Quis nos separabit a caritate Christi? An gladius?

Saint Paul Scholasticate Newsletter
Year 6 No. 16 Christmas 2011 The Community of St. Paul Scholasticate wishes you Peace, Joy and Love this Christmas and a Grace-filled New Year 2012!

Merry Christmas! Maligayang Pasko! Buon Natale! Joyeux Noel!

The Greatest Gift
“For God so loved the world that he gave us his only Son, so that anyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life” (John 3:16).
“God hates sins but loves sinners.” This does not mean that he approves the evil conduct of men. He desires men not to perish but to be saved and be happy. This is due to His benevolent love for them. When the world was in a state of ruin because of its sinful state, God sent his only son to become its redeemer. This is the highest expression of God’s love that we can conceive. Psalm 8 expresses how dear human beings are to God. The story of creation in Genesis articulates the same; aside from setting the dwelling place of man in proper order, God made him according to His likeness and image, endowed him with intellect and free-will. Thus, God graced man with dignity. When the Word became flesh (kenosis), human nature was elevated and, indeed, God made it holy through the Incarnation of His son, Jesus Christ. Because of man’s separation from God, Jesus was sent into the world and assumed the human nature except sin. This is the greatest gift that men have received from God. He offers salvation and life eternal through His Son. The only main reason for this is Love. (Br. Rey Carmelo Ausejo)

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Two Barnabite Brothers say their “Fiat” ...

The Solemn Profession of Vows of Br. Rosauro and Br. Joseph
(Br. Roxie Roflo, CRSP) Last December 8, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, two Barnabite brothers expressed their “fiat” to God through the Solemn Profession of the Religious Vows of Chastity, Poverty and Obedience. Like Mary in the Gospel, Br. Rosauro Abletes Valmores and Br. Joseph Mapa Bernales committed themselves for life to God’s call to the religious life. The two come from the Visayas and Mindanao. Br. Rosauro (fondly called by his confreres “Bogs), hail from Balingasag, Misamis Oriental, Mindanao while Br. Joseph is from Malitbog, Southern Leyte province, Visayas. The day before the Profession, the two candidates had their recollection while the other members of the Barnabite community in Tagaytay were busy doing the preparation. Tasks were divided and assigned to various groups by the seminary council led by Br. Cunan Adaro. During the liturgical celebration, half of the members of the community sang as a choir and the rest were altars servers. The solemn two-hour celebration was held in the Sacred Heart Chapel of St. Paul Scholasticate in Tagaytay City at half past four in the afternoon. It was presided by the delegate superior of the Barnabites in the Philippines, Rev. Fr. Joselito Ortega, CRSP. Fr. Frank Papa, the novice master of St. Alexander Sauli Novitiate in Marikina, Fr. Jimmy Anastacio, the superior of the Barnabite community in Marikina, Fr. Ronald Bagley, the rector of the Eudist Seminary and the twelve (12) Filipino Barnabite Fathers presently assigned in the Philippines all concelebrated. Fr. Michael Sandalo, the rector and superior of St. Paul Scholasticate also concelebrated but stayed with the choir as its director. The professandi’s families, relatives, and friends were also present to witness this once-in-alifetime event. The parents of Bro. Rosauro stayed in the seminary. Bro. Joseph’s relatives and friends were accomodated in the neighboring convent of the Hospitalers Sisters of Mercy. Other religious communities were also present in this solemn occasion. Among the sisters, present were the Merciful Sisters, the Hospitalers Sisters of Mercy, the Bridgetine Sisters, the Ursuline Sisters and

Storming the heavens with the help of the Saints: the Brothers prostrate themselves at the Litany of the Saints.

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the Angelic Sisters of St. Paul who came from Marikina City. Among the men religious, the Eudists and the Servants of the Paraclete also took part in the occasion. Of course, the college-seminarians of the Barnabite seminary in Marikina, and Ed and Alma Roa, Barnabite affiliates in Tagaytay also witnessed the Solemn rites. In his homily, Fr. Joselito Ortega reminded the Brothers that Solemn Profession is embarking to a new chapter in their lives. It is a lifetime commitment without surrender and retreat. Their “Fiat”, their “Yes” to the Lord must be forever. After the celebration of the Eucharist, reception followed at the Sala Zaccaria of the seminary. A simple meal was shared by all. The sala, the dining hall and the corridors of the seminary were filled with the friends of the confreres. After dinner, a cultural program was held as a tribute to the newly solemn professed. Bros. Roxie Roflo and Darwayne Alfaro were the emcees. During the said program, Brs. Rosauro and Joseph expressed their feelings and thanked all those who graced the occasion with their presence. The confreres rendered inspirational

