Newsletter of the District
- February 2000
of the District of Asia
The Priests, Dominicans, Bethanians and some young people visited
the crypt of Christ the King seminary.
SANTA BARBARA. The priest, the pre-seminarians
and the faithful visited 13 cemeteries and a great number of graves
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.
The Bishop almost missed his flight to Australia due to a visa complication
resolved speedily by the good St. Rita (excellent in airport problems…).
MANILA. Two Redemptorists Fathers from England,
Rev. Fr. Michael Mary, Superior General and Fr. Clement, arrived
in the Philippines to preach a priestly retreat.
At the 9:00 am Solemn High Mass, Fr. Michael Mary, as a true
son of St. Alphonsus, gave one of these sermons that sticks with
you for life, on the devotion to the 3 Hail Marys. When will we
see a traditional Redemptorist foundation in this part of the world?
While visiting the shrine of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Baclaran,
Manila (a shrine which still gathers on every Wednesday over 10,000
devotees of Our Blessed Lady). They heard that many of the priests
they had known had left to get married….
BARBARA. The-priestly retreat was given to the following
retreatants: H.E. Bishop Lazo, Frs.Griego, Onoda, Soliman, and a
diocesan priest. This was the first of many retreats that will be
given in our new pre-seminary/noviciate/retreat house. The site
is ideal for the Spiritual Exercises.
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
Second priestly Retreat by the Redemptorists fathers for 5 priests.
SINGAPORE. Fr Vachon returned from his Canadian winter
Fr. George Maurel left Singapore for Bombay and Palayamkottai to
begin his new Indian apostolate
INDIA. While the two Redemptorists visited the shrine
of St. Francis Xavier in Goa, the District Superior stayed in the
South to discuss apostolic and administrative matters.
INDIA. In Bombay, while Fr. Maurel was recovering from
his Indian 'welcome' (only a gentle bug…) the Redemptorists Fathers
flew East to Europe and Fr Couture flew West back to base in the
early hours of the day (1.30am,2.30am… )
BARBARA, ILOILO. Legion of Mary function. More than 150
people attended including 64 active members and 32 auxiliaries (those
who pray for the Legion), representing the 6 various praesidia of
KUALA LUMPUR. The faithful followed with great devotion
the first Saturday ceremonies of a series of five consecutive months.
SANTA BARBARA, INDIA. 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…
MANILLA. As it was raining heavily, the procession
was canceled and the Holy Rosary was said instead by the whole congregation.
After the Mass, the Knights of Our Lady received new postulants.
MANILLA. Fr. Griego left for a mission in Baguio, North
of Manila. Three members of the schola followed to sing the Mass
and assist Fr. Griego.
MANILA. The Cristeros of Manila had a prayer function
in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe, their patroness.
LANKA. Fr. Couture came for a visit and especially to notice
the wonderful work of the Legion of the Mary in the local hospital.
Truly a lovely sight: first, an afternoon visiting the sick of three
different wards, then, after the evening Mass both priests returned
with the Blessed Sacrament to give holy Communion to 25 patients
who had been to confession earlier. What a wonderful way to expose
the holiness and attractiveness of our Religion to the non-Catholics:
the priest arrived wearing cope and humeral veil escorted by another
priest and two acolytes in red cassocks, white surplices and holding
their candles, and thus processed through the dark corridors.
be to God, most mass centers throughout the District were able to
have the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass either on the day itself or
on the next.
Men's retreat for 13 by Fathers Griego and Onoda.
SANTA BARBARA. Men's retreat for 22 by Fathers Couture
Session of the Apostles of Mary by Father Soliman.
Women's retreat for 13 by Fathers Soliman and Salvador.
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.
BARBARA. 8 days Spiritual Exercises according to
St. Ignatius to 24 Sisters, Bethanians and aspirants to the religious
Fr. Loschi returned to his Cinghalese mission field.
On the First Friday of the millennium, the new Sacred Heart
Altar and retablo was blessed and the Sacred Heart was enthroned
at Our Lady of Victories.
IL OILO. Fr Soliman introduced the Apostles of Mary to
15 prospective members.
Fr Couture spent some very fruitful days in this new battlefield,
meeting Thai faithful and also a good number of Filipinos working
MANILA. Feast of the Santo Niño. Outdoor procession
with the 'miraculous' statue of the Infant Jesus.
SANTA BARBARA. Gerald Fallarcuna finally got his Australian
visa to enter Holy Cross Seminary after one year expectation.
MANILA. One Bethanian, Segundina Narisma, left to prepare
her vocation with the teaching Dominican Sisters of Brignoles in
France. Meanwhile another girl is admitted in Bethany, to prepare
herself with the other 12 thinking of a religious vocation.
JAPAN. Fr Vachon joined Fr Onoda in the Japanese-Korean
circuit and added a "little" detour visiting struggling traditional
catholic families in US Airforce base in Misawa, near the very Northern
tip of Japan's main island.
MANILA. A video on the crisis in the Church was shown
in the church basement following each Mass. The film showed clearly,
point by point, the differences between the Old and the New Mass.
A good number of faithful saw the film.
MANILA. Bishop Lazo was confined to the hospital.
Fr Salvador enthroned the Sacred Heart in the house of a high-ranking
military officer. Bishop was released from the hospital.
Fr. Egli and the Swiss young man spending a year at the priory went
on a mission in Baguio, North of Manila.