In celebration of the Jubilee Year of Mercy and in unity with the Dehonian Youth Meeting 2016 in Poland, this year’s annual Dehonian Youth Missionaries (DYM) summer mission was mainly centered on the theme: “Lord make me an instrument of your mercy.” With open hearts and joyous spirits, 34 young missionaries (Filipinos and Vietnamese) responded to the call to meet God through serving His people in the mountainous areas of Tignapoloan in the Jesus Nazareno Chaplaincy, Dansolihon, Cagayan de Oro City.
The activity started with a 3-day stay-in formation seminar on May 14-17, 2016 at the Sacred Heart Formation House in Aluba before the missionaries were sent forth to the mission areas of Lower and Upper Tignapoloan on May 17, 2016.
The mission proper started in the afternoon of May 17, 2016, respectively. The missionaries visited the Christian households in the areas, blessed their homes and had BEC session or faith sharing with the families. They also conducted activities in the chapels like Flores de Mayo for the kids, animation, community building, catechesis and recollection for the youth; BEC input and catechesis for the adults. They also facilitated Taizé prayer with confession, and celebrated the Eucharist. One of the greatest challenges was to help strengthen the leaders and reorganize the youth.
What actually inspired the missionaries most was the warm welcome and hospitality of the communities. However, as missionaries, we also embraced the community life selflessly; that regardless of diversity, we achieved unity. We became missionaries not just to the people there, but as well as to each of our brothers and sisters in our respective groups, living to be instruments of mercy to one another. Thus, this became a true manifestation of the inspiration learnt from our founder, Ven. Fr. Leo John Dehon – the SINT UNUM we Dehonians ought to live by.
Vivat Cor Jesu!
By: Rexell Grace R. Gaa
Dehonian Youth Missionary
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.
Sunday, May 13, 2012, was a special day for the newly created Philippine Region. On this day three Novices: Bro. Nathaniel Robilla, Bro. Rogereve Pausanos and Bro. Junlou Arcayos professed their first vows of poverty, chastity and obedience and in this way became members of the Congregation of the Priests of the Sacred Heart.
The ceremony of first profession took place during the Holy Eucharist celebrated at the Novitiate Fr. Dehon in Lower Lucoban, Dumalinao, Zamboanga del Sur. The vows were accepted by the Regional Superior Fr. Franciszek Pupkowski, SCJ.
The celebration was attended by SCJs from different communities, the assistant parish priest from Dimataling, religious sisters, members of the families of the newly professed confreres and friends.
We entrust these new members of the Philippine Region to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and support them with our prayers.
On May 13, 2011 – four Novices: Dennis M. Macasero, Vic Anthony Calonia, Dang Van Nguyen and Luong Van Nguyen made their first profession of vows in the congregation of the Priests of the Sacred Heart. The ceremony took plcae during the Holy Eucharist at the Novitiate Fr. Dehon in Lucoban, Dumalinao, Zamboanga del Sur.
The vows were taken in the presence of the members of SCJ Philippine District, quest priests and religious, members of families and friends of the newly professed SCJs and the Congregation.
The vows were accepted by the District Superior Fr. Jose Benedito de Moraes Machado.
On July 23, 2010, two members of the SCJ Philippine District: Bro. Phong Quoc Tran together with Bro. Joseph Quang Tran, and Bro. Nekkanti B. Show Reddy from the District of India made their final profession of vows in the congregation of the Priests of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The celebration took place at the Dehon House in Quezon City.
On the following day on July 24, 2010 Bro. Phong and Bro. Quang was ordained deacons. The ceremony, which was presided by the Most Rev. Antonio Tobias, DD – the Bishop of Novaliches, took place during the Holy Eucharist at San Lorenzo Ruiz Parish in Quezon City.
Both celebrations were attended by SCJ confreres, friends and members of the families of the new deacons.