Br. Joseph makes his Solemn Profession of Vows.

songs: Br. Julimar, accompanied by musicians Brs. Roy and John Paul, and even Br. Rosauro performed one of his favorite songs. The Brothers of the Servants of the Paraclete also sang “Pilgrim’s Theme”. At the end of the program, all the Brothers serenaded the audience with Filipino and English Christmas carols. Indeed, the celebration ended with great joy making it truly memorable to all those present. The religious community of St. Paul Scholasticate is very thankful for those who made the occasion possible: Fr. Joselito Ortega and all the Fathers; the Hospitaler Sisters for opening the doors of their convent for the guests; the Merciful Sisters who beautified the chapel with their flower arrangements; the seminary Liturgy committee headed by Br. Mark Anthony Pondoc; Br. Cunan Adaro and all the members of the seminary council; Nanay Mentang and the rest of the cooks who prepared the meals and the tables for the reception; and finally, the Barnabite scholastics for their active cooperation. CONGRATULATIONS BRS. BOGS AND JOSEPH!

Br. Rosauro pronounces the formula of Profession before the presence of Fr. Joselito, Fr. Frank and Fr. Jimmy.

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A Call to Reconciliation 
(Rev. Fr. Michael Sandalo, CRSP) 
Christmas in the Philippines is considered the longest in the world. Radio stations begin to play Christmas songs and shopping malls sell Christmas decors as early as the first week of September. Filipinos fill their houses with colorful and fanciful decorations, plan their Christmas getaways and parties, and prepare a list of the things to buy for the occasion. Because of these, many are so excited to get their cash bonuses and the socalled “thirteenth month pay.” Families troop to shopping malls to purchase gifts and the best hamon and queso de bola available for the Christmas midnight Noche Buena feast. Indeed, Christmas is the best time of the year for many Filipinos—rich and poor, young and old alike. Such is the extravagance of our preparations to make Christmas happy. Even in other parts of the world, every culture has its own unique way of making the Yuletide an event to remember. The Church offers us a period to prepare for the celebration of the Lord’s birth. The Advent season is a four-week preparation period for Christmas. It is offered to us as a time to reflect and look at our lives individually and collectively. Every Sunday, we are given a theme based on the Gospel to remind us of particular values to make our preparation truly meaningful. We are reminded to be watchful and ready for the Lord’s coming is like a thief in the night. The Church calls us to be watchful and ready through a constant renewal of our Faith. We are invited to a self-introspection to be able to see our shortcomings and negligence throughout the whole year and be resolved to make the new year a better one in living out our faith commitment. It involves a life of prayer, meditation of the Word of God and a generous commitment to give oneself in service especially to the poor. Christmas is a call to reconciliation. Jesus, the God-made-man, humbled Himself for our sake to raise us up from shame and restore our broken friendship with God. He took to Himself our frail humanity in order to strengthen us and heal the wounds caused by our separation from God due to sin. Jesus became man to reconcile us to God. “God so loved the world that He sent His only Son and whoever believes in Him will not perish but will have eternal life” (Jn. 3:16). As we look back at the year that will end, we see the persons we hurt, with whom we dealt negatively because of our self-centeredness and selfishness. Christmas encourages us to be sorry for our failures, to tear down dividing walls of hatred, to restore broken relationships, to heal wounds of conflicts. It is the time to reconcile ourselves not only to God but to our enemies. Christmas offers us an opportunity to renew and restore broken relationships. It is a time of healing past hurts because Jesus comes to bind our wounds and set us free. Reconciliation will not occur without forgiveness which, in turn, is made possible through our capacity to let go and to abandon the past to be able to move to the present onto the future. Our healing starts in our capacity to leave the past and surrender it to God. Letting go and self-abandonment lead to one’s freedom, to openness to rebuilding relationships and to establish new relationships. However, humility is necessary to be able to let go and abandon. We need first the capacity to accept our own weaknesses and shortcomings. Consequently, we need to approach God in humble submission of ourselves—our past history of successes and failures, our frustrations and anger, joy and contentment. Only in humility can we derive the courage to leave aside all things that hinder us to experience the joy of our being human. Indeed, reconciliation sets us free and brings us inner peace that we long for. It is the gift of Christmas.

