Newsletter of the District
of the Philippines
: Mother Mary Jude, superior general of the Sisters of SSPX and
her assistant Sr. Marie Bernard visited Our Lady of Victories Church
on their way to Australia. Their time was well spent interviewing
more than a dozen aspiring vocations. They left us with the hope
of receiving a community of Sisters, as long as their future work
can be clearly defined.
4 : Our Indian pre-seminarian encountered some difficulties
at the immigration office at the airport. They had already assigned
him a seat to send him back home (8 hours by plane) when, advised
by phone by the priest who was anxiously waiting for him, he pulled
out his rosary from his pocket and made the sign of the cross.
“Oh? You are a Catholic?” It opened for him the door to the Philippines,
“Land of the Rosary”, in the words of Pius XII.
7 : Our Lady of the Rosary, our patronal feast day. After the
evening Mass, candlelit procession with the statue of Our Lady in
the vicinity of the church. As our praying faithful walked around
the local parish church singing the Salve Regina, the Parish Priest,
a Monsignor in lay clothes, has nothing but negative comments to
make. As the procession returned to the church, the thought that
the defeated army of Lepanto was retaliating came to our minds as
Mr. J. Malaya lighted the remaining fireworks! We couldn’t hear
the rosary said through the megaphone!
6-11 : The first active week of Our Lady of Fatima Charity Clinic.
9-11 : Fr. Couture visited the town of Maasin, at the southern
tip of the island of Leyte — good turn-out-over 80 faithful. It
was their first contact with the traditional Mass in 30 years and
their first meeting with an SSPX priest. Very promising group.
As Fr. Couture walked to the dock to catch his ferry, the whole
group (mostly women of a “certain” age) insisted in accompanying
him, which resulted in a colourful “procession” through the shopping
street of the town.
23 : Father Couture left for a long trip to Japan, Canada and
the USA. In Japan, he was able to pray on the site of the 26 martyrs
of Nagazaki whose 400th anniversary was celebrated this year. (+
February 5, 1597)
26 : Feast of Christ the King. With great Japanese skill and
zeal, Fr. Onoda marked another historical day for the Society of
St. Pius X. Our Eucharistic Lord was escorted by 26 soldiers of
the Philippine army, and the faithful were stirred in their singing
by a band of 20 policemen of the Philippine National Police. It
was a beautiful scene to see and a proof that Church and State can
and should work in harmony.
1-3 : Busy weekend for the priests with masses in Iloilo, Roxas,
Cebu, Bohol, Leyte and Obando (Bulacan).
4 : One year ago, Fr. Santiago Hughes joined our ranks to fight
for the Catholic Faith and the traditional Mass.
5 : Divine Providence sent us some help, quite unexpectedly:
another priest. Dear Father Pińon O.P. must have been working hard
since our new priest is a French traditional Dominican priest, ordained
by Archbishop Lefebvre in Ecône in 1981. His name is Father Marie
Dominique. Father Marie Dominique noticed right away the difference
between the Philippines, for so long a Catholic country and France
once upon a time very Catholic too, but now so secular and even
9 : Father Marie Dominique surprised many in celebrating his
first sung Mass in the very old Dominican Rite. This rite was authorized
by Pope St. Pius V in 1570 as it was more than 200 years in existence
when the Bull Quo Primum was promulgated.
11 : 1600th anniversary of St. Martin, bishop of Tour and maternal
uncle to St. Patrick. Welcome party for Father Marie Dominique.
13-14 : Father Hughes made his first missionary trip to Corregidor
Island which is now visited monthly by our priests.
14 : An American doctor with a Philippine heart, Dr. Al Brown,
arrived to spend one month with us and to assist our doctors in
their missionary work.
20 : Father Couture returned from his US tour a day late having
missed the connecting flight in Tokyo.
21 : Fr. Edwin Alphonse, one of the two Indian priests of the
SSPX and who is actually working with Father Thomas Blute in India,
arrived in Manila for a few weeks’ vacation.
23 : Our first large Medical Mission: on this beautiful sunny
Sunday afternoon, 19 of our doctors and 3 pharmacists, and 22 assistants
were able to treat over 300 patients in the barangay of Tatalon,
where our former priory was located. We hope to perform such a
mission four times a year.
25-27 : Father M. McMahon with two other priests and six pre-seminarians,
took a few days in Corregidor Island for some historical formation
and a mid-term break.
: The District Superior left again, for another 3 weeks, this time
to visit the new priory in Singapore and the priests in Sri Lanka