Quis nos separabit a caritate Christi? An gladius?

St. Paul Scholasticate Newsletter
No. 9 September - December 2009
by Br. John Paul Osip, CRSP
On the feast of their founder St. Anthony Ma. Zaccaria, the Barnabites in the Philippines also celebrated its 20th foundation anniversary, the closing of the Pauline year and the diaconal ordination of two confreres. These celebrations re-echoed one of the themes that is important in religious life, that is, service (in Greek “diakonia”). It also served as the crossing point of the aforementioned important events in the life of the Delegation. The celebration of the 20th foundation recounted the 20 years of the Barnabite presence and service in the Church in the Philippines, in imitation of St. Paul’s and St. Anthony’s undying zeal to bring God to others and to bring others to God. This commitment to service, in addition, is concretely shown through the ordination of the two Barnabite solemn professed brothers to the Order of deacons, a ministry of service. The understanding of religious life as a life of service is vital. Living a life of service is necessary to make one’s witnessing to Christ in the world truly fruitful, a witnessing which is being challenged by worldly values contrary to the Gospel. That is why, to become faithful witnesses means to acquire an outlook that is totally opposite from the world’s. It means to redirect one’s whole being to God and to one’s neighbor by doing everything for His kingdom. St. Anthony Zaccaria, realized this understanding of religious life as a life of service: “Let us rush like madmen not only to God, but also to our neighbor, for he is the one who receives what we cannot give to God” (Letter II). For us Barnabites in the Philippine Delegation may we


continue to embrace religious life as a life of service for God and for His people. We would also like to inform you that the iPaul is under the direction of a new editorial staff. As a consequence, there will be inevitable changes in the contents of the iPaul. Nonetheless, the new editorial staff is resolved to carry on iPaul’s contribution in evangelization by providing you spiritual and moral insights, and sharing with you the spirituality and the mission of our congregation. May you continue to read and support our iPaul. Enjoy your reading!

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(Bro. Isfridus Syukur, CRSP) The Good Lord sends laborers to His vineyard.

The new deacons Arvin ( l eft ) and Jose Nazareno ( r ight ) pose with the ordaining prelate Bishop Luis Antonio Tagle.

Last July 5, 2009 was a special day for the Barnabite Fathers in the Philippines. Not only did they celebrate the solemnity of the founder, St. Anthony Ma. Zaccaria, but also two of their confreres, Jose and Arvin were ordained deacons by the Most Reverend Luis Antonio Tagle, Bishop of the Diocese of Imus, Cavite. Because of the huge number of guests, friends and benefactors of the Barnabites and of the ordinandi, a more spacious church was needed and so the said event was held at the Holy Spirit chapel at the Divine Word Seminary. Jose’s mother, an aunt and some close relatives, and Arvin’s brother and sister-in-law were all present to witness this once-in-a-lifetime occasion.

Born on 5 September 1979, Jose (also fondly called by his confreres “Joens”) Nazareno Solijon Gabato, CRSP comes from Cortes, Bohol, Diocese of Tagbilaran. He is the youngest of the nine siblings of the late Catalino Gabato and Ereberta Solijon-Gabato. He entered the Barnabites in 1998. Arvin Alvarez Dagalea is from Zamboanga City, Archdiocese of Zamboanga. He was born on 2 December 1976, the 8th in the brood of eleven children of Bienvenido Dagalea and the late Asuncion Alvarez-Dagalea. He entered the St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria Seminary in 2003. Joens and Arvin both made their solemn profession of vows last 25 January 2009, the feast of the Conversion of St. Paul.

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The event was a joint-celebration between the Clerics Regular of St. Paul and the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions (PIME). Hence, aside from Jose and Arvin, two seminarians from PIME were also ordained to the diaconate. Priests from the Barnabites, PIME and other congregations and dioceses concelebrated at the two-hour solemn Mass. The event was also graced with the presence of the former superior general of the Barnabites, the Most Reverend Fr. Giuseppe M. Bassotti, CRSP. Also present at the celebration were the classmates and friends of the deacons, the seminarians of St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria Seminary (Marikina), the Barnabite postulants and novices, the lay affiliates of the Barnabites, the Angelic Sisters of St. Paul and the Little Workers of the Sacred Heart who came all the way from Marikina. Other congregations of sisters and brothers from Tagaytay also shared in this special day. Frs. Bassotti and Allado assisted Arvin in vesting the deacon’s stole and dalmatic, while Frs. Ortega and

After the concluding prayer, Fr. Joselito Ortega, the newly appointed delegate superior of the Philippine Delegation, also delivered a short speech on the historical roots of the Barnabites in the Philippines. He also thanked those who took part in the celebration, most especially Bishop Tagle. He also officially concluded the Pauline year of the Barnabites in the Philippines. The celebration of the Eucharist was followed with a reception at St. Paul Scholasticate compound. The two newly ordained deacons were overwhelmed and excited by the new life and ministry they had embraced. To the new deacons, CONGRATULATIONS! May you remain steadfast in serving the Lord.

The new deacons with Fr. Mancusi ( extreme left ) , Fr. Bassotti ( center ) and Fr. Papa ( extreme right ) .

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DIAKONIA: A TRANSITORY STAGE BUT A LIFETIME COMMITMENT TO SERVE (Rev. Jose Nazareno M. Gabato, CRSP) You may not believe, you may be surprised, or worse yet, you might get mad at me (hopefully you won’t!) if I tell you that I never really felt any excitement when I received the news that I would be ordained as a deacon. You may say that I’m just exaggerating. Of course I was happy when I received the news; but honestly, I did not feel any excitement to be ordained as a deacon. You may wonder “why?” It is not because it was against my will that I did not feel excited. Nobody forced me to enter the seminary and become a priest someday. Long before I had received my college diploma, I had already said my “yes” to God for this priestly vocation. Likewise, I did not feel excited not because I was unprepared. Definitely not! I had already prepared myself for religious life and priesthood since I made my first profession.