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“Christmas is a call to reconciliation.   Jesus, the God‐made‐man, humbled  Himself for our sake to raise us up  from shame and restore our broken  friendship with God.   He took to Himself our frail humanity  in order to strengthen us   and heal the wounds caused by our  separation from God due to sin.   Jesus became man   to reconcile us to God.”  
The Incarnation of Jesus is the climax of God’s humility. He, who is God, “emptied Himself and took the form of a slave being born in the likeness of men” (Phil. 2:7). Despite His power, God did not separate Himself from sinful men. But because of His compassion and love, He Himself chose to become one with us, except sin, in order to show His solidarity (pakikiisa) with us sinners. Truly, God did not abandon us. The Incarnation of His only begotten Son is a sign that He is truly one with us: a manifestation of His care (pagmamalasakit), of His desire to share with us His divine life. Through Jesus’ Incarnation, God the Father reconciled man to Himself and became a lasting sign of His enduring providence to wounded human beings. Jesus is truly the “Emmanuel”—God with us! Reconciliation guarantees us inner peace and freedom. We all want to be free and live peacefully. We want peace of mind and heart, we want liberty from things that hinder us from living life to its fullest. So let us start a new year with hearts renewed and ready and free to new realtionships, to new adventures of life and to deeper experiences of love. I believe that the best preparation we can do for the Christmas and to celebrate it is to seek reconciliation with our enemies. Christmas would truly be happy and merry if there is reconciliation and forgiveness in the family and in our circle of friends. It is best celebrated if broken relationships are healed and conflicts are forgiven and forgotten. Christmas would find its true meaning in our lives when we ourselves become agents of reconciliation. Hence, let us proclaim God’s message and spread the good news: Jesus comes to bring us peace and reconciliation. MERRY CHRISTMAS!

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The Bells of Barangay San Jose
The bells of Barangay San Jose  Rang against the screen of windblown rain  Struck from bell towers from north to south  The wet July weather deadened the tolling  Unable to break out from the soggy fog  Eager acolytes swinging on strong bell ropes  Coaxing the brass cones to clang out louder.    The bells clamored to wake the faithful at dawn  Loud summons to attend     the eucharistic solemnity  Nuns in white with colorful umbrellas     stepped lively,  Matrons with missals tucked in braided belts  Waddled through the half opened     seminary gates  Rosary beads dangling, in quickened half steps  Hurrying before the wet fog turned to cold rain.    A bright Sunday morning in Barangay San Jose  At the fence I eavesdropped     on the early birdsong  Of hummingbirds hovering on     yawning yellow bells  And red mayas chattering on     fragile cogon blades  The mellifluous sounds blending     with the suffused peal  Of brass bells hardly heard above the foggy veil  Ascent sounds scattering, melding in symphony.    I paused at our wooden gate     to listen to the concert  Unheeding the urgency of     the church bells ringing  A grand performance fit for kings     was being played out  At my very gate, heavenly music filling     a misty morn  All of a sudden jubilant baritone     voices broke in song  A robust Gregorian chant rode     the fog reverberating  The Mass had started and     to church we hastily went.              —Ed Roa 

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Br. Darwayne Jay Alfaro, CRSP

Christmas of a Barnabite 
  I  always  treasure  the  Christmas  season.  When  I  was  a  kid,  I  used  to  visit  my  relatives  and  asked them for new clothes, toys and gifts.  Even at  the  beginning  of  September,  we  already  heard  Christmas carols and the sounds of firecrackers. My  siblings and I also used to sing Christmas carols to  our  relatives  and  neighbors.  My  father  would  improvise a Christmas tree. I was the one assigned  to prepare the food for the Christmas Eve. On the  night before Christmas, we would go to Church and  attend  Mass.  Then  we  would  watch  fireworks  as  the  clock  struck  twelve.  This  was  how  I  spent  my  Christmas with my family, relatives and neighbors.  All these changed when I became a novice,  more  so  when  I  professed.  It  had  been  two  years  now since I last spent my Christmas with my family.  It  always  pained  me  whenever  I  think  of  this.  No  more shall I see my siblings’ faces, all lit by the light  of fireworks. No more shall I see my parents smile  and kiss me merry Christmas.  This is a sad turn of event. It would require  a  great  deal  of  strength  to  overcome  such  detachment.  I  believe,  every  Barnabite  seminarian  share  the  same  feelings,  though  some  would  not  totally agree.  As a religious, and aspiring to be a priest of  Christ, I ought to celebrate Christmas with my Lord.   Still,  in  every  step  of  my  formation,  Christmas  season  proved  to  be  the  most  trying  times.  Childhood memories rewind as though in a movie.  Events  flash  in  the  blink  of  an  eye  while  tears  bathed  my  eyes  and  dampen  my  cheeks.  In  such  moments, I  always tell  my Lord to  bring me home  for the Christmas.  My community is my new family now. Jesus  wanted  me  to  be  happy  with  Him,  through  my  brothers  and  the  vocation  we  share.  It  is  with  my  brothers  that  I experience a piece  of  home  every

