Quis nos separabit a caritate Christi? An gladius?

Saint Paul Scholasticate Newsletter
No. 11 Easter 2010

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The Barnabites in the Philippines is growing! The historical event which took place last February 13 attests to this. Five confreres of the community of St. Paul Scholasticate were ordained to the Sacred Orders: two for the priesthood and three for the diaconate. Indeed, such event is a gift, in Greek “charis,” of God for us all. For this gift, the community of St. Paul Scholasticate is thankful to God as it is a sign of His blessing to them, to the entire Congregation and to the whole Church. The Sacred Orders is a gift and a vocation to share in the priesthood of Christ. Receiving such charis entails becoming a charis to others, to the people of God. This means that an ordained minister is to be a blessing and a gift to others by making God present in and to the community. He is to carry out his whole ministry in persona Christi capitis (Presbyterorum Ordinis, 2). This demands dying to oneself so that Christ, the Eternal Priest may reign in one’s heart. It is only in such way that the ordained will be able to become a true gift to and for the community. Easter is the season for rejoicing. It is celebrating Christ’s resurrection— a reassuring event that God’s gift of salvation to mankind is fulfilled. As we receive this greatest gift of God in Christ, may we learn to become a gift to others as well. Let us make Christ present and alive in our hearts and to others by becoming witnesses of the Gospel and proclaimers of His resurrection. Happy Easter!

“O risen Lord, all praise to thee, Who from sin has set us free, That we may live eternally: Alleluia!” The Lord is Risen! Alleluia! Alleluia! To all our confreres, friends and readers HAPPY EASTER! May the Joy and Peace of the Risen Christ be with you.

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BEHOLD THE SERVANTS OF THE RISEN LORD! The Ordination to the Priesthood of José Nazareno and Arvin and the Ordination to the Diaconate of Clyd, Jonathan and Thomas mark another milestone in the life of the Barnabites in the Philippines.
By Brs. Mark Anthony Pondoc and John Paul Osip
Church with new vocations. At the vigil of the ordination, during the six o’clock Vespers, the candidates made their oath of fidelity and the profession of faith in the presence of the Most Rev. Fr. Giovanni Villa, Superior General of the Barnabites, and their families, friends and confreres. The rite took place in the Sacred Heart of Jesus chapel of St. Paul Scholasticate and was presided by Fr. Villa. The profession of faith and the oath of fidelity are done by those who are to be ordained to the sacred Orders. Both are expressions of an ordinand’s loyalty and fidelity to God and to the Church and her teachings in the performance of his duties and responsibilities as an ordained minister. It was the first time that the said rite was introduced in St. Paul Scholasticate. The much-awaited event took place the next day. Deacons José and Arvin received the sacred ordination to the priesthood while Bros. Clyd, Jonathan and Thomas were ordained to the diaconate. The bishop of Imus, his Excellency the Most Reverend Luis Antonio Tagle presided the Mass and conferred the Sacred Orders on the confreres. The ordination rites were held at St. Joseph Chapel of the Congregation of the Daughters of St. Joseph (also known as Caburlotto Sisters, a name taken from their founder, Fr. Luigi Caburlotto) in Barangay Buho, Amadeo, Cavite. The said chapel was filled with guests, friends, and benefactors of the Barnabites and of the ordinandi. The families of the ordinandi were also present. They traveled from their home provinces in the Visayas and Mindanao to Tagaytay in order to witness the once-in-a-lifetime and very important family occasion. Because of their number, rooms were not enough in St Paul Scholasticate to accomodate them all. But the problem was easily solved thanks

The newly ordained Barnabite priests Fr. Arvin (left) and Fr. José Nazareno (right) and the newly ordained Barnabite deacons Rev. Jonathan (extreme left), Rev. Thomas (next to Fr. Jose) and Rev. Clyd (extreme right).

In the afternoon of 13 February, two Barnabite deacons received the ordination to the priesthood and three confreres were ordained to the diaconate. It was the first time in the life of the Barnabites in the Philippines that the said rites were both celebrated in one and the same Eucharistic celebration, making it indeed a very memorable event. Divine Providence had once again blessed the Barnabite congregation and the

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The newly ordained priests and deacons pose with the bishop and priest-concelebrants.

to the Merciful Sisters and the Hospitaller Sisters of Mercy who offered rooms and meals for the families of the ordinandi. A total of almost ninety rooms were opened for the guests. The event was also graced with the presence of Most Reverend Father Giovanni M. Villa, CRSP, Superior General of the Barnabite Fathers. Also present at the celebration were the parish priest of Fr. Arvin from the Archdiocese of Zamboanga, priests from the Congregation of the Hearts of Jesus and Mary (Eudist Fathers), the Zaccarian family in the Philippines namely the seminarians of St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria Seminary in Marikina, the Barnabite postulants and novices, the lay affiliates of the Barnabites, the Angelic Sisters of St. Paul, and of course, the Filipino Barnabite fathers presently assigned in the communities of St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria Parish, Silangan, San Mateo, Rizal and St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria Seminary in Marikina. Numerous sisters from the various religious congregations in Tagaytay also came to witness the ordination. The St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria

Seminary Choir, under the direction of Fr. Jimmy Anastacio, CRSP, provided the music and the professed brothers and some altar boys assisted as liturgical servers. The altar was beautifully and artistically decorated thanks to the kindness of the Caburlotto Sisters and some friends from the San Isidro Labrador chapel, Buho-Amadeo. The sisters also provided the priests’ stoles, the best chasuble for the bishop and other materials necessary for the ceremonies.

The ordinandi prostrate for the litany of the saints.

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Fr. José “Joens” Nazareno Solijon Gabato, CRSP was born on the 5th of September 1979. He hails from Cortes, Bohol, Diocese of Tagbilaran. He is the youngest of the nine siblings of the late Catalino Gabato and Ereberta Solijon. He joined the Barnabites in 1998. He obtained his baccalaureate in Sacred Theology from the Divine Word Seminary (DWS), Tagaytay City. Fr. Arvin Alvarez Dagalea, CRSP was born on 2nd December 1976 in the city of Zamboanga, Archdiocese of Zamboanga. He is the 8th in the brood of eleven children of Bienvenido Dagalea and the late Asuncion Alvarez. He entered the congregation in 2003 some years after finishing college. Born on 19 July 1979 in Talibon, Bohol, Diocese of Tagbilaran is Rev. Clyd Sumayo Autentico, CRSP. He is the sixth child of Mr. and Mrs. Ernesto Autentico. Rev. Jonathan Galope Ramoso, CRSP is from Kinoguitan, Misamis Oriental, Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro. He was born on the 25th of June 1983 and he is the second son of Jeanito Ramoso and Claudia Galope. Lastly, Rev. Thomas Federick Salvador Tabada, CRSP is the youngest son of Avelino Tabada and Enriquita Salvador. Born on October 19, 1983, he grew up in Cebu City but his family is now based in Trinidad, Bohol, Diocese of Talibon. The three newly ordained deacons joined the Barnabites in 2000. They have just finished their third year of theological studies at the Divine Word Seminary. Before the bishop imparted the final blessing, Fr. Arvin Dagalea, on behalf of the newly ordained, thanked all those present for

From left: Fr. Frank Papa, Bishop Luis Antonio Tagle, Fr. Giovanni Villa and Fr. Joselito Ortega at table.