But what made me not feel excited about this ministry is the fact that diakonia is just a transitory stage to become a priest. It will not last forever. I would not be a deacon for life but only for a short time. In fact, I did not apply to become a deacon forever (in canonical language “permanent deacon”). Someday I will be ordained a priest. My status as a deacon will not last forever. However, I realized that this call to the diakonia, (although a transitory stage to become a priest) demands a lifetime commitment to service. Someday I will become a priest and people will call me “Father Joens” and not anymore “Reverend Joens” (in the Philippines, deacons are addressed “Reverend”). In reality, only the adjectives or titles change. My being a deacon will cease with the priestly ordination but the call to diakonia will remain forever. The diakonia is a lifetime practice. It is a lifetime commitment to serve God and His people, one’s fellowmen. Thus, it demands a greater service which I call “sacrifice”. It is a sacrifice of one’s desire and ambition. A sacrifice of one’s self to God in serving His people. Yes, diakonia is indeed a transitory stage but a lifetime commitment to serve … to serve God and His people. THE MINISTRY OF SERVICE (Rev. Arvin M. Dagalea, CRSP) The time had finally come for me to be ordained as deacon. To accept the gift of service demands a big responsibility. That is why, I had mixed feelings during my ordination. Aside from being very much excited to receive such ministry, I was also bothered by these questions: am I worthy to be a deacon? Am I prepared to embrace such ministry of service, given the fact that my health condition is not in a good shape? Few months before my ordination, I underwent a surgical operation. In the hospital, I had experienced what it is to be in the line between life and death, literally. Yes, the operation was, indeed, very serious and the wounds, even after a few weeks from the operation, still needed a delicate cleaning twice a day. And so I was not really feeling well during my ordination and my body was not in its best condition.

Rev. Joens poses with his mother.

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Is it possible the sea stops surging? If its waves come along with In tossing the seashore Did it bring you sadness? Why the flowers in the garden fall? What a pity! It lose its aroma! When it blossom again? What a life! It is full of sins! Rev. Arvin is accompanied by his brother and sister-in-law. Is it my fault? Is it my mistake? Why has it happened to me? Why the ocean of love brings sadness? Is everything gone now? Is there hope? In your mercy and compassion In your love, remember me, Lord When When When When you are with me, your love guides me, you forgive my sins, you empower me.

Nonetheless, my physical illness did not hinder me to go on. In my near death experience, I became more aware of God’s presence in my life. And so, while standing in front of the altar and before the presence of the congregation, I told myself: “This is it. I offer my entire life to Him and nothing but to Him alone.” I also begged Him to help me and show me how to serve Him as His deacon. I knew that my present health condition will continue to be a challenge in my ministry. However, God’s grace is enough for me. I believe that He will never leave me, just like when I was undergoing a surgical operation. Months had now passed after my diaconal ordination. My health is getting better and my wounds have already started healing. Although I have not yet fully recovered from the operation, I am doing my best to assist not only during the celebration of the Eucharist but also to serve others even outside the celebration. I know I need more strength to serve fully, but with a willing heart and accompanied by God’s graces, I will be more ready to face every challenge that I may encounter in my ministry of service.

I will live in your love, I will become your precious child. What a life! Living in your presence! What a life! Being with you forever!

(Br. John Koten, CRSP)

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Service: The Power to Enable
(Fr. Michael Francis Mancusi, CRSP) One of the most used and misunderstood word is “service.” Many, if not all, especially those who are  holding  a  position,  uses  this  word  without  really  knowing  its  real  meaning.  Countless,  in  addition,  are  those  who  claim  that  they  want  to  render  service  to  others  and  to  the  country,  yet  somehow  do  not  have  a  firm  grasp on the essence of service. Hence, in this article, allow me to share my insight of the word “service.”     According to the Webster Dictionary, the term “service” means “to make a positive contribution to the  welfare of others.” There are civil servants who work for the general good of a nation, a city or town. They may  be the president, congressman, mayor, fire fighter, or the secretary. They all contribute to the general welfare  of others.      Nevertheless, the first person that comes to my mind when I think about service is a butler or a maid. If  one  has  the  means  to  afford  a  butler  or  maid,  the  purpose  for  such  is  to  enable  one  to  have  the  time  to  complete other tasks. A maid may give one the time to spend with one’s children or to complete an important  literary  work.  A  butler  may  do  tasks  in  order  that  a  lawyer  may  have  the  time  to  concentrate  for  the  betterment  of  his/her  clients.  Both  the  maid  and  the  butler  spend  their  time  and  strength  to  enable  their  employers to live an uncomplicated and orderly life.    Another  person  who  comes  to  my  mind  is  what  is  referred  to  as  “the  sidekick.”  The  sidekick  is  the  person who helps the other to accomplish the task at hand. In the world of fantasy, the Lone Ranger had his  loyal sidekick Tonto who assists him in capturing those who did evil upon others. Or, without Robin, Batman  may not have been able to bring the Joker or Catwoman to justice.    Moreover,  the  “sidekick”  is  also  the  one  who  plays  the  supporting  role.  Many  stage,  screen,  and  television stars would not have given great performances if they do not have a good supporting cast. That is  probably  the  reason  that  the  recipients  as  a  best  actor/actresses  and  the  best  supporting  actor/actresses  normally come from the same production.     All these people provided a service that enables others to accomplish what must be done. This is also  true of the service provided by the saints. Their preaching and their witness enable others to open themselves  up  to  receive  the  grace  of  God.  This  “saintly  service”  in  many  ways  can  be  said  to  “prepare  the  way  of  the  Lord.” I can honestly see how our own St. Anthony Mary enabled others to reform themselves so that the Lord  could work within them and bring them to the summit of perfection. Without his preaching and intervention  many would have not been enabled to walk in the ways of the Spirit. Where would Tito degli Alessi or Bernard  Omodei  be  without the  enabling power of Anthony Mary? The  same may be said of many other Barnabites,  Angelics, and Laity who would not have had the benefit of the service provided to them, directly or indirectly,  through the words of Zaccaria.    One of the  main roles of the deacon is to assist the priest, especially in  the celebration  of Eucharist.  Many  have  defined  the  role  of  the  deacon  in  this  vein  as  the  priest’s  “sidekick,  and/or  playing  a  supporting  role.”  These  defining  terms  may  all  be  true  because  they  describe  the  duty  of  the  deacon  as  enabling  the  preside‐priest  to  concentrate  on  celebrating  a  truly  prayerful  liturgy.  Without  the  service  provided  by  the  deacon, the priest may expend his energy on incidentals which takes his concentration away from leading the  assembly in prayerful celebratory worship. This could lead to the celebrant just reading the sacramentary and  therefore the liturgy will have lost much meaning. Some may say that those tasks performed by the deacon are  just “menial.” However, the term “menial” denotes the work provided by one who serves another.     Lastly, if one truly wants to understand the meaning of service, just think back to those days when you  were just a child. The best example we have of service is our own mothers and fathers.                   

