Quis nos separabit a caritate Christi? An gladius?

Saint Paul Scholasticate Newsletter
No. 3 SAMZ’s Day 2007

Need of Paul
by Giovanni Scalese, CRSP
On June 28, 2007, during the celebration of the I Vespers of the Holy Apostles, in the Roman Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls, Pope Benedict XVI announced a “Pauline Year” for next year (more precisely, from the 28th June 2008 to the 29th of June 2009), on the occasion of the 2000th anniversary of the Apostle’s birth. He stated: “This Pauline Year will take place in a special way in Rome, where for 2,000 years under the papal altar of this basilica, lies the tomb that according to experts and undisputed tradition has conserved the remains of the apostle Paul.” He explained that in the papal basilica and in the Benedictine abbey attached to it, there can take place a series of liturgical, cultural and ecumenical events, as well as various pastoral and social initiatives, all of them inspired by Pauline spirituality. Then he added: “Also, in every part of the world, similar initiatives will be organized in dioceses, sanctuaries and places of prayer by religious institutions, institutions of study and assistance, which carry the name of St. Paul
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or which have been inspired by him and his teaching.” A big responsibility for the Barnabites (the “Clerics Regular of St. Paul”) in general, and for us (belonging to Tagaytay “Scholasticate of Saint Paul”) in particular. What shall we do during this year dedicated to our Apostle? It is too early to answer this question. The Pope’s initiative has caught us off our guard. Anyway we have a whole year in front of us to arrange a program of initiatives (of course unpretentious, suitable for our limited possibilities). But maybe, before starting to organize, there is need of realizing that this is a great opportunity for us to become aware of the importance of Paul in the life of the Church. Properly speaking, it is a grace! Paul is not any saint: he is an apostle (better, the Apostle); and the apostles cannot disappear in the Church with their death. This is quite evident with Saint Peter: he continues living in the Church through the Roman Pontiffs. The Church could not do without the ministry of Peter. But the same

holds for other apostles, in particular for the one whom some theologian called the “founder of Christianity,” expressing maybe in a wrong way the decisive role played by Paul in the elaboration of Christian theology. Paul, not only Peter, has to be always present in the Church: the Church needs not only the ministry of Peter; she needs the charism of Paul, too. Peter is infallible, certainly; but he would not be without Paul. We remember when, at Antioch, Paul was forced to oppose Cephas to his face, because he clearly was wrong (Gal 2:11ff). Were it for Peter, now the Church would just be a reformed current of the Synagogue. There was need of Paul to show Peter the right stand on a crucial issue. This “need of Paul” continues to be felt in the Church of every time. It is what felt Anthony Mary Zaccaria in the 16th century; it is what the Church experiences today. We should be by vocation the bearers of the Pauline charism in today’s Church. Let us hope to be equal to this fascinating task.

Quis nos separabit? … An gladius?

Photo: R. Kosek

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Cover Story


Solemn and simple profession
by Ferdinand S. Dagcuta, CRSP

“Your life is hidden with Christ in God” (Col 3:3). This was the theme chosen by the five young men, who dared to accept the challenge of living religious life through the evangelical counsels, on the bright day of the 13th of May. Three of them, Bro. Joseph Bernales, Bro. Jay Patulin and Bro. Rosauro Valmores did their first and simple profession. While the other two, Bro. Roan Cipriano Aborque and Bro. Ferdinand S. Dagcuta, after four years as simple professed, vowed to dedicate their lives to God forever.

The profession was received and the mass was solemnized by Fr. Frank M. Papa CRSP, then Delegate of the Father General in the Philippines at the St. Anthony Ma. Zaccaria Parish in Silangan, San Mateo, Rizal. Fr. Giovanni Scalese, Superior of St. Paul Scholasticate in Tagaytay City, and Fr. Aldo Rizzi, Novice Master of the three newly professed, assisted Fr. Papa. With them were all the Barnabite priests of the Delegation, thus adding solemnity to the celebration. Our ex(Continued on page 4)

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Solemn Profession


Nothing new
by Roan Cipriano J. Aborque, CRSP On the eve of our religious solemn profession, while the whole community of the St. Paul Scholasticate was dining at table, our Superior cracked jokes about the grand celebration that would take place the following day. With our Superior, some confreres commented that there would be a sleepless night for us candidates due to excitement. But to their surprise I wistfully responded: “There is nothing new.” They were all eyes. But I thought: “It is about time!” I have been in the seminary for ten years now and it has already been four years since my first profession; I am already a sort of Kuya, a big brother to some of them. Hence, it’s time for me to move on and take another phase of my life as a religious. What did I have in mind by saying those words? I personally believe in the saying “first impression lasts.” I remember a priest-friend told me that “our first profession should be our perpetual; our simple should be the solemn one.” I believe so. Why? The “yes” that I uttered on my solemn profession was and is only a confirmation of the “yes” that I professed in the first. The solemn profession rites only give witness on how I have been faithful to my vows, despite of my unworthiness, limitations, weaknesses and of being who and what I am. There is nothing new! It is God who called us in the first place. I, on my part, only responded to a vocation of love and service. Just like Qoheleth, “nothing new” is a personal positive disposition toward everything. However, weighing up things, I am not saying that I have had enough nor I am already tired. It is just my way of saying “stand still” or “stay on foot,” although others may come and go. In a seminary it is a normal scene though, and there is nothing new. I still remember a priest who said, “Look around you… maybe this is God’s

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citement was also shared by the presence of the representatives of different religious congregation in the nearby convents. The presence of our relatives, friends and benefactors also added life and color to the joyful celebration. It was as if the whole Philippines celebrated with us, because there were present people from different parts of the country. The celebration was an inspiring moment for us who professed and for the people who attended it. It seemed that God again showed His mercy and poured His grace to His Church. The Eucharistic celebration was followed by a banquet which was held at the Barnabite Seminary in Marikina, as a sign of gratitude to God’s abundant and overflowing blessing to the whole Congregation as well as in thanksgiving for those who supported us and those who shared our joy on that occasion. It was indeed a day full of rejoicing and a moment worth remembering for all of us. To all who were with us during those moments both physically and spiritually our humble words of gratitude: Thank you very much; Grazie; Muchas gracias; Damo nga salamat ha iyo nga tanan; Daghang salamat; Maraming salamat po for being with us. May God bless us all!

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way of saying that he is calling you, that you have stayed though many have left, though others have turned their backs.” The Gospel tells us that when Jesus told his disciples about the suffering he would endure, many of them left and he turned to Peter and said, “…and you, do you want to leave me as well?” Nothing new is my way of telling you that I am making a difference. “Make a difference… be a Barnabite.” This was the slogan that struck me on my first encounter with the Barnabites. I was young, active, innocent then, full of hopes and aspirations. But as years go by we change for the better until we reach the best. The same thing is true in religious life. I have passed a decade with my religious formation and things have changed for the better, if not for the best. As I become “old” in the religious formation, I am being entrusted with so many and different tasks. But this is not a reason for me neither to boast nor to frown, but this serves as an indication of my acceptance to a humble service. Just like a bamboo, the higher I may grow, the lower I should bend. There is nothing new though: I may have changed and grown old, but I am the same poor and faithful servant of the Lord. My religious profession may have changed something in me, yet there is nothing of what I am now that has not been there a long time ago, according to God’s plan for me.

On 13 May of this year, the Philippine Delegation of the Clerics Regular of St. Paul was again blessed because three novices of its pronounced their first profession as Barnabites. They are Rosauro A. Valmores, Joseph M. Bernales and Jay L. Patulin. Bro. Rosauro A. Valmores, aka “Bogs,” the “gentle giant” of the St. Paul Scholasticate, is the eldest son of Mr. Rex R. Valmores and Mrs. Ester S. Abletes. He was born in Balingasag, Misamis Oriental on the feast day of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary, October 7, 1978, which actually explains his name. Rosauro wanted to enter the seminary after he graduated high school in the year 1995. However, due to his parents’ refusal, he opted to study BS in Commerce, with Business Administration as his major. The story of his vocation did not end with a tearful surrender. Although he might have chosen to take up BS in Commerce, the priesthood still remained his yearned vocation. This explains why in the year 2004, Rosauro asked again the permission of his parents to enter the seminary, after a decade of having a restless heart, which was longing to rest in God. It was on a hot summer day of May 2004 when this young and courageous lad from a far distant town of Northern Mindanao arrived at St. Anthony Ma. Zaccaria Seminary, in Marikina City. As an aspirant, Bro. Rosauro finished his Associate in Philosophy at St. Camillus College Seminary. Then he went through his postulancy formation, after which he entered the novitiate on May 2006. Bro. Jay L. Patulin is the second to the eldest of the four children of Loreto Q. Patulin

The five “professandi”: Joseph, Jay, Rosauro, Roan and Ferdinand

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and Jessica J. Ladra. He was born in the promising town of Tubigon, Bohol on November 21, 1980. When he was still little, his family decided to look for a greener pasture in the native place of his mother in Balingasag, Misamis Oriental. After his graduation in high school, his cousin Virano Ladra, who is now a Barnabite priest, invited him to enter the seminary. During his stay in the seminary he gradually acknowledged the true presence of the living Lord in his life. He began to realize the presence of God in every ordinary moment of his life. All throughout his seminary life he found joy and satisfaction until he finished his Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy at St. Camillus College Seminary in the year 2003. Unfortunately, confusion got over him. In spite of his joyful experience in the seminary, he decided to go out in order to uncover the mysterious design of God for Him and what really God wanted him to do in his life. He tried to live the life away from the seminary. But he found emptiness and that there was something lacking. Then, he realized that God was truly calling Him to become one of His servants. So Jay re-entered the seminary and did his novitiate in 2006. It was on the 29th day of December 1978 at Camansi, Tomas Oppus, Southern Leyte when a child was born to Urcisio “Boi” T. Bernales and Isabel “Sabel” P. Mapa. The couple’s pain after the death of their first child was relieved. Joseph M. Bernales now stands as the first born along with five other siblings. He was baptized in the joyous feast of St. Isidore in Camansi on May 16 (as the folks celebrated instead on the fifteenth), by Rev. Fr. Anatolio Alfaro and he received the Sacrament of Confirmation in San Isidro of the same town in March 26, 1992 through the Most Rev. Vicente Ataviado, D.D. of the Diocese of

Maasin. He studied his elementary years in San Isidro Elementary School and graduated in Elementary in Rizal Elementary School both in the town of Tomas Oppus. He graduated high school in Sta. Cruz National High School in Maujo, Malitbog, So. Leyte. He graduated in AB Philosophy in St. Camillus College Seminary in Marikina City in the year 2005. The story of his vocation started in his early years long before he could speak well. When asked what he wanted to become when he grows up, he would stammer saying the word “pali” (= pari, a Filipino word for “priest”). As he grew up, he searched, inquired and made research until he learned the different kinds of consecrated life. Through this effort, he came to be attracted with the contemplative life but no one dared to help him. His parish priest was not interested with the idea not even his family and friends. When the Barnabite seminarians and other religious congregations came to their place to search for vocation, he ig-

Coming and going
This year there have been some changes in the Fathers’ community of Saint Paul Scholasticate: after four years of stay in Tagaytay, Fr. Joselito Santos have been transferred to our Parish in Silangan, San Mateo, Rizal, where he has been appointed as Assistant Parish Priest. To him the gratitude of us all and our best wishes for his new job. Fr. Michael Sandalo, after completing his formation curriculum, left SPS. He will continue his studies in Rome, starting on next September. Meanwhile he has been assigned to Marikina Community, in charge for the discipline of seminarians and teaching at “Mother of Divine Providence School” of the Angelics.

