SSPX News Archive
of St Pius X – District of Asia
Pius X Priory
112 A Killiney Rd
(65) 6235 3660
of July 1, 2007
Final amount received: US$ 237,000 !
of the Presentation in the temple
and Benefactors of the Asian Missions of the SSPX,
for our Missions are being answered in a surprising way:
Two new and
very generous benefactors, who have already proven their loyalty
to the Society’s apostolate elsewhere, moved by divine grace, are
now determined to help us financially in our endeavors to save souls
and to spread Catholic Tradition in this huge Asian continent, and
particularly here in Singapore, where for years we have been trying
to find a suitable property for a proper church worthy of the Most
Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.
I quote now
from one benefactor's letter to me, ‘Guided by the saintly
Abp. Lefebvre, SSPX is restoring authentic Catholicism around
the world and developing Soldiers for Christ; therefore it is a
privilege, nay an obligation! for each of
us to strain one's financial resources in support of this most worthy
pledge: they will match – dollar for dollar
contributions (cash, stock or bonds, etc.)
to the sum of US $ 100,000
What a sign from Divine Providence! This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity
will allow us to reach the amount needed for an eventual down payment
— in the event of a purchase, which will be in the 3-4 million dollar
range at least —, or for a complete restoration — in case of a long
lease such as 20-30 years whenever the right property comes up for
sale or lease. (Note: to find the right place in Singapore is extremely
difficult and costly, as it is a small and very expensive island.)
Now, we need
you, dear Friends, to really extend yourselves. The deadline
for this offer is July 1st, 2007, feast of the
Precious Blood of Our Blessed Lord.
We really need
to push and get our US $ 100,000 so they will match it.
Any SGD check,
for Singaporeans, must be made to The Friends of the International
Priestly Society of St Pius X, for all other currencies, make
them to Society of St Pius X. Checks to be sent to our address
above. There is also a possibility of wire transfers, bank to bank,
for which we will give details on request.
Get the word
out! Let us storm heaven! Our Lady of the Missions, pray for
us! St Pius X, pray for us!
For the greater
glory of God, in the service of Christ the King and of His Immaculate
Dear Friends and Benefactors of SSPX ASIA,
We are arriving at the second post-tsunami month , and it is surely
time to update you on the situation and the latest relief efforts
done on our part.
We have now two instances of our own on the difficulties entailed
in helping these brave people. We have made a bank to bank transfer
to help Fr. Rozairo make the downpayment on the 2 acres he is intent
in buying. 3 weeks after the transfer, the money had not yet arrived!
We are now going to trace it through our bank manager in the US.
The 2 acres plot should have been surveyed this week and the owner,
who lives in India, should come before the end of the month to sign
the document. With the continued flow of donations, we should now
be in a measure to cover more than half of the purchase of the property
for the 129 families. Fr. Rozairo managed to bring the cost down
to around US$180,000 from the original US$300,000 asking price!
The government has also increased the food rations for the 129 families
in the camp.
Another instance of greed: a very generous benefactor has sent us
4 containers of medical supplies from the USA. They arrived safely
in Colombo and we were asked to only pay US$56,000 to clear custom!!
I can understand the other organisation which face a similar situation
and which simply took off and went to Indonesia instead! But we
can't do that. So, we are solving the awkward problematics using
the good services of the Archbishop of Colombo who is aware of our
involvement in the Negombo Refugee Camp.
A team of Korean doctors, including one of our own faithful from
Seoul, came and spend a whole week in Sri Lanka, including one day
in the Camp in Negombo. Hopefully there will be some medical follow-up
to their visit.
Fr. Rozairo visited some of his faithful on the East Coast a few
weeks ago. 33 families were still without shelter and aid of any
sort more than a month after the tragedy. We have enquired on the
possibilities of helping them and within a few days we will buy
them 28 fishing nets with which they will each be entitled to receive
a fishing boat.
Part 1 -- Tsunami Report from a letter of Fr. Blute, January
Dear Father Couture,
The 'twelve apostles' (12 faithful) are daily visiting villages
along the affected seacoast area. On the first day, they discovered
that giving aid is trickier than it sounds. In one village of 600
people, The people would not accept help for just some of their
members... incredible persecutions and jealousies would arise if
only some folks got help. At present, the people want to appear
as destitute as possible, because the government is going to distribute
aid proportioned to their needs, so if they already have nets and
a boat, they will get less money... and if we rebuild their house,
they won't get any money from the Government for it. Even one man,
whose house was only slightly damaged, is demolishing it so that
when the inspectors arrive, they will give more money. In a first
experience, our men were astonished that villagers whose names were
not taken (because they did not suffer any loss) became angry, insulting,
pugnacious. To satisfy them, they wrote down all their names, and
ran away from the place.
Now they go strictly according to my advice, given at first: they
dress poorly, and mix with the people secretly, discovering who
is really in need. They tell the person one-on-one, "What I'm
going to tell you, you have to keep secret. If you tell others,
then all aid will stop". After they promise secrecy, we open
the coffers. It seems to work okay. Not all the people are obstructive
and conniving... there are plenty of hardworking people who cooperate
with their neighbors, receive aid with gratitude, and even refuse
to take more aid than is strictly necessary, saying "enough,
The people are fully supplied with rice, some pots, and household
necessities. So we find out from them what else they need, and if
it is reasonable, we give all we can, with a general limit of 10,000
rupees (US$240) per person limit, unless they are in dire need,
or have a special claim to our charity, like our own parishioners,
widows, and large families.