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Celebrating the 20th Foundation Anniversary of the Barnabite Fathers in the Philippines

(Fr. Frank M. Papa, CRSP)

The story of the Barnabite Congregation in the Philippines started in the summer of 1988 when our Superior general, Fr. Joseph Bassotti, joined Mother Armanda Ponsiglione, Mother general of the Angelic Sisters of St.Paul, for the inaugural ceremonies of their brand new building, a pre-school and convent combination. The firsthand experience of success by the Angelic Sisters in only two years, and the encouragement by the warm and pressing invitation of the Camillian Fathers could not leave Father General in peace, unless he would further look into the possibility of expanding the Congregation in such promising and fertile land. Therefore, by Christmas 1988 he extended an invitation to Fr. Anthony Bianco, Provincial Superior of the North American Province, and to Fr. Frank Papa, former director of formation in the same Province, to join him and Fr. Erich G. Hennings, Assistant general, for an exploratory mission, unanimously backed by the approval of the General Council. From January 1 to February 20, the Fathers enjoyed the exquisite hospitality of the Angelic Sisters who put at their disposal not only their facilities, but also themselves and all their contacts, specially the beloved Mo. Alessandra Sala. Their stay was marked by dialogues with many religious men and women, especially the Camillians. They met the Most Reverend Protacio G. Gungon, then Bishop of Antipolo, the Apostolic Nuncio, the staff of the Italian Embassy, and numerous lay people. All of them were unanimously encouraging them to come to offer their ministry to a very large population, deeply devout and hungry for God, but short of priestly service. At the same time, they were urging to take advantage of the flourishing Christian communities, source of abundant vocations. They could not resist the evident call from the Lord, therefore, Fr. Papa enthusiastically said his “yes” to Fr. General’s invitation to leave behind the beautiful Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima in Lewiston, New York and establish the foundation of the Barnabites in Filipino soil. Meantime, Fr. Hennings gladly accepted to keep him company until August. Once the decision was taken they traveled tirelessly, looking for a suitable piece of land. But how to start a recruitment program? The Camillian Fathers, especially Fr. Ivo Anselmi, rector of their College Seminary, came to the rescue. They offered Fr. Papa some names from their own list of young men who are interested in the priesthood and religious life. An introductory letter was drafted with the invitation to join newly established Order in the St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria Seminary, Marikina City—the first the house of the Barnabites in the Philippines, founded in 1989. Philippines. For immediate accomodations,

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they bought the house used by Angelic Sisters before moving into their new building. By the time the Fathers left on February 20, everything had been set in motion for the new foundation. On May 11, 1989, Fr. Papa set foot on Filipino soil to officially begin the new foundation. First of all, he examined the answers generated by the letters sent to the possible candidates. As it turned out, five young men accepted the invitation and on June 12 they moved in the new formation house. The next day they all St. Alexander Sauli Novitiate, Marikina City joined the St. Camillus College Seminary (SCCS) faculty and student-body for the Mass of the Holy Spirit to open the new school year. So, in a short time, the roots of St. Anthony M. Zaccaria had been planted deep in this new land. For the first six months, Fr. Hennnings was able to assist Fr. Papa, but then he had to return to Rome for his duties as Assistant general. He was substituted by the enthusiastic Fr. Vincent Posillico to finish the school year. Finally in June 1990, Fr. Aldo Rizzi arrived from Italy, after 25 years in Africa, to join the new foundation. Meantime, with the agreement of the Superior general, the first land bought in Antipolo was sold, because it was too far from the city. The search went on for another site, and it materialized on Apitong street in Marikina Heights. It took two years for the construction of the St. Anthony Ma. Zaccaria Seminary, which was inaugurated on July 5, 1992. The same year, the newly ordained Fr. Mario Zaninelli arrived from Italy to joined the Community. By now, then, everything was rolling under the protection of Our Lady, Mother of Divine Providence, promising a bright future for the Congregation in Asia. As years started to pass by, the first group of students, having graduated from the SCCS, were ready for the novitiate. Fr. Bassotti asked Fr. Rizzi to be the novice master and to utilize, for the moment, the Fathers’ wing of the seminary as novitiate. In 1997, a land next to the seminary was acquired and right away the construction of a novitiate building was underway. The official blessing and inauguration took place in 1999. Moreover, after the formation in the novitiate, the newly professed Barnabite students went to Rome to continue their theological studies. They joined the International Seminary in Rome, and in September 26, 1998, the first priestly ordination took place with Fr. Jesus Allado. Two years later, the priestly ordination of Fr. Joselito Ortega and Fr. Richard Genetiano followed. Then, subsequent ordinations followed. As the community was growing a Barnabite apostolate was becoming St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria Parish—the first parish in Asia and in imperative. On the year 2002, the fathers the Philippines dedicated to the Holy Founder .

