On July 25, 2016, new SCJ Community in Talisay, Hilongos in the Diocese of Maasin celebrated the Feast of St. James, the Patron Saint of the main chapel where the community at the moment is residing. The concelebrated Mass was presided by Fr. Conrado “Dodong” Saavedra, who also delivered the homily presenting St. James, the Apostle as a model of faith and commitment.
The Eucharist was followed by the Blessing of the Community House done by the Regional Superior Fr. Francis Pupkowski, SCJ. The celebration was well organized and attended by members of the “St. Pope John Paul II, Mission Territory.” The SCJs were represented by Fr. Francis Pupkowski, SCJ and Fr. Patrick Gutib, SCJ, who came all the way from Cagayan de Oro City.
Fr. Laurentius Suwanto, SCJ
On August 16, 2013, Fr. Laurentius Suwanto, the Novice Master, was installed as a new superior of the Novitiate Community. He replaced Fr. Indra Pamungkas who got his assignment as a Vocation Promotion Director in Manila. As of now, the Novitiate Community is composed of three religious and five novices.
The ceremony of installation took place during the Holy Eucharist presided by the Regional Superior Fr. Francis Pupkowski, scj. In his homily, Fr. Francis thanked Fr. Indra for six years of service to the community, his dedication and availability and wished Fr. Suwanto to be a “Good Shepherd” in attending the needs of the whole community and of each member. After the homily Fr. Donald Longno, read the letter of appointment of a new superior, which was followed by the “Profession of Faith” recited by the new superior.
The celebration was concluded with a simple supper, which was attended by fellow SCJs, religious sisters from various congregations and friends of the congregation.
August 12, 2013, the death anniversary of Fr. Dehon, was a very special day for the SCJ Community in Vietnam and the Congregation of the Priests of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. On this day a new SCJ District was established in the territory of Vietnam. The ceremony took place in Ho Chi Minh City in the new house that was dedicated last April 30, 2013. During the Holy Eucharist, presided by vicar general Fr. John van den Hengel, Fr. Paulus Sugino, the general councilor for Asia, read the act of erection of a new SCJ District in Vietnam. The new district has its own administration and is composed of 17 religious, of which 14 were members of the Philippine Region The erection of this new district was preceded by a special assembly that was held on August 11, 2013. The celebration was attended by two members of General Curia in Rome, provincial superior of EUF Province and three representatives from the Philippines.
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