In the first week of distribution, the 12 Apostles bought 3 country
boats, and nets for several dozen fishermen. A sewing machine, with
cloth and thread, was provided to a woman to help her make a gainful
living. Since most of the Apostles are fishermen themselves, they
know just what the men need: they have bought sailcloth, hooks,
nets, anchors, repair parts, logs (the country boats are simply
four big balsawood logs lashed together and caulked, and shaped.)
for repairing the boats, etc. We provided vessels for fishwives
to carry the fish to market, 30 number. We paid the hospital bills
for some injured persons, bought clothes for a family of 8 children,
who lost everything...
Also, we have begun the purchase of land near the sea for relocating
those persons displaced by the waves. The government will no longer
allow people to live within 500 meters of the sea, and they will
not give money for building homes without property. The government
will be distributing plots of land, eventually, but most expect
this will take years, and they need a place now.
This week, we place an order for 10 boats and nets.
As the Apostles become more familiar with the region, they are able
quickly to discover the authentic needy people, and bring them material
We also distribute to all a holy card of Our Lady Help of Christians,
and encourage people to pray. The Apostles, who have been selected
from our Traditional men, were selected because of their deep piety
and zeal for the Faith. Thus, they are conducting themselves in
a truly supernatural spirit: morning prayers, meals in common, holy
Rosary recited while travelling from place to place, and of course,
entrusting the whole work to Our Lady, Help of christians.
Part 2 -- Another letter from Fr. Blute, Feb. 15, 2005
Dear Father Couture,
I suggested in my last e-mail that with your permission we could
set up a fiberglass boat making factory, and give the boats away
to victims of the tsunami so they could set their nets and support
their families. With a little research, I have been firmly convinced
that not only is this a good project, but it will be much much easier
than I ever thought. You see, one of our faithful in Trichy is actually
working for a company making fiberglass boxes and things. She put
me in touch with a company in Coimbatore, which makes and sells
the raw materials. Their company is currently making 100 fiber boats,
also for an aid organization. They also did this kind of work after
the terrible Super-Cyclone of 1996, in Andra Pradesh. So they are
sending me a complete dossier on "how to". Furthermore,
they are willing to accept 4 to 6 men from our group (unemployed
"Apostles"), into their Coimbatore factory for hands-on
experience, during which they will receive room, board, and wages.
(4 weeks) Also, their representative, has an experienced "mold-maker"
on hand, whom he will send to Palayamkottai, and if we pay his wages,
he will supervise the set-up of the workshop, and train another
crew of 4 in how to make the molds themselves. He is available immediately,
so there is no loss of time. Finding a factory building for rent
here is a snap, so by Monday we can begin calling our men together.
The idea of all this is that "why should we pay other people
to do what we can do ourselves'. We can distribute the finished
products for a greatly reduced amount, and calculate carefully how
much "aid" is being distributed ("aid" being
calculated as the amount of 'free" boats get from our hands
to the sands.) I am putting this endeavor under the patronage of
St. Joseph, and anyone who comes to work there must be a practicing
Traditional Catholic, willing to join in morning, noon and evening
prayers, and to consecrate themselves and their families to St.
Joseph in such a way that they accept the spirit of poverty as a
benefit, and also renounce explicitly the practice of birth control.
When a profit is gained, we will together think up new projects,
new sources of work, and invest what profit there is in expanding
the scope of St. Josephs Industrial Council to provide gainful employ
for the heads of our Catholic families. To have a pure work environment,
where the Holy Days are observed faithfully, and the employees spiritually
united in charity and generous help of their fellow Catholics. So
if you have more money to give for aid, I suggest you reserve it
for us: because if we can give away 100 boats for free, rather than
25, then the investment cost per boat will be a tiny fraction of
the total amount. See my point?
Yours in Christo Rege,
Any one who still wants to help may do so by writing to: 112 A Killiney
Rd, Singapore 239 551. We accept checks in any currency; if in euros,
made payable to: Fraternite St Pie X Mission Asie;
if in any other currency, made payable to SSPX ASIA.
Fraternite St. Pie X Missions Asia
E 11214 27th Ave
Spokane WA 99206
received, per country,
for Tsunami Victims
& Scotland (STG 50,364)
given to Tsunami Victims
for 60 families
for 40 families
for 116 families
(stamps, transport, etc.)