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were able to obtain from the Bishop of Antipolo, the Most Rev. Gabriel V. Reyes, a parish in Silangan, San Mateo, Rizal dedicated to our Founder St. Anthony Ma. Zaccaria. The first Barnabite, assigned as the parish priest until the present, is Fr. Richard Genetiano. Now, there is already a separate community of Barnabites, composed of three Barnabite priests, who manage the said parish. It has a Catholic population of approximately 18,000 parishioners. In addition, wisdom and experience St. Paul Scholasticate, Tagaytay City houses the professed suggested to have also the theological students and the Delegate Superior. studies take place in the country of origin. So in the year 2003, the St. Paul Scholasticate was opened in Tagaytay City, at first, guests of the SVD, until a land was purchased for its own building, which was inaugurated in 2006. The first rector was Fr. Giovanni Ma. Scalese. The present superior of the community is Fr. Joselito Ortega, CRSP Today, the Philippine foundation is composed of 13 Filipino priests, 2 deacons, 21 professed brothers (19 Filipinos and 2 Indonesians), 12 novices (8 Filipinos and 4 Indians), 7 postulants and 37 college seminarians/aspirants. As we celebrate the 20th year of foundation of the Barnabites in the Philippines, we are thankful to those who helped in the establishment of the Barnabites in this country and, of course, to the Almighty God for His gift of vocation in our Congregation.

St. Paul Scholasticate Community, 2009-2010

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The Father says …

Looking Back to the Past … Looking Ahead to the Future
(Very Rev. Fr. Joselito M. Ortega, CRSP)
A six grader once asked me: “Father, is it necessary to always refer to what had happened in the past in order to prevent any uncalled problems in the present?” I was at the school corridor when he ambushed me with the question. I was teaching then at the Mother of Divine Providence School in Marikina. I was taken aback with the deftness of the question and was very unsure of my answer to his question. I tried my best to tell him the importance of the past but unknown to me, his question was referring to a painful experience and he did not want his younger sibling to fall into the same situation. This experience happened to me six years ago and it came back in a flash when I was asked to write something about the twenty years experience of the Clerics Regular of Saint Paul (Barnabites) in the Philippines. It may not have any parallel point to my story but I think the past is very important to remind us of how things were before its present state. I am one of the pioneer vocations of the Clerics Regular of Saint Paul. Way back in 1990, I entered the congregation and my journey to religious life started its motion under the guidance of our then Rector-Superior Fr. Frank Papa, CRSP. The life in the seminary was a mixture of happy and sad memories. However, with the grace of God the congregation continued to move with ease. I saw how the fathers, with total commitment and dedication, molded and developed the foundation. Human limitations may have shaken the growth of the Philippine foundation but with the grace of God, it was overcome with great results and at the same time a baggage of learning. Thus, every time I remember the boy’s question, I can say to myself this is the answer: the past is important because it offers us some knowledge that is very important in shaping the future and making the present real. The presence of the Clerics Regular of Saint Paul in the Philippines consists of years of constant struggle. But the resilience of our fathers has brought us into who we are today. The work of the foundation started with the formation of the seminarians who would become the future local Barnabites in the Philippines. The initial number of vocation in the first five years was below twenty and was housed in a three-bedroom residential building in the old Molave Street, Marikina Heights. Today these numbers have doubled or quadrupled. We are very grateful most especially to God and the generosity of many people both foreign and local and the unending support of the Superior General and his council. They were instrumental for the existence of the Barnabites in the Philippines. It is noteworthy to acknowledge the support of the different bishops who received the Barnabites in their respective dioceses: Bishops Emeritus of Antipolo, Protacio Gungon and Crisostomo Yalung, Gabriel Reyes the present bishop of Antipolo and Luis Antonio Tagle of Imus, Cavite. There are many others that to name them, metaphorically, I can say like Saint John, “I suppose that the world itself could not contain that books that would be written”. I leave it to the Lord to recognize their generosity and may God fill them with the graces they need to continue their faithfulness to God in their practice of charity. The past determines the shape of the future and the success of the present, thus, it is necessary to look at how the Barnabites have been formed in the past and be grateful to it. And the best way one can show gratitude to it is to cultivate one’s ability to grow and to give back to Christ Crucified, from whom one have received them, his gifts and graces enriched in beauty. “Let us rush like madmen not only to God, but also to our neighbor, for he is the one who receives what we cannot give to God” (St. Anthony Zaccaria, Letter II). It is still valid today the words of Saint Anthony, our founder, “You well know, brothers, that the entire spiritual building up or ruining of religious institutes depends upon good or bad formation” (St. Anthony Zaccaria, Letter VII). In this aspect, as the new Superior Delegate of the Philippine Delegation, I urge all the members of the delegation to become faithful to all the teachings of our formators of both past and present. The success of one’s spiritual consecration to God is not quantifiable but if we let ourselves be formed by God and be able to let go of our selves then God can work out our limitations. Twenty years ago the Barnabites were building up, now the Barnabites are sustaining it and are convinced to make it stronger because our strength is founded on our trust in God’s divine love. Let us continue to look at Jesus and do not lose the vision of the face of God through our brothers and sisters so that we will become worthy sons and daughters of a very good father, Saint Anthony M. Zaccaria.