Fr. Arvin and Fr. José celebrate their first Mass with the bishop while the deacons assist.

the celebration. He likewise expressed his gratitude to their families and friends and to all the fathers who accompanied them in their formation. Fr. Joselito Ortega, delegate superior of the Barnabites in the Philippines, also conveyed his message of appreciation to the bishop and to all who came for the celebration. And finally, Fr. Giovanni Villa announced the assignments of the newly ordained priests. He and his council in Rome had decided to assign Fr. José to the Barnabite North American Province while Fr. Arvin will remain in St. Paul Scholasticate community to finish his last semester of theological studies at DWS. The new deacons will likewise stay in the same community. After the two-hour Mass, a simple dinner was shared by all those present in Fr. Luigi Caburlotto School Gymnasium located at the right side behind the chapel. Bishop Tagle also stayed and spent some time with the fathers. The community of St. Paul Scholasticate expresses its heartfelt appreciation and thanks to the Caburlotto Sisters for their generous and kind help, to the Merciful Sisters and the Hospitaller Sisters of Mercy who opened their convents to the families and guests of the confreres, to all the Barnabite confreres and friends who offered their prayers for the newly ordained and to all those who contributed in any way possible to make the affair memorable and successful. To all of you, maraming salamat po! To the new priests and deacons, congratulations and God bless you in your ministry!

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Mula sa puso ng mga bagong Diyakono …
(From the hearts of the new deacons)
Diaconate: A Gift and Service  Rev. Deacon Jonathan Ramoso, CRSP    I  was  shocked  when  my  rector  told  me  that  I  would  receive  the  Order  of  deacon  in  the  month  of  February. I had mixed feelings when I heard it—feelings of  joy,  fear  and  anxiety.  I  did  not  know  if  what  I  heard  was  real  or  simply  an  illusion.  A  part  of  myself  told  me  to  accept  it  wholeheartedly  while  another  encouraged  me  not to. To make the dramatic scene short, I said my “Yes”  to the Lord—with “tears” of joy and acceptance to what it  entails  and  including  the  responsibility  it  bears.  I  found  two  words  that  best  describe  the  Order  of  deacon:  GIFT  and SERVICE.               I  remember  one  time  during  our  class  with  Bishop  Tagle  on  Grace,  he  reminded  us  that  we  cannot  demand  our rector to approve our ordination because no one can  find  oneself  worthy,  unblemished  and  “called  by  God”.   We should not say: “Ordain me now!” because vocation is  a  gift,  gratuitously  given  to  us  by  God.  Perhaps,  this  may  be the underlying reason that when I begged my rector for  “another time” for the ordination, he just said, “accept it  wholeheartedly because God makes us worthy.” Now, I’m  cherishing  and  would  continue  to  cherish  this  gift  of  vocation of being a deacon. And because it is a gift, I will  treasure  it.  This  is  a  treasure  not  to  be  kept  to  my  own   self‐advantage  but  above  all,  it  is  God’s  gift  to  me  for  others’  good,  the  “poor”  people  who  are  worthy  and  deserving of a generous service without payment.           I admit that “service” is a beautiful word to hear but  at  the  same  time  difficult  to  do.  “Lip  service”  is  a  lousy  service. A service offered during the Mass is a “Part One”  of  the  vocation  of  deacons  like  me.  Service  becomes  challenging  when  one  “walks  the  talk”,  reaching  out  and  touching  people’s  lives  and  crying  out  on  their  behalf.  Personally, I prefer to assist in  Masses outside our seminary. I  truly admit it: I am hesitant to  preach  and  utter  words  which  I  do  not  live  out  inside  the  seminary  with  my  confreres.  This is a reality and a challenge  for  me  as  a  deacon.  At  the  end, I hope that the joy of my  being a deacon will bloom and  be fully realized.              Thank you Lord for your  precious Gift and Love!  “Dying to Myself”  Rev. Deacon Thomas Federick Tabada, CRSP    I  received  the  ordination  to  the   diaconate  last  February  13.  It  is  an  Order  that  entails  service.  It  is  not  just  any  form  of  service  but  a  humble  service.  This  service  involves  dying  to  myself  to  enable  me  to  be  available for others. It is  in  this  availability  that  I  will  be  able  to  give  a  spontaneous and pure service to others. This spontaneity  and  availability  require  from  me  genuine  love.  If  in  rendering my service I am compelled by obligation and not  by love then my service to the other is superficial. It is the  love of the other that should compel me to serve others at  all cost. I give my service to you because I love you and I  see Jesus in you. It is not because I can benefit from you  later  or  I  expect  something  in  return  to  the  service  I  rendered.  Indeed,  if  a  deacon  serves  while  expecting  something, what makes him different from a daily worker  who exacts his services through his salary?     The  ministry  to  deaconate  does  not  expect  any  return  and  does  not  choose  people  to  whom  a  deacon  offers  his  service.  This  ministry  was  given  to  me  gratuitously so that I would also give my service to people  gratuitously. This is the result of the free gift given to me  by  God  through  our  congregation.  I  am  really  blest  and  thankful to God for giving me this gift. I am really humbled  to accept this gift. This is a gift that entails responsibility as  well as accountability. I am indeed accountable to God, to  our  congregation  and  to  the  faithful  in  my  words  and  actions. Thus I am responsible to them. I hold this gift with  utmost care and love. If ever I fail to perform my ministry  of service to others, I hope that no one would hesitate to  remind  me  of  my  ministry  for  I  know  that  is  a  task  to  be  fulfilled in love.   Quis nos separabit a caritate Christi?

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Viva la Vita Romana!