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nored them all with the hope to find his way into a monastery. However, he gave up and took the entrance exam of the Barnabites and entered the St. Anthony Ma. Zaccaria Seminary on May 2000. It was not long enough that he was in the seminary when a crisis came. When he was in his first year of his philosophical studies, he was disturbed by the thought of joining a monastic community. Yet with the help of some advices, he continued with his studies until the time when he was about to apply for postulancy. Nonetheless, he decided to go out and applied in a hermitic-monastic community. Convinced by Fr. Richard Genetiano, CRSP, he went on to finish first his fourth year in Phi-

losophy as he asked the permission to stay outside the monastery. He became a working student in the Parish of St. Anthony Ma. Zaccaria in Silangan, San Mateo, Rizal. After some time of reflection, he decided to re-enter the seminary and two years later entered the novitiate. These three young men are now part of the community of the St. Paul Scholasticate, the Formation House for all the theology students here in the Philippines. Here they will stay for four years until they have finished their studies. Along the way, struggles and crises may come but with the help of Our Lord and Master may they persevere until the end! Good luck brothers and God bless you all!

3rd row: Clyd, Arvin, Rosauro and Thomas 2nd row: Jay, Jonathan, Marlon, Yohanes, Jose Nazareno and Roan st 1 row: Fr. Cirilo, Pat, Joseph, Fr. John, Isfridus, Ferdinand and Fr. Jecker

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La parola al Delegato


Prospettive della delegazione filippina
by Giovanni Scalese, CRSP
Dopo la pubblicazione dell’ultimo numero di iPaul  (Pasqua  2007),  abbiamo  ricevuto  una  graditissima  lettera  nientemeno  che  dal  Rev.mo  Padre  Giuseppe  Bassotti, Superiore generale emerito e promotore della  presenza dei Barnabiti nelle Filippine. Ci siamo sentiti  particolarmente onorati nel ricevere una simile lettera.  Nel  suo  messaggio  il  Padre  Bassotti  esprime  un  desiderio: « Visto che il numero dei Barnabiti Filippini  sta  crescendo,  mi  piacerebbe  leggere  un  articolo  che  manifestasse  qual  è  il  piano  strategico  della  Pro‐ Provincia  Filippina  per  quanto  riguarda  i  futuri  (ma  non  troppo)  campi  di  apostolato  ».  La  richiesta  di  Padre  Bassotti  contiene  un’inesattezza:  le  comunità  filippine non costituiscono ancora una “pro‐provincia”,  ma  sono  soltanto  una  “delegazione  generale”,  vale  a  dire  un  insieme  di  case  religiose  tuttora  dipendenti  direttamente  dal  Superiore  generale,  il  quale  nomina  un  religioso  quale  suo  rappresentante  (“Delegato  generale”),  con  l’incarico  di  coordinare  quelle  comunità  e  di  mantenere  i  rapporti  con  la  Consulta  generalizia, che è a tutti gli effetti l’unico reale organo  di governo della Delegazione. Fino allo scorso maggio  Delegato  per  le  Filippine  era  il  Padre  Frank  Papa,  iniziatore  della  presenza  barnabitica  in  questo  paese.  Vista  la  sua  esperienza  e  le  capacità  che  ha  saputo  dimostrare  nella  fondazione  filippina,  i  Superiori  hanno  pensato  bene  (dopo  18  anni...)  di  affidargli  un  altro delicato incarico: una nuova fondazione in India.  Cosí è toccato al sottoscritto subentrare al Padre Papa  nell’incarico  di  Delegato  generale  per  le  Filippine.  Posso  pertanto  accedere  alla  richiesta  del  Padre  Bassotti,  precisando  che  quanto  dirò  sono  forse  piú  idee personali che orientamenti adottati da un qualche  organo  di  governo  (non  essendo  una  provincia,  non  abbiamo  ancora  un  capitolo  provinciale  che  possa  legiferare:  al  massimo  facciamo  delle  riunioni  intercomunitarie,  nelle  quali  tutti  hanno  la  possibilità  di  esprimere  il  proprio  parere,  ma  senza  alcun  valore  vincolante  e  decisionale).  Forse  è  un  po’  eccessivo  parlare,  nel  nostro  caso,  di  un  “piano  strategico”.  Cercherò  comunque  di  illustrare  quali  dovrebbero  essere,  secondo  me,  le  nostre  future  prospettive.  Ma  forse  è  opportuno  partire  da  qualche  statistica  che  illustri l’attuale situazione della Delegazione.  La  Delegazione  Filippina  è  attualmente  costituita  da  tre  comunità:  la  “casa‐madre”  di  Marikina  con  il  Seminario  Sant’Antonio  Maria  Zaccaria  (fondato  nel  1989)  e  il  Noviziato  Sant’Alessandro  Sauli  (eretto  nel  1993); la comunità di Tagaytay (giuridicamente eretta  nel 2004) con il Saint Paul Scholasticate (costituito nel  2003);  la  neo‐nata  comunità  di  Silangan,  a  servizio  della  Parrocchia  di  Sant’Antonio  Maria  Zaccaria  (costituita e affidata ai Barnabiti nel 2003). I religiosi  della  Delegazione  sono  attualmente  28,  di  cui  16  professi  solenni  e  12  professi  temporanei.  23  sono  i  religiosi filippini (5 da Luzon, 10 dalle isole Visayas e 8  da Mindanao); 5 gli stranieri (2 italiani, 1 americano, 2  indonesiani). I sacerdoti sono 14; presto i due studenti  professi  solenni  verranno  ordinati  diaconi,  con  la  prospettiva  di  avere  il  prossimo  anno  due  nuovi  sacerdoti. Attualmente 17 religiosi (5 professi solenni e  12  temporanei)  fanno  parte  dello  Studentato  di  Tagaytay;  8  religiosi  sono  iscritti  alla  comunità  di 

Righ Rev. Fr. Bassotti at the time of the Philippine Foundation

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Marikina;  3  a  quella  di  Silangan.  A  queste  cifre  vanno  aggiunti:  1  sacerdote  filippino  attualmente  in  servizio  presso  la  comunità  di  San  Diego,  California;  3  novizi  (hanno  iniziato  l’anno  canonico  il  31  maggio  scorso);  una  cinquantina  di  seminaristi  (che  frequentano  il  college), di cui una decina postulanti. Si tratta di cifre  confortanti,  di  cui  rendere  grazie  al  Signore;  ma  tutti  sappiamo  che  il  numero,  pure  importante,  non  è  un  valore assoluto (Multiplicasti gentem, non magnificasti  laetitiam!):  speriamo  che  alla  quantità  possa  corrispondere  anche  la  qualità  (umana,  spirituale,  culturale e apostolica).  Dopo aver presentato la consistenza numerica della  Delegazione  Filippina,  è  d’uopo  presentare  le  sue  attività:  come si è già accennato presentando le diverse  comunità,  si  tratta  ancora  in  buona  parte  di  attività  di  carattere  formativo:  il  seminario  minore  (con  il  postulantato),  il  noviziato  e  lo  studentato.  L’unica  attività apostolica propriamente detta è la Parrocchia di  Silangan,  San  Mateo,  Rizal.  È  ovvio  che  anche  a  Marikina e a Tagaytay i Padri non si limitano all’attività  formatrice, ma sono impegnati (e non poco) nell’attività  pastorale; ma si tratta di un apostolato “spicciolo”, fatto  soprattutto  di  celebrazione  di  messe,  predicazione,  confessioni,  direzione  spirituale,  ecc.  Questo  si  spiega,  perché  i  Padri,  pur  numerosi,  sono  ancora  per  lo  piú  (salvo  qualche  lodevole  eccezione...)  giovani  e  tuttora  impegnati negli studi. Abbiamo infatti voluto riprendere  qui la tradizione, comune in Italia fino a non molti anni  fa,  di  far  continuare  ai  “padrini”  gli  studi  dopo  l’ordinazione  sacerdotale,  soprattutto  nelle  discipline  profane; per cui i religiosi effettivamente disponibili per  un  apostolato  a  tempo  pieno  sono  ancora  in  numero  limitato. Bisogna però guardare avanti, anche perché nel  giro  di  pochi  anni,  una  volta  terminati  (si  spera  brillantemente) gli studi, tali Padri dovranno trovare un  campo  dove  esercitare  il  loro  apostolato  (e  le  competenze acquisite durante i loro studi). 