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The “Tremesanti” and their Special Formation Program
Br. Joseph Bernales, CRSP and Br. Jonathan Ramoso, CRSP

Four professed brothers namely, Br. Pat Golis, Br. John Koten, Br. Rosauro Valmores, and Br. Joseph Bernales, are presently undergoing a special formation program in preparation for their solemn profession. This formation program is similar to the novitiate because it involves an intense period of spirituality and lessons on religious life and on the congregation—its history, spirituality, lifestyle, including that of the Holy Founder, St. Anthony Mary. Hence, it is sometimes called “the second novitiate.” It is also an opportunity for all the candidates to the solemn profession from various countries and provinces of the congregation to get to know each other and undergo the same formation period. The said period runs for three months in Rome, Italy under the guidance of one of the assistants general taking the role of father master.   In the Philippine Delegation, the said formation program is composed of two parts. The first is presently taking place at St. Paul Scholasticate in Tagaytay. It involves an intensive study of the Italian language. The students, in fact, have a 2-hour, four days a week Italian lesson. A course on spirituality and religious life is also taught to the four formandi by Fr. Joselito Ortega, the superior of the religious community. Moreover, they are assigned to apostolate activities which offer them opportunity to teach catechism to children in Sitio Bitin, Barangay Sambong, one of the remotest villages in Tagaytay. It also gives them a chance to live with the people of the community and to do reflections on the Gospel with them. The said place is half way down from the city to the smallest volcano in the world, the Taal volcano. The tremesanti go to the area every Thursday (if weather permits since the soil is slippery when it rains). From the seminary, they

Br. Rosauro (left) and Br. John (right) teaching catechism.

go to Crossing Mendez and start the walk going up to the village. The walk usually takes about an hour, while going back home takes an hour and a half. At lunchtime, the tremesanti eat together with the people of the area. In the afternoon, they organize a Bible sharing by inviting the families to meditate with them the Word of God and their faith experiences. But while the tremesanti do this special formation program, they continue to participate in all community activities with their confreres. Here is a sharing of the tremesanti’s lifebased-experience and insights through these posted questions: How do you feel the apostolate in Sambong and its atmosphere with the people for a day of stay? Does it help in your formation as a person or as priest for a people in the near future? How? Bro. John responds regarding the atmosphere of the apostolate area with the people, “It is great because the people there are so kind and the students are good in learning. And in sharing, I draw a lot of experiences about life.” Bro. Koten even has recommended thus: “It is very good. Continue it in the future!” Also, Bro. Joseph comments that he feels like living in the place forever. The hospitality

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and simplicity of the people in Sambong made him feel that he was evangelized in some ways towards a fulfilled life. Bro. Rosauro simply but deeply shares his insights out of his experience: “It helps me to widen my consciousness regarding the realities in life especially with the poor.” Koten added the value of service in mission. He relates once: “In my experience as a missionary, sacrifice and a brave heart is needed in whatever conditions that calls (sic) us to serve the people. It is a service out of love for the people who are in need. Be ready always in doing (sic) the mission that Christ has called us to do. Be a soldier of Christ, who is ready to die for His Gospel.” The second part of the preparation period will take place in Rome, Italy from January to March 2010 (the so-called “tre mesi” in Italian; the brothers who take part in this program are therefore called the “tremesanti”). It is in this stage that the three-month preparation period formally starts. As stated above, lessons on religious life, on the congregation and on the Holy Founder are taught by the fathers assigned in the two religious communities in Rome (St. Charles ai Catinari Parish and in the Curia Generalizia). Even the superior general, the Most Rev. Fr. Giovanni Villa, also contributes in the said formation in many and various ways! Aside from doing lessons, the formandi will also visit the religious communities and houses of the congregation in Italy. In this way, they will be able to know well their religious family (especially its roots) and meet confreres they have never known. Brothers Pat, John, Rosauro and Joseph are scheduled to leave for Rome in November in order to attend another intensive course on Italian language before the formal commencement of the preparation period. To the candidates to the solemn profession, IN BOCCA AL LUPO!
“Walk toward God in absolute freedom, and do not attach yourselves to anything whatsoever; but, run towatd Him.” -St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria, Sermon VI

Novices and postulants go on retreat   at St. Paul Scholasticate 
    Last  26th‐30th  of  May,  the  novices  and  the  postulants,  had  their  five‐day  retreat  at  St.  Paul  Scholasticate,  Tagaytay  City.  It  served  as  a  preparation  for  the  postulants’  admission  to  the  novitiate  and  for  the  novices’  first  profession  of  vows.  The retreat started with the celebration of the  Holy  Eucharist  in  the  morning  of  the  first  day  and  culminated  in  the  evening  of  the  last  day  with  the  exposition  and  benediction  of  the  Blessed  Sacrament.    It  had  a  total  of  eight  sessions,  two  sessions  each  day.  A  biblical  verse  taken  from  St.  Paul’s letters served as a theme in every session and  as a point for personal reflection for the whole day.  The  retreat  master  also  availed  himself  for  some  personal  consultation  and  confession  during  the  meditation time.      The retreatants were lucky to have Fr. Ulrich  Gacayan,  a  Rogationist  priest  and  an  exegete,  as  retreat  master.  He  chose  St.  Paul’s  life  and  missionary journey as the main theme of the retreat.  A  perfect  fit  indeed  since  the  Barnabites  is  a  congregation  dedicated  to  St.  Paul  and  coincidentally,  the  Pauline  year  was  about  to  end.  Many good themes drawn out from Paul’s story were  shared to the group by Fr. Ulrich. Such themes, truly,  had  helped  them  to  pray  well  and  had  motivated  them to live  a life of consecration like  what St. Paul  did.  One  of  the  unforgettable  themes  was  Paul’s  fidelity in fulfilling his missionary journey.       The retreat was concluded with a Eucharistic  celebration  on  Saturday  morning.  Afterwards,  the  novices  and  the  postulants  hit  the  road  for  a  return  trip  to  Marikina.  They  were  in  a  rush  for  the  postulants were supposed to have their rite of formal  acceptance  in  the  novitiate  in  the  afternoon.  At  around 12 noon, they arrived home safe and sound,  spiritually renewed and ready to face new challenges  as they respond to the call of God. (Br. Rey Carmelo  Ausejo, CRSP) 

