Newsletter of the District
of the District of Asia
two young Filipino priests went on a missionary round of the Southern
Mass Centers. Starting with the usual Cebu and Bohol, they then
proceeded to Iligan, in North Mindanao (for a first visit ever of
SSPX priests), then to Butuan (for the bi-annual visit), then on
to Davao, Marbel and General Santos.
fiesta in honor of Fr. Griego’s birthday. The ‘Boy’s from Above’
(pre-seminarians) outdid themselves in their little comedy.
District Superior gave another public conference, enhanced with
slides, in Singapore’s largest Convention Center, on the very interesting
topic of the excavations underneath the Basilica of St Peter in
Rome and the discovery of the actual tomb and real bones of the
Prince of the Apostle. A most appropriate subject to talk about
when the Primacy of Peter and his Successors is in the process of
Wailliez left for … Bangkok, ‘prospecting’ for souls!
Macapili left for the Novitiate of the Oblates in Switzerland.
We are told at the same time that our future Oblates must know
French… This will somewhat delay our aspiring Oblates – or perhaps
urge then to learn more attentively their French?
Wailliez left Bangkok for his beloved Belgium for a well-deserved
books, books… The pre-seminarians were kept busy unpacking newly
arrived 28 boxes of books from Ireland, and then, after removing
some for Manila, re-packing them for the pre-seminary.
District Superior made the following announcements at all Sunday
Masses: “Next August 15 is the date scheduled for the opening
of the new priory in Singapore, which will be the new headquarters
of the District of Asia; next September 15, St Bernard pre-seminary
will open its doors in Santa Barbara, near Iloilo. By the same token,
the church of Our Lady of Victories will become a simple priory,
in charge of the apostolate in Luzon and Mindanao.”
the evening Father Couture gave his slide presentation on the Bones
of St Peter which was attentively followed by all those present.
Onoda preached a little retreat to our Dominican Sisters and to
the Bethanians, in preparation for the feast of St Dominic. The
theme of the retreat: The Rosary and Sanctity.
ordained Fr. Salvador was taken ‘for some days of vacation’ to the
island of Masbate. He already needed that rest in view of the upcoming
of St Dominic: priests, pre-seminarians, Bethanians were all the
happy guests of the radiating Dominican Sisters.
Lady of the Snow… (some were really praying for snow…) Day of recollection,
all-day adoration. Fr. Onoda gave the priests a summary of his
retreat on the Holy Rosary while Fr. Soliman reminded them of the
Church regulation on the recitation of the Divine Office.
but true: we were informed from Australia that the 3 visas for our
pre-seminarians (applied for last January...) have been granted.
party for the District Superior who was moving his residence.
Couture left for Singapore to meet Fr. Loschi for the opening of
the new St. Pius X Priory.