First Profession of Vows

IMG_3276 - 30On May 13, 2010 two Novices: Dinh Van Nguyen and Jhomar M. Tuburan made their first profession of vows in the congregation of the Priests of the Sacred Heart. The ceremony took place 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.

During the same celebration another four young SCJs on temporary vows renewed their commitment to God and to the Congregation.

New SCJ Bishop from the Philippines

Vilsom3Today, on March 19, 2010, on the Feast of St. Joseph, the Holy See has announced the good news regarding episcopal nomination of our SCJ confrere Rev. Fr. Vilsom Basso, scj. Fr. Vilsom Basso belongs to the SCJ Philippine District and until now was assigned as formator in Cagayan de Oro City and Pastor in charge in Dansolihon Chaplaincy. His new assignment will be as a bishop in diocese Caxias in Maranhão (Brazil).

Fr. Vilsom Basso, scj was born on February 16, 1960 in Cinquentenário Tuparendi, in the diocese of Santo Ângelo, in the province of Rio Grande do Sul. After his elementary studies in his native city, he entered the Congregation of the Priests of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (Dehonians). He received his title of Bachelor in Philosophy in Brusque (1979-1981) and one in theology in Taubaté (1982-1985). On 25 February 1985 he made the Final Profession in the Congregation of the Priests of the Sacred Heart and on December 28th 1985 he was ordained a priest. In 1991, he followed a postgraduate course in pastoral theology at the University Javeriana in Bogota, Colombia.

In the Diocese of Viana, State of Maranhão, he was assigned as parochial vicar in the parish of “Santa Inês” (1986-1987) and Alto Alegre (1993) and as a Pastor of the Parish of “Santa Luzia” (1998-2003). In the Archdiocese of São Luís do Maranhão, he was a parochial vicar (1988-1992) and then the parish priest (2004-2005) of the Sanctuary “Nossa Senhora da Conceição”. In addition, he was coordinator of youth ministry in the State of Maranhão (1988-1992) and Councilor of the National Pastoral Youth of the Brazilian Bishops’ Conference (1994-1997). In 2006 he was assistant priest of the shrine “São Judas Tadeu” in São Paulo. Since 2007 he is one of the formators of the Congregation of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines.

Ordinations to the Priesthood

On February 4 and 5, 2010, two SCJ deacons Rev. Marcial C. Aguirre and Rev. Donald S. Longno were ordained priests. The two separated celebrations were held in their home parishes in Kumalarang and Margosatubig respectively. In both cases the ordaining bishop was Most Rev. Emmanuel Cabajar, C.Ss.R, DD, the Bishop of Diocese of Pagadian.

It is noteworthy that Kumalarang is an SCJ parish and Margosatubig, a former SCJ parish and in both of them it was already second ordination for the Congregation of the Priests of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

Both ordinations were attended by many SCJ’s, diocesan priests, religious from different congregations, friends and relatives of the newly ordained priests. Also, among the priests attending the celebration in Kumalarang was Fr. Mick Sinnott, a Columban priest, who last October 2009 was kidnapped and released after one month in captivity. Fr. Mick just returned to the Philippines and to Pagadian from where he was taken.

On February 13 and 15, 2010, two more SCJ deacons Rev. Rechie C. Gier and Rev. Jigger C. Ganados will be also ordained priests, which will increase the number of Filipino SCJ priests to seven.

So far, thanks be to God for his blessings and congratulations to the new priests.

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Perpetual Profession, First Vows and Renewal of Vows in Dumalinao

On May 13th, 2008 an SCJ on temporary vows Rico Lapinig made his final commitment to God and to the Congregation.

Also, eight Novices: Felbert B. Badoy, Junie C. Baldamor, CandidoS. Bayron, Benigno Etulle, Lucas C. Napone, Marlo N. Piloton, Gregg Anthony J. Rana and Nathaniel D. Robilla professed their first vows of Poverty, Chastity and Obedience in the Congregation of the Priests of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

The ceremony took place during the Holy Mass at the Parish Church of St. Isidore the Farmer in Dumalinao, Zamboanga del Sur.

The vows were taken in the presence of the local bishop Most Rev. Emmanuel Cabajar who presided the Mass, diocesan priests and religious from the Diocese of Pagadian, SCJ confreres, families and friends of the Professes.

The vows were accepted by the first Councillor of the Philippine District Fr. Janusz Burzawa, SCJ.

During the same celebration the following SCJ confreres on temporary vows: Marcial Aguirre, Donald Longno, Rechie Gier, Jigger Ganados, Lourdiso Panhay, Sherwin Keith Tan, Niño Etulle, Joseph Butlig, Elpidio Luza and Patrick Gutlib renewed their vows of Poverty, Chastity and Obedience.

First Profession of Vows

On August 12, 2006, Novice Francis Xavier Thai Tran Duc professed the vows of Poverty, Chastity and Obedience in the Congregation of the Priests of the Sacred Heart in the Philippines.

The ceremony took place in the chapel of the Holy Infant Seminary in Pagadian City. The vows were taken in the presence of SCJ confreres, priests, religious and lay people and were accepted by Fr. Rino Venturin, scj, the District Superior of the Philippines.