Newsletter of the District
- June 2004
of the District of Asia
2004 - April 2005
- 18 Singapore: Men's retreat in Malacca
South East Asia: A 9.3 intensity (on the Richter scale) earthquake,
the second krgest in the history of recorded earthquakes, provoked
the worst natural disaster in the history, about 300,000 deaths.
Fr. Davide Pagliarani was celebrating the Holy Mass in our chapel
in Negombo, Sri Lanka when the waves finally reached the nearby
coast. Thank God, neither our chapels, nor any of our regular faithful
either in Sri Lanka or nearby Tamil Nadu suffered human losses.
Sri Lanka: The relief
work began with food distribution to some 20 families and will
continue such food distribution for another two months). Besides
this, fishing equipment, household supplies, will be the priorities.
At a larger scale, in India, we will help with the setting-up of
a small fiberglass fishing boat factory, and in Sri Lanka, with
the purchase of a property for the 129 families (600 people) of
the Refugee Camp of Negombo
India Fr. Pagliarani flew to India for the first time to preach
the priests' annual retreat. His theme was a priestly application,
according to the mystical interpretation of Scripture (as the Fathers
of the Church often did) of the history of Patriarch Joseph. An
eye-opener even for the veteran priests, including an eighty-year-old
Couture joined the retreat at the end to have an opportunity to
meet the priests.
Singapore Short visit of Fr. Paul Morgan, District Superior
of England and first superior of the Philippines (1992 -1996)
India Frs. Pagliarani and Couture went to visit an Orphanage,
"Nav Jeevan", in Cuddapah, in the state of Andhra Pradesh,
in central India. The foundress of this four-year-old Orphanage/Old
People's Home, Miss Swarna Vongala, wanted to have the traditional
Mass for her nearly 100 people. She has manifested a strong inclination
for Catholic Tradition. The two priests gave her and her companion
a short recollection on the spiritual life.
Jeevan Orphanage, in Cuddapah, India
Swarna Vongala leading the morning prayers with her orphans
15-17 Sri Lanka: The relief work continued, particularly with
the acquaintance of the parish priest in whose parish is located
the Refugee Camp of Negombo, near our chapel.
Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur A few days of rest for Fr. Morgan, on
his way back to England after preaching the priests' retreat in
Singapore Fr. Adrian Wee, 'our' Carmelite priest, went to England
to preach a retreat to the members of the Carmelite Third Order,
and to visit afterwards the Carmelite Sisters of Quievrain, in Belgium.
These Sisters, founded in the late 1970's by the very Sister of
Archbishop Lefebvre, Mother Marie Christiane, had been praying for
a Carmelite priest ever since! Now, one was coming to them... at
Adrian Wee, Discalced Carmelite
4 Singapore Fr. Couture went to Canada to celebrate the 50th
wedding anniversary of his parents.
Japan/Korea Fr. Pagliarani accompanied Fr. Thomas Onoda in
his monthly apostolate, discovering the hardships and the fruits
of these missions which Fr. Onoda has been handling, practically
alone, for more than 11 years. It sure is an experience to meet
the grand- and great grand-children of martyrs as one can do when
visiting South Korea.
- March 5 Singapore: Women's retreat in nearby Batam, an Indonesian
Island. The retreat venue this time was a... golf club!
Philippines, Manila Priests' Annual Doctrinal Session. The key
speaker this year was Dr. Peter Chojnowski, a specialist in St Augustine.
In 8 hours of magistral lectures, he gave the 11 fathers present
a wonderful commentary on the first part of the Confessions of St
Augustine. Other talks included the question of the doubtful validity
of the Chinese Patriotic Church's Episcopal consecrations, two talks
on Carmelite spiritual direction, one on liturgical matters, and
one on the training of brothers. A four-star meal crowned the Session
and guaranteed the participation of the priests for future sessions!
Philippines, Manila After a day of fasting and an all-night
adoration, a procession
was organized to ask God's intervention to stop Bill 3773 from being
approved by Congress. This Bill, if passed, will open wide the flood-gates
of immorality with the approval of sex education in the schools,
of a two-child family policy, of contraception for the youth, etc...
Philippines, Manila An official
letter is faxed to all the Cardinals, Archbishops and Bishops
of the Philippines urging them to be firm in opposing Bill 3773.
Hong Kong After the Session, Fr. Couture went to Hong Kong to
inspect the Mass Center and to put his hands on a real treasure:
a stock of wonderful 'pop-up catechisms', rotting away in a storage
room. Ideal for home-schooling and the teaching of catechism to
small groups. The complete set, originally available in 5 languages,
comprises 17 volumes, but some volumes are totally out of stock
in one or the other language. Any one interested may contact the
District Office in Singapore. Real collectors' items. To help the
Catechisms found in Hong Kong
19 France, Avrille Feast of St Joseph. Sr. Rosaire, a Filipina,
renewed her triennial vows at the Contemplative Dominican Sisters,
while Sr. Ancilla, (Nidafe Morales), also a Filipina was receiving
the religious veil. There are four Filipinas in this fervent convent.
Singapore Fr. Adrian came back from his retreat and encounter
with the Sisters, who, as was to be expected, were most happy to
literally harness him for their communities, which would take place
about a month later.
- April 13 India The District Superior returned to India to
provide Mass on Easter Sunday for the faithful in Madras (where
our Mass center is 100 yards away from the place where the Apostle
St Thomas lived!) and to visit again the Orphanage of Cuddapah.
Rome: Death of the Holy Father. R.I.P. Singapore: Brother
Roman, OSB, who had been waiting for his French visa for 6 months,
finally was able to return to his nest, the Benedictine Monastery
of Bellaigue in France.
Singapore Fr. Adrian took off for Belgium to put himself
at the disposal of the dear Carmelite Sisters (who do pray a lot
for our Asian Missions), and to be available for an eventual revival
of the Carmelite Fathers.
Rome Funeral of the Holy Father. It is interesting to know that
St Malachy's prophecy concerning this Pope was " De Lahore
Soils" which can be translated either by "The Labor of
the Sun" or by "The Eclipse of the Sun". The most
obvious explanation of this, as Archbishop Lefebvre pointed out
in June 1988, is that the Church, the true sun of the world, is
living an eclipse today. But there is an additional meaning to this
prophecy: both on the day of the birth and on the very day of the
funeral of this Pope there were solar eclipses!
Singapore Short visit of our Superior General on his way to
great work of the Church in Philippines