- Refugee Camp
(139 families - Negombo, Sri Lanka)
Refugee Camp - Negombo
1 & 2 for babies (360 boxes)
(stamps, transport, etc)
Refugee Camp - Negombo
Refugee Camp - Negombo
||India: boats, nets, sewing machine, etc.
fishing eqpmt, household supplies
Lanka Ref. Camp Miscellaneous
Lanka Food 30 families and varia
Lanka Ref. Camp Miscellaneous
Lanka 28 nets
relief given (boats, nets, etc)
Lanka: for land for refugee families
Lanka: refugee camp
fishing eqpmt, household supplies
Lanka: fishing net
Sri Lanka: for the purchase of land
India: boat making project
India: miscellaneous relief
Sri Lanka: miscelleanous
Lanka: purchase of land for refugees
Lanka: Bank fees for transfers
Sri Lanka: MC fees for cash w/d
Sri Lanka: Orphanage in Batticolao
Lanka: custom clearance for school supplies
Lanka: purchase of land for refugees
Lanka: for land
Lanka: Catechism, 2nd payment
Lanka new land
Lanka: for new land
Lanka: for new land
Lanka: for new land
Lanka: for new land
2nd Housing estate
2nd Housing estate
2nd Housing estate
2nd Housing estate
2nd Housing estate
Second Housing Estate
Second Housing Estate
On the Tsunami:
Theological Considerations and practical aid
of SSPX ASIA,
It has been
a month now since the tsunami disaster, and I promised to give you
some considerations on it, from a priest’s point of view.
I was prompted to put my thoughts on paper while in Sri Lanka recently,
having to reply to one specific insulting and blasphemous article.
Here is my reply to this article (Part 1) with only very minor additions
(mostly quotes), since this time my readers are mostly Catholics
(not so in Sri Lanka, with a Buddhist majority).
They have nothing left
at the right moment for another reason. The Civiltà Cattolicà,
the famous Jesuit Italian magazine, has just written an article
in which the editor begins by discarding absolutely the element
of Divine Justice one may see in this natural disaster.
of all, it must be said that to see divine punishment in natural
disasters, because of men's sins, is an error, which puts God, as
revealed by Jesus in the Gospel, into question,” the editorial
the article not only eliminates the Divine Justice but boldly presumes
that God has saved all the victims! “The way in which this
(i.e. how good can come out of evil ) takes place is a great mystery
for us, but precisely because God is good we must think that he
would not permit these painful and tragic events if he was not able
and did not have the intention to bring good out of evil for men,”
the Jesuit editorial continues. “In his paternal tenderness,
God was close to each one of those children and saved them in his
Kingdom.” ( www.zenit.org Jan. 20, 2005)
ought to redo the first week of the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius.
In Part 2,
I give you some updates on what we are doing to help the victims
with the numerous donations received so far.
1 : The Tsunami, An Act of God? Yes, indeed.
( The Island, Sri Lanka, Jan. 15, p. 7) are wondering where was
God on that morning of Dec. 26, and how could a loving God allow
such a tragedy caused by nature, the worst so far in man’s
This is but
a normal reaction of one whose idea of God is very incomplete, erroneous
and indeed blasphemous. Back in the 13th century, St Thomas Aquinas
was already answering, in his Summa Theologica, those who object,
at the sight of so many evils in the world, that there cannot be
a God ruling the universe, that such a God, if he exists, could
not, should not tolerate all the evils we see. St Thomas replied
that God is so powerful as to draw good out of evil.
The God of
the Christians, the one and only true God, is all-perfect. That
means not only all loving, all good, omnipotent, all wise, but also
all just. We think, in our self-centeredness, that God owes us everything
here below, that whenever something bad happens, it is the fault
of God – ‘why did God do that?’ In such case we
show our short-sightedness, we miss the big picture. Where was God
on Dec. 26? “When the waves struck, God was where He always
is — on His throne, working out His will, perfectly.”
( Straits Times, Singapore, Jan. 22, 2005, p.S13) And what
was He doing? He was — as He had been doing for centuries,
for millenia — ruling every single wave of the ocean:
stilleth the roaring of the seas, the roaring of their waves”
(Ps. 64, 7),
rulest the pride of the sea: when the waves thereof arise, thou
stillest them” (Ps. 88,10).
The fact that
we are used to the normal cycle of nature manifests that we accept,
at least unconsciously, a law for the universe, therefore its Lawgiver.
Then, to blame the Legislator for suspending for a few moments the
normal rhythm of nature for reasons of His own is sheer blasphemy.
Prudence must guide charity
Who are we,
who have enough difficulties in ruling our own little lives, to
judge the Ruler of the Universe? Listen to Him answering Job —
and through Job anyone who asks God the same question:
up now thy loins like a man; for I will demand of thee, and declare
thou unto me:
wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth?
if thou hast understanding.
determined the measures thereof, if thou knowest?
who stretched the line upon it?
were the foundations thereof fastened?
laid the corner-stone thereof, when the morning stars sang together,
and all the sons of God shouted for joy?
[who] shut up the sea with doors, when it brake forth, [as if]
it had issued out of the womb;
I made clouds the garment thereof, and thick darkness a swaddling-band
for it, and marked out for it my bound, and set bars and doors,
said, Hitherto shalt thou come, but no further;
here shall thy proud waves be stayed?” (Job 38, 3-11)
Greek philosophers, using common sense principles — such as
there is no effect without a cause, no order without a mind ordering
things for a purpose — had no problem to accept that there
is a Maker of the universe, ruling it, using it for His glory and
our own good.
St Thomas Aquinas
taught in one of his sermons (Serm. Dom. 5), that although on one
side, “creatures teach us to praise God because all of them
do praise Him and invite us to praise Him (‘It is surprising,
said St Augustine, that man doesn’t praise God unceasingly
when all creatures invite him to do so’)”, on the other
side, continues the Angelic Doctor, “we see all the creatures
ready to punish those who revolt against God, according to Wisdom
(16, 24): ‘The creature serving Thee, the Creator, is made
fierce against the unjust for their punishment.’ ”
We can add
here a passage of St Ignatius of Loyola, completing what St Thomas
Aquinas said about the creatures at the service of the Creator.