Being here in Rome would mean a lot to everyone even to non-Christians. There are many things to see and enjoy and for me there are three most important things. First is the experience of being with the Barnabite community not only here in Rome but also with the other communities here in Italy. Second is to see the Vatican and the Holy Father. And third is to visit historically important churches. We had visited our communities in San Felice and the two communities in Naples. We are also scheduled to visit places where the Barnabites are present here in Italy. I am particularly excited to visit Milan where we can find the remains of our holy Founder St. Anthony Zaccaria. We have been staying here in Rome since November 3 last year. In all these communities that we have visited, I’ve been consoled from my nostalgia by the welcoming and fraternal spirit of our Barnabite fathers and brothers. My experience with them has helped me a lot to love more the congregation and the spirit of the Holy Founder. My Vatican experience was so exciting especially that of seeing the Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI. The first time I saw him was last December 8 in Piazza Spagna. I remember how my heart beat knowing that I will see the successor of Peter. There was a woman beside me shouting "Viva il papa!" I was not able to say any word, I stood in awe, clapping my hands with the biggest smile I ever had. Every Sunday when there is free time, I am always present in the Vatican for the Angelus. It is very consoling to see people of different races gather together to pray with the Holy Father. I was also happy during the day of consecrated life last February 2. I was seated near the papal altar! Every Sunday, I go to the Vatican to attend the Vespers. I also enjoy so much visiting the churches when we have a spare time. Those which I’ve known only through books and the internet have come alive in my eyes! I have learned many things here in Rome not only from our formators and from the things I have seen but also by listening to the stories of other people especially that of the Filipinos. I met people of different races with rich stories to tell. Now that I have experienced being with Italians my personal view of them has also changed; it is far better than what I thought. As for the Filipinos here, I am very much humbled by their faith and by the sacrifices they do for their families. I was surprised to know that almost all the churches in Rome have a Filipino community. They celebrate Mass in Pilipino or English. The Centro Filippino is the chaplaincy for the Filipinos here in Rome. I thank God for all these graces. I thank my Barnabite community for our very enriching experience here in Rome. I thank my formators for their kindness and fraternal love. Salamat po! (Br. Joseph Bernales, CRSP)

I am grateful to God for the blessings that He has given me. My stay here in Rome has given me a lot of opportunity to discover my self deeply. Being with others with different cultures, mentalities, and behavior are God’s gifts to me. They have become my “teachers”, “co-journeyers” and inspiration—my teachers because they have taught me many things indispensable to my life as a seminarian and religious. They have taught me how to be patient, understanding and responsible. Being my co-journeyers they have helped me to journey towards God better. They are my inspiration because they have inspired me in my endeavours. These good things that happened in my life cannot be replaced by anything else.

A rare experience ... Snow in Rome! Being here for five months now, I have been to some famous places which many dream to see. Visiting St. Peter’s Basilica is one of my experiences that I can boast of. I go there every Sunday evening to participate in the Vespers in Latin. I met there many religious men and women. Some of them were Filipinos so I grabbed the chance to know their experiences and sacrifices. Listening to their stories, I had learned things that are beneficial to my life. I’ve also known some lay Filipinos working here. They too have their own stories to share. I had learned something from them which I never encountered in my study of Theology. Their experiences of being here for many years, the problems that they encountered with their employers, the reality and culture here in Rome have somehow widened my horizon and perspective in life. I have also personally seen the pope. My heart exalted with joy the first time I saw him! I sensed the “aroma” of holiness and simplicity. I once attended the Vespers he presided and a lot of people were present. I was touched the moment he passed by the aisle. People were

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shouting exultantly and some were also crying. That particular moment had given me a special feeling because of the different expressions of faith by the people. I have also learned from the good example of our fathers. They are very understanding. They have been always encouraging us to speak Italian. At first, I had difficulty to communicate with them because I can only speak little Italian and they speak little English. But little by little, through constant effort and daily communication with them, I finally learned the language. The more mistakes I committed, the more I learned. They have also taught me to be humble and simple. Father General, Fr. Villa is the one who would drive the van whenever we go to some places here. Other priests have also helped us greatly through their good words, actions and example. My stay here in Rome is a great help to my formation as a seminarian and religious. It has given me a lot of lessons and insights which are very essential to my life as a Barnabite. Everyday I nourish myself with the word of God. For me, this is a very good remedy to fight lukewarmness. Even our founder St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria encourages us his children to fight lukewarmness. However, I also encountered challenges here but it neither hindered nor bothered my love to serve the Lord. Instead it helped me a lot to maturity. As a soldier of Christ, I always love challenges. For it is in the challenges that I can see myself and apply what I have learned. The more challenges I have encountered, the more I have grown in my faith in the Lord. (Br. Pat Golis,

The nine (9) tremesanti or candidates for solemn profession pose with Barnabite Bishop Andrea Erba and Fr. Villa, the assistants general, the provincial superiors and delegate superiors during the general assembly held in Rome last 24-26 February. blessings you have given me and the trials that make me what and who I am now. May your power guide me, your might uphold me, your wisdom teach me and your eyes watch over me all the times.” Apart from visiting historic places, we are being molded to truly become Barnabites someday. We have class everyday. We also have time to pray. I remember that prayer is an open line to the Father in heaven. No card to use. No low battery problem. No charging. Signals are always good. And all messages are sent. So, I make prayer a habit. I never forget to pray, to thank God for all the blessings He has given me. No matter how good and bad, there is always a reason and it is always for the best. In fact, here in Rome I saw with my own eyes what snow looked like. It was a blessing! It is life! It is from B to D, Birth to Death. Do you know what is between B and D? It is C! What does it signify? This C stands for Christ! He is the centre of everything. He is my Lord, in whom I trust. That is why I never give up in following Him. Life must go on whatever happens. If I give up on the coldness of the winter, I will surely miss the promise of spring, the beauty of summer and the fulfilment of the fall. I never let the pain of one season destroy the joy of the rest. I will not judge life by just one difficult season. Instead, I must persevere. For this reason, I ask God’s wisdom to know what to do. I ask Him to cultivate my skills, so that I would know how to do something. I ask Him to enable me to know the virtues that would lead me to do His will. I can accomplish all these beautiful things through the help of His Son, Jesus Christ. It is my experience! I want to enjoy, to live and to make each moment of my life beautiful. It is because each moment of my life is a picture which I have never seen before and which I will never see again. That is why in order to make my life count, I spend it on things that count. It happens

