Newsletter of the District
- June 2003
of the District of Asia
January - June 2003
16 Fr. Francois Chazal, French SSPX priest, arrived in India
to help Fr. Blute.
29 - February 7 Trip to China.
9-18 Visit of the Superior General of the SSPX in Singapore
and in the Philippines. He was accompanied by his parents.
11-14 Manila: 3rd Priests' Session of the District
of Asia, with the presence of our Superior General, Bishop Bernard
The District Superior preached the retreat in Holy Cross Seminary,
in Australia, for the first year seminarians including four Indians
Malacca, Malaysia (near Singapore): Spiritual Exercises of St
Ignatius for 10 women, by Frs. Salvador and Couture.
Manila: Medical and dental mission for 620 patients with the
help of 12 medical doctors and 2 dentists.
Manila: Free clinic with 4 doctors for 126 people.
Palayamkottai, India: After living almost 7 years in a rented
house, Fr. Thomas Blute moved his troops to the newly built SSPX
priory. This priory is the fruit of years of negotiations in seeking
to buy a 2 acre property. It will be a tremendous boost for the
whole Indian apostolate. Already two venerable diocesan Indian priests
who have been helping the SSPX have moved in with our priests. The
St Pius X Boys' Hostels will also temporarily be on the ground floor
of the priory until they can have their own Hostel a few meters
- May 3 Manila: Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius for
7 men, by Frs. Griego, Soliman and Onoda.
Sr Mary Agnes (Agnes Mendoza), a former Bethanian, newly engaged
Oblate of the SSPX came home to Manila for a short vacation of a
few weeks. Sr Mary Agnes has been assigned to Menzingen, the Mother
House of the SSPX. She is the 4th Filipina Oblate who
is engaged. There are 4 more novices in formation.
Manila: Marian retreat for 28 ladies, including all our Bethanians
and those aspiring to the religious life, by Fr. Saa.
Bohol, Philippines: Second National Pilgrimage of the Apostles
of Mary. About 120 youths from all over the islands came for this
90 km walk from Tagbilaran to the shrine of Our Lady of Fatima,
in Carmen (near the famous 'Chocolate Hills'). Halfway through the
pilgrimage, the District Superior gave the final test to the 14
qualified participants to the First National Catechism contest.
The first prize of this contest (participants had to memorize the
entire Baltimore Catechism #2 in 11 months) was a plane ticket to
join a pilgrimage in Europe; the second prize a beautiful 3 feet
statue of Our Lady of Fatima, the 3rd prize, the four
volume set of Buttlers' Lives of Saints. All those who qualified
for the National Test (a preliminary test took place at Christmas)
also received consolation prizes such as a daily missal, a Bible,
or a Spirago-Clarke Catechism. Next year's contest will be the
learning of The Bible History, by Schuster. Prizes will
be quite similar.
May 11 Hongkong:
Fr Griego resumed the monthly mass circuit after having interrupted
it because of the SARS epidemic.
May 13 Jennifer
(from Cebu, Philippines), a former Bethanian, takes the novice's
veil in the contemplative Dominican monastery of Avrille, France.
She is the 5th Filipina in that monastery.
Iloilo: The District Superior takes the Brothers for a three
day outing on a private island nearby.
May 17 Iloilo,
Philippines: A one-day seminar, led by the District Superior, on
the theme: "Let's teach catechism", for the members of
all our groups (Legion of Mary, Carmelite Tertiaries, etc...) 170
Girls's camp in Santa Barbara, Philippines
Boys' Camp in Santa Barbara.
The first Oblates arrived in the Philippines, Sr. Maria Filomena
(Filipina) and Sr. Maria Laetitia (Australian). It is the answer
of years of prayers and will certainly be a new boost for vocations.