St. Anthony Ma. Zaccaria Seminary, Marikina

Una  delle  convinzioni  che  mi  guida  in  questi  discernimento è che non ci si possa limitare a un unico  tipo  di  attività.  Le  Costituzioni  dei  Barnabiti  prevedono  un  apostolato  quanto  mai  variegato  (missionario, parrochiale, educativo, ecc.). È ovvio che  questo  può  comportare  dei  problemi,  soprattutto  di  carattere  “identitario”  (la  solita,  ricorrente  questione:   « Qual è il carisma dei Barnabiti? », dove con “carisma”  ci  si  riferisce  quasi  esclusivamente  a  un  determinato  tipo  di  opera)  e  formativo  (non  è  facile  formare  religiosi  parati  ad  omnia...).  Ma  tant’è,  questa  è  la  nostra  caratteristica;  il  nostro  carisma,  appunto.  È  un  dato  di  fatto  che  le  province  piú  vivaci  sono  proprio  quelle  che  possono  contare  su  una  diversificazione  di  presenze  pastorali.  Ora,  visto  che  qui  si  tratta  di  iniziare,  è  bene  avviare  diversi  tipi  di  opere,  in  modo  che  ciascuno  possa  esprimersi  nell’attività  a  lui  piú  congeniale.  Attualmente  abbiamo  una  parrocchia:  per  il  momento  penso  che  sia  sufficiente,  anche  se  non  sarebbe  difficile  ottenerne  un’altra  da  un  qualsiasi  vescovo  (specie  se  si  tratta  di  costruire  la  chiesa,  la  canonica  e  le  opere  parrocchiali...).  Personalmente  penso  che  una  seconda  parrocchia  potrebbe  essere  presa in considerazione solo se legata a un’altra opera.  Il  nostro  sforzo  in  questo  momento  è  appunto  individuare quale altra opera avviare. Meglio, le idee ci  sono già: il progetto è quello di aprire una scuola, una  retreat  house,  un  santuario  e  magari  una  missione/ fondazione  all’estero.  Il  problema  è:  da  dove  cominciare?  A  dire  il  vero,  un’indicazione  l’abbiamo  già: la Consulta generalizia, a seguito dell’incontro con  i Provinciali nel febbraio scorso, insiste perché quanto  prima si dia avvio a una scuola.  E noi siamo d’accordo.  Ma ci sono vari problemi da affrontare. Primo: che tipo  di  scuola?  Certo,  se  ci  lasciamo  andare  ai  sogni,  sarebbe  bello  pensare  a  un  grande  college;  ma  forse  bisogna  essere  realisti  e,  almeno  per  il  momento,  è  meglio  accontentarsi  di  una  piccola  scuola,  con  elementari  e  high  school.  Secondo  problema:  una  scuola  con  quale  indirizzo?  Nel  corso  dei  secoli  i  Barnabiti  hanno  acquisito  un’ampia  esperienza  nel  settore  umanistico‐scientifico;  ma  qui  sembrerebbe  piú  urgente  un  impegno  in  campo  professionale,  che  permetta  alla  gioventú  filippina  di  inserirsi  immediatamente  nel  mondo  del  lavoro.  Terzo  problema:  dove?  Si  è  pensato  ai  posti  dove  già  siamo  presenti, vale a dire a Silangan e a Tagaytay; ma forse è  meglio  cogliere  l’occasione  per  aprirci  a  nuovi  ambienti.  In  questo  momento  stiamo  esplorando  l’ipotesi  di  una  fondazione  nella  provincia  di  Bataan,  una piccola penisola a nord‐est di Manila, dove fino a  pochi anni fa erano totalmente assenti i religiosi e dove 

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oggi il giovane e dinamico vescovo sta incoraggiando i  religiosi  a  stabilirsi,  soprattutto  per  creare  una  rete  di  scuole  cattoliche.  Potrebbe  essere  una  buona  soluzione, perché ci apriremmo a un nuovo ambiente,  ancora  “vergine”,  senza  allontanarci  troppo  dagli  attuali  insediamenti  (cosa  abbastanza  importante  almeno  all’inizio).  Nel  frattempo,  come  detto,  la  totalità dei “padrini” sta frequentando l’università (nei  piú  svariati  settori:  filosofia,  psicologia,  storia,  matematica,  education  management,  accountancy...);  alcuni  di  loro  stanno  già  facendo  esperienza  di  insegnamento (presso le Angeliche a Marikina o presso  i Fratelli delle Scuole Cristiane a Dasmariñas), in modo  che,  quando  si  decide  di  avviare  la  scuola,  ci  sia  già  personale pronto a gestirla.  Mentre  l’apertura  di  una  scuola  comporta,  come  s’è  visto,  tutta  una  serie  di  problematiche  (che  pure,  prima  o  poi,  vanno  affrontate),  una  retreat  house  sarebbe  sicuramente  piú  facile  da  avviare.  Per  questo  tipo  di  attività  non  ci  sarebbe  neppure  bisogno  di  decidere dove: il posto è praticamente obbligato, vale a  dire  a  Tagaytay,  dove  esistono  già  una  trentina  di  centri  di  spiritualità,  ma  tutti  con  il  “tutto  esaurito”  (grazie  alla  bellezza  del  posto,  al  clima  particolarmente  favorevole  e  alla  vicinanza  a  Manila).  A  Tagaytay  la  Congregazione  già  possiede  un  terreno;  si tratta solo di decidere.   Sempre  a  Tagaytay,  all’interno  del  complesso  del  Saint Paul Scholasticate, esiste un enorme edificio, un  tempo adibito a deposito del caffè (la nostra proprietà  apparteneva  un  tempo  ai  Verbiti,  che  vi  avevano  organizzato una cooperativa per i contadini del posto).  Tale  edificio  ha  la  forma  di  una  chiesa;  la  struttura  è  solida;  potrebbe  essere  facilmente  trasformato  in  un  luogo  di  culto.  Stiamo  già  promovendo  la  devozione  alla  Madonna  di  Fatima,  attualmente  venerata  in  una  piccola  cappella  all’aperto.  Il  sogno  sarebbe  quello  di  lanciare un grande santuario mariano.  È giusto pensare a creare delle opere, per radicare  la  presenza  dei  Barnabiti  nelle  Filippine;  ma  non  possiamo  rinchiuderci  in  un  paese  nella  gran  maggioranza  cattolico,  appartenente  a  un  continente  tuttora  non  cristiano  nella  quasi  totalità.  I  papi  continuano  a  ricordare  ai  filippini  che  hanno  una  grande  responsabilità,  l’evangelizzazione  dell’Asia.  Anche la nostra fondazione filippina, se ben ricordo, è  nata con questa prospettiva. In attesa che la Cina apra  le  porte  a  Cristo,  si  può  già  pensare  a  qualche  altro  paese.  La  fondazione  indiana,  pur  non  dipendendo  giuridicamente  dalla  Delegazione  Filippina,  è  in  qualche  modo  una  sua  “germinazione”.  Ci  sono  attualmente  nello  Scolasticato  di  Tagaytay  due  studenti indonesiani al secondo anno di teologia, la cui 

prospettiva  non  è  certo  quella  di  rimanere  nelle  Filippine.  In  questi  anni  bisognerà  preparare  il  loro  ritorno  in  Indonesia  dopo  l’ordinazione  sacerdotale.  Un  altro  paese  che  offre  notevoli  prospettive  di  sviluppo  religioso  (nonostante  il  regime  comunista)  è  il Vietnam (qui a Tagaytay ci sono già numerosi istituti  religiosi che stanno formando candidati provenienti da  quel paese).   Si era pensato anche a una possibile fondazione in  Australia,  un  paese  che  non  può  certo  essere  considerato  “terra  di  missione”,  ma  particolarmente  bisognoso  di  clero.  Durante  la  nostra  ultima  riunione  intercomunitaria, però, è stato fatto notare che ci sono  alcune  situazioni  in  Congregazione  che  meritano  la  nostra  attenzione  prima  di  pensare  all’Australia:  perché,  per  esempio,  non  pensare  ad  assicurare  personale religioso alla nostra parrocchia di San Diego,  dove  è già  presente  un confratello filippino?  Potrebbe  essere un’idea su cui lavorare nei prossimi anni.   Come si vede, le Filippine sono una realtà in piena  effervescenza,  ben  diversa  da  altre  realtà  a  cui  siamo  ormai abituati soprattutto in Europa. Lí l’obiettivo è il  ridimensionamento; qui è l’espansione. È chiaro che lo  stato  d’animo  di  chi  vive  queste  due  realtà  è  profondamente diverso; ma ciò non significa che aprire  sia  piú  facile  che  chiudere:  quanti  dubbi,  quante  incertezze, quante paure di sbagliare! Quando si tratta  di  iniziare  non  si  sa  mai  se  si  fa  bene  o  si  fa  male.  Finora  il  Signore  non  ci  ha  mai  fatto  mancare  l’assistenza  del  suo  Spirito  e  il  sostegno  della  sua  Provvidenza. Speriamo che continui ad accompagnarci  con  la  sua  mano  sicura  e  a  indicarci  le  vie  da  intraprendere  per  il  bene  della  Chiesa  e  la  gloria  del  suo nome. 

St. Anthony Ma. Zaccaria Parish, Silangan

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The diocese of imus
by Roan Cipriano J. Aborque, CRSP
The  Saint  Paul  Scholasticate  is  the  formation  house for the Barnabite theology students in Ta‐ gaytay.  The  city  of  Tagaytay  belongs  to  the  Dio‐ cese of Imus (in Latin: Diœcesis Imusensis). Allow  me then to devote this section to the major facts  about our diocese.  History tells us that the Catholic faith came to  Cavite as early as 1571. It was through the effort  of  the  Franciscans,  Recollects,  Dominicans  and  the  Jesuits  that  the  Gospel  was  spread  among  Caviteños.  The  Diocese  of  Imus  is  a  Suffragan  of  the  Metropolitan  See  of  Manila.  It  was  created  on  November 25, 1961 and erected on April 26, 1962  with  territory  taken  from  the  Archdioceses  of  Manila (the province of Cavite) and Lipa (the city  of  Tagaytay).  It  comprises  the  entire  civil  prov‐ ince  of  Cavite  and  covers  an  area  of  1,287  sq.  kms. The Catholics are 2,168,395 out of the total  population of 2,551,053 (Cavite is one of the most  densely  populated  provinces  of  the  Philippines).  The  Patroness  of  the  Diocese  is  Nuestra  Señora  del  Pilar,  who  is  also  Titular  of  the  Cathedral  (a  wonderful Spanish church of the 18th century).  There  are  10  Vicariates  in  the  diocese  (distributed among 5 Districts), with 47 Parishes,  9  Quasi‐Parishes,  4  Pastoral  Centers  and  355  Chapels. The diocesan clergy exceeds a hundred.  To  them  the  numerous  religious  priests  (belonging  to  20  institutes  or  so)  are  to  be  added. Around 400 are the Sisters (more than 30  institutes).  Among  the  religious  organizations  are  to  be  mentioned  the  Adoracion  Nocturna,  Apostolado  ng  Panalangin  (=  Apostleship  of  prayer), Charismatic Movement, Cursillo, Catholic  Women’s League, Legion of Mary, Knights of Co‐ lumbus,  Mother  Butler,  Neo‐Catechumenal  Way  and Knights of the Altar. About 30 are the catho‐ lic  schools  (both  parochial  and  congregational).  Many  a  house  of  formation  (diocesan  and  reli‐ gious)  exists  in  the  territory  of  the  Diocese.  Be‐

Nuestra Señora del Pilar Cathedral, Imus, Cavite

cause  of  its  proximity  to  Manila,  Imus  Diocese  benefits  of  the  presence  of  countless  retreat  houses  (only  in  Tagaytay,  30  or  so),  usually  run  by  religious  (but  there  are  also  structures  man‐ aged by lay people).  The  first  among  the  bishops  who  were  as‐ signed  to  the  diocese  was  Most  Reverend  Arte‐ mio  G.  Casas,  DD  (1961‐68),  followed  by  Most  Reverend Felix Perez, DD (1969‐92). Still living is  Bishop Emeritus Most Reverend Manuel Sobrevi‐ ñas,  DD,  PhB,  STB  (1993‐2001).  The  incumbent  Bishop  is  Most  Reverend  Luis  Antonio  G.  Tagle,  DD, STD. Bishop “Chito”—as he is often called— was  born  on  June  21,  1957  in  Manila,  but  hailing  from  Imus  (the  first  Caviteño  Bishop  of  Imus!).  After  studying  theology  at  Ateneo  de  Manila,  he  was ordained priest on February 27, 1982. He con‐ tinued his studies in the United States (at Wash‐ ington  Catholic  University).  Back  to  the  Philip‐ pines,  he  has  become  one  of  the  main  theologi‐ ans of the country (and of Asia). He was also co‐ opted into the International Theological Commis‐ sion.  Appointed  Bishop  of  Imus  on  October  22,  2001, he was ordained and installed on December  12, 2001. 