In trying to make us understand the gravity of sin and our ingratitude
when committing sin, St Ignatius asks each one of us, in the Second
Exercise of the First Week,
consider what God is, against Whom I have sinned, according to
His attributes; comparing them with their contraries in me —
His Wisdom with my ignorance; His Omnipotence with my weakness;
His Justice with my iniquity; His Goodness with my malice.”
consideration should be followed by
exclamation of wonder with deep feeling, going through all creatures,
how they have left me in life and preserved me in it; the Angels,
how, though they are the sword of the Divine Justice, they have
endured me, and guarded me, and prayed for me; the Saints, how
they have been engaged in interceding and praying for me; and
the heavens, sun, moon, stars, and elements, fruits, birds, fishes
and animals — and the earth, how it has not opened to
swallow me up, creating new Hells for me to suffer in them forever!”
Need I add
that the book of St Ignatius was approved by more than 40 popes?
The bottom line in all this is the mystery of sin, which most of
us and most of our contemporaries ignore or have forgotten.
Now, let us
apply all this to the tsunami. Why did God allow it? What good can
come out of it?
the occasion of this disaster, there has been great acts of charity
and of generosity, and these are still being seen from everywhere
at the sight of so much suffering.
is moreover a terrible lesson for the creature who ignores its Creator
and His Law, it is clearly an act of the Divine Justice against
sins which are a plague to whole modern world. This ought to be
a warning for all. To prove this, let us glance for a moment at
three of the areas most hit by the waves: Indonesia, Thailand and
There are no doubt good people everywhere, even in Aceh, but Aceh
is well known, for many centuries already, for its pirates. Back
in the 16th century, St Francis Xavier had to deplore it. One of
his most famous and historically documented prophecy concerns a
victory over these pirates. (cf. Francis Xavier, His Life, His
Times, by. G. Schurhammer S.J., 1980, vol. III Indonesia, pp.225-241)
part of the Indian Ocean, the Malacca Strait, is still a very dangerous
one for ships. One has simply to search the internet to find recent
documents proving this, such as those published by the International
Maritime Bureau, describing pirates’ various recent attacks.
“It is vital that action is taken by Indonesian authorities
to ensure that vessels off the northern coast of Sumatra can navigate
in safety,” IMB Director, Captain Pottengal Mukundan (Feb.
the Thai coast have beautiful beaches indeed, may be called ‘Paradise’
for their natural beauties, but they are also a hot-bed of prostitution
of every kind. A very well known fact.
Sri Lanka too is on the list of the countries where prostitution
of children, especially along the coast, with its ‘sex tourism’,
is a real national plague. Where in the world would you find (as
one could see in Colombo until recently), as you arrive in a capital’s
international airport, a huge billboard warning tourists not to
touch the children?
Now, it is
worth recalling a terrible warning of the Divine Master for such
sins: “But whosoever shall cause one of these little ones
that believe in me to stumble, it is profitable for him that a great
millstone should be hanged about his neck, and [that] he should
be sunk in the depth of the sea.” (Mt 18,7) Such
sins cry vengeance to heaven. God is the defender of the innocent,
yes, and He surely has the right to punish nations (and unfortunately
that will include innocents as well) — in whatever way He
decides —who let their children be thus abused.
In Sri Lanka,
we can add other reason for the fury of the sea. The Dec. 26 issue
— note the date — of the Sunday Leader, p.
13, in an article headed: ‘Christians spend Christmas in fear’
described the violence against Christians nationwide. It specified
that in 2003, 39 churches were attacked in and around the city with
91 other recorded incidents of arson, desecration of churches, etc.,
and in 2004, 78 similar incidents were recorded. In the same vein,
just before Christmas this year, Buddhists put up posters on plastered
walls, buses, train wagons, etc. insulting Our Lord Jesus Christ
with the following: “Jesu baba thoth-tha babek the? Isn’t
baby Jesus a helpless silly baby?” (cf. Catholic Messenger,
Jan. 16, 2005, p.2).
Well, we now
have the terrible answer to this blasphemous question, from the
One Whom “even the wind and the sea obey” (Mk 4, 41).
not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth,
that shall he also reap. For he that soweth unto his own flesh
shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth unto the
Spirit shall of the Spirit reap eternal life.” (Gal. 6,
Will man learn
from this sad chapter of history? Will man repent from his sins?
I doubt. “The whole land is made desolate, because there is
none that considereth in the heart.” (Jer. 12, 11) Life will
go on, sinful habits will continue as if paradise was to be found
on earth. It is not. We were told, by Swiss scientists in 2000,
that a megatsunami is very likely to happen soon by the rupture
of the Cumbre Vieja, a live volcano at the Canary Islands (see:
). Will this imminent danger urge people to make their peace
with God? Unlikely. Have mercy on us, O Lord!
and foolishness is no different now than it was 2000 years ago.
