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.
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.
On March 25, 2007, a batch of 11 Postulants was admitted to the Novitiate. The ceremony took place at the chapel of the Holy Infant Seminary in Pagadian City and was presided by the District Superior Fr. Rino Venturin. It was also attended by members of the local community of Dumalinao who joined the concelebrated Mass.
The new Novices started their 14-month long Novitiate, the time of preparation to the religious life and first profession of vows which will take place in May 2008. At the moment there are 16 Novices including the old batch of 5 who will make their first vows on May 13, 2007.
On Monday, March 26, 2007 all the Novices moved to the new location in Upper Lucuban, Dumalinao, Zamboanga del Sur. The official inauguration and blessing of the new Novitiate is also scheduled on May 13, 2007.