Christmas.  We  also  share  each  other’s  sorrows,  hopes, and joys. With them, I gain strength to take  a step in my formation. I always thank God for the   inspiration  of my  brothers.  They are really my new  home now. Deep within me, I reflect and turn to Jesus  for answer. But what really is the question? I asked  why  I  needed  to  leave  my  family  and  be  alone  for  Christmas.  Answering  this  for  my  self  is  not  easy.  And  it  took  me  time  and  effort,  along  with  my  brothers,  to  understand  the  wealth  behind  my  sorrow.  It  is  not  that  Jesus  wanted  me  to  feel  lonely.  No!  Jesus  would  never  do  such  a  thing.  At  first,  I  did  feel  lonely  thinking  about  my  family.  However, far greater than this, Jesus wanted me to  realize  the  weight  of  my  following  Him.  In  the  absence of my family, Jesus stands at the center of  my  life  especially  this  time  of  Christmas.  He  is  my  family. And with that, my family and I will always be  together.  The Lord wanted me to realize only this: He  cut  the  string  that  fastened  me  to  my  family,  only  to bind me to Himself and share the abundance of  His joy. What a far greater happiness to spend my  Christmas  with  my  Lord.  What  ebullient  delight  that surpasses all my sorrows.  Now, my sorrows are no more. I know and  believe that in every Christmas my family and I are  one in the Lord. I believe with all my heart that the  Lord will never abandon me and that he will guard  over my family, in season and out of season.  Christmas is not only about spending things  with  the  ones  we  love.  It  is  about  the  One  whom  we love most and the reason of Christmas: Jesus. 

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Up close and personal …


What the brothers say about their apostolate activities
Pilit kong inaalala ang mga araw na itinigil ko sa lugar kung saan ginagawa ko ang aking apostolate. Sa aking pag-iisip tinatanong ko sa aking sarili kung naging mabunga ba ako sa aking ginagawa. Iniisip ko kung naging makabuluhan ba ako sa mga tao na aking pinaglingkuran. Sa katunayan maraming mga pagkakataon na minsan sa aking apostolate ako ay nailang, naging mahiyain at tahimik. Batid ko na ang mga ugaling ito ay pansin sa akin ng ibang tao (sana hindi nila ito mabigyan ng ibang kahulugan). Sa totoo lang ako talaga ay nahirapan sa aking apostolate hindi dahil sa ako ay walang gana o walang interes sa aking ginagawa. Naging mahirap sa akin ang apostolate sapagkat ang hirap hikayatin ng mga tao para makilahok sa pagdiriwang liturhiko. Hindi sila aktibo sa kung ano man ang obligasyon nila bilang mga binyagang katoliko. Hindi ko naman sila masisisi sa kanilang mga tugon at pilitin na makisali sa pagdiriwang. Bagamat sa kabila nitong mga konting hirap na aking hinaharap sa aking apostolate lubos pa rin akong nasisiyahan sa mga taong patuloy na nakikiisa at nakikilahok sa bawat pagdiriwang. Para sa akin sila ay nagsilbing grasya ng Panginoon para ipadama sa akin na Siya din ay natutuwa’t nagagalak sa aking maliit na ginagawa. Sa katunayan ang mga taong ito ang naghimok sa akin para gumawa ng mga plano sa ikabubuti ng kanilang komunidad at ng kanilang pananampalataya. Ako ay talagang nagulat sa kanilang mga suggestions/proposals noong nagkaroon kami ng pagpupulong ukol sa sitwasyon kung saan at kung ano na ang naging takbo ng kanilang komunidad bilang simbahan at mga mananampalataya. Nasabi ko tuloy sa aking sarili na hindi lang pala ako nagiisa, batid din nila ang mga problema ng komunidad nila. Sila man din ay umaasa at naglalayon na bilang isang komunidad ay mahango pa nila ang kanilang mga kasama lalong-lalo na ang kanilang mag-anak. Dahil sa kanila, nasabi ko tuloy na hindi ako nag-iisa sa pag-aapostolate ko, sila din ay nakikibahagi sa aking ginagawa sa pamamagitan ng kanilang suporta at pakikilahok sa bawat pagdiriwang. Oo, nahirapan ako ngunit ang kagandahan nito ay may mga taong nakikibahagi sa aking hirap, tumutulong sa aking ginagawa, at nakikiisa sa bawat proyekto na ninanais. Ito ang kagandahan ng aking apostolate. Talagang sobrang madiskarte si Lord. Hindi ko man Siya naramdaman sa tagumpay ngunit doon pala siya sa mga pagsubok ko natatanaw. Hanep ka Bro! —Br. Glenn