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Interview with Bishop Luis Antonio G. Tagle, D.D. by Cirilo B. Coniendo & Thomas Federick S. Tabada, CRSP


“It is the Lord”

You  have  celebrated  the  25th  anniversary  of  your priestly ordination last February 27, 2007 and  the 5th  anniversary of Episcopacy last December 12,  2006.  Can  you  share  with  us  the  most  significant  memories of your life as a priest and a bishop?  Bishop  Tagle:  All  my  memories  are  signifi‐ cant.  But  I  treasure  most  the  memories  that  have  an  impact  on  my  life:  the  creativity  of  the  people,  ordination,  confirmations,  contact  with  the  poor,  and  prayer.  Prayer  and  study  are  small  hidden  things  that  people  do  not  see.  Even  my  anguish  and my struggle are significant.    Your diocese is blessed by the presence of many  religious  congregations  especially  in  Tagaytay.  Some people commented that Tagaytay is the Vati­ can in the Philippines. What can you say about that  reality?  How  do  you  relate  with  them?  Which  is  their role in your diocese?   Bishop Tagle: I already had good contact with  the  religious  even  before  becoming  a  bishop.  In  fact  I studied under the  religious:  elementary  and  high  school  under  the  CICM  and  then  seminary,  philosophy  and  theology  under  the  Jesuits.  So  I  was  quite  familiar  already  with  the  religious  and  now  even  more  as  a  bishop.  So  my  relationship  with the religious became deeper, I think, because  of the ministry of the bishop. First of all, I keep in  mind  that  part  of  the  ministry  of  the  bishop  is  to 

support religious life. The bishop, within the limits  imposed  by  the  law,  should  be  able  to  show  his  concern  and  even  supervision  of  life  of  the  reli‐ gious.  Secondly,  I  believe  that  the  Church  is  very  much  enriched  by  the  presence  of  the  religious.  Religious  life  is,  in  a  way,  a  radical  living  of  the  baptismal promise to belong to God. That is why it  is a consecration. All of  us, including myself, need  to  draw  inspiration  from  the  religious  communi‐ ties.  Thirdly,  we  are  blessed  by  the  mission  and  ministry of the religious. Many religious congrega‐ tions  work  for  education,  for  the  ministry  of  prayer  and  social  action.  And  these  are  all  con‐ cerns of the diocese too. For me, it is important to  show  people  that  the  Church  is  really  a  commun‐ ion where diocesan priests, religious communities  and lay people share the same mission to evangel‐ ize  according  to  our  different  charisms  and  states  of life.    The  Philippines  is  known  as  the  only  Catholic  country  in  Asia.  Can  you  identify  with  us  the  prob­ lems that the Philippine Church encounters, today?  Bishop Tagle: First of all, East Timor is also a  Catholic  country.  So,  we  are  not  the  only  Catholic  country in Asia. But we can say that the majority of  Catholics  in  Asia  is  in  the  Philippines.  Now,  there  are  problems  in  the  Philippines  that  are  found  in  other countries. The problem of poverty and injus‐ tice  in  our  country  is  one  of  the  concerns  of  the  Church everywhere. Another question is the mode  of  evangelization:  how  do  we  evangelize  in  a  changing  time?  How  do  we  evangelize  our  youth  who are now very much influenced by technology  and mass communication that have  changed their  mentality? However, there is something unique to  the  Filipino  Church.  First,  because  almost  half  of  the  Catholics  of  Asia  are  found  in  the  Philippines,  the Church in the Philippines has a special mission  to  evangelize  Asia.  As  we  know,  Asia  is  the  most  populous  continent  but  with  the  least  number  of  Christians. And half of Christian population in Asia  is here in the Philippines. All of us should seriously  assume this responsibility for mission in Asia. Sec‐

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ondly, many Asian governments look to the Philip‐ pines.  When  they  hear  about  the  news  of  corrup‐ tion,  killing,  cheating,  etc.  they  will  think  at  the  same time that Christians are also cheaters, killers  and insensitive to life. Part of our mission in Asia is  to  show  them  the  difference  that  Christianity  makes.  As  Christians,  we  must  show  to  the  other  Asian countries the good values of Christianity. We  show to other country what the Christian faith can  do  to  make  life  better,  to  make  communities  bet‐ ter,  and  to  make  people  respect  life  and  to  make  people with integrity, not due to mere social activ‐ ism, but as an integral part of our faith in the God  revealed by Jesus Christ.     Do you have a good perspective of hope for the  Catholic Church in the Philippines?  Bishop  Tagle:  O  yes,  of  course,  there  is  much  hope.  If  I  look  at  the  mission  plan  of  the  religious  communities and different dioceses, there is much  hope. Those are the official expression of mission.  But  I  see  also  a  lot  of  hope  in  the  non‐official.  When I go around the diocese and around the Phil‐ ippines, I see the simplicity of faith of the lay faith‐ ful  in  living  out  their  Catholic  faith.  I  see  families  who  in  spite  of  struggles  and  temptations  have  really  committed  themselves  to  live  their  faith.  And sometimes they suffer for it. I see many young  people  who  are  very  good  and  dedicated.  I  think  they would be good leaders if they had the proper  training and guidance. Yes, I see a lot of problems  but I see a lot of potentials.    Last  May  11  election,  many  bishops  were  very  vocal  in  their  involvement  in  politics.  They  gave  their opinion openly. What can say about it?  Bishop Tagle: Politics is one dimension of hu‐ man life. Being part of the community is political in  a sense. When we talk about organization, power,  influence  and  service  in  the  community,  we  are  already  in  the  political  arena.  If  we  understand  politics in that way, it is an obligation of all citizens  to  be  involved  in  politics.  A  citizen  that  does  not  participate  in  politics  is  not  a  good  citizen.  So,  I  will say from this point of view that all citizens es‐ pecially Christians, including priests, religious and  bishops,  should  be  concerned  and  should  be  in‐ volved  in  politics.  Now,  other  than  the  general  politics,  there  is  also  the  narrow  politics  or  parti‐ san  politics.  This  is  about  joining  a  particular  party.  Normally,  the  Church  people  should  not  go 

to this kind of politics. It is for the lay people. The  laity are encouraged to participate in partisan poli‐ tics. In the case of Fr. Panlilio in Pampanga, he did  not  volunteer  to  run  for  governor;  it  was  the  citi‐ zens  of  Pampanga  who  convinced  him.  In  other  words,  it  was  an  extraordinary  situation.  It  came  to him like a calling. However, he knew the canon  law;  he  asked  a  leave  from  his  duties  as  a  priest  within his term as a governor. And after his term,  he will go back to his ministry as a priest. It is clear  that  it  is  not  our  domain  to  enter  into  partisan  politics.  But  priests  and  bishops  must  enter  the  moral issue of politics.    Many  consider  you  as  one  of  the  leading  Asian  theologians. Can you share with us some character­ istics of today’s Asian theology?  Bishop Tagle: I do not consider myself as one  of the leading Asian theologians. Since I became a  bishop, there has been a little time that I could give  to research, but I continue my contact with theol‐ ogy. In fact, I have been appointed as the chairman  of the Office of Theological Concerns of the Federa‐ tion  of  Asian  Bishops’  Conferences.  In  talking  about Asian theology, I prefer to talk of Asian the­ ologies.  There  is  not  one  Asia.  There  are  many  faces  of  Asia.  We  need  to  respect  diversity  and  uniqueness. When it comes to theology, there is  a  pattern  in  Asia.  First,  it  is  experience‐based.  You  begin by listening to the realities of life and listen‐ ing  to  Tradition.  Then,  you  foster  a  dialogue  be‐ tween  the  realities  and  Tradition.  The  dialogue  will produce a new insight in faith, which is faith‐ ful to Tradition but also able to respond to the pre‐ sent reality. Those new insights are not just intel‐ lectual  insights,  they  are  pastorally  oriented.  This  is  one  character  of  Asian  Theology:  the  pastoral  cycle of reflection or the pastoral character of the‐ ology in Asia. It does not mean less study. The pas‐ toral  responses  come  from  serious  study  of  the  situation and Christian Tradition. Theology in Asia  is  more  interdisciplinary.  You  use  a  lot  of  insight  from sociology, anthropology, psychology, modern  social theory to understand the situation of people.    Can you confirm with us that you wrote the ap­ ostolic exhortation Ecclesia in Asia?  Bishop Tagle: The draft of Ecclesia in Asia was  drawn up by a committee of 15 bishops and cardi‐ nals and four theologians. I am one of those 4 theo‐ logians. We divided the work but towards the end 