It is part of fallen human nature to refuse to submit to reality
and to the Almighty. It makes man inexcusable, because he refuses
to be reasonable, logical. Thus wrote St Paul facing the same problems
2000 years ago:
the invisible things of Him since the creation of the world are
clearly seen, being perceived through the things that are made,
[even] his everlasting power and divinity; that they may be without
excuse: because that, knowing God, they glorified him not as God,
neither gave thanks; but became vain in their reasonings, and
their senseless heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be
wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the incorruptible
God for the likeness of an image of corruptible man, and of birds,
and four-footed beasts, and creeping things.
God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts unto uncleanness,
that their bodies should be dishonored among themselves: for that
they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshipped and
served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed for
ever. Amen. For this cause God gave them up unto vile passions:
for their women changed the natural use into that which is against
nature: and likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of
the woman, burned in their lust one toward another, men with men
working unseemliness, and receiving in themselves that recompense
of their error which was due.” (Rom. 1, 20-27)
The final lesson
we can draw from all this is what Our Blessed Lord said when news
came of the slaughter of some Galilaeans by Pontius Pilate:
ye that these Galilaeans were sinners above all the Galilaeans,
because they have suffered these things? I tell you, Nay: but,
except ye repent, ye shall all in like manner perish.” (Lk
that is able to understand it, let him understand.” (Mt. 19,
Water marks at 6 inches from the ceiling
2 – A report of the Relief given by the SSPX to the Tsunami
Victims as of January 22, 2005
Letter to Father
Alain Lorans, Editor
January 22, 2005
God knows how
to draw good out of evil, teaches St Thomas. Well, this Oriental
drama that we have lived for more than 4 weeks, reveals, amongst
other things, the secrets of many hearts: a very great generosity.
We herewith want to profusely thank everyone who has sent donations.
that I submit to you below are the totals of the donations (mostly
of private individuals) which were sent or announced to me by mail
or email, by the benefactors, as of January 21 (NOTE: now updated
to Apr. 26): they have either
already arrived in our bank accounts, or are on the way. And I am
still awaiting the result of many collections made here and there,
worldwide, in Traditional Mass Centers.
Lanka: Fr Pagliarani distributing food to more than
I returned to Singapore after 2 weeks in India and Sri Lanka. One
conclusion is already obvious: the devil is getting involved in
all this! On all sides, as much on the side of the victims’
families as on the humanitarian organizations’ (both state
organizations and NGOs), and on the part of the victim States, everyone
wants to profit by all means from this wealth which is being sent.
That requires from us a great prudence in the use of the donations
Here are two
small examples among a thousand: A humanitarian organization arrived
in Colombo airport with 2 containers of medical material. The custom
officers wanted their share of the gifts! The NGO refused, turned
around, and took off again immediately with its two containers of
gifts for Indonesia. Another example, also in Sri Lanka: two individuals
were caught by the police forces while reselling goods they had
received for the victims.
It is very
sad, often shocking, because the serious needs are there. It should
not be forgotten that the majority of the affected zones, except
in the South of India, are pagan, a fact which does not help the
practice of the virtue of justice.
In India, we
met some of the victims — poor fishermen — in order
to see and discuss with them their needs. We decided, upon their
advise, to buy for them a piece of land upon which the authorities
are supposed to build them houses. After a bit of hesitation on
the mechanics of this operation, we should be able to do it in the
weeks to come. We have also decided to get a team of our own villagers
to go along the devastated coast and see how we can help other families
individually. I envisage to distribute about US$50,000 to them (approximately
40,000 euros) in the very near future.
In Sri Lanka,
we met the National Director of Caritas, a priest, who told us several
things, inter alia that they did not have there alas a Catholic
orphanage along the affected zone, and that the Archbishop was about
to open one of them. In addition, this very friendly priest will
keep us informed of long-term plans on which he is working and in
which we will perhaps be able to collaborate.
Lanka: The good Parish Priest worried for his
Afterwards, we visited a refugee camp, very close to the priory:
116 families piled up, on a small soccer field, in as many tents
(3m x 2m) lent by the Red Cross. These tents are completely empty,
void of all, clothes, sleeping bags, pillows, linen, food: nothing.
Thanks be to God, these families all are Catholic and have a good
parish priest, a true father, who worries much for their physical
as well as their moral health, because under these really primitive
conditions, disorder settles easily. After a few discussions with
this priest, we have seen his common sense, and, instead of buying,
as we were about to do, a number of small boats and fishing nets,
we think that it is wiser to help this priest buy a piece of land
of about 2 acres, which is for sale close to the sea, in order to
build small apartments for the fishermen. A project of almost US$300,000,
rather expensive, I should say, but one needs to know that Negombo
is a very touristic area. Moreover, one cannot wait until the government
takes the first step — that could take a good six months.
It should be added that Negombo, “the little Rome of Sri Lanka”
(30% of Catholics), not being as affected as the South and the West
of the country, is one of the last on the list of the cities to
be helped by any organization.
Sri Lanka: Refugee Camp for 116 families
While waiting to help the parish priest substantially, we distribute
every week food to hundreds of families at the mouth of the Negombo
yours in the service of Our Lord and Our Lady,
Superior for Asia
May His mysterious will be done! The events of the last week in
South East Asia call for a lot of reflection and prayer. I will
send another longer letter hopefully soon developing these thoughts.
For the time being, many have written to us in Singapore to offer
monetary help and asking how to do so.
