Newsletter of the District
of the District of Asia
The District Headquarters for Asia were officially opened in Singapore
with the opening of the new St Pius X Priory. Fr Loschi, representing
the ‘old guard’ of the Sri Lankan priests, assisted Fr Couture,
as deacon, at the altar.
Fr Vicente Griego became the 3rd prior of Our Lady of Victories
Church, after Fr Paul Morgan and Fr Daniel Couture. The missionary
field of Manila is now ‘restrained’ to the whole of Luzon and Mindanao,
Japan and Korea.
LANKA. Fr Loschi also was the third (after Frs Rostand and
Davodeau) to receive his prior’s staff to awaken the apostolate
in this ‘small’ island the size of Switzerland.
Our newly ordained Fr. Pragash Suresh, delayed in the obtention
of his visa for South Africa, adds a most welcome hand to the three
LANKA. Frs Egli and Couture gave a men’s retreat to 4 men.
And while Fr Loschi left for a well-deserved break, Fr Couture filled
in for 2 weeks.
SWITZERLAND. At the priestly retreat, Asia was well represented
by its veteran missionaries: Frs L. Davodeau, M. Vernoy, B. Wailliez,
Fr Mary Dominique O.P.
LANKA. Just as the Holy Rosary was started, an ambulance
arrived at the priory, an imposng nursing Sister stepped down and
delivered to Fr Couture a letter of invitation from the local Parliamentary
Minister to attend the opening of a new ward in the nearby regional
hospital. The Sister in giving the envelope was strongly urging
the SSPX priests to come and minister at the hospital.
LANKA. Fr Blute, prior of India came for a few days to meet
Fr Couture and to discuss the Indian Apostolate.
LANKA. Fr Couture and three faithful attended the opening
of the regional hospital’s new wing for sick priests and sisters.
Fr Georges Maurel, an SSPX white hair veteran with his 20
years of priesthood (he is one of the few SSPX priests over the
50 year old mark - let it also be said that the age average of the
whole of the 380 SSPX priests is 39 years old), arrived from Brisbane
to help out Fr Couture for a few weeks before taking his post in
LANKA. The first day of hospital visitation by 7 faithful
and one priest. 4 wards were visited, practically all the sick in
every ward were blessed. Very promising.
Young Singhalese Asela Fernando arrived with Fr Couture to
try out his vocation to the brotherhood.
On this anniversary of the birthday of Our Blessed Mother,
a beautiful candle-lit outdoor procession was organized followed
by a birthday celebration well prepared by the Legion of Mary.
The pre-seminarians were busy all day preparing the material
to be sent to Iloilo. In the course of the preparation, while moving
the almost innumerable boxes of books, it was discovered with horror
that a (modernist?) army of termites had begun their systematic
destruction! The container ordered for the moving finally arrived
at 10:30 pm.
Immediately after the Sung Mass, while Fr Griego was explaining
to a fair size group of 60-70 ladies the norms of Christian modesty,
especially in church, the 4 aspiring brothers and 2 pre-seminarians
left with Fr Soliman for the ferry which was to bring them to their
new St Bernard Seminary, in Iloilo after a mere 17 hour boat ride!
Veteran Fr Patrice Laroche, SSPX, one of the first SSPX priests
to bring the True Mass on the Asian soil arrived in Tokyo after
almost 10 years of absence to give a hand to Fr Onoda for a couple
BARBARA, ILOILO. First night at the new seminary: real camping!
As there is no furniture yet and the container’s content being still
in Iloilo due to its late arrival, the community, with their priests,
taste the sweetness of poverty!
Anti-termite counter attack: wasting no time, Fr. Griego got
the whole priory treated against these destructive bugs and their
BARBARA, ILOILO. Official blessing of the new seminary by
the District Superior followed by a Solemn High Mass. Although it
was a Wednesday morning, about 200 faithful came for the ceremony,
so grateful that the Good Lord had answered their prayers over and
above: they had been asking for one resident priest for so many
years, the Sacred Heart gave them a future seminary, lock, stock
and barrel - or more precisely, roof, walls and chapel!
A fine young gentleman from Northern Switzerland arrived to devote
one year of his time to the missions. Skilled in many trades, Fr
Griego harnessed him on the spot to bring the buildings back into
LANKA. Fr Egli blessed an expecting mother who was having
great difficulties in the last stages of her pregnancy: 10 minutes
later, as the priest was leaving the hospital, the news arrived
that the baby was already born!
