PEOPLE-EVENTS-PLACES!

On December 5, 2009 at Holy Spirit Chapel of the Divine Word Seminary in Tagaytay City, six Divine Word Missionary (SVD) Deacons belonging to the MARAMISA class 2009 were ordained to the priesthood by his Excellency Most Rev. Antonio Luis Tagle, DD, Bishop of the Diocese of Imus, Cavite. Parents, relatives, friends and guests of the our young men to be ordained filled the Seminary Chapel to capacity. At exactly half past eight in the morning the Choir broke into song to signal the solemn entrance. More or less hundred of priests joined in to concelebrate with the ordaining Prelate mentioned earlier accompanied by Most Rev. Leopoldo Jaucian, SVD, DD, Bishop of Diocese of Bangued, Abra. In his homily, Bishop Luis Tagle in a fatherly manner reminded those to be ordained priests that Priesthood is a Sacrament, that they are to be God’s signs and gifts to His people, that they are God’s answer to the people’s prayer…therefore they have to be faithful to priestly ministries…as priesthood is the center of Christ’s ministry among God’s people.
In the photograph above are our newly ordained Divine Word Missionary priests. Attached after their names are their places of origin and their First Mission Assignments. Fr. Benedicto Awitin, SVD from Kiblawan, Davao del Sur missionary to Central American Region; Fr. Ferdinand Antoine Bajao, SVD from Tagbilaran, Bohol missionary to Philippine Central Province; Fr. Dante Barril, SVD from Batuan, Bohol missionary to Philippine Central Province; Fr. Severo Biton, SVD from Lamitan, Basilan missionary to Philippine Southern Province; Fr. Abraham Ronald Borja, SVD from Bangued, Abra missionary to China; and Fr. Crisostomo Salar, SVD from Matin-ao, Sugrigao del Norte missionary to Timor Leste. With sincere apology to the other newly ordained priests, this portion of the page is a humble tribute to Fr. Abraham Borja, SVD who hails from (Northern Luzon) Bangued, Abra, the cradle of the Divine Word Missionaries in the Philippines by PHN Mission Office. The parents of Fr. Abraham Borja, SVD: Mr. Isidro Borja and Mrs. Leonor Manzano Borja, relatives and other guests. This is the most solemn and touching part of the Ordination Rites, the total submission of oneself to God, the coming down of the Holy Holy through the laying of hands and the sharing of Christ’s Eternal Priesthood. As the newly ordained priests give their blessings to all the people it also signify that from now on each of them will be a blessing to everyone… as they witness to the Word as SVD missionaries!

Cathedral Mass - tinggian Dance

PEOPLE OF ABRA  JOIN THE CENTENARY CELEBRATION OF THE DIVINE WORD MISSIONARIES IN THE PHILIPPINES  FROM AUGUST 21-23,2009

DWCB Holy Mass Entrance danceSOLEMN ENTRANCE: CENTENNIAL MASS PRESIDED BY SUPERIOR GENERAL FR. ANTONIO PERNIA, SVD AT THE DIVINE WORD COLLEGE GYM

Cemetery - Presiders 7 SVDsPRAYER SERVICE AT THE TOMB OF FR. JUAN SCHEIERMANN, SVD WHO DIED FIVE MONTHS AFTER HIS ARRIVAL IN SAN ISIDRO, ABRA. The service is led by Fr. Jerome Adriatico, SVD, PHN Provincial Superior, with him (front) were Fr. General Antonio Pernia, SVD and Bishop Leopoldo Jaucian, SVD, DD.

fr. Provincial, Fr. General and  Hon. MayorSVD Superior General Fr. Antonio Pernia, PHN Provincial Superior Fr. Jerome Adriatico, SVD and Hon. Mayor Ernesto Pacsa Jr. (San Isidro) join the procession to the church…

Processional towards the ChurchProcessional Entrance to the church for the Centennial Mass on August 23, 2009. One Bishop and two hundred priests conclelebrated with Fr.Antonio Pernia, SVD, Superior General attended by other religious brothers and sisters and the laity in thousands…(to be continued)

FR. EMIL CELEBRATES SILVER JUBILEE AS A MISSIONARY PRIEST!