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“Record breaking profession”:  

An Outing and Road trip in One 


Ten Novices profess the first vows 
On  May  31,  2009,  the  solemnity  of  the  Pentecost, ten novices concluded their novitiate year  with  the  first  profession  of  religious  vows  at  Saint  Anthony  Ma.  Zaccaria  Parish  in  Barangay  Silangan,  San Mateo, Rizal. The ceremony was held within the  Eucharistic  celebration  presided  by  Fr.  Frank  M.  Papa, CRSP, then delegate superior of the Barnabite  Fathers  in  the  Philippines  and  concelebrated  by  the  Barnabite priests of the Philippine delegation.       The  glorious  event  was  attended  by  sisters  and  seminarians  from  different  congregations.  The  lay  affiliates  of  the  congregation,  relatives,  friends,  and  benefactors  of  the  newly  professed  brothers  were also present to witness the special event. After  the  Eucharistic  celebration,  a  simple  reception  followed  at  St.  Anthony  Mary  Zaccaria  Seminary,  Marikina.    After  the  reception,  the  newly  professed  brothers  packed  up  their  things  and  moved  to  St.  Paul  Scholasticate  in  Tagaytay  to  continue  their  formation  and  theological  studies.  The  professandi  and their places of origin: Cunan Adaro (Hinundayan,  Southern  Leyte),  Rey  Carmelo  Ausejo  (Malitbog,  So.  Leyte),  Gerard  Sala  (Malitbog,  So.  Leyte),  Alfredo  Dolog  Jr.  (Bontoc,  So.  Leyte),  Alvin  Libay  (Pinut‐an,  So.  Leyte),  Benedict  Insigne  (Carigara,  Leyte),  Glenn  Gaabucayan  (Ozamiz  City),  Rolly  Cascajo  (Gutalac,  Zamboanga  del  Norte),  John  Paul  Osip  (Claveria,  Misamis  Oriental),  and  Mark  Anthony  Pondoc  (Cortes, Bohol). (Br. Mark Anthony Pondoc, CRSP) 

  It  has  been  a  tradition  of  the  St.  Paul  Scholasticate  community  to  go  for  an  outing  at  the  beginning  of  the  school  year.  And  this  year,  the  annual outing was held last 12 June (coincidentally, it  was  also  the  111th  anniversary  of  the  Philippine  Independence)  at  Virgin  Beach  Resort  in  Laiya,  Batangas, south of Manila.  The  day  was  indeed  a  special  one  for  the  community  to  unwind  and  to  enjoy  each  other’s  company.  The  professed  students,  the  fathers/ formators,  the  seminary  personnel  as  well  as  the  Merciful Sisters left the seminary at around half past  seven in the morning. They expected to arrive at the  beach  resort  around  9  a.m.    However,  they  got  lost  on  their  way  because  nobody  was  familiar  with  the  roads  and  the  drivers  only  relied  on  a  map.  The  wrong  turns  made  the  trip  a  little  longer  than  expected.    At  around  half  past  eleven  (after  almost  five  hours!),  they  finally  reached  the  beach  resort,  tired  yet  excited  to  plunge  into  the  crystal  blue  sea  and to play in the white sand.  The  long  and  tiring  trip  was  paid  off  by  the  scenic view of the beach. The sea was calm and the  weather  was  fine.  Some  of  the  confreres  enjoyed  taking  a  swim,  while  others  spent  the  day  singing  different  modern  songs  with  the  accompaniment  of  the  guitar.  Those  who  were  very  tired  managed  to  take  a  nap.  Fr.  Joselito  Ortega,  together  with  the  sisters and the personnel, prepared the lunch.  Late  in  the  afternoon,  at  around  4,  they  started  their  way  home.  Again,  they  got  lost  and  found themselves at unfamiliar places. The trip back  home  was  longer  than  the  one  going  to  the  resort.  They finally arrived in Tagaytay at around 9 o’clock in  the  evening.  All  were  tired  but  their  smiles  showed  much  enjoyment  and  fun—outing  and  road  trip  in  one.  (Br. Rey Carmelo Ausejo, CRSP)   

Fr. Bassotti visits the Philippines 
The Philippine Delegation was graced with a  two‐week visit of the former Superior General of the  Barnabites  (1982‐1994),  the  Most  Rev.  Fr.  Giuseppe  Bassotti,  CRSP.    He  came  for  a  visit  to  take  part  on  the  20th  Foundation  anniversary  of  the  Philippine  Delegation, the diaconal ordination of  two professed  

The ten newly professed brothers

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14 Divine Word School of Theology   holds DWSTSA Sports Days 

Fr. Bassotti visits Taal lake and volcano with (from left) Bartolomeo, Br. Pat and Rev. Jose.

brothers  and  the  solemnity  of  the  holy  founder  St.  Anthony Ma. Zaccaria.  Fr.  Bassotti  arrived  with  his  companion,  Bartolomeo, and first stayed at St. Anthony Zaccaria  Seminary in Marikina. There he saw the realization of  what  he  initiated  way  back  in  the  year  1988  while  serving as superior general of the congregation. The  four‐day  stay  with  the  Fathers  and  collegians  in  Marikina  enabled  him  also  to  witness  the  growing  number of vocations in the Philippine Delegation. On  July  05,  he  went  up  to  Tagaytay  where  the  “Studentato  Filippino”,  the  St.  Paul  Scholasticate  is  located. On the same day, Fr. Bassotti witnessed the  diaconal  ordination  of  the  two  solemn  professed  brothers:  Br.  Jose  Nazareno  Gabato  and  Br.  Arvin  Dagalea (see related story at page 2). He stayed at St.  Paul Scholasticate for six days.  Fr.  Basotti’s  stay  with  the  St.  Paul  Scholasticate  community  provided  him  with  a  memorable  experience  as  he  visited  some  eye‐ catching  tourist  destinations  in  Tagaytay.  He  was  accompanied  by  some  professed  brothers.  They  visited People’s Park and Taal lake and volcano. They  crossed  Taal  lake  by  boat  and  trekked  the  volcano  through  a  horse‐ride.  On  July  10,  he  left  for  Italy  bringing with him colorful memories from the fathers  and seminarians of the Philippine delegation. Grazie  per  la  visita  padre  Bassotti!  (Br.  Jonathan  Ramoso,  CRSP) 