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90 DAYS: A SPRITUAL JOURNEY “A heart in tune with God will truly sing His praises even in the midst of trials. I believe that God is always good even when life is not. It is because I live not for life but for God.” Ninety days in Rome are my spiritual journey. It is a sign of God’s true love for me that never ends. It is also a blessing to share. It is a special moment to remember. I left the Philippines on the 29th of December 2009 and arrived in Rome on the next day. I was alone! I did not know who and what was on the way. But God gave me somebody to be my friend. God showed me the way. He was like a single bulb that illuminated a dark room. And I also trusted myself—I have a good heart that tells me where to go. I entrusted everything to God because whenever He is involved in my life, everything is fine. For He has a beautiful way of bringing the good music out of broken chords. In Rome, my confreres and I visited historic places like the basilicas of St. Peter, St. John Lateran, St. Mary Major and others. When I visited those places, I felt I were in Paradise. Maybe God has set a place for me in His heart, not in this world. I believe that because this world is temporary but in God’s hands, I am saved and blessed forever. And I realized that behind every event is God’s purpose. At times, what I consider a trial is simply His way to make my life more meaningful. God has a reason for allowing things to happen. “Thank you, Father, for the love and for all the

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with the help of God. I will walk in His ways and truly I appreciate all the days that He gives me. Life must continue whatever happens. “Lord, when I am tired and weary, please give me rest. When I am weak, may you be my strength. When I am disappointed, help me to trust in you alone. When I am hurting, heal me. When I lose sight of life, restore your spirit within me. When things seem impossible, let your will be done.” In the end of my spiritual journey, I want to thank all of you who helped me in my journey towards Him. I will never forget you! You make my life colourful and worth living. For that, I just pray for God’s power to guide you, His might to uphold you, His wisdom to teach you and His eyes to watch over you at all the times. And Jesus is the best friend you will ever have. He will walk with you every step of the way. I may not be there for you, but He is there always to take care of you. Ninety days are over. I flew back to the Philippines. I left Rome on the 29th March. It was like a dream: a dream to be with Jesus forever. It is my song that plays memories across hidden screens behind my eyes. God bless! (Br. Yohanes Koten, CRSP) I wrote this article to share my struggles and triumphs four months after I had left the Philippines in order to venture into a land where most Catholic pilgrims wish to go. I went to a land that was founded and fortified by the sweat and blood of the builders of a great civilization, known to many as the Roman Civilization. Rome is totally diverse from the place where I had lived and had grown up. The place is absolutely different in its culture, traditions, practices, and the weather. There were doubts and fears that were lurking inside my heart and mind before I left my homeland. But I courageously conquered such mixed feelings; not because I had no other choice, but rather, I needed to surmount it for the greater glory of God. Like a soldier who leaves his home and goes to a battlefield with uncertainty of what lies ahead, I also packed up my things, left my community and my country, and brought courage and fervent faith in order to survive the battery of tests that awaited me in this far distant land. Akin to some of the tales of adventure written by the great authors of our time, my story also undergoes struggles and triumph as I continued my day-to-day engagements with peoples from different walks of life. We know for a fact that life is not that easy when one travels into a foreign land, especially if the language is totally different from what one has already been used to. This is one of the many struggles that I have faced upon my arrival in Rome. In spite of the fact that I had already studied the Italian language prior to my journey to Rome, still such studies were not sufficient. The reason is that a language needs to be practiced every day through verbal communication. For more than a month, I had grimaced in anguish due to my difficulties in speaking and comprehending the Italian language.

The weather of the place is another difficulty that a person will face when he is in a foreign land. The winter season in Rome was an unforgettable experience for me. I grew up in a tropical country. There’s no such thing like winter or snow in the country from which I came. The winter cold in Rome was really a tough test for me. For more than four months I had no choice but to wear thick clothes, and when I was in bed, I used to cover myself with layers of woolen blankets for the heating system in my room was not in good working condition. However, such difficulty was compensated when for the first time in my life I experienced the awesome beauty of the winter snow. Snow is almost unknown in Rome, and even on the coldest days in winter, the sun usually makes a generous appearance. I was fortunate!

“There were doubts and fears that were lurking inside my heart and mind before I left my homeland. But I courageously conquered such mixed feelings; not because I had no other choice, but rather, I needed to surmount it for the greater glory of God.”
Another test that I had also experienced in Rome was the Christmas celebration. The Christmas period in Rome really begins on the 8th of December, the feast of the Immaculate Conception, when the Pope goes to the Spanish Steps, and flowers are placed before a statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Other highlights of the Christmas season in Rome are the papal midnight Mass on Christmas Eve, and the Pope’s Christmas message to the world at the balcony of St. Peter's Basilica at noon on Christmas Day. In my opinion these are the major events for Christmas in Rome. Unlike in the Philippines, one could already feel the spirit of Christmas when Christmas songs can be heard everywhere. In the Philippines we have 9 days of “Simbang Gabi” (dawn Mass), the Christmas carols, the miniature lights and most of all, the “Noche Buena” together with the family. The absence of this Christmas spirit was tough, not only to me, but also to my confreres. It is tough in a sense that the Filipino spirit of Christmas is totally different from the Christmas celebrations to which the Italians are already accustomed. These are just few of the many experiences that I had encountered in Rome. My story was indeed a story of struggles and triumph because, in spite of the tests that I had gone through, I had surpassed and had conquered my difficulties in Rome. For more than 5 months of my stay in Rome, I proved to myself that there’s nothing impossible if one is really determined to survive amidst the complexities of the place. It isn’t easy to settle even for a short while in a land which is not of your own. One becomes a complete stranger, not only to the inhabitants, but also to the system of practices and norms which are proper to that place. Lastly, I believe that a good story is made possible if the reader gets into the heart of the character of the story. I hope you feel the same things I have in my heart. (Br.

Rosauro M. Valmores, CRSP)

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BARNABITE PENANCES
by Fr. Giovanni Scalese, CRSP
Fr. Giovanni Scalese, former rector and father Master of St. Paul Scholasticate, shares with us the Barnabite tradition on penances.