Fr. Emil together with his companions in a missionary journey in Nemi, Rome celebrates Thanksgiving Mass.

Missionary sharing:…A missionary journey of 25 years from the Philippines to Botswana for 13 years then back to the Philippines North until today…”In witness to the Word, I REMEMBER, I REJOICE AND I RENEW…”

SOLEMN RENEWAL OF PRIESTLY ORDINATION COMMITMENT:

“…I make this commitment anew trusting in your loving providence and guidance, strengthened through the prayers of this community, enliven by new missionary realizations, insights, friendships that came about during the 77th International Tertiate Renewal Course, aided by the motherly care of the Blessed Virgin Mary and intercessions of St. Arnold Janssen and St. Joseph Freinademetz, that I may be able to serve in that vocation I have been called until the end. Amen.”

…AND OFFICIAL RECEPTION OF THE COMMITMENT BY FR. ANTONIO BON PATES,SVD.

“…THIS IS MY BODY, THIS IS MY BLOOD.”

THANK YOU, PETER!

THE EVENING GATHERING, CHEERS!

7 Responses

  1. Hello from Ireland, I hope you can help me contact an old friend whom I have not seen since 1973 approx when we were both students in Maynooth and we played basketball for the college. His name is Fr Dante Venus, I hope you can help.

    • Dear (Fr.) Sean,
      Greetings from from the Philippines!
      You can contact Fr. Dante Venus with the following e-mail addresses: rpsupdel@bayandsl.com or supdesec@bayandsl.com you may s well contact him by phone: 6302-725-90-10
      wish you all the best and God’s blessing.

      Fr. Emil Pati, SVD

      • Hello, Fr. Emil Pati. I am so glad to have found this page and am glad to know that you accommodate inquiries such as the one from Fr. Sean.
        I have been trying to find the whereabouts of Fr. Emil Reyes. I believe he’s in the mission…the last time I’ve heard, he was in Papua New Guinea.
        I was one of the participants in the “last” retreat which they facilitated sometime in 1985 or 86 before they were ordained. It was a life changing event.
        I really hope you could help me “locate” Fr. Emil.
        Thank you and God bless you.

      • Dear Elaine,
        Greetings!
        Fr. Emil Reyes, SVD is now at the Divine Word Retreat Center, 11316 Cypress Avenue, Riverside, CA 92505
        Sorry i don’t have his email address. you can write to him with this postal address. God bless.

  2. Thank you so much, Fr. Emil.
    God bless you.

  3. Hi Father Emil,

    Does the Catholic church allow multiple blessing of the dead in one mass? I was surprised and disappointed about this when I attended the mass for my cousin at Cainta Catholic church yesterday January 29, 2011. What made it worst is the officiating priest conducted the mass in a hurry- losing the essence of the rites for the dead.

    The Catholic masses are in a decline- presumably because of this example.

    I hope that something will be done to address this.

    Thank you,
    Kathlyn Coronel

    • Dear Kathlyn,
      Sorry for the long overdue response to your query. my heartfelt thanks for visiting our mission blog. As for your question on the ‘multiple blessing’ of the dead in Mass, it is has been allowed since few years ago by the Church to accommodate other intentions. It is called “Intentions for the dead”. Here in the north, an intention for a dead loved one is called “Mairaman” when together with other intentions a Holy Mass is offered. I believed that what you observed was done in this spirit. regarding your second query, I understand your disappointment and I agree with you that the solemnity of our beautiful Liturgy like the Holy Mass is lessened when done in a rush. This is true to some instances which is very unfortunate but truthfully in many other places Holy Masses, including Masses for the dead are celebrated very solemnly and meaningfully, spiritually refreshing and energizing for many.
      Hope i made sense with my short response. Once again, thanks for the kind reminder and concern. God bless you.

      In his Mission,
      Fr. Emil

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