On June 29, 2017, on the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles, Dn. Dennis Macasero, SCJ, was ordained priest. The ceremony of ordination took place at the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish in Buug, Zamboanga Sibuguey, his parish of origin and was presided by the Bishop of Ipil, Most Reverend Julius S. Tonel, D.D.
Fr. Dennis Macasero is the 18th SCJ Filipino priest and 2nd SCJ ordained by Bishop Tonel. His vocation story goes back to the year 2000 when became a “convent boy” in his parish. Helping for four years in the rectory, he was able not only to finish his high school education, but also observe the life of a priest, which attracted him very much. It was during that time that he met an SCJ priest assigned in the nearby parish in Kumalarang. As a result of that, after graduating from St. Paul School in Buug, he applied to the SCJ Formation Program in Cagayan de Oro City. In 2011 he made his first profession of vows in the Congregation of the Priests of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and proceeded to study Theology at the Loyola School of Theology (LST) in Manila. On June 29, 2016, he was ordained deacon and was assigned first in Tanay, Diocese of Antipolo and later in Bagong Silang, Diocese of Novaliches.
The ceremony of ordination was beautifully prepared by the Buug Parish and was attended by almost all SCjs, diocesan priests from the Diocese of Ipil and Pagadian, religious sisters, parishioners and friends.
The ordination of Fr. Dennis was the culmination of the three-day activities, which included ordination to the Diaconate and First Profession of Vows.
On January 9, 2017, a day after the ordination, Fr. Dang Van Nguyen and Fr. Luong Van Nguyen celebrated their first “Thanksgiving Mass” for the formation community in Dehon House. Fr. Dang was the main celebrant, while Fr. Luong delivered the homily and words of thanks in the end of the Eucharistic celebration.
After the final blessing both of them gave a special personal blessing to each participant, who in turn kissed the hands of newly ordained priests.
The celebration was attended by the SCJs from the Vietnamese District and Philippine Region, members of their families and many Vietnamese priests and religious sisters of whom many live in Manila. As usual the celebration was concluded with a common meal and special program prepared by the SCJ scholastics.
On June 3, 2016, on the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Deacon Sergio Shoiti Matumoto, SCJ, was ordained priest. The ceremony of ordination was held at the Paróquia Nossa Senhora de Lourdes (Our lady of Lourdes Parish) in São José dos Campos, São Paulo, Brazil, run by the Priests of the Sacred Heart and was presided by the Most Rev. Vilsom Basso, SCJ, bishop of Caxias in Maranhão, Brazil.
Prior to this, the parish had a three-day special preparation for this event from May 31 – June 2, 2016. Just before the ordination Fr. Sergio shared in his email “I am really blessed to be ordained on our great Feast! I am a little nervous, anxious, feeling unworthy of such wonderful grace, I know I don’t deserve it and I am afraid not to correspond to so great grace but on the other hand I am very happy of being chosen by God a sinner who experienced God’s merciful love. … I hope to be a real Priest of the SACRED HEART OF JESUS; I hope to be a prophet of love and a minister of Reconciliation wherever you send me.”
The ceremony of ordination of Fr. Sergio, which was live streaming over the internet, started at 7:30 PM (6:30 AM – June 4, 2016, Manila Time) and lasted for more than two hours. The celebration was attended by many SCJs from the BSP Province and friends. The Philippine Region was represented by Fr. Aloisio Back, SCJ. In his thanksgiving speech, the newly ordained priest greeted the Philippines in English and Tagalog.
November 30, 2012, Feast of St Andrew Apostol and Bonifacio Day in the Philippines, was a very special day for the SCJ Philippine Region. Four of our confreres: Patrick, Thai, Khoa and Loc received the Holy Order of Priesthood. Patrick is a Filipino while the three others come from Vietnam. The celebration was held at San Lorenzo Ruiz Parsh in Quezon City, a walking distance from the Dehon House where our scholastics live. The ordaining bishop was his Excellency Antonio Tobias, DD, the bishop of Novaliches, our old-time friend from Pagadian Diocese. The celebration was very nice and was attended by more less 500 people. Majority of them were Vietnamese, members of different religious congregations and friends of the new priests.
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.
On May 16 and June 5, 2011, Fr. Francis Pupkowski celebrated his 25th Anniversary of Ordination to the Priesthood.
The first celebration, which was the official celebration of the Philippine District, took place at the Novitiate Fr. Dehon in Lower Locuban, Dumalinao, Zamboanga del Sur.
The second one was connected with the anticipated celebration of the Feast of the Sacred Heart with the benefactors and took place in the Sacred Heart Formation House in Cagayan de Oro City.
Fr. Francis was ordained on June 19, 1986 in Stadniki, Poland. After his ordination he was assigned for two years as an assistant parish priest in Ostrowiec Sw.
In 1988 he volunteered to go to the Philippines to join the new international mission. He has been serving the local Church and the Philippine District for 22 past years as: an assistant parish priest, parish priest, district treasurer and secretary. At the moment Fr. Francis is working in the fundraising office in Cagayan de Oro City and is taking care of a group of Lay Dehonians.
On August 17, 2008, Br. Rico Lapinig was ordained a deacon. The ceremony took place at St. Isidore the Worker Parish in Dumalinao, Zamboanga del Sur, in the place of his pastoral assignment. The ordination was attended by many SCJ confreres, priests from the Diocese of Pagadian, religious, relatives and friends of the new deacon.