Penance is one of the essential elements of religious life. One of the first documents of the post-conciliar renewal, the motu proprio “Ecclesiae Sanctae” (1966) stated: “Religious should devote themselves to works of penance and mortification more than the rest of the faithful.” And another subsequent document about “The Contemplative Dimension of Religious Life” (1980) added: “Religious communities must be manifestly praying and also penitential communities in the Church, remembering the conciliar guideline that penance ‘must not be internal and personal only, but also external and social’ (SC 110).” Actually, especially in the past, “monk” was considered as a synonym of “ascetic”. Some religious orders were renowned for their special penances: the Carthusians for their continuous silence; the Minims for their fourth vow of vita quadragesimalis (“Lenten life”), which implied perpetual abstinence from meat. Even our Founder, in his draft of Constitutions (never approved by the Church), turns out to be very strict: he allows to eat meat only on the most important solemnities of the year, and prescribes fasting from All Saints’ Day to Easter and, in the rest of the year, on Wednesday and Friday. But in the chapter “On the Formation of Novices” we find a revealing provision: “Let him [viz. the Master] teach the novices to observe silence and other exterior ceremonies … and seriously consider the reasons why such ceremonies have been established, rather than view them as a goal.” The first approved Constitutions (1552) decree fasting during Advent, Lent and on Friday in the rest of the year (except in Eastertide), and abstinence on every Wednesday of the year. The definitive Constitutions (1579) devote chapter seven of the second book to “Fasting and Other Bodily Penances,” where the discipline established in the previous Constitutions is taken up. A general rule is added: “Let everybody try, in imitation of our Saint Paul, to chastise his body and bring it into subjection (1 Cor 9:27), so that it may not be a hindrance to the spirit, but serve it, and so they may present their bodies a living sacrifice (Rom 12:1).” The 1579 Constitutions introduce a new possibility: “In order to renew the remembrance of the Lord’s passion, we commend those who, for instance once a week, will scourge themselves (the so called ‘discipline’). But, when they want to do it, they are to ask the Superior’s permission, and act according to his instructions.” This prudence, this balance, this moderation have always been characteristic of our Congregation; they were referred to with the Latin term discretio (“discretion”). It should also be noted that for the Barnabites obedience is more important than penitence: as Scripture says, “Obedience is better than sacrifices” (1 Sam 15:22). In the same book of the 1579 Constitutions there is another chapter (the fourteenth) about silence. This should be observed in certain places and moments (in the choir; during community meetings or “chapters”; in the refectory during meals; after compline until morning). After Vatican Council II these Constitutions were replaced by new ones (1983). In the Congregation’s present statutes, articles 27 to 31 are devoted to “Life of Penance and Asceticism.” Number 30 gives us a few examples of mortification: “The spirit of penance commits us to the practice of various forms of spiritual asceticism which animate religious life, such as: continuous and extended prayer; search and acceptance of God’s will; acceptance of other people; offering to God our limitations; interior and exterior silence; custody of the heart and discipline in using earthly possessions.” As you can see, there is no special prescription; but what is of the essence is not lacking.

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Easter Makes a Difference
by Fr. Michael M. Mancusi, CRSP
"I've never seen such a crowd in church", a woman once exclaimed. The number of people who had come to a particular church over the Easter period apparently impressed her. Then as she was shaking hands with the pastor at the door, she added, "Do you suppose it will make any difference?" Before she could get away the pastor quickly asked, "What do you mean? Will what make any difference?" "Easter!" she shot back. Will Easter make any difference for all these people, or will life tomorrow be the same as it was yesterday?" This little incident at the church door starts us thinking. The woman's question is a very important one. Will Easter make any difference? We celebrate Easter with so much enthusiasm and gusto. We sing those beautiful Easter hymns. We hear the Easter message once again. For people who worship over Easter, will life go on "as usual", as this unknown person asked, or will there somehow be a difference? Will Easter make a difference to each of us? A quick glance at what happened to the disciples after Easter reveals that the events of that weekend did make a difference in their lives. We hear how the disciples were cowering in fear behind locked doors on Easter Day. And they were even more terrified when Jesus suddenly appeared before them. It is only after Jesus had told them to look at his hands and feet and watch him eat a meal that a difference was made in their outlook. We are told that "they were full of joy and wonder." The disciples became different people because their Lord was not dead but alive. They were in the presence of the living Lord. An example of the change the resurrection made to people’s lives is seen in those two men who were walking to Emmaus on the afternoon of the resurrection. The person on whom they had pinned all their hopes was dead. They had given up everything to follow him. They had seen him on the cross, and what is more, now his body had vanished. They are feeling depressed and confused. What are they going to do now? But look at the difference in those men when they realized that the very person with whom they were talking was the risen Lord Himself. You can see the resurrection peace take over their lives. They are no longer confused and troubled, worried and anxious, but filled with the joy and confidence that the presence of the living Lord in their lives gives. They know that Jesus had not just died as any other man, but that He had restored fellowship with God and had destroyed sin and death. When they raced back to the other disciples they found that they too had exciting news. I can imagine the joy as they shouted to the travelers from Emmaus as they entered the room, "Hey guys! We have seen Jesus. He has risen from the dead!" But what difference does the resurrection make to us today? Does Easter still have the Easter breaks down the barriers same effect on people today as it did back then in those early between God and us ... centuries? Because of Easter we are able I know we have heard the Easter story many times. It’s not like we have heard it for the first time and so are all to have fellowship with God, excited about the amazing resurrection of Jesus from the or perhaps it is better to say, dead. But this doesn’t change the fact that Easter does make GOD is able to have fellowship a difference to people even in the 21st century. The events of Good Friday and Easter tell us loudly and clearly God has with US. left no stone unturned to save all people, including us today.