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I was the one who put them together. However, it  was only a draft. The Holy Father, Pope John Paul  II,  was  free  to  use  it  or  not.  So,  what  came  out  in  Ecclesia in Asia is written by Pope John Paul II, not  by me. What we did was only the preliminary stud‐ ies. So, the author was the Pope.    You  were  part  of  the  permanent  council  of  the  Synod in preparing the apostolic exhortation Sacra‐ mentum Caritatis by Pope Benidict XVI. Which was  your role in that council? Are you still member of it?  Bishop Tagle: Yes, I am still a member of that  council. My term is ending in 2008. The role of that  council was to prepare a summary of the Synod of  Bishops  on  the  Eucharist  held  in  2005.  Based  on  that summary, we prepared the schema for Sacra­ mentum  Caritatis.  Now,  we  are  preparing  for  the  next Synod of 2008, which is on the Word of God.  So,  our  council  will  prepare  the  so  called  Linea­ menta. This is the outline of the consultation docu‐ ment. All the bishops of the world will submit their  comment  on  the  Lineamenta.  Then,  we  will  put  them  together  and  prepare  the  Instrumentum  la­ boris,  which  will  be  the  working  document  of  the  Synod of 2008.     What  about  your  relationship  with  Cardinal  Ratzinger,  now  Pope  Benedict  XVI?  Can  you  share  with us your good memory with him?  Bishop Tagle: When I was a member of the In‐ ternational  Theological  Commission,  from  1997  to  2002, Cardinal Ratzinger was my “boss” because he  was the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine  of the Faith. He impressed me and continues to do so  even  up  to  now.  He  is  a  very  private  person,  quite  shy.  He  is  not  a  person  who  is  inclined  toward  big  crowds. He is a real scholar and a brilliant man. He  reflects  and  prays  a  lot  but  in  his  simplicity  too  he  has  a  personal  touch.  He  knows  how  to  deal  with  each one in a unique way. He has a sense of humor.  He knows how to appreciate people. He allows free  discussions  and  free  exchange  of  ideas.  What  I  will  not forget is when we were introduced to Pope John  Paul II in 1997: Cardinal Ratzinger, seeing me, joked  with the Pope that I was so young that he thought I  just had received first Holy Communion. Up to now,  he remembers that event. In fact, in my last audience,  he  said  the  same  thing.  So,  in  his  mind  I  am  still  a  young boy! I was surprised because it was an audi‐ ence but he cracked that joke. He is a great intellec‐ tual who can communicate and talk with people.  

What  inspired  you  to  choose  “Dominus  est”  (=  “It is the Lord”) as the motto of your episcopacy?   Bishop  Tagle:  I  chose  “Dominus  est”  as  my  episcopal  logo  because  I  want  it  to  be  a  reminder  to  myself.  In  John  21:7  the  beloved  disciple  was  the  first  one  to  recognize  the  Lord.  For  me  it  is  a  reminder  that  in  my  ministry  as  bishop,  it  is  not  the  office—symbolized  by  Peter—that  will  make  me see the Lord. So I should not cling to the office  as a position of pride or honor as though, through  it, I would automatically lead people to the Lord. I  should remind myself that my heart should remain  like that of the beloved disciple, not clinging to of‐ fice,  but  clinging  to  love.  What  will  make  me  see  the Lord is LOVE, not the office alone. I know it is  always a danger to be so attached to the office that  in  turn  it  blinds.  So,  I  chose  “Dominus  est”  not  so  much  for  other  people,  but  for  myself  as  a  re‐ minder of the beloved disciple.   

On December 12, 2006, Bishop “Chito” cele­ brated  the  5th  anniversary  of  Episcopacy;  on  February  27,  2007  the  25th  of  Priesthood;  on  June 21, 2007 he turned 50. To him our cordial  greeting: AD MULTOS ANNOS! 

No. 3

Pages of Barnabite History


The devotion to the sacred heart
by Isfridus Syukur, CRSP
At first I had been assigned to write for iPaul something about Venerable Karl Schilling, a Barnabite from Norway (whose death’s centenary falls this year), but later I was asked to say something about the devotion to the Sacred Heart in our Congregation, since our third issue is published right after the end of June, the month traditionally dedicated to the Sacred Heart. Moreover, the chapel of our Scholasticate has the Sagrado Corazon as its Titular. Finally, the devotion to the Sacred Heart is part of the Barnabite spirituality. So I stopped reading about Venerable Schilling’s life and began reading about the said devotion in our Congregation. In my reading, I found some great Barnabite figures who worked untiringly to spread this devotion. They spent their time and exerted much effort in making the devotion to the Sacred Heart known. It is worth mentioning Frs. Antonio Maresca, CRSP and Giovanni Percoto, CRSP. I am not going to give a reflection on the virtues they possessed, but simply to retell what they did especially with regard to the devotion to the Sacred Heart. The purpose of this is, according to the words of Fr. Frank Papa, “to keep the young Barnabites informed and inflamed.” The apparition of the Sacred Heart took place in Paray-le-Monial to St. Margaret Mary Alocoque in 1675. Then, the devotion to the Sacred Heart started and spread to almost the whole of Western Europe and particularly to Italy. Among those who first accepted and promoted the devotion was the philosophy student Giovanni Percoto. His purpose was to create a worldwide society of devotees from every walk of life, who would dedicate themselves to honor the Sacred Heart, especially in the Most Blessed Sacrament. With his ardent desire to spread the devotion, he wrote a book entitled, Devotion to the Heart of Jesus, which contained motives, methods, and devotional practices in honor to the Sacred Heart. His effort was wholeheartedly welcomed by his confreres, fellow students as well as fathers in the community. In fact, they had private celebration in honor of the Sacred Heart in the seminary of St. Alexander in Milan. Later it spread also to other communities in Milan, Monza, Bologna, and Macerata.

The statue of the Sacred Heart in our chapel (Photo: R. Kosek) The devotion was like a genuine gold that has been tested by fire. It did not spread smoothly, without any controversies. A bitter controversy came from the Jansenists, who opposed such devotion. They were against it, because it was a devotion towards a “material physiological muscle of the body”. They maintained that the object of the devotion was the love of Jesus, overlooking completely the material heart of Christ. The Council of Pistoia supported the claim. However, a clarification on the matter was made through the Bull Auctorem Fidei by Pius VI. The Bull was composed by a great Barnabite, Card. Sigismond Gerdil, who was the theologian of the Pope at that time. The docu(Continued on page 16)

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ment of February 6, 1765 in approving the devotion affirmed that “with the heart it is symbolically remembered the divine love with which the only begotten Son of God assumed the human nature.” The controversy lasted for a long time, but the devotion continued growing. In the late 19th century, aside from the Jesuits, another Barnabite, Fr. Antonio Maresca, worked untiringly for the propagation of the devotion to the Sacred Heart. After obtaining permission from Fr. Ramière SJ, Fr. Maresca published the Italian edition of The Messenger of the Sacred Heart, becoming he himself its director. He also petitioned the Holy See to consecrate Italy to the Sacred Heart, but to no avail. However, following the petition of Fr. Ramière SJ on April 1875, the whole world was consecrated to the Sacred Heart. In his exhortation of June 16, 1875 Pope Pius IX urged the faithful to consecrate themselves on their own either in private or in public, granting also a plenary indulgence. Fr. Maresca used the Messenger to spread the practice, giving also practical suggestions. Moreover, one of the great ideas of Fr. Maresca was to build a shrine in Rome in honor of the Sacred Heart. He presented the idea in the Messenger edition of 1877. The following year he approached the Cardinal Vicar, who gave full support, and on August 17, 1879 he himself laid the cornerstone. Unfortunately the construction was halted because the offerings faded away. But Leo XIII came to the rescue as he called Don Bosco to bring the work into completion. When Leo XIII celebrated his 50th anniversary of ordination to the priesthood, the Barnabites published a leaflet called The Devout of the Sacred Heart with the purpose of giving information on the various initiatives and institutions promoting the glory of the Sacred Heart. There are still so many great ideas and works of Fr. Maresca that would deserve to be mentioned, but if I put them all here, this article would occupy the most of the space of this issue of iPaul. What matters most is that Fr. Maresca and other Barnabites continue to live in our memory. They did their share; now it is our turn. Our forefathers have shown us the way by their dedication and hardworking in serving the Congregation and the whole Church. They had their trials and difficulties in their own times. We too have and will still have

ours to face. But just like them, as St. Paul says, we have to fight the good fight and run the good race until the end. And so, following the example of Frs. Percoto and Maresca and other Barnabites before us, let us, with great enthusiasm, be promoters of the devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the fountain of love and our salvation. As we celebrate the solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, may we become instruments of love and peace to others and may our hearts be like the heart of Jesus, humble and meek. For this we pray, “Lord make our hearts like your own”.
Source: Frank Papa, A Short History and Important Events of the Congregation (Clerics Regular of St. Paul: Marikina, 2002), App. 5, 209-212.

De aparri hasta jolo
On the First Friday of the month the scholastics are used to singing a traditional Filipino hymn in honor of the Sacred Heart: No Mas Amor Que El Tuyo. The lyrics were written by Manuel Bernabé and the music composed by Simeón Resurrección for the country’s first National Eucharistic Congress in 1929:

¡No mas amor que el tuyo, o Corazón Divino! El pueblo Filipino te da su corazón. En templos y en hogares te invoque nuestra lengua. Tu reinarás sin mengua de Aparri hasta Jolo. Ha tiempo que esperamos tu imperio en el Oriente. La fe de Filipinas es como el sol ardiente, como la roca firme, inmensa como el mar. La iniquidad no puede ser de estas islas dueña que izada en nuestros montes tu celestial enseña las puertas del infierno no prevalecerán.