Last  August  17  and  18,  the  Divine  Word  School  of  Theology  Students’  Association  or  commonly  known  as  DWSTSA,  organized  the  annual  inter‐seminary  sports  competition.  These  were  actually  days  of  “sports  and  talent  feast”  where  the  seminarians  showed  their  talents  in  different  fields:  indoor  and  outdoor  sports  games,  “brain  games”,  song and dance. All these activities were held in the  Divine  Word  School  of  Theology  (DWST)  compound.    The  affair  was  opened  with  the  celebration  of the Holy Mass presided by the diocesan priest and  alumnus  of  DWST,  Fr.  Francis  Eugene  Fadul.  The  rectors of the various seminaries also concelebrated.  It was followed by a short parade by the students of  each year level wearing their colorful uniforms. After  the parade, the dancing competition was held where  the  students  showed  off  their extraordinary  dance  moves. It was indeed a  moment filled  with fun, and  was made more exciting and hilarious by the mascots  prepared by the students themselves.    The basketball exhibition game followed with  the formators of the different houses of formation as  the  players.  The  event  had,  indeed,  provided  an  opportunity  to  the  seminarians  and  their  formators  to  create  a  strong  bonding  through  sports.  Other  games  were  also  held  afterwards  which  made  the  whole  day  a  very  busy  and  a  thrilling  one  for  all.  (continued to next page) 

The confreres enjoy their lunch on the 1st day of the DWSTSA Sports Fest.

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(DWSTA Sports Days, continuation) The  championship  games  were  held  at  the  second  day  of  the  sports  fest.  The  St.  Paul  Scholasticate  community  is  very  proud  to  have  confreres  who  finished  as  champions  or  second  placers  in  various  games.  For  the  badminton  single,  Br. John Paul Osip was declared the champion while  Br.  Isfridus  Syukur  got  the second  place  award.  Brs.  Jonathan  Ramoso  and  Clyd  Authentico  were  the  victors  in  the  badminton  doubles  and Glenn  Gaabucayan  and  Wendel  Quiton  from  the  Order  of  St. Joseph won the second place. Br. Clyd Authentico  got  the  second  place  in  dama,  and  for  the  table  tennis Br.  Rolly  Cascajo  also  occupied  the  second  place. There  were  also  confreres  who  played  volleyball  and  basketball  with  fellow  students  and  won  the  first  place  award:  Brs.  Cunan  Adaro,  Alvin  Libay,  Gerard  Sala,  Rolly  Cascajo  for  the  volleyball;  Brs.  Jonathan  Ramoso  and  Clyd  Autentico  for  the  basketball.   At the evening of the second day, the singing  competition was held. The prizes and trophies for the  winners and champions were also awarded. The over ‐all  winner  for  this  year’s  DWSTSA  Sports  fest  is  the third year class, whose team name was Ruah. (Br.  Thomas Federick Tabada, CRSP)   

the  retreatants  that  prayer  is  a  covenant  between  two  persons;  it  is  a  relationship  between  two  persons  who  are  very  close  to  one  another.  With  these  statements  he  made  them  ponder  on  how  deep is their relationship with Jesus, a person whom  they desire to follow and dedicate their lives forever.  Prayer  life,  he  said,  depends  on  one’s  relationship  with Him.     The  aforementioned  thoughts  were  more  than enough to refresh the professed brothers. After  the session, they could not help but smile and thank  God for the fruitful retreat. It was also a moment of  renewal  because  they  were  able  to  remember,  rejoice, and renew their lives. The professed brothers  entrusted everything in the hands of the Almighty for  the  new  academic  year.  For  they  believe  that  they  can  do  nothing  without  Him.  (Br.  Isfridus  Syukur,  CRSP)   

TMPS opens new academic year with  new faces and … lots of excitement! 
  The  Tahanang  Mapag‐aruga  ni  Padre  Semeria  (TMPS)  officially  opened  the  new  school  year  2009‐2010  last  21  July.  The  said  event  was  graced  with  the  presence  of  the  new  and  very  committed principal Bro. Thomas Tabada, CRSP. The  event  also  highlighted  the  opening  of  TMPS’  new  nursery program and the welcoming of its new set of  teachers and administrators.   Through  the  initiative  of  Fr.  Joselito  Ortega,  CRSP, TMPS’ new president and the collaboration of  Br.  Thomas,  the  nursery  program  had  been  actualized. The said program is for children from 3‐4  years  old.  It  is  geared  to  prepare  children  before  entering  the  kindergarten  program.  Hence,  basic  writing and reading skills are taught to them, as well  as basic Mathematics and Christian Values. There are  seven  children  presently  enrolled  in  the  said  program.   Aside  from  the  nursery  program,  TMPS  also  has  new  teachers  and  administrators.  Fr.  Joselito  Ortega  is  the  new  president,  Rev.  Jose  Nazareo  Gabato, CRSP is its school director and Br. Thomas is  in‐charge as principal for this school year. Five of the  six  new  teachers  (one  is  already  in  third  Theology)  are  first  year  students  in  Theology:  Brs.  John  Paul  Osip,   Rolly   Cascajo,   Alvin  Libay   and  Rey  Ausejo.  