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The wonderful results of Jesus' death and resurrection are passed on to us at our baptism and when we celebrate Eucharist together. In these sacraments God gives to us the forgiveness Jesus won for us on the cross. He gives us eternal life and the promise that we too shall rise from the dead. We are His people. We are His forgiven, resurrected people. We belong to Him; we are members of His family. Do you see what is happening here? Because we share in the forgiveness and the resurrection of Jesus, because we have been reconciled with God and all believers are at peace with God, God brings us close together. God has put His chosen, forgiven, resurrected people together in the one holy Christian Church made up of Jesus’ disciples. You see, Easter breaks down the barriers between God and us. Easter gets rid of the sin barrier that prevents us from enjoying the privilege of approaching God's throne in prayer. Easter gets rid of the sin barrier that would prevent us from entering heaven. Easter gets rid of everything that stands between God and us. Because of Easter we are able to have fellowship with God, or perhaps it is better to say, GOD is able to have fellowship with US. How many times does the resurrected Jesus approach His disciples with the words: Peace be with you? It’s true He wanted to calm their fears that He wasn't a ghost, but He was also conveying to them a much deeper truth, that is, His death and resurrection have brought true peace to the relationship between God and His people. And because we have peace and fellowship with our heavenly Father and we have been joined together in Christ through our Baptism, it follows then that we, the forgiven and the resurrected, have fellowship with one another. When I say "fellowship" I don't just mean that we have a bring and share meal every now and then or a church picnic or invite people from the church around for a meal or afternoon tea. These kinds of events are important and help us to get to know one another, but Christian fellowship goes much deeper than that. Christian fellowship has its beginnings in the death and resurrection of Jesus. Just as barriers have been broken down between God and us, so also walls come down between those who are forgiven and resurrected. Relationships are restored and recreated and built up. That is the beginning of true fellowship between Christians. We have true fellowship with one another because we have all been united with Christ. The apostle Paul says to the Colossians, "You have died with Christ … you have been raised to new life with Christ… you are the people of God. Since God chose you to be the holy people whom he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tender-hearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. You must make allowance for each other's faults and forgive the person who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. And the most important piece of clothing you must wear is love. Love is what binds us all together in perfect harmony. And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are all called to live in peace" (Col 3:1215). Paul here is describing what it is that builds up fellowship between Christians. We have died with Christ and so have the selfishness, unkindness, lack of consideration for others, back stabbing, unkind criticism, failure to understand and be compassionate – all these have died with Christ on the cross. We have been raised to new life. As Paul said, "Christ is all that matters, and he lives in all of us" (Col 3:11). This newness and the fact that Christ lives not just in me, but in all of us, has serious implications for us as the people of God. And we need to be reminded of this especially in this day and age when there is such an emphasis on the individual and the meeting of the individual’s needs over and above the needs and rights of others. Listen again to the words Paul uses: “tender-hearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, patience, forgive the person who offends you, you must wear love, be bound together in perfect harmony, live in peace.” (Col. 3:12-15) Every one of these says that the new me, the Christ in me, makes a difference. I am not concerned chiefly with my needs and wants but I am more concerned how I treat those with whom I have been united in Christ. The New Testament talks a lot about "sharing" and "participating" together, "having things in common" as his people. In fact, in the original language of the New Testament, to "share" and to "have fellowship" was the same word. We share forgiveness when we hurt and get upset with one another. We share care and concern when there is need and we’re happy to give someone a hand when they aren’t coping. We share our love where there is sadness and setback. We share the gospel of hope and forgiveness with those who are struggling with a

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particular sin, or need help to sort through some difficulty. We share our talents and abilities so that others can enjoy fellowship with Jesus and with his forgiven and resurrected people. We share together in prayer, in worship, in studying God's Word. We share together, or have fellowship together; we have "something in common" because we all share the same Lord and Saviour. We all receive forgiveness from the same Christ; we have all been baptized and joined to the same Jesus; we all eat and drink the same body and blood in the Sacrament; we are all sharers together in the one body of Christ, the Church. We have been made one in the body of Christ and therefore we are obliged to be understanding and tolerant. We are bound to accept that some people are different to us, and try to see their point of view. To share and have things in common has a profound effect on our lives. Recall what the Book of Acts says about the very early Christians. We read: They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread, and to prayer.... All the believers were together and had everything in common … they gave to anyone as he had need. Everyday they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts… (Acts 2:44-47). These acted this way because they had one thing in common – that is their unity in the Lord Jesus. And because of this oneness they seek to express this in the way their care and share with one another. Paul puts it bluntly, "Do not … destroy what God has done" (Rom 14:20). And what has God done? He has brought us all together in fellowship to share together and to have in common the forgiveness and life he has won for in the resurrection and death of Jesus. And so Easter is the key to our living together in our homes, our community and our Church. We can see ourselves as forgiven and beloved sinners and we see our family members, our friends, our enemies, and our fellow church member as a people for whom Christ has also died. God has established fellowship with each of us, and because of that we have fellowship with one another. The resurrection of Christ did make a difference to the early disciples. There's no doubt about it. But the question before us: Will it make any difference for those people who celebrate Easter today? Will it make any difference to you and me?

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YOUR WILL BE DONE
You, intently I look You, on the way to Calvary You are bloody, mocked, spot, stepped on You are silent, nothing else you could do. You carry the heavy Cross You carry our sins You fall and arise, never surrender Your love for us makes you continue to the end. Your sweat falls down Your breath is so hard Your Cross becomes heavier You are still faithful until Calvary. You are hanging on the Cross You cry aloud to the Father You, my Father, pass me by this cup Your will be done, not my will. You understand the will of the Father You love us so much You nail our sins on the Cross You bring us back to God. Your sacrifice makes us God’s children Your Holy Cross sanctifies our lives Your Blood becomes our drink Your Body becomes our food. You, on the way to Calvary You bring us salvation You surrender to the will of God “Your will be done.”

-Br. John Koten, CRSP

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… and we survived another year! Sia lodato Gesù Cristo!
Fr. Michael Sandalo, CRSP
“Rejoice in the Lord always, I say it again rejoice!” (Philippians 4:4)
Is there any sense to rejoice despite the sad events that occur in our daily lives? Are there valid reasons to smile and be happy when life appears to be a series of ups and downs? Yes, there is sense and there are valid reasons to be happy and to rejoice even if life becomes burdensome. Counting one’s blessings and looking more at the bright side of life would surely give one the reason to rejoice. Another seminary year has just passed and, we, in the St. Paul Scholasticate community cannot help but “rejoice and be glad” for another blessed year. It has been a year filled with fun and excitement, full of surprises and gifts wrapped in many ways, a year bursting with many blessings. It has been a year of crosses and crowns, of sadness and joys. And we have concluded the academic year thankful and very grateful to the Lord and to the many persons who have accompanied us. We recall the many happy events of the seminary year 2009-2010. We remember the visits of the VIPs of our congregation: first, Fr. Giuseppe Bassotti, former superior general; second, Fr. Peter Calabrese, superior of the Barnabite community in Lewiston and councilor of the Barnabite North American Province; and of course, the most important was the visit of the most Reverend Fr. Giovanni Villa, our superior general. The St. Paul Scholasticate community had truly been blessed by the presence of these confreres. Friends and relatives of our confreres also came to experience the joy of the scholasticate community. Regina Reale and her daughter Kristen, both from the U.S. and friends of our fathers stayed with us for a four-day visit. It also became an opportunity for our young confreres to know new persons and new friends. The past year has been blessed with the gift of vocations. We rejoiced at the first profession of vows of ten confreres, indeed, a record-breaking number! We witnessed the solemn profession, diaconal ordination and the priestly ordination of five confreres. In the academic side, our confreres studying at the Divine Word Seminary have been consistent achievers. Three brothers made it to the prestigious Dean’s List and the results of the final comprehensive exams have been very satisfactory. Two confreres had earned their academic degress in Theology. The dean of studies and the professors likewise praised the perseverance and hard-work of our seminarians. They proved that they could become the next Aquinas and Ratzinger! Many, too, have been achievers in the field of sports. Let us rejoice in the Lord! Community activities, both inside and outside the seminary, have also been plentiful. The fathers and brothers engaged themselves in various activities that strengthened the esprit de corps and community living. Even the simple conversations and laughters during meals and leisure times have been a cohesive force among the seminarians and fathers. Hindi matatawaran at tunay na walang sukat ang tawanan at kwentuhan sa loob ng seminaryo! The past year has also been a difficult one for us all. Moments of trials and sadness have been part and parcel of our life. We experienced the pain of losing a confrere who had decided to leave the seminary and religious life. The demands of the academic life had exerted so much pressure and stress on our brothers. Conflicts and strained relations among the brothers, and between them and their rector had also been the headlines of news. But the spirit of brotherhood and charity had healed all these. Indeed, our community living has been like a fire-tried gold that is tested for its genuineness. The community of St. Paul Scholasticate has, therefore, many reasons to rejoice. The Lord has been so good to us and His blessings have truly been so abundant. As we celebrate the Lord’s triumph over sin and death, we offer Him all these good things we have received. We offer Him both the good things and bad that we have experienced and thank Him from our hearts. And of course, we thank all those persons and groups of people who continue to support us in many and varied ways. For my part, it is my prayer and hope that our studentconfreres would continue in their perseverance and hard work, and in living out the spirit of charity so that true brotherhood would endure in our religious community. It is my fervent desire that they live the Pauline spirit of our founder St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria. For all these we say with gratitude and joy our the Risen Lord:

Sia lodato Gesù Cristo!

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NEWS, EVENTS AT IBA PA …
Diocese of Imus celebrates day of Consecrated life The Diocese of Imus dedicated the 6th of February as the day of Consecrated life. The said event was spearheaded by the Consecrated Life Association in Imus Diocese (CLAIM) and the Tagaytay Religious Association (TRA). The Barnabites in the Diocese of Imus is an active member of both organizations. Fr. Michael Sandalo, rector/father master of St. Paul Scholasticate together with the student-confreres took part in the celebrations held at the Reparatrix Sisters convent in Magallanes, Tagaytay. A concelebrated Mass was first held presided by His Excellency Most Rev. Luis Antonio Tagle, Bishop of Imus. Around thirty (30) religious clergy concelebrated and approximately two hundred (200) religious sisters and brothers and members of various movements of apostolic life were all present. Bishop Tagle acknowledged the enriching presence of religious congregations in the diocese and invited them all to actively take part in the vision-mission of the diocese of Imus as it prepares for its 50th golden jubilee. The bishop also thanked the religious congregations for their important contributions in the spiritual growth of the faithful of the diocese. To date, there are almost seventy (70) religious congregations stationed and working in the Imus diocese of two million Catholics. After the Mass, a simple program was held and lunch was served thanks to the efforts of the sisters. Father General visits St. Paul Scholasticate Fr. Giovanni M. Villa, CRSP, Superior General of the Barnabite Fathers, arrived in the Philippines on February 6. He came to visit the religious communities and to witness the priestly and diaconal ordinations of five confreres. Throughout his 10-day stay, he allotted much of his time in visiting the communities in Marikina and Silangan, San Mateo. He met with the fathers of the communities and also with the delegation council. In his stay in St. Paul Scholasticate, he had an opportunity to meet the scholastics during their weekly community meeting presided by Fr. Michael Sandalo. In his talk, Fr. Villa highlighted that “education (as an apostolate of the congregation) is a gift and a task entrusted to the Philippine delegation of the Barnabite Fathers”. The “renewal of the Christian fervor has always been educative in nature, and this is the desire of the whole congregation for the Philippines”. Such statement affirms the Barnabites’ commitment to educating the young.

Father General (center standing) with the confreres after the community meeting. Fr. Villa further added that this aspect of educating the young people is a gift for the congregation and for the Philippine delegation. Moreover, it is a task in the sense that it entails perseverance in work, it requires responsibility and commitment to work. Education is a means to fulfill the mission of the congregation especially in a nation which needs quality education. It is a way of participating in the universal mission of the Church and the Barnabites are involved in the fulfillment of that mission. Thus, Father General exhorted the scholastics to be a gift for others and to commit themselves to the great task of education. Fr. Villa’s presence and participation in the scholastics’ meeting was a very rare occasion. It was very encouraging for the confreres to have him in their midst. Some of them also asked questions related to the prospective plans of the congregation for the Philippine delegation. The evening before his departure, the scholastics together with the fathers serenaded him with romantic and religious songs in English, Tagalog and Italian. He sang with the brothers when the Italian song “Chi ci separerà?” (Who Will Separate Us?) was played. The next morning, he presided at the holy Mass and in his homily he exhorted the scholastics to persevere in their studies and to remember that the difficulties in the studies may become the means to share in the difficulties of others. Fr. Villa left the Philippines on February 15.

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The 14th of February was again another happy day for the St. Paul Scholasticate community as the newly ordained priests Fr. José Nazareno Gabato and Fr. Arvin Dagalea offered their thanksgiving Mass. It was the first Mass they celebrated the day after their ordination to the priesthood. Fr. José presided the Mass and Fr. Arvin delivered the homily. Fr. Giovanni Villa and the fathers of the community namely Fr. Joselito Ortega, superior; Fr. Michael Mancusi, vicar; Fr. Cirilo Coniendo, treasurer; and Fr. Michael Sandalo, rector of the scholastics also concelebrated. The newly ordained deacons Rev. Jonathan Ramoso, Rev. Clyd Autentico and Rev. Thomas Tabada also assisted. Rev. Jonathan proclaimed the Gospel while the other two assisted in the preparation of the altar and in the distribution of holy communion. The members of the “Lingkod ng Dambana” also served as altar servers while the confreres and with some members of the Sacred Heart choir provided the songs. Br. Rey Carmelo Ausejo led the people in singing the responsorial psalm. The solemn Mass started at 9:00 o’clock in the morning. Br. Gerard Sala and Br. Albino Vecina did the preparations of the chapel. The celebration was wellattended by the ordinand’s families and friends, and people living near the seminary. So many people attended that the pews and plastic chairs were not enough to accomodate them. Before the final blessing, Fr. Arvin thanked all those present and all those who made the occasion possible. After the Mass the traditional “kissing of hands” of the newly ordained priests followed. The choir sang “Pari Magpakailanman” (Priest Forever) as an accompaniment. Fr. José and Fr. Arvin also imparted their blessing to their loved ones. Snacks were served afterwards to celebrate the new priests and deacons.