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Mission accomplished: Well done, father frank!
by Jonathan G. Ramoso, CRSP
“Some seed fell on rich soil, and produced fruit, a hundred or sixty or thirty fold” (Mt 13:8)

Whes I was asked by my Superior to write an article as a tribute to Fr. Frank Papa, the former Philippine Delegate General, I thought that the space provided for this article would not be enough to contain the precious works that Fr. Papa has left behind in the Philippines. Like a gardener, Fr. Papa planted good seeds on the Philippine soil. These seeds have become one of the most hopeful realities in the Congregation. The first contact of the Barnabite Order with the Philippines was in 1988 through the person of Right Rev. Fr. Joseph Bassotti, then Superior General. He came to the Philippines for the inauguration of the new building of the school and convent of the Angelic Sisters in Marikina. On this fortunate occasion, Fr. Bassotti met some Camillian Fathers who encouraged and convinced him to plant some seed in

this “promising and fertile land”. With such invitation, Fr. Bassotti wasted no time and immediately invited the English-speaking confreres of the North American Province. Fr. Papa, who was at that time the director of formation in the big, wonderful and comfortable Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima , enthusiastically accepted the challenge to take care of the planting and watering the seed. Fr. Frank or Tatay (the Filipino equivalent for “father” in a family), as we fondly called him, formally started the foundation and mission in the Philippines on May 11, 1989. As Tatay took the mission, he carried upon his shoulders a lot of “seeds” to be planted and to be taken care of. Among the seeds were: seminary formation, parish collaboration, human formation, and missionary vigor. He loved so well the seeds and cared for them through “sweat and blood”. The seminary formation was the first seed that Fr. Papa went on to plant. To begin with

A rare picture of the beginnings: Fr. Frank in Tagaytay with (from left) Frs. Hennings, Bianco and Bassotti

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the formation, he rented a small house for him and the first five young Filipino who willingly joined him. These young aspirants attended St. Camillus College Seminary for their philosophical studies. Fr. Frank never let the time pass without attending to their needs such as intellectual, human and spiritual formation. He tried to get along with the seminarians but at the same time he was strict and prudent in making judgment and decision. In this regard, Fr. Papa was known to his seminarians with his famous expression: “Blessed Guy!” With him in the formation were subsequently Fr. Erich Hennings, Fr. Vincent Posillico and Fr. Aldo Rizzi. Realizing the need for a bigger place for the formation of the future candidates, the St. Anthony Ma. Zaccaria Seminary was constructed and later inaugurated on July 5, 1992. Few years later, in 1996, the novitiate house dedicated to St. Alexander Sauli was started and completed a year after. Fr. Frank had these structures built with the idea in mind that the Vatican II considered seminary as the foundation of priesthood. His effort was well repaid with the yearly growth of the number of seminarians. And eight years later, Fr. Jesus Allado, one of the first five seminarians, was ordained as the first Filipino Barnabite priest. As the Founder urged his confreres to become parish collaborators, Fr. Papa served in the St. Paul of the Cross Parish in SSS Village. He offered his time and effort to the parish in particular and to the Diocese of Antipolo as a whole. This was a big step towards the promotion of the name of the Barnabites not only in the Diocese but all throughout the archipelago. Specifically, he worked with the small but rich chapel of Filinvest Subdivision in Anti-

polo City where he used to celebrate mass for more than seventeen years. Fr. Papa was well loved by people as if he were the parish priest. However, in his heart he desired to put up a parish run by the Barnabites so as to fully serve the Diocese and become full-time collaborators of the Bishop. Through his effort and with the help of other confreres, the Parish of St. Anthony Ma. Zaccaria in Silangan, San Mateo, Rizal came into being. It was erected and entrusted to the Barnabites on July 5, 2003. The small chapel of the place was reconstructed and transformed into a parish church. Fr. Frank Papa was a person with good public relations. He knew well how to deal with people at different level. In the seminary, he always assessed the seminarians not only in terms of religious and intellectual formation, but also of human formation. With his positive aura, people would get in touch with him without any hesitation. In other words, he was approachable and easy to deal with. His smile would catch many people’s eyes! With this good relationship that he had to any one else, he could rock one’s world and could make a difference in them. Nevertheless, Tatay’s missionary spirit is beyond imagination. When he accepted the Philippines mission he embraced it without any indecision and uncertainty. After having taken care of the seeds, which have now grown tall, Fr. Papa thought that the Philippine Delegation should be independent and stand by itself. Indeed, this is the present reality of the Delegation. We owe this to Fr. Papa’s untiring efforts that are a priceless treasure and would be always remembered by all who experienced his fatherly care and love. For over 17 years of being a missionary here in the Philippines, he accomplished his job very well. Before leaving the Delegation, he has seen the growing and still growing seeds. As Fr. Frank relinquishes the post and undergoes his second missionary journey in India, the whole of the Philippine Delegation wishes and prays for all the best, that he may succeed in everything he does. May he spread once and again in another field the seed of God’s love, mission and evangelization for another abundant harvest in the vineyard of God.

Fr. Papa today in Bangalore with the first four candidates

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The Hospitaler Sisters of Mercy by Jose Nazareno S. Gabato, CRSP


A neighbor

Whenever someone asks me “Do you know the Hospitaler Sisters of Mercy?” my usual answer is “Yes! They are a neighbor!” Truly the Hospitaler Sisters of Mercy are not only one of our neighbors, but they are a neighbor. Once a scribe asked Jesus: “…who is my neighbor?” Jesus answered him through the parable of the Good Samaritan (Lk 10:25-37). At the end of the parable Jesus asked in return: “Which of these three (the priest, the Levite and the Samaritan), do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of the robbers?” Here, Jesus’ concern is not on knowing who our neighbor is, but on becoming a neighbor to others. We basically know who our neighbor is, yet the question is: “Are we a neighbor to them?” It is not enough recognizing who are our neighbors without first becoming a neighbor to them. The Hospitaler Sisters of Mercy is our neighbor. Their house of formation is a stone throw away from us. We recognize their presence not because they are near to us, but rather because of their being a neighbor to us. Like the Good Samaritan, they are “hospitable”, “full of compassion” and willing to help others without counting the cost. Aside from us, the people of our neighborhood also highly esteem them for they are truly a neighbor to everyone. Teresa Orsini Doria Phampili, considered the promoter and the foundress of this institute, was a princess in Rome. She was a loving wife of prince Luigi Gian Andrea Doria Phamphili Landi and a beloved mother of four children. She was motivated to establish the institute because of her experience with the staff of the Sancta Sanctorum Hospital (now “Ospedale San Giovanni”), who treated their patients mercilessly due to unpreparedness and lack of experience. She formed a group of women who were willing to devote their lives in the service of the suffering and the sick “without the prospect of profit but only in the spirit of faith and charity,” just as what the Good Samaritan did. She believed that it was Jesus himself who was suffering in the person of the sick people. Thus, in her rule she wrote: “To be sick with the sick in order to comfort Jesus suffering in his members.” On May 16, 1821 the group received the approval of Pope Pius VII. With its first four members, they joyfully introduced and named themselves as “Hospitalers of Charity.” On September 29, 1831 Pope Gregory XVI, having witnessed to their charitable deeds and unconditional love for the sick and suffering, approved and confirmed the “Congregation of the Sisters of Mercy” and their rules entitled “Constitutions for the Congregation of the Hospitalers called Sisters of Mercy”.

Moved by the invitation of the Lord “to go to the whole world by proclaiming the Good News,” the Hospitaler Sisters set out to one nation after another. They are present in the US, India, Madagascar, Nigeria, Switzerland, Cape Verde (Africa), Poland, Argentina, Chile and in the Philippines. Their presence in our country constitutes a beautiful page in the history of the Institute. Who could imagine that by just a cup of coffee their presence in the Philippines has been made possible? Fr. Albaro of the Oblates of St. Joseph visited the sisters (Sr. Elizabeth Longi and Sr. Paola Iacovone) in India and discussed about the ballooning of religious vocation in the Philippines while having a cup of coffee. Having no idea where such country was situated, Sr. Elizabeth got a map and located the little country. They talked, thought, reflected about opening a new mission. Sister Elizabeth Longhi, moved by the Spirit, determined to go there and start a new mission. In the year 1981 the first Hospitaler missionary set foot in the Philippines. Sister Elizabeth went to different provinces to recruit women who wanted to follow Christ through ministering the sick and the suffering. Having no house of formation yet, the first group of aspirants was hosted by the Congregation of the Oblates of St. Joseph in Greenhills, San Juan. On March 1984 they were able to construct a formation house in Muntinlupa that served as a home for the aspirants, postulants, novices and professed sisters. Since then the Hospitalers grew in number. They also went to other provinces and made themselves available by serving the sick, suffering and the dying. Now, they are present in Ermita, Manila; in Tagaytay and Indang, Cavite; in Iloilo and in Bataan, working as the Good Samaritan. Their presence is a blessing indeed! Thanks God, we have a neighbor like them!

No. 3

A Meditation


by Yohanes Besi Koten, CRSP Human  beings  cherish  many  wishes.  Wishes can be fulfilled either by a hard or an  easy  way.  Both  ways,  however,  entail  pain  and effort. Yet, it is very fulfilling when peo‐ ple attain their wish and dreams. The happi‐ ness  we  experience  is  the  reward  for  the  pains we suffered along the way.   As  Christians,  we  basically  wish  to  be‐ come true disciples of Jesus. It is our wish to  follow  him,  to  imitate  him.  As  we  go  on  in  following  him,  we  go  through  many  tests  and  challenges.  Just  as  our  goal  is  tested  to  prove  its  genuineness,  our  wish  has  to  be  tested likewise in order to confirm our faith‐ fulness.  We  are  tried  by  the  invitation  to  bear  the  cross  and  to  follow  Christ.  Jesus’  invitation  to  his  would‐be  followers,  “Whoever does not carry his own cross and come  after  me  cannot  be  my  disciple”  (Lk  14:27),  is  also  to  be  fulfilled  by  us,  if  we  want  to  be‐ come his true disciples.  True  discipleship  finds  its  fulfillment  in  our  total  self‐surrender.  It  is  an  uncondi‐ tional discipleship that makes us fully Jesus’.  We  are  his  true  disciples  if  we  follow  him  without  counting  the  cost  and  even  to  the  point  of  shedding  our  blood.  Discipleship  finds  its  fulfillment  in  our  self‐denial  and  is  the endpoint of the cross that we bear for the  love  of  him.  By  carrying  our  cross,  we  gain  our  glory  with  Jesus.  Saint  Peter  tells  us  in  his  first  letter,  “Beloved,  do  not  be  surprised  that a trial by fire is occurring among you, as if  something  strange  were  happening  to  you.  But  rejoice to the extent that you share in the suffer‐ ings of Christ, so that when his glory is revealed  you may also rejoice exultantly” (1 Pet 4:12‐13).  Saint  Peter  assures  us  that  just  as  we  share  the  sufferings  of  Christ  we  likewise  will  share his glory.     Jesus  is  always  with  us  in  our  journey  toward  our  eternal  home.  He  assures  us  by  saying, “…Behold, I am with you always, until  the  end  of  the  age”  (Mt  28:20).    Accordingly,  we walk with Jesus, and he with us. We fol‐ low  him  because  we  are  his  disciples  and  we believe and trust in him. It is because we  are  assured  that  everything  is  possible  for  him.   Thus, if we really do wish to follow him,  we have to accept his invitation to deny our‐ selves  and  bear  the  cross  daily  and  follow  him.  This,  indeed,  is  a  difficult  task,  but  if  we put our trust in Jesus, our Master, we can  do  it.  Let  us  only  remember  that  he  always  stretches out his hand to help us. He says to  us, “Come to me, all you who labor and are bur‐ dened,  and  I  will  give  you  rest.  Take  my  yoke  upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and  humble of heart; and you will find rest for your‐ selves...  my  yoke  is  easy,  and  my  burden  light”  (Mt  11:28‐30).  We  maybe  are  bur‐ dened, but our burden is light and the yoke,  though may seem hard, is easy because Jesus  carries  the  rest  and  the  greater  part  of  the  weight  with  us.  Therefore,  “…  If  anyone  wishes  to  come  after  me,  he  must  deny  himself  and  take  up  his  cross  daily  and  follow  me”  (Lk  9:23).  Come,  then,  and  be  a  true  disciple  of  Jesus!  