The untiring Fr Laroche officiated the Sunday Sung Mass and
gave a conference. There is a little ceremony to mark the publication
of the first ever book in Korean on Archbishop Lefebvre. It consists
of a series of sermons and conferences. It has been published by
a large publishing company in order to give it more impact in this
very promising country.
Last public talk at the Singapore International Convention
Center: the topic: The Apparition of the Mother of God on the Mountain
of La Salette, France. The attendance was rather poor, it has become
an evidence that the opposition to the SSPX presence in Singapore
by the hierarchy is very live and real.
Still no sign of a visa for Fr Pragash…
Torrential rain sent from Heaven to force the faithful to attend
Sunday Catechism after Mass.
LANKA. Fr Loschi returned from his vacation just in time
to bid farewell to Fr Egli who left Negombo to assume his new assignment
The Second National Pilgrimage to the Marian Shrine of Our Lady
of the Rosary of Manaoag, "The Virgin that calls…"
Departure at about midnight on Friday, a 4 hour bus ride, a
5:00 am Solemn High Mass in the inner court of a school, followed
by a 4 hour walk, will give a good idea of the pilgrims’ efforts.
This year’s theme was: the Practice of the Rosary and Christian
Modesty. About 250 pilgrims took part in this public manifestation
FRANCE. Alma Genato received the postulant’s veil in this
French Traditional Carmel.
Fr Richard Vachon left Palayamkottai to take his new post in
the District’s headquarters in Singapore with Fr Couture. Two Quebecois
riding on the equator…
The usual union of a despedida and bienvenida party to bid farewell
to one priest and to welcome another. The departing priest is our
Filipino, Fr Emerson Salvador, the arriving is Swiss Fr Paul Egli,
former missionary in Zimbabwe. Bishop Lazo graced the party with
his charming presence and lifted everyone’s thoughts to the supernatural
nature of the work of a priest, going where God knows best.
Day of recollection for the priests. They held their breath
(!) for a solid two hours listening to Fr Egli recall his African
adventurous missionary life for 20 years.
The publishing company launched a big advertisement campaign for
Archbishop Lefebvre's book.
good date to do that!
LANKA. Newly ordained Filipino, Fr. Emerson Salvador, arrived
in Negombo as the new assistant of Fr Loschi.
The new rector of St Bernard Seminary, Fr Benoit Wailliez (Fr BMW
as some call him), spent the night at our Lady of Victories as a
stopover on his way to Hong Kong, a mission under his care. Fr Egli
left for his first trip to Mindanao, in the Southern part of the
LANKA. Fr Salvador baptized a baby in extremis during the
Fr Griego with some choir members went to Baguio, North of Manila,
to offer the Holy Sacrifice for these faithful who regularly drive
the 5 hour trip to Manila for their once-a-month Sunday Mass.
LANKA. The hospital visitation is working wonders: 20 communions,
15 confessions, a midwife gained to our cause (she had tried for
a whole week to get hold of 3 priests - in vain), many children
blessed… Deo gratias! Moreover, in the last weeks Divine Providence
has managed our priests to meet some of the local clergy who showed
themselves surprisingly quite friendly.
Manila Archbishop Jaime Cardinal Sin gave a message to
the Solidarity Network in Defense of Land, invoking the Great Jubilee
celebrations for the year 2000 as one calling for the liberation
of the masses from slavery, debt and poverty. "I impart my
blessing on all your efforts and struggle for the true development,
justice and peace." (From Philippine Daily Inquirer Oct 21,
1999). When will we have Prelates preaching the Social Kingship
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Fr Couture visited some faithful in Bangkok.
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of adoration in our various priories in reparation for the repeat
of ‘Assisi’, this time in Rome itself. The highlight of these days
of adoration in reparation for the false ecumenism of Vatican II
took place in Sri Lanka. Here it is as it was described to the District
Superior: "Yesterday, I convoked our own ecumenical meeting
here in our own chapel… They were about 30 contingents. But hold
on! This was a true and good one; and in fact it was very edifying.
Yes it was very edifying to see our pupils, Catholics as well as
Buddhists, praying with fervor in front of our Eucharistic King
making reparation for the outrages being done at this moment against
the unique Mystical Body of Christ. They prayed for half an hour
-singing hymns and praying 2 decades of the rosary. In fact it was
a Buddhist girl who led the singing and to my surprise she knew
the hymns by heart. Please God one day these Buddhists pupil of
ours may come to the full knowledge of Truth."
News from the sales of the Archbishop's book are good: 400
sales so far in two weeks!
Another of our girls left for the convent, this time, the Noviciate
of the SSPX Sisters in Browerville, USA. Marivic Raveche became
the 4th Filipina to join the SSPX Sisters.