Sunday, February 21, 2010

Tagaytay Candidates Forum

The Tagaytay Religious Association (TRA) is organizing a Candidates Forum for those running for local positions in Tagaytay City. Date: March 28, 2010, 1:00 PM at the SVD Chapel.
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Feb 22 (Monday) at 2:30 PM - Talk on PPCRV and Automated Election sponsored by SVD Manila District. Venue: SVD Retreat House

Feb 25 (Thursday) at 3:00 PM - Talk the socio-political condition of the country by Professor Randy David, sponsored by Divine Word School of Theology.

SVD Mission Awards and Other News

The SVD Mission Awardees
with Archbishop Edward Joseph Adams, Papal Nuncio

For those who missed the SVD Ordination last Dec, 5, 2009, you can watch the video of the photos uploaded by "Digna" here.  Six SVD deacons were ordained by Bishop Chito Tagle -- new SVD Fathers Benedicto Awitin, Ferdinand Bajao, Dante Barril, Severo Biton, Abraham Borja and Crisostomo Salar. Another classmate was ordained in his home country, Papua New Guinea, Fr. Michael Namba, SVD.

A number of us joined the 2nd National Clergy Congress last January 25-29, 2010. 87 SVDs out of more than 5,500 priests were at the Congress/Retreat presided by Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa, OFMCap, preacher to the Papal Household.

Some alumni of Divine Word Seminary who were at the Congress

In the afternoon of January 29, the Feast of St. Joseph Freinademetz, we held the much-awaited SVD Mission Awards at St. Jude Catholic School in Manila. Here's a "summary" from the Provincialate notes:
On January 29, 2010, feast day of St. Joseph Freinademetz, the first SVD Mission Awards were handed out in a formal but uplifting awards presentation ceremony held at the Fr. Peter Yang Auditorium of Saint Jude Catholic School Manila. The affair was graced by the presence of the Apostolic Nuncio Edward Joseph Adams. The following awards were given out: The Saint Arnold Janssen Mission Award to Fr. Leo Schmitt SVD; The Communio Mission Award to St. Martin Mission Hospital of Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro;The Divine Word Mission Award to Mrs. Beatriz Buenavista Evangelista; The Vivat Cor Iesu Mission Award to Samahang Bagong Buhay Foundation, Incorporated; The Father Peter Yang SVD Mission Award to the St. Jude National Shrine Manila; The Centennial Mission Award to Fr. William Van Kuijk SVD; The Abra Mission Award to the Catechists of Abra; The Saint Joseph Freinademetz Mission Award to Fr. Ewald Dinter SVD; and a Special Recognition to the CICM for helping the SVD in its early years of mission in the Philippines. Each awardee received 50,000 pesos and a gold-plated medallion with the face of the Founder on one side and his favorite prayer in Latin on the other (His life is our life and His mission, our mission). Our special thanks to Fr. Jerome Marquez, SVD and the administration of St. Jude Catholic School; and the SVD Mission Awards Committee under whose watch the search for SVD Mission Awardees was undertaken.

The SVD Mission Awards Committee members were: Fr. Joey Sepe, SVD (head); Fr. Jerome Marquez, SVD; Fr. Randy Flores, SVD; Fr. Aris Martin, SVD, Fr. Bobby Ebisa, SVD. They were assisted by Bro. John Xue (Claretian seminarian), Ms. Ka Ling Yiu, Mr. Camilo Gelido, Frt. Sedfrey Nebres, SVD, Frt. John Paul Marquez, SVD, Mr. Tristan Ferrera, and Mr. Mark Nillo.

Before the end of the ceremonies, the SVD Centennial Book, Witness to the Word: Society of the Divine Word Philippines 1909-2009 (Logos Publications, 2009) with the speech of the SVD historian, Fr. Antolin Uy, SVD, the main editor.

 Emcees: Fr. Aris Martin, SVD and Ms. Mariz Umali of GMA 7

Fr. Antolin Uy, SVD delivering his speech at the SVD Centennial book launching

The Abra Catechists

 Awards main director, Fr. Joey Sepe, SVD (5th from left)
From left: Fr. Vic Rayco, SVD  (St. Jude); Fr. Aris,
Fr. Lino Nicasio, SVD (St. Jude), Ms. Mariz Umali,
Ms. Nita Trofeo, and GMA 7 newscaster Raffy Tima

CTS students with awardee Fr. van Kuijk, SVD