The Parish-Church of Our Lady of the Assumption, Maragondon, Cavite

Gaabucayan, CRSP, 3rd year Theology (assisting seminarian at the Our Lady of the Assumption Parish, Maragondon, Cavite)

Minsan nakasabay ko sa paglalakad papunta sa seminaryo ang lola ng isa sa mga estudyante namin. Nagkwentuhan kami tungkol sa maraming bagay hanggang sa mabanggit niya ang pag-aaral ng kanyang apo sa TMPS. Sinabi niya na gusto niyang matuto ang kanyang apo. Kahit malakas ang ulan, mainit man o malayo ang paaralan, sinisikap nilang makapunta sa TMPS dahil gusto niyang matuto ang bata; sayang daw kasi ang mga aralin na maaring matutunan ng bata kung liliban siya sa klase. Natigilan ako nang saglit at napa-isip. Naantig ang loob ko at namulat ako! Nakita ko kasi ang puspusang pagnanais ni lola na makapagaral ang kanyang apo. Nakita ko din na lubos ang pagtitiwalang ibinibigay ng mga magulang sa aming mga teachers ng TMPS. Ang pangyayaring ito ay tumulong sa akin na baguhin ang aking mababaw na pananaw sa pagtuturo sa mga bata. Dati ang pagtingin ko sa apostolate ay isang “requirement” o “assignment” sa school na ginagawa para makakuha ng mataas na marka. Sa halip na tingnan ko ito bilang isang paghahandog ng sarili sa kapwa at pagsunod kay Kristo, tiningnan ko ito bilang isang gawain na walang kabuluhan sa aking buhay. Mali ako. Ang paggawa pala ng apostolate at pakikiisa sa buhay ni Hesus. Dahil sa pangyayaring iyon, naitanong ko sa aking sarili: ginagampanan ko bang tunay ang aking tungkulin bilang isang guro ng mga bata? Mayroon ba akong ginagawa upang sila’y matuto? Tinutugunan ko

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Children of the TMPS gather for the flag raising ceremony.

ba ang malalim na pagtitiwala ng kanilang mga magulang sa akin? Sinubukan kong sagutin ang aking mga katanungan. Sinampal ako ng aking sariling sagot! Napahiya ako sa harap ng aking sarili. Nabigo akong turuan ang mga bata, nabigo akong ibigay, nabigo akong maghandog ng kaunting pag-ibig sa iba. Ito ngayon ang hamon ko sa aking sarili: MAGBIGAY. —Br. Roy Tabil, CRSP, 1st year

Theology (teacher-catechist, Tahanang Mapag-aruga ni Padre Semeria, St. Paul Scholasticate)

Visit the Sick, Console the Sorrowing Even When You are Alone
The retainment of the apostolate assignment for the second semester brought me some kind of relief knowing that I will not be facing new challenges of coping up with another environment. However, another adjustment has to be done, this time we have to go alone in the barrios. I know the celebration then must be far different from the first semester’s experience because aside from having no guitarist, I will be the one to give the preaching every week. Preaching every week is not really my issue but the presumed pressure on me on what others would think when I will be alone. People were sad when I told them that Br. Cunan will not be with us any longer for he will be leaving for his new assignment. However, I saw excitement in their faces after I told them that I will remain with them for the rest of the year. I had to explain to them that we, as missionaries, have to go and be gone. One goes away but another one arrives.

There must be no attachment but only love and compassion and becoming light and hope to people should be the goal. New challenge being alone! One of the active Churchgoers is sick and has been undergoing laser and chemotherapy. Initially, I was worried on