadi, SCJ, the “Socius.” Together, with eight (8) Vietnamese Novices, who made their First Profession of vows in Vietnam last May 31, 2019, they have had been learning about the Congregation, the Founder, vows and religious life.

The ceremony that was held on the 141 anniversary of the foundation of the Congregation of the Priests of the Sacred Heart, took place at the Novitiate Fr. Dehon in Lower Lucoban, Dumalinao, Zamboanga del Sur, and was attended by the SCJ confreres from the area of Pagadian, Cagayan de Oro, and Manila, family members and friends of the newly professed religious. The vows were accepted by the Regional Superior, Fr. Lukas Hadi Siswo Sasmito, SCJ.

The newly professed will move to the Manila Community at the Dehon House, where they will study Theology and prepare themselves further for the ordination to the priesthood.

On the same day, in the afternoon, the SCJ area of Cagayan de Oro celebrated the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart, the patronal feast of the Congregation. The concelebrated Mass was presided by Fr. Ruel C. Paalisbo, SCJ, who offered this Holy Eucharist as a Thanksgiving Mass for the gift of his vocation and ordination. After the homily all SCJs renewed their act of oblation made 141 years ago by their founder Venerable Fr. Leo John Dehon.

Acceptance of New Novices

On May 13, 2018, on the Feast of Ascension and Our Lady of Fatima, nine young men (three Filipino and six Vietnamese) were officially accepted to the Novitiate. In this way, they started their direct preparation for the first profession of vows that will be held on June 28, 2019. During this thirteen month journey,under the supervision of the Novice Master Fr. Indra Pamungkas, SCJ, they will learn many things about the nature of religious and community life, the Founder, the Congregation and most of all about the vows they will be going to profess.

The ceremony of acceptance was held in the afternoon in the the Novitiate Fr. Dehon in Lower Lucoban, Dumalinao, Zambonga del Sur. The new novices were accepted by the Superior of the SCJ Philippine Region, Fr. Lukas Hadi Siswo Sasmito, SCJ. The ceremony was attended by the members of the neighbour community in Dumalinao, Fr. Tom Cassidy from the US Province, Fr. Patro Gier working in Finland and Fr. Khoa Nguyen, the formator of Aspirants in Cagayan de Oro.

Acceptance of New Novices

On May 16, 2017, twelve Postulants (six Filipino and six Vietnamese) were officially accepted to the fourteen month Novitiate. The ceremony of acceptance took place during the Holy Eucharist in Dumalinao Parish, which followed the meeting of the SCJ Philippine Region. The new novices were presented to the Regional Superior Fr. Francis Pupkowski, SCJ, by the Master of Postulants Fr. Patrick Gutib, SCJ. So far this is the biggest group that entered the Novitiate program. At the moment the total number  of Novices is seventeen. Five Novices (three Filipino and two Vietnamese) will have their first profession of vows on June 28, 2017.

We entrust all the Novices and the Novice Master, Fr. Indra Pamungkas, SCJ, to your continuous prayers.

Ordination Anniversary and Installation of New Superior

DSC02442The three day activities of the SCJ Philippine Region started  in the morning on June 27, 2016,with the meeting of the Region, and was followed by celebration of the 25th Ordination Anniversary of Fr. Indra Pamungkas, SCJ and Installation of Fr. Yohanes Sono Pribadi, SCJ as New Superior of the Novitiate Community in the afternoon. The celebration was held in the Novitiate Fr. Dehon in Lower Lucoban, Dumalinao, Zamboanga del Sur.

After the homily, delivered by Fr. Yohanes, Fr. Francis Pupkowski, SCJ, the Regional superior, accepted his “Profession of Faith.” The concelebrated Mass was presided by Fr. Indra.

Fr. Yohanes Sono Pribadi, SCJ, belongs to the first group of missionaries that arrived 27 years ago in the Philippines. Among his different assignments were: Assistant and later Parish Priest in Dimataling, Zamboanga del Sur, Vocation Director, Assistant Parish Priest in Bacolod, Lanao del Norte and Parish Priest in Kumalarang. In 2004, Fr. Yohanes returned to his mother province in Indonesia where he spent 10 years working as a Vocation Director and doing pastoral work. In 2014, he rejoined the Philippine Mission and was assigned in the Novitiate Community where he assists Fr. Indra, the Novice Master and takes care of the property.

Fr. Indra Pamungkas, SCJ, has been present in the Philippines for the last 23 years. Besides his pastoral assignments in Margosatubig and Bacolod, most of the time he spent working in the formation and being a Vocation Director. In 2015, he was assigned as a Novice Master.

Farewell and installation of a new superior in the Novitiate Fr. Dehon

Fr. Laurentius Suwanto

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.