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.
On 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.
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.
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.
The SCJ Memorial Day, celebrated every year on November 26, has special meaning and importance for the whole Congregation of the Priests of the Sacred Heart. On this day we remember all SCJ confreres who have died as martyrs for the sake of the Gospel and Kingdom of God. Many of them were missionaries. The Congregation chose November 26, the anniversary of martyrdom of 28 SCJs in Congo, who were killed during the Simba revolution in 1964.
The SCJ Community in Cagayan de Oro has also joined this celebration and remembered them during the concelebrated Holy Eucharist presided by Fr. John Karl Cabaluna, scj (Fr. Nonong). The Holy Mass was preceded by the 9-day Novena of prayers in their intention.
The celebration, as usual, was attended by the SCJ seminarians, members of the Dehonian Family and friends of the Congregation.