Dear Co-missionaries,


Exactly a week ago, 22 October 2008 I celebrated here in Nemi, Rome, Italy the beginning of my 25th year or Silver Anniversary as a missionary priest. While my other classmates celebrated the Thanksgiving Eucharist together with one or more classmate(s) of ours and with their loved ones and friends at home, I had mine with my “missionary companions” and community here in Nemi. The four who are with me in the picture are my Koinonia group members: On my right, Fr. James Heiar,SVD from USA, Fr. Ambrose Beck,SVD from India and on my left, Fr. Singarayar Arockiam,SVD from India and Fr. Ketut Trisnoyanto,SVD from Indonesia. As the word “koinonia” suggests, a group is assigned to do particular service to the community weekly like dish washing after meals, leading prayers, celebrating Mass and so on. 

Within the Holy Eucharist, after Holy Communion in particular, I solemnly pronounced the renewal of my Priestly and Missionary Commitment. Fr. Antonio Bon Pates, SVD, Director of the International Tertiate Renewal Course stood as a witness and received my offering on behalf of Fr. Jerome Adriatico, SVD, my Provincial Superior. 



In the evening, the community through Fr. Bon Pates, organized an equally memorable gathering for me. I went to bed that night with my heart filled with joy and happiness and above all thanksgiving to the Triune God for the gift of twenty five years in the priestly ministry. I also took time to thank Him for you and other people who have journeyed with me through the years with their prayers, sacrifices, support and love. I may not be able to thank you enough but God knows how grateful I am. Now that I just started a new milestone in a missionary journey I hold onto  your prayers and support so that like before we could go a long way together once again. For more pictures and information, please proceed to PAGES on PEOPLE, EVENTS, HAPPENINGS! Once again, thank you very much. God bless you.  (Fr. Emil Pati, SVD)                        




Our Filipino Communities here in Rome, Italy, honor St. Arnold Janssen and St. Joseph Freinademetz on the occasions of their 100th death Anniversary and 5th year after they were proclaimed as Saints by the late, his holiness Pope John Paul II on 5 October 2003. Sunday, 5 October 2008, at 10:30 in the morning, people most of them Filipino OFWs congregated at the Main Chapel at the Collegio Verbi Divini, the SVD Generalate for the celebration of the Holy Eucharist. Fr. Herbert Scholz, SVD, fondly known as Fr. Bubi, presided over the Mass on behalf of Very Rev. Antonio Pernia, SVD, the Superior General of the Society of the Divine Word (SVD) who was attending the just started Synod of Bishops on the Word of God here in Rome. Among the concelebrants were priests from other congregations while others were one time and are SVD missionaries to the Philippines. (Other details on Page Section) 


On 1October, Feast of St. Therese of the Child Jesus, the patronness of Missions, our very own Most Rev. Msgr. Arturo Bastes, SVD,DD paid us (Filipinos) a visit at Nemi, Rome, Italy. He came with two other SVD Bishops, Bishop Gaspar Modiso (Congo) and Archbishop Douglas young (PNG). And of course, Fr. Herbert Scholz, SVD, a former missionary to the Philippines was the one bringing them around. Msgr. Bastes is the Local Ordinary of the Diocese of Sorsogon, beside he is the present Chairman of Episcopal Commission on Bible Apostolate of the CBCP and the President of Philippine Bible Society.                   

Standing L-R: Fr. Jose Honorio Mateo, SVD(PHS), Fr. Pio Estepa, SVD, Mission Secretary General, Fr. Tony Bon Pates, SVD, International Tertiate Renewal Course Director, Fr. Dindo Fallarme, SVD(Togo), Fr. Herbert Scholz, SVD,(Rome), Msgr. Arturo Bastes, SVD,DD(Diocese of Sorsogon), Fr. Jaimelito Gealan, SVD(PHN), Fr. Jospeh Sithu, SVD(PHC); Sitting L-R: Mrs. Marcelina Calma(Dei Verbum), Fr. Emil Pati, SVD(PHN), Mr. Joel Bugtong(Dei Verbum) and Sr. Beth, SspS.(Rome)

Right now, there are two separate courses going on at the same time here at Nemi, Rome. The 77th International Tertiate Renewal course that started on 17 August, 2008 in Steyl, Holland and will end 18th December 2008 here in Nemi, Rome. Participants are Fr. Mat for Philippines South (PHS), Fr. Joseph for Philippines Central (PHC), Fr. Heart(Nilo) and Fr. Emil for Philippines North PHN). The Dei Verbum Course started on 7 September and ends 5 December 2008, participants are Mrs. Marcelina Calma from ECBA, CBCP and Mr. Joel Bugtong from JPI Biblical Center, Vigan City, Northern Luzon.