No. 3

The Poets’ Corner


Behold, I come to do your will
by Yohanes Besi Koten, CRSP

In following your path I felt unworthy of treading it. So, in the gloom of my heart I asked you, my Lord: “Am I worthy of this vocation? Is this my fate? Is it the life I have to live Until the end of my days?” In the loneliness of my heart, In his loving kindness, One night, he came to me Through a gentle wind and said: “Yes… my precious son… Humanly speaking, you are not worthy; But I make you worthy of my call. This is the life I chose for you . And I need you To be the messenger of my love, Preaching the Good News, Saving the souls of my people…” Again, I complained to the Lord, Because I know myself, Unworthy and unreliable servant. So, I said to him:

“My Lord, I am really not worthy… Let me choose another way of life. Please, Lord, I beg you… I am not worthy of this vocation.” But the more I complained The more I heard the gentle voice Sympathetically whispering… Softly and smoothly: “My darling son… Your unworthiness is purified. Nobody is worthy of my call; I make them worthy of it. And you are among them. I make you worthy of this vocation. Come and follow me… Do not hesitate… my dearly beloved one. I am sending you… I will be with you always, Until the end of your life. You are mine… Go, you are sent…” Then, in the silence of my heart, With peaceful mind, I said: “Lord, I am ready… Behold, I come to do your will.”

No. 3



by Pat M. Golis, CRSP
For three years now, annual retreat has become one  of  our  activities  listed  on  our  agenda.  The  retreat  serves  for our spiritual nourishment and preparation for another  challenging  yet  promising  formation  year.  It  is  the  time  for  us  to  experience  the  Lord  in  an  intensive  prayer.  It  is  just like being on “vacation with the Lord” because at this  moment we, being free from the disturbance of academic  burdens  and  responsibilities  in  the  seminary,  can  totally  communicate with God. In particular, for us theologians, it  especially serves as the moment for us to reflect upon our  vocation before renewing our vows.    We had the same experience during our four‐day re‐ treat  last  May  7‐10  at  the  St.  Charles  Borromeo  retreat  house. Fr. Dominic Lim, OFMConv guided us throughout.  On  the  first  day,  he  began  his  talk  by  quoting  Matthew  19:16‐30,  the  passage  about  the  rich  young  man.  The  message was that in order to attain perfection, one must  surrender  everything  they  have  and  give  it  to  the  poor  and, then, follow Jesus Christ. Then, the speaker made a  correlation  from  this  passage  to  the  three  evangelical  counsels  namely:  poverty,  chastity  and  obedience.  He  said  that  being  a  religious  means  to  imitate  Jesus  Christ  who  was  poor,  chaste  and  obedient.  Likewise,  he  added  that religious life demands union, cooperation and love —  union  refers  to  our  relationship  to  God;  cooperation  means  our  total  response  to  the  call  of  God;  then,  love  summarizes the whole commandment of God.  The  speaker  also  added  the  importance  of  self‐ emptiness  for  religious.  He  said  that  a  religious  must  be  totally dependent on God and must acknowledge him as  the sole source of everything. One must always rely only  upon  the  grace  of  God  rather  than  on  material  posses‐ sions.  Mary  is  a  good  example  for  this.  Just  like  Mary,  every religious is called to humbly obey God’s will and to  have faith in him always.  In the following day, the speaker focused on the pas‐ sage  from  Luke  2:15‐20,  when  the  shepherds  visited  the  newly  born  Jesus  on  a  manger.  He  associated  such  story  to the word “responsibility.” Just like the shepherds, every  Christian has the responsibility to respond to what God is  telling  their  hearts.  Each  religious  has  the  duty  in  an‐ nouncing and proclaiming the word of God to others.   On  the  next  day,  Fr.  Dominic  talked  about  poverty.  Poverty,  he  mentioned,  means  the  limitation  in  possess‐ ing  things  necessary  for  life.  It  is  not  just  mere  detach‐ ment but it is something which converts and makes every  person believe that Christ is their one only wealth. All fol‐ lowers  of  Christ  should  put  their  dependence  on  him  alone as the source of grace and compassion.   Then,  on  the  fourth  and  last  day,  he  talked  about  obedience.  For  him  obedience  means  the  willingness  to  translate a command into action. This means that a per‐ son  obeys  the  command  according  to  their  own  volition  and not because they are forced. Otherwise, it will lead to  subservience.  A  religious  must  follow  their  superior  not  because  of  fear  but  because  of  love.  The  love  that  binds  God  and  his  people  should  be  the  very  same  love  that  binds the superior and a religious for the sake of the com‐ munity. Consequently, “Subjects should be brought to the  point where they will cooperate with an active and responsi‐ ble  obedience  in  undertaking  new  tasks  and  in  carrying  those  already  undertaken.  And  so  superiors  should  gladly  listen to their subjects and foster harmony among them for  the  good  of  the  community  and  the  Church,  provided  that  thereby  their  own  authority  to  decide  and  command  what  has to be done is not harmed.” (Vatican II, Perfectæ Carita‐ tis, #14).   After the meditation on obedience, the speaker con‐ tinued  talking  about  chastity  by  quoting  a  statement  coming  from  Optatam  Totius  #10.  The  document  insists  that  seminarians/religious  ought  to  ponder  on  the  sur‐ passing  excellence  of  virginity  consecrated  to  God.  He  further explained that the meaning of chastity and its full  sacredness  must  be  centered  on  the  life  and  teaching  of  Jesus Christ. Perfect chastity does not mean being incapa‐ ble of loving. It means having Christ within oneself, to be  concerned  about  him.  It  is  our  very  love  for  Christ.  St.  Gregory of Nyssa beautifully said that chastity is the radi‐ ance  of  divine  beauty.  For  every  religious  it  should  be  a  way toward holiness and the Divine.  All  in  all,  the  four‐day  retreat  gave  us  inputs  and  thoughts  to  ponder  all  throughout  this  year.  Moreover,  the moments of silence and sharing of thoughts and ideas  brought us the realization of the importance of such mo‐ ments  for  us  all  as  one  family  of  religious.  In  those  four  days,  we  were  able  to  share  our  experiences,  jokes,  and  laughter  towards  our  confreres.  Indeed,  such  experience  became  one  of  our  list  of  unforgettable  moments  for  it  gave us the chance to gather ourselves and to experience  the presence of God. With this experience resounded the  words  of  Jesus,  “Where  two  or  three  of  you  gather  in  my  name there am I in their midst.”  

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by Marlon B. Ramirez, CRSP & Co.

Delegation Meeting
On May 11, right after the end of our annual retreat, all the solemnly professed of the Delegation gathered together for a meeting, as they are used to doing now and again. This time the meeting had a special meaning, because during it Fr. Frank Papa handed over to Fr. Giovanni Scalese. At the beginning of the meeting, in fact, the letter of Father General was read, with which our Superior was appointed as new Delegate General for the Philippines. Besides, Father General in his letter asked the confreres to express themselves about the hypothesis of opening a school, which was fully done by all those present. Other points on the agenda were: the arrangement of the Delegation financial administration, future prospects and formation issues. In view of a possible elevation of the Delegation to the status of pro-province, during the meeting the fathers also elected two counselors of the Delegate, Frs. Aldo Rizzi e Richard Genetiano.

Our Lady of Fatima
Last 2005, a small chapel was dedicated to Our Lady of Fatima in our compound. This year, on the 12th of May, the chapel was officially opened as a

shrine to the public as we organized a procession in honor to Our Lady. The procession started at 8:30 p.m. and set out from the barangay chapel dedicated to St. Joseph, Mary’s faithful husband, up to the small Shrine of Fatima. The procession was attended by a vast crowd carrying a lighted candle while reciting altogether the Holy Rosary. At the small chapel, Marian songs were performed and afterwards our Superior gave a short homily and a summary of the history of the devotion to the Our Lady of Fatima. Fr. Scalese mentioned that the Barnabites hope to transform the small Shrine into a bigger one, which will be soon constructed, if God wills so. Then before the final blessing, the song entitled “In Fatima’s Cove” (the so called “Fatima’s Ave Maria”) was sung. Everybody, then, went home with a special blessing from God through the intercession of the Virgin Mary. Since this year is the 90th anniversary of the apparition at Fatima, we have decided to commemorate them each month, from May to October, on the 13th of the month, with the recitation of the Holy Rosary. Moreover, on June 10, we started to recite the Rosary on Sundays afternoon, at 3:30 pm, hoping that, little by little, the devotion to Our Lady of Fatima spread among our neighbors and people around.

No. 3 A Visit to Bataan



It was surprising that the invitation of the Hospitaler Sisters for the first profession of their four novices would become the door to our visit of Bataan. On May 15, the travel from Tagaytay to Bataan took us six hours. We reached the place at around 12:30 pm. We went directly to “La Vista Balanga Inland Resort” to have our lunch there. At the resort we spent the rest of the day roaming around the place to admire its beauty and to savor the air that refreshed our tired bodies. The resort had a pool where we all swam. Though we were tired, we had a great fun being together in such a great moment. The experience strengthened the bonding and camaraderie among us. Then, at exactly 6 pm we left for Abucay, the place of Fr. Michael Sandalo, CRSP, at his grandmother’s house. We were received warmly and with a great hospitality. Upon our arrival, the family of Fr. Mike served us a dinner typical of the place. Afterwards, we were given rooms where we could rest for the night. We went to sleep with a memory of the place that will remain in our hearts. The following day, after taking our breakfast, we bade goodbye to our host and proceeded to the new convent of the Hospitaler Sisters of Mercy in Sitio Mathay, Brgy. Tuyo, Balanga City, to witness the first profession of Srs. Amelia, Maritess and Kristine. The nice Bishop Socrates Villegas of the Diocese of Bataan celebrated the mass. In his homily the Bishop emphasized the words “Yes” and “No”. He said that minus the wonderful songs, decorations, and the preparations, everything can be summarized into “Yes” and “No” — the sisters’ “Yes” to the calling of God, and “No” to the worldly allurements.

