Newsletter of the District
- June 2006
of the District of Asia
2005 - April 2006
3 Singapore Men Retreat in nearby Batam, Indonesia, for 5 men.
Zealand The District Superior went for a first visit to this country
which has been temporarily attached to the Asian District. The SSPX
priory of Wanganui is certainly one of the truly beautiful ones
of the Society, with a fairly krge quasi-parish of 400 (many living
at walking distance from the lovely church in a charming suburban
setting), a school of over 100 students, 3 zealous priests, 5 Teaching
Dominican Sisters. The priory of Wanganui is also in charge of the
Mission in New Caledonia, in the Pacific Islands.
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Holy Cross Seminary, Australia Then Fr. Couture proceeded to
Holy Cross Seminary, in Australia to preach the retreat to the future
priests — 3 of which were Filipinos — and future deacons.
India Visit of Bishop Tissier de Mallerais in Madras, Palayamkottai
and Christurajapuram. In this last village, the bishop was able
to bless a beautiful church on Dec. 30.
Cross Seminary, Australia Ordination to the priesthood of 4
priests, including 3 Filipinos: Frs. Albert Ghela, Roy Dolotina,
and Gerald Fallarcuna. A small delegation had come from Singapore
and the Philippines for the occasion.
First retreat preached in Singapore itself. 13 women attended
the retreat given on beautiful Sentosa Island.
Sri Lanka Visit of Bishop Tissier.
Visit of Fr. Marc Vernoy, who was once assigned in these missions.
Father Vernoy came to see the newly ordained Filipino priests.
The Nav Jeevan Orphanage finally moved from Andhra Pradesh in
the center of the country to Palayamkottai, to be near the priory,
in order to have the sacraments and the direction of the priests.
First Mass and blessing by Fr Albert Ghela, newly ordained priest.
Fr. Ghek stopped in Singapore, on his way to Manila.
Throughout this month, the three newly ordained priests visited
the various mass centers and offered their First Masses to the great
joy of all the faithful. The three newly ordained have been assigned
as following: Fr. Ghek in Santa Barbara, Iloilo, Fr. Dolotina in
Our Lady of Victories, Manila, Fr. Fallarcuna, in Gomez Pakcio,
Annual General Meeting of the Association to discuss among other
matters, the purchase of a new priory.
Fr. Joseph Lester, the District Bursar, visited the priories
for a week.
Fr. Patrick Summers, prior of India, stopped over on his way
to the Priests’ Meeting in Manila.
Annual Priests Meeting, in Manila. Main speaker this year: Fr.
Francois Laisney, prior of Wanganui, New Zealand, on the very interesting
theme of St Augustine and the fight against the Danatists, with
many applications for today’s crisis.
Japan Visit of Fr. Pagliarani on his way to Winona, USA for
the US Priests’ Meeting.
First Chinese -English Retreat preached by Fr. Wee and Fr. Couture
to eight retreatants, four of which came from the USA.
After almost six years laboring in his country since his priestly
ordination, Fr. Carlo Magno Saa, was reassigned to Zimbabwe. May
God be with him in this new apostolate. He is the third Filipino
now working abroad: Fr. Salvador is in Gabon, Fr. Fakrcuna in Mexico.
Fr. Couture left for India to help the confreres with the Holy
Week ceremonies. On Holy Saturday, eight of the orphans received
the grace of baptism in Palayamkottai.
Short stop of Fr. Schmidberger on his way to Australia.
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Philippines Visit of Fr. Benoit Wailliez, former novice master
at the Santa Barbara Noviciate.
Various retreats and camps for the youth took place this month
and in May.
Powerful conference of Fr. Schmidberger on the mystery of St
Peter and the present situation of the Society of St Pius X.
Formation Camp for 47 Apostles of Mary in Tagbikran, Bohol.
5th Annual National Pilgrimage in Bohol. About 220
pilgrims from all over the Philippines came for this event which
is gradually becoming the Filipino Chartres!
Retreat for Women near Kuala Lumpur. Four young ladies from
Sabah, East Malaysia attended the retreat for the first time. Fr.
Jackson, from our Indian priory came to help Fr. Couture.
Women’s Retreat in nearby Batam for 12 retreatants (see picture
East Malaysia Fr. Pagliarani went for a first official visit
to this province, which is one of the few Malaysian states which
doesn’t have a Muslim ruler.
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Annual public procession of the Blessed Sacrament