“Beginning everything in the   name of the Lord.” 
          The St. Paul Scholasticate community started  the  new  academic  year  2009‐2010  with  a  five‐day  retreat,  last  May  26‐30,  2009.  The  retreat  was  held  at  Our  Lady  Help  of  Christians  Spiritual  House  in  Batulao,  Batangas,  under  the  guidance  of  Fr.  Chris  Kennedy, SDB as retreat master.    It was fitting for the professed retreatants to  spend  several  days  in  prayer  and  meditation  since  they just came back from vacation with their families  in  respective  provinces.  The  retreat  served  as  a  moment to re‐set or re‐direct their focus on the new  academic  year  and  most  especially  on  the  vocation  they have chosen. Such was a moment of composing  oneself to begin another year of formation.    The themes for meditation were in line with  this  “re‐directing”  of  one’s  attention  to  the  new  beginning  of  another  year  of  formation  to  the  priesthood.   Fr.   Kennedy  also   emphatically  taught  

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They teach basic English, Math, Filipino and Christian  Values  in  the  kindergarten  program.  Brs.  Thomas  Tabada  (a  third  year  student),  Cunan  Adaro  and  Benedict Insigne all teach in the nursery program.  

Br. Rolly teaches Math to kindergarten pupils.

At  present,  there  are  23  pupils  enrolled  in  TMPS,  7  belong  to  the  nursery  program  and  16  are  taking the kindergarten program. The number of the  pupils  in  the  kindergarten  is    limited  to  only  16  so  that their teachers would have enough time to direct  and guide them properly.   Moreover, TMPS also sponsors 33 scholars in  grade  school,  high  school  and  tertiary  level.  And  as  the fruit of the scholarship program, TMPS is glad to  announce  that  one  of  its  scholars,  Ms.  Joana,  had  completed her studies last summer with an associate  degree  in  Computer  Science.  Good  work  and  congratulations!  We  are  proud  of  you!  Greetings  from the Semerian Family!!!   For  those  who  are  interested  to  know  more  and would like to support our program please write  us  via  e‐mail:  tmnp_semeria@yahoo.com  (Rev.  Jose  Nazareno Gabato, CRSP) 

  General Council appoints new   Delegation Superior in the Philippines 
  The General Council of the Barnabite Fathers  in Rome had appointed a new delegate superior for  the Philippine Delegation in the person of Fr. Joselito  Ortega,  CRSP.  The  said  appointment  took  effect  last  July.     Last May 2009, some months before the said  appointment,  the  St.  Paul  Scholasticate community  

bade  farewell  and  expressed  its  best  wishes  to  Fr.  Giovanni Scalese, former Delegate Superior, who had  been assigned to India. He is presently the formator  of the seminarians and pro‐superior of the Barnabite  Indian  Mission  based  in  Bangalore.  Thus,  our  goodbyes were  not  for  long  because  his  new  assignment welcomed  him  with  greetings  and  warm  embraces.   Fr. Joselito Ortega is the first Filipino and the  third  delegate  superior  of  the  Philippine  Delegation.  He was born on the 14th of December 1971 in Palo,  Leyte. He is the 6th in the eleven siblings of Bernardo  and  Gloria  Ortega.  He  was  ordained  to  the  priesthood  together  with  Fr.  Richard  Genetiano,  CRSP  on  the  23th  of September  2000. He  obtained  his  AB  Philosophy  degree  at  St.  Camillus  College  Seminary  and  earned  his  STB  from  the  Pontifical  Urbanian  University  in  Rome  and  licentiate  in  Pastoral Health Care at the Camillianum.     His first assignment was at St. Anthony Mary  Zaccaria  Seminary  in  Marikina  as  formator.  In  the  year  2003‐2006  he  became  the  prefect  of  discipline  of  the  seminarians.  In  2007‐2009  he  served  as  the  rector  of  the  same  seminary  and  superior  of  the  religious  community.  Fr.  Ortega’s  appointment  as  delegate superior of the Philippine delegation is valid  until  2012.  He  is  also  presently  serving  as  superior  of the religious community of St. Paul Scholasticate.     As  the  new  delegate  superior,  Fr.  Joselito  has  his  new  council  to  coordinate  the  works and activities  and to assist him in  the  governance  of  the Delegation. The  members  of  this  council  are  the  following:  Rev.  Fr.  Frank  Pa‐ pa, Consultor;  Fr.  Richard  Genetiano,  Consultor;  Fr.  Rev. Fr. Joselito M. Ortega Michael  Francis   Mancusi,  Chancellor;  Fr.  Virano  Ladra,  Delegation  Treasurer;  Fr.  Rudyson  Nulo,  Vocation  Director.  (Br.  Thomas Frederick Tabada) 

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The St. Paul Scholasticate community joins in the celebration of the Year for Priests

Saint Paul Scholasticate Newsletter

Saint Paul Scholasticate

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. Michael Sandalo Editor-in-Chief: Br. John Paul Osip Assistant Editor: Br. Isfridus Syukur Editorial Staff: Br. Mark Anthony Pondoc; Br. Rey Carmelo Ausejo; Br. Thomas Frederick Tabada; Br. Jonathan Ramoso Contributors: Fr. Frank Papa; Fr. Joselito Ortega; Fr. Michael Francis Mancusi; Rev. Jose Nazareno Gabato; Rev. Arvin Dagalea; Br. Joseph Bernales; Br. John Koten Typeset in the Philippines by the Saint Paul Scholasticate, September 2009

LORD … May your priests be holy, filled with the fire of your love, seeking nothing but your greater glory, and the salvation of souls. Amen. Holy Mary, Mother of priests, intercede for us!