Fr Davide Pagliarani, SSPX, was in Sri Lanka Dec. 25 - Jan. 2 and
was able, on Dec. 30, to do a 'trial charity action' giving 20 bags
of food (each good for 3 days) to 20 families (of 3-4) in the area
near our priory, in Negombo. All went well thanks to personal local
contacts. We certainly would like to do much more but the logistic
is very delicate. We have already made contact with a local priest,
very friendy, who has given us sound advise, and warned us of strategic
mistakes in our efforts to distribute any type of aid.
How to help and how to be sure your help will reach the
1) We can receive any ordinary checks (in Euros, USD, AUD, etc),
here in Singapore.
Make the check payable to:
with a mention for tsunami victims
Fr. Daniel Couture
112 A Killiney Rd
Singapore 239 551
2) Or you can deposit your donation to one of our two accounts below
with the corresponding account name and number, adding also the
mention for tsunami victims. In which case, please notify us also
here in Singapore (by letter or email) of your donation, to which
account, and for how much.
3) I am going to try to ask the various District Superior of the
SSPX to make a general collection in their Districts for the victims.
This is a third way you can contribute, whenever you hear of it.
Thank you very much for your charity, and may the New Year be truly
an occasion to grow all 12 months in that Divine Charity without
which all that we do is worth nothing for eternity.
Fr Daniel Couture
District Superior for Asia
with Father D. Couture
the French website, La porte latine. Original text in French at:
Porte latine: Father, could you present to us the function
you have in the Society?
Couture: On August 15, 1996, the entire Asian continent
was made a District, and I was named its first superior. In 1986,
the priory of India had been opened as an Autonomous House. Then
in 1992, that of the Philippines was also opened as an Autonomous
House. To facilitate the contacts with the General House and increase
the frequency of the visits of the superior, these two Autonomous
Houses were then joined together in 1996 to form the District of
Porte latine: Your position as District Superior then enables
you to know about practically everything about the Society in Asia?
Couture: Obviously. At this moment (April 1, 2004), we
have three priories and a novitiate for the brothers. The headquarters
of the District is in Singapore, with two priests; the priory of
Palayamkottai, in the south of India, also has two priests; that
of Manila, in the Philippines, has five priests (three of our Society
and two diocesan priests, of whom one has just joined us, a young
military chaplain). The Novitiate of the Brothers, in Iloilo, the
Philippines, has four priests (three of our Society and a diocesan
priest). The chapels are regularly served in nine countries of the
Orient, and two more countries are visited occasionally.
As the role of the District Superior consists above all of taking
care of the priests: I need to travel, always travel, to go to meet
the confreres and see their missions, without neglecting our own
missions, those which depend on Singapore.
(i.e., the part of Asia in which we work at this moment) is not
as large as the U.S.A. -- if you measure the latter including Alaska
and Hawaii --, but its variety is certainly larger. Consider this:
Between Vietnam, the Philippines, India and Japan, it is not just
languages that vary, but national religions, habits, ways of life,
and seasons. Here is some geographical information to give you an
idea of the scale of the District.
I have been able to accompany Father Thomas Onoda (the only Japanese
priest of the Society and who is stationed in Manila), to Sapporo,
in the island of Hokkaido, at the northern end of Japan. This small
mass center, which only has a few months of existence, is now at
the northernmost location of the District being at 43 degrees north.
Let us go down to the south: Jakarta, in Indonesia, where we also
started a little earlier, in October 2003, is located at 8 degrees
south, therefore in the Southern Hemisphere. >From Bombay at
72 degrees east (the mass center at the westernmost location) to
Sapporo at 142 degrees east (which is also the mass center at the
easternmost location), one needs a good 10 hours' flight on the
And between the voyages made for these visits, the retreats of priests
(one in the Philippines, one in India), the study sessions, the
visas to be maintained, when there are "holes" in the
program, after the administration and the mail, we try to find time
to go exploring!
It was in
this way that we were able to make five visits to Vietnam, and many
other visits to Thailand, especially to go to see Mgr Manat, a diocesan
bishop and friend of Mgr Lazo (+ 2000) of the Philippines.
Porte latine: Can you tell us a little about your new implantations?
Couture: The latest two, as I have just told you, are Sapporo
The former consists at this moment of only two families, where we
visit every two months. Though they have had the mass only a few
times (one of these families found the Tradition shortly before
Christmas thanks to our Japanese website), one really feels being
among traditional Catholics, with the children, with the hunger
for the sacraments, the joy of hearing the solid doctrines, and
the modesty in dress. At the time of this last visit, we showed
them the film "Passion", and made a presentation on Christian
architecture, from the Romanesque to the Baroque. We also explained
to them the importance of doing something to make the Tradition
known, and that it is absolutely necessary to sow in order to harvest.
the Providence put in "the net" for us a group of young
Catholics, abandoned by their priest, who meet for the last several
years in the house of one of them. I was to make a conference after
the first mass, which took place in the chapel of a Franciscan novitiate
(where the superior received us in shorts and T-Shirt!) and without
knowing it, the conference took place in the house of this person
where the young people meet. It was their first contact with the
Tradition. They are about fifteen, aged from 17 to 35, a group of
Catholic friends, not knowing their faith very much but hungry like
nestlings when one arrives with the true nourishment.
we made a mini three-day camp, of the MJCF style, in a superb natural
setting - a botanical garden. With another few visits, they seem
to have understood much on the crisis so that the majority of the
group has stopped going to the new mass now.