Rev. Thomas gives the pupils instructions before the start of the Mass and the graduation rites. Thirteen pupils receive certificates of graduation In the afternoon of 20th March 2010, the pupils of Tahanang Mapag-aruga ni Padre Semeria (TMPS) batch 2009-2010 had received their certificates of completion of the preparatory school. After a year of hard work in learning the fundamental skills in reading and writing, they are now ready to enter the primary level in the grade school. Thirteen (13) pupils completed the preparatory stage: Cherry Ann Panganiban Azuela, Melanie Francisco, Daniela Cabrobias Libusta, Karla Elaine Perena Olimpiada, Jonalyn Tabale, Jerwin Bayas Agohon, Owen Nathaniel Centeno Causaren, Marc Oscar Neri Francisco, Clarence Lingahon Fuentes, John Carlo Sto. Domingo Rico, Kurt Conrad Anastascio Sangalang, John Lawrence Serwelas, and Marwin Gueriba Velasco. The celebration started with a Mass presided by Fr. José Nazareno Gabato, president of the Tahanang Mapag-aruga ni Padre Semeria, and assisted by Rev. Jonathan Ramoso. At 2:45 p.m. the “graduation” ceremony started in the TMPS multi-purpose hall. The parents of the pupils, some friends of TMPS school community and the confreres involved in teaching were all present. The guest speaker was Mrs. Alma Roa, one of the generous benefactors of TMPS. After her inspiring speech, the distribution of the awards and certificates followed. The certificates are a means to recognize the pupils’ successful completion of the preparatory stage. On behalf of the administration of TMPS, Fr. Cirilo Coniendo, CRSP delivered a speech in which he encouraged the children in their studies. It is the hope and fervent prayer of the TMPS community that these children would be successful in life and would attain their dreams someday. They are expected to be enrolled in the grade school this coming school year 2010-2011.

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graduates. The celebration concluded with the graduation song by the graduates. The event lasted for almost two hours but was a very memorable one for the Barnabite confreres. In the evening, the fathers’ community of St. Paul Scholasticate, through the superior Fr. Joselito Ortega, gave a victory dinner for the graduates. Fr. José had finally reached the end of his theological studies while Br. Albino will have to pursue another two years of studies in order for him to obtain the STB degree and to satisfy the canonically required years of theological studies for his ordination. Congratulations to Fr. José and Br. Albino! Barnabite students in the Dean’s List Three Barnabite confreres made it to the list of the “cream of the crop”, that is, the Dean’s List of the Divine Word Seminary (DWS). The “Dean’s List” is the official roster of best performing students for the whole semester. It is a means to recognize the hard work and academic proficiency of the students. The dean of studies of DWS Fr. Alexander Muaña, SVD released the 1st semester Dean’s Listers and the St. Paul Scholasticate is very proud to have three confreres dominating the top posts. In the first year Theology class, Br. John Paul Osip occupies the 2nd place with his average grade of 93.35 per cent. Br. Rey Carmelo Ausejo is in the 4th place garnering a total grade of 91.80 percentage. In the third year Theology class, Rev. Deacon Thomas Federick Tabada got the 4th place with an average final grade of 91.52 per cent. Moreover, the general results of the exams, especially the comprehensives, had been positive. Congratulations brothers and keep up the good work!

Fr. Sandalo (left), assisted by Prof. Fr. Danilo Tiong (right), places the hood on Fr. José. Fr. José and Br. Albino receive academic degrees in Sacred Theology Last March 27, Fr. José and Br. Albino, both from the St. Paul Scholasticate community, had received their academic degrees in Sacred Theology from the Divine Word Seminary (DWS), Tagaytay City. DWS is an institution of theological studies affiliated with the Pontifical Urbanian University in Rome. After four years of study, Fr. José had received the degree Bachelor of Sacred Theology (STB) while Br. Albino had obtained his twoyear Bachelor of Arts in Theology degree. The AB Theology degree is recognized by the Philippine government through the Commission on Higher Education. The affair commenced with the celebration of the holy Eucharist in the Holy Spirit chapel, presided by the Most Rev. John Du, Bishop of Dumaguete and an alumnus of DWS. Fr. Michael Mancusi, professor of Spirituality and Fr. Michael Sandalo, rector of St. Paul Scholasticate also concelebrated with the rectors of other seminaries and professors of DWS. The graduation rites started after the Mass. The graduates wore their black toga and the professors as well though they differ in style depending on their academic degrees. The rectors of the graduates assisted in the investiture of the hood and in the awarding of medals to honor graduates. Fr. Sandalo invested the hood on Fr. José and Br. Albino. The Holy Spirit chapel was packed with families, friends, benefactors and fellow seminarians of the graduates. DWS rector Fr. Wilfredo Saniel, SVD conferred the academic degrees and led in the distribution of certificates. The guest speaker, Mr. Ulpiano Sarmiento, an experienced professor of law, a practicing lawyer and a member of the Philippine House of Representatives delivered an inspiring message to the

Br. Albino (center) greets Atty. Sarmiento after receiving his diploma from Fr. Saniel (extreme left).

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Year for Priests
2009-2010

Saint Paul Scholasticate Newsletter

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THE CLERICS REGULAR OF SAINT PAUL — BARNABITES — 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: saintpaulscholasticate@gmail.com Director: Fr. Michael Sandalo, CRSP Editor-in-Chief: Br. John Paul, Osip, CRSP Associate Editor: Br. Mark Anthony Pondoc, CRSP Staff Writers: Rev. Jonathan G. Ramoso, Rev. Thomas Federick S. Tabada, Br. Gerard Sala, Br. Rey Carmelo Ausejo Contributors: Fr. Giovanni Scalese, Fr. Michael Francis Mancusi, Br. John Koten, Br. Cunan Adaro, Br. Joseph Bernales, Br. Rosauro Valmores, Br. Pat Golis Typeset in the Philippines by the Saint Paul Scholasticate, April 2010

Thou Art a Priest Forever … To live in the midst of the world without wishing its pleasures; To be a member of each family, yet belonging to none; To share all suffering; To penetrate all secrets; To heal all wounds; To go from God to men to bring Pardon and Hope; To have a heart of fire for charity And a heart of bronze for chastity; To teach and to pardon, Console and bless always … What a glorious life! And it is yours! O PRIEST OF JESUS CHRIST! Lacordaire

Quis nos separabit a caritate Christi? An gladius?