Outing to Bataan

Other invitations
During these last months we were invited here and there. After all, we were still on vacation... On May 17, we participated in the wedding of Serafin and Zenaida, our neighbors, at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish. A wonderful reception followed at Josephine’s Restaurant. Another wedding on May 24. This time it was the marriage of Necie, the sister of our cook Mamerta, with Jhun. Even in this case, the ceremony took place at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, while the reception was at their home, in Mag-asawang Ilat. After two weddings, two professions. The first is the perpetual profession of Sr. Amalia Ma. Escribano, ASP. It was celebrated in Marikina, at St. Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrow Parish, on May 31. After the Mass a very formal reception at “El Patio” Restaurant. The other profession was the first profession of Yosephina and Maria Yasinta, two Indonesian novices of the Little Workers of the Sacred Heart. The rite took place in the chapel of the Sisters in Parang, Marikina, on the feast of the Sacred Heart, June 15. On May 29 we celebrated the liturgical feast of St. Ursula Ledochowska with the Ursulines of the Agonizing Heart of Jesus, at their house in barrio Maitim II. The Mass was celebrated by Bishop Chito.

SAMZ’s Day 2007 HAPPY FIESTA To everybody

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From other communities
by Clyd S. Autentico, CRSP In this issue of iPaul we would like to include  some  news  coming  from  other  Barnabite  com‐ munities  in  the  Philippines,  such  as  the  St.  An‐ thony Ma. Zaccaria Seminary, including the novi‐ tiate,  located  at  360  Apitong  Street,  Marikina  Heights, Marikina City, and the St. Anthony Ma.  Zaccaria  Parish,  located  at  Silangan,  San  Mateo  Rizal.  The  news  of  the  said  communities  some‐ how will give information about them and at the  same  time  introduce  them.  However,  the  focus  is the recent events that have happened.  As  for  the  St.  Anthony  Ma.  Zaccaria  Semi‐ nary, Fr. Joselito Ortega has been appointed Su‐ perior of the Community and Rector of the Semi‐ nary  to  replace  Fr.  Frank  Papa,  who  after  17  years of service in the Seminary, has left for his  new  mission  in  India.  Fr.  Ortega  will  start  the  year  with  51  students  of  which  16  of  them  are  new  ones,  the  so  called  “pre‐collegians.”  To‐ gether  with  Fr.  Ortega  are  other  three  fathers  who  are  occupied  in  different  aspects  of  the  seminary  formation.  They  are  Fr.  Michael  San‐ dalo, the prefect of the pre‐collegians, Fr. Rudy‐ son  Nulo,  the  vocation  director,  and  Fr.  Verano  Ladra, the treasurer.  Last  May  31,  the  newly  installed  Delegate  General,  the  Very  Rev.  Fr.  Giovanni  Scalese,  re‐ ceived  Albino  Vecina  from  the  province  of  Southern  Leyte,  Henry  Pabualan  from  the  prov‐ ince  of  Misamis  Oriental,  and  Isagani  Gabisan  from Talisay City, Cebu to the novitiate after the  traditional  ceremony  of  the  Carrying  of  the  Cross.  The  Carrying  of  the  Cross  has  been  a  Barnabite  practice  since  it  was  first  done  by  fa‐ mous Alexander Sauli, who is one of our canon‐ ized saints. The three novices will undergo a year  of a rigid spiritual formation under the guidance  of the wise Novice Master for 16 years, Fr. Aldo  Rizzi.  This  year  Fr.  Rizzi  will  have  Fr.  Jimmy  George Anastacio as his assistant, who served as  an  Assistant  Parish  Priest  of  our  parish  in  San  Mateo, Rizal.  This  year,  the  community  in  the  parish  has  officially  become  a  “religious  house”,  which  means it is already an independent and autono‐ mous  community.  Fr.  Richard  Genetiano,  who  has been elected as a Parish Priest since the be‐ ginning of the establishment of St. Anthony Ma.  Zaccaria  Parish  on  July  5,  2003,  heads  the  com‐ munity. With Fr. Genetiano are other two priests,  namely Fr. Joselito Santos, the new Assistant Par‐ ish Priest, and Fr. Crisendo Dela Rosa, the Treas‐ urer of the community. Fr. Santos was the former  Vicar  and  Treasurer  of  St.  Paul  Scholasticate  in  Tagaytay  City.  Fr.  Dela  Rosa  was  a  disciplinarian  of the students of SAMZS. On May 13, in the par‐ ish  church,  three  novices  (Joseph  M.  Bernales,  Rosauro  A.  Valmores  and  Jay  L.  Patulin)  made  their first profession, and two students from Ta‐ gaytay  (Ferdinand  S.  Dagcota  and  Roan  Cipriano  J. Aborque) made their solemn profession in the  hands of Fr. Papa, on the eve of his departure for  India. On Sunday, July 1 the parish celebrated its  fiesta (that is  its  patronal  festival  of  St.  Anthony  Mary): at 9:30 the Holy Mass was presided by the  Delegate General Fr. Scalese. 

A group of Marikina seminarians

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Leggo con grande piacere anche il secondo numero di iPaul. Apprezzo l’idea di stabilire un contatto piú diretto con i lettori, attraverso la rubrica delle lettere ricevute. Come anche l’idea di ricordare i benefattori nominatim. Fr. Giuseppe Cagnetta, CRSP Roma, Italy giuseppe.cagnetta@gmail.com Vivissime congratulazioni per il notiziario informatico. Mi ha particolarmente colpito il richiamo alla figura di Padre Giovanni Semeria, un emblema di barnabita impegnativo! Fr. Giovanni Rizzi, CRSP Roma, Italy giovanni.rizzi@tin.it Dear Fr. Giovanni and Brothers, I wish to thank you for sending me a personal copy of the iPaul #2. I felt blessed to have been shown such a beautiful gesture of thoughtfulness. May God bless you. I actually browsed the first issue of iPaul in the Barnabite website. Congratulations for this wonderful work. May you continue to touch lives through the sharing of your everyday commitments and personal reflections. Sr. Rorivic P. Israel, ASP Easton, Pennsylvania, USA rorivic_israel@yahoo.com Dear Confreres and scholastics, Greetings of grace! Such a wonderful dedication! Thank you for reminding me of the preciousness of the vocation to the priesthood. This issue made me reflect once again how and where am I now in the priesthood journey. Thanks a lot to the newly ordained inspiration. Thank you for the encouraging life experiences that you shared. May you continue to touch lives in the I-world through the spirit of St. Paul. I am trying my best to spread the goodness as Jesus commanded us to go and announce into the whole world. Fr. Joseph P. Tabigue, CRSP San Diego, California, USA josephcrsp@yahoo.com Very, very nice and beautiful the second iPaul. We want to know the news from SAMZ Seminary and SASauli Novitiate too. Is it possible? Fr. Luiz Antônio & Brazilian Novices Samambaia, Brasília, Brazil novizacc@uol.com.br Grazie di cuore per aver mantenuto la Sua promessa di pregare per il mio amico Mario e per la mia Parrocchia. L’ho letto sulla vostra Saint Paul Scholasticate Newsletter e mi ha riempito di gioia. Continuate, per piacere! Per Mario il Signore sembra voler ascoltare le nostre preghiere: il tumore pare essersi arrestato. Ma soprattutto Mario è totalmente abbandonato alla volontà di Dio. Non riesce a parlare, se non con l’alfabeto muto, ma rimane lucidissimo e mi ha detto: “Io combatto, ma se il Signore mi vuole io sono pronto.” E con la mano malferma mi ha tracciato sulla fronte (lui a me, capisce!?) un segno di croce. La stessa serenità hanno la sua sposa ed i figli. Ecco questo è il miracolo più grande. Io non desisto dal chiederGli la guarigione, ma questo abbandono del cuore è già miracolo. Vede come il Signore è presente in mezzo a noi, come cambia le nostre sorti? Mario ed io a scuola

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eravamo tra i piú turbolenti della classe. Frequentavamo una scuola privata, tenuta da sacerdoti diocesani. La riconoscenza verso di loro è immensa. Ci hanno insegnato tutto, a pensare, a studiare, ad amare, a vivere, mentre noi con l’incoscienza degli adolescenti li sbeffeggiavamo. Ma loro non mollavano, non arretravano, non ci compiacevano. Esigevano da noi almeno che diventassimo uomini e mai ci hanno imposto di essere cattolici. Ma che esempio! Ed eccoci qui, malgrado anche noi fossimo affetti da bullismo e giovanile arroganza. Vede quant’è importante il sacerdote, anche al di là sacrificio eucaristico? Senza il loro severo amore, chissà dove saremmo adesso. Lo dica ai suoi seminaristi: seminate, seminate senza posa, perché voi non sapete quanto in profondità è capace di penetrare il Signore e dopo quanto tempo farà germogliare il suo seme e quanto cambia il cuore degli uomini, quanto rovescia le sorti di ciascuno. Ringraziatelo e grazie a Voi che avete donato a Lui la Vostra vita anche per noi. Mr. Domenico Savino Reggio Emilia, Italy dome.savino@libero.it I received the last number of your magazine and I thank you very much. It was rich and I read it with joy. Congratulations. Be sure that you aren’t missing in my poor prayers. Siate forti e andate sempre avanti, puntate sempre le mette piú alte come ci direbbe il nostro Padre. Statemi bene e buona continuazione. Fr. Toussaint Bulambo, CRSP Birava, Kivu, Dem. Rep. of Congo barcks2001@yahoo.fr

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Purok 163, San Jose Tagaytay City, Cavite, the Philippines Mailing Address: P. O. Box 32, 4120 Tagaytay City, Philippines Tel. & Fax: +63 46 413-2837 Email: stpaul@catholic.org Director: Fr. Giovanni Scalese, CRSP Editor: Fr. Jecker R. Luego, CRSP Editorial Staff: Fr. Cirilo B. Coniendo, Ferdinand S. Dagcota, Roan Cipriano J. Aborque, Jose Nazareno S. Gabato, Arvin A. Dagalea, Marlon B. Ramirez, Yohanes Besi Koten, Clyd S. Autentico, Pat M. Golis, Jonathan G. Ramoso, Thomas Federick S. Tabada, Isfridus Syukur, Rosauro A. Valmores, Joseph M. Bernales, Jay L. Patulin Typeset in the Philippines by Saint Paul Scholasticate, July 2007

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