Porte latine: And in the future, do you have new installation
Couture: It is always very interesting to talk with the
people during these visits in new countries. We always discover
beautiful souls protected by grace, and fighting for their faith.
We have several Indonesians here in Singapore who encouraged me
to go especially to the islands of Flores, in the mid-west region
of Indonesia. "They are the most Catholic, Father!" However,
according to the methods that our venerable founder left us, it
is necessary to follow the Providence in our missionary expansion.
Then, after the Christmas camp in Jakarta, I thought of asking the
young people if they knew anyone in the islands of Flores. What
surprise to find then that three of them have an uncle, a priest,
over there, who fought for the traditional mass, was "suspended"
by his bishop for this reason, and then sent to a small island without
road or telephone... However, from Jakarta, one needs a good three-day
journey to arrive at this small island, with planes and multiple
ferryboat rides that must be taken.
the Providence... If we ever manage to meet this priest, another
door might open at once: that of East Timor, which is only a few
hours from there, by boat. At the time of God!
Porte latine: Father, can you describe to us your apostolate
Couture: Our apostolate, provided by various priories,
resembles very much that of the other priories: masses, catechisms,
visit of the sick, preparation of the parish bulletins and retreats.
Here are more precise details of what each priory is doing.
our priests have a dozen mass centers located between the southern
end of the country and the northwest, in Bombay. In the south there
is a small school in one of the villages we serve, and the priory
is used as a "Hostel", house for young people, approximately
27 of them, coming from various mass centers of ours and stay on
pension to go to the schools of Palayamkottai.
its church, Our Lady of the Victories, is very lively with its 500
parishioners and the house of Bethany for the young ladies aspiring
for the religious life. The priests of Manila are also in charge
of Hong Kong, Japan and South Korea.
as I have told you, there is a novitiate for the brothers of the
Society. At this moment, there are three professed brothers, two
novices, two postulants and two pre-postulants. In addition to the
courses given to the brothers, the priests of the novitiate are
in charge of the entire central and southern regions of these 7107
islands that constitute the Philippines, i.e., about 10 more mass
Dr Dick? of ACIM, came there to conduct a lecture tour and was able
to speak to the students of five faculties of medicine, nearly 2500
students in all.
Porte latine: Were you not in Manila for some time?
Couture: The headquarters of the District was in Manila
from 1996 to 1999. In 1999, we opened the priory of Singapore to
release some load from Manila, which was overflowing and lacking
Porte latine: Can you tell us a little about the friendly
communities and the friendly priests?
Couture: As I mentioned earlier, there are diocesan priests,
here and there, who help us: three in the Philippines, and four
to five in India. There are no traditional religious communities
within the District, except for the sisters of Bethany who depend
on the SSPX (see above).
Porte latine: What are your relations with the local episcopates?
Couture: Classic: they would very much like to see us leave!
Especially when one or the other of their priests comes to the Tradition.
The only exception has been Mgr Manat, in Thailand, when he was
a diocesan bishop. I was even able to preach a retreat of St Ignatius
with this bishop as interpreter, to about fifty of his faithful!
It was quite an experience.
Porte latine: And religious vocations?
Couture: We cannot but bless the Heavens, here. Although
not all of those who test their vocation reach the goal, at this
moment, there are Asians in the following communities:
SSPX: 5 priests, 9 seminarians, 5 professed brothers
SSPX, Sisters: 3 professed, 3 novices
SSPX, Oblates: 5 engaged, 3 in formation
O.P. Avrill? (Dominicans): 1 brother and 4 sisters
O.P. Brignoles (teaching Dominicans): one professed sister
Carmel: one professed sister
Disciples of the Cenacle (Velletri, Italy): one postulant sister
OSB (Benedictines): two brothers
OFM Capuchins, Morgon: one brother
Redemptorists: one brother
Porte latine: All these fruits coming from the goodness
of God, are they also the fruits of the work carried out for the
Couture: Not really because we do not have any secondary
school at this moment. The crisis is, in some respects, coming a
little late, due to the fact that these countries, except the Philippines,
have never really been Catholic. Therefore, the Tradition can harvest
in a land that still keeps some values. For example, the fact of
living in poverty can very much help the detachment. The Indian
brother who is in Morgon felt that he was moving up the social ladder
in arriving at the monastery!
Porte latine: This immense District must be a heavy human
and financial load. How do you manage it?
Couture: Saint Joseph likes these mission lands and has
always generously helped their missionaries of all times?
Porte latine: Can the internet readers of La Porte latine
receive your news in any other way?
Couture: Yes, we have a few internet sites to try to gather
the souls of different languages:
- District of Asia in the English language: www.sspxasia.com,
which regularly receives visitors from 93 countries
- Website in the Japanese language: http://fsspxjapan.fc2web.com/menu.html
- Website in the Korean language: http://sspxkorea.netian.com/index.html
We even started
to prepare a website in the Thai language, but there are unforeseen
delays and it is not yet ready. It would be necessary to make websites
in Tagalog (the Philippines), Vietnamese, and Chinese! However,
it is the manpower that we lack.
Following the visit of Dr Dickes, we have just launched an ACIM-Asia
website, which is now ready www.acim-asia.com.
Ah! yes, and there is the bulletin of the District, the Newsletter,
which goes out... from time to time, between two and four times
a year. It is sent free to those who request it. The back issues
are on our District website.
Porte latine: We are moved and in admiration in the face
of such an amount of devotion and confidence in the Providence.
What can we do to help you?
Couture: Pray, first of all. Really, from the time I came
to Asia, I have seen with my own eyes the fruits of the prayer,
of the communion of the Saints. Sometimes, during somewhat delicate
missions, knowing that monasteries, kept abreast of the mission,
were praying at the same time, I really felt that the Blessed Virgin
was directing everything, opening unexpected doors, making us meet
priests, bishops and souls of quality. I count very much on the
prayer of others, our "spiritual troops", for the development
of our missions.
good heavens, if anyone wants to help us materially, it will not
be refused! All these flights on the plane (which are often the
only means of transport to go from one country to another), we must
pay cash! Then, there are constructions of chapels here and there
(we have just started one in Iloilo). And regarding our young vocations
in formation, all of whom come from poor countries, we cannot let
them be supported by monasteries or seminaries?
those who travel Asia not hesitate to contact us for the schedules
and places of masses, etc.
In any event,
a big thank you to La Porte latine for making our District known.
France has always distinguished itself much on its missions. It
still does. Deo gratias!
24: Fr. Bourmaud left us to go back to his assignment in Goulburn,
23: A veteran in the Singapore Mission, Fr. Gerard Hogan, graced
us with his visit on his way to Australia, coming from Rome. In
Rome, he was the beneficiary of a powerful, quasi-miraculous intervention
of St Anthony, as he recovered his stolen suitcase that contained
a lot of medication.
22: Community outing at the highest summit in the Republic of
Singapore: 164 meters!
21: Fr. Davodeau returned from his missionary journeys
to Vietnam and the Philippines He met at the airport Fr. Dominique
Bourmaud SSPX, professor at Holy Cross Seminary, on a four day stop-over
at the District headquarters.
19: The Singaporeans Pilgrims returned from Rome, beaming with
2: Fr. Maurel, from Sri Lanka, came for a visit.
30: Second wedding of the year.
Fr. Davodeau, relieved form his school teaching assignment for the
summer, came to Asia to give a most welcomed hand.
Fr Vachon flew off to Australia for a week’s vacation.
The three priests were invited to attend a concert by the world
famous Tallis choir. The pieces sung were a mass by Palestrina,
Allegri’s Miserere and a few other beautiful polyphonic masterpieces.
It is quite interesting and amazing to think of a crowd paying relatively
expensive tickets to listen to a choir singing the Common of the
Traditional Catholic Latin Mass (Kyrie, Gloria, Nicean Creed, etc.),
in Latin, in a National Concert Hall. Latin is no longer a problem
in such cases. It also shows the transcendence of the Catholic repertoire.
3, Fr Juan Carlos Ortiz, Colombian priest of the SSPX, ordained
in 1984 with Fr Couture, stopped over for a few days at the priory
on his way to Australia.
Easter Sunday: Eight children from the catechism class made
their First Holy Communion.
22 Easter Vigil: While the diocese of Singapore was receiving
more than 1000 new Catholics in its bosom, Fr Couture was also privileged
to baptize two adults and give them their First Holy Communion.
First day of a three day Parish Mission. The SSPX Superior General
made his first visit to the new District headquarters in between
two flights (6 hour stopover). If for some people time is money,
for others, time is a divine grace, a means to sow grace at any
and every moment. Bishop Fellay found time to give an impromptu
talk to the faithful on the latest events in the Church before ‘flying
back’ to the airport to catch his midnight flight to Switzerland.
13: Fr. Loschi stopped over for a day on his way home to Sri
3: On his way to Sri Lanka , Fr. Wailliez made a stop-over to
visit Fr. Loschi.
2: Fr. Loschi arrived from Sri Lanka to give a most welcomed
hand to Fr. Vachon while Fr. Couture is away.
24: Fr Couture left for a three week ‘working-holiday’ in Canada,
presenting the work done in the Asian District to Canadian Mass
centers, from coast to coast.
21: Fr. Couture returned from Vietnam.
6: Fr. Loschi returned to his Cinghalese mission field.
29: Fr Loschi came from Sri Lanka to help out with the end of
the year ceremonies. December 31 In many of our centers, as it had
been requested by Bishop Fellay, the old year ended in front of
the Blessed Sacrament and with the singing of the Te Deum.
8: Many of our priests renewed their membership, their oblation
within the ranks of the Society of St. Pius X. May we all persevere
unto the end…
17: Fr Vachon returned from his Canadian winter break.
14: The two Fathers from England met the district Superior in
Singapore Changi Airport in the evening and together they flew to
Bombay then to Trivandrum, in the Southern province of Kerala, for
the second priestly retreat.
6: The Bishop almost missed his flight to Australia due to a
visa complication resolved speedily by the good St. Rita (excellent
in airport problems…).
5: H.E. Bishop de Galarreta stopped over for 24 hours on his
way to Australia. He was the first bishop to visit our new headquarters.
In the evening he gave confirmations to 4 adults.
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