+ Fr. Aloísio Back, SCJ (1952 – 2021)

On January 6, 2021, at 10:30 in the evening, due to respiratory problems and cardiac arrest, died Fr. Aloisio Back, SCJ, a former member of the SCJ Philippine Region.

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Priestly Ordination of Deacon Sergio

On June 3, 2016, on the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of JesusDeacon 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.

Final Vows of Bro. Lourdiso Panhay

Philippine-Final-Vows-420x298On April 25, 2011 – an SCJ on temporary vows Bro. Lourdiso Z. Panhay made his final commitment to God and to the Congregation. The ceremony of Perpetual Profession took place at the Novitiate Fr. Dehon, Locuban, Dumalinao, Zamboanga del Sur.

The vows were accepted by the District Superior Fr. Jose Benedito de Moraes Machado who was the main celebrant of the Holy Eucharist.

Also, during the same time Bro. Nathaniel Robilla was admitted to the Novitiate.

Among those who attended this celebration was Fr. Bernard Rosinski from the US Province and Fr. Martin Van Ooij from the District of India.

Celebration of 168th Anniversary of Birth of F. Dehon in Cagayan de Oro

On March 14, 2011 – the SCJ community of Cagayan de Oro, together with the members of the Dehonian Family and friends, celebrated 168th anniversary of birth of Fr. Leo John Dehon. The celebration was preceded with a novena prayers for new vocations to the priesthood and religious life.

The main celebration started with the Holy Eucharist at 5:30 in the afternoon. Fr. Jose Benedito Machado de Moraes, the superior of the Philippine District, was the presider and homilist.

During the celebration it took place two important events: an acceptance to the Postulancy Program of four Aspirants and dedication of new members of the Dehonian Youth group connected with the formation community in Cagayan de Oro.

Right after the Mass, the whole congregation moved in front of the statue of Fr. Leo Dehon to pray together for his soon beatification and new vocations to the Congregation.

As usual, the celebration was concluded with the common supper.