Newsletter of the District of Asia

 Apr - Sep 2002



Deo Gratias et Virgini Mariae!

Such is the spontaneous exclamation busting out from the very depth of our hearts when we think of these last 10 years of graces in the Philippines. 10 years! It is almost nothing in the long history of the Church, but it will be a lot in the history of the SSPX in Asia.

The fruitful work done between 1992 and 2002 in these oriental islands is one of many visible fruits of the courageous act of the consecration of bishops by Archbishop Lefebvre, in June 1988. Why? The publicity which surrounded this act in early July of that year reached the shores of the Philippines and struck the eyes of an attentive layer. Attorney Teodoro R. Dominguez, reading carefully the accounts relating to this event, pondering both sides of the issue, saw a flagrant injustice in the whole affair, took his pen and wrote to Archbishop Lefebvre, asking for further information. The result was the visit of Fr. Patrice Laroche in the following August. Then priests of the Australian District added Manila on their monthly missions for the next four years until, on August 18, 1992, Fr. Paul Morgan, accompanied by Fr. Stephen Abraham, both Englishmen, came to stay.

Our Lady of Victories


The following Photo Album wishes to be a token of gratitude firstly to Our Lady of the Rosary, Empress of the Philippines Islands for the innumerable favors she has bestowed upon us. It is also a humble means to express our heartfelt thanks to all the priests (almost 20) who have been assigned there over the years, and have happily labored in this portion of the Lord's vineyard. A deep thanks also goes to all the faithful who have shown not only their profound love of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass but also of the Catholic Priesthood, by welcoming all these priests and often having to bid farewell to so many of them after a few years by assisting them in the multiple demands of a tropical apostolate, by simply being there behind their priests to pray and join in the sacrifices attached to the foundations of new mission.

I wish to thank also our readers, friends and benefactors for their spiritual and material help without which not a tenth could have been achieved. As one picture has it, "Pray. It works." Indeed. "God loveth a cheerful giver."

Maraming, maraming salamat sa inyong lahat!
Fr. Daniel Couture
Fr. Daniel CoutureDistrict Superior.
(re-appointed, as of August 15, 2002, for another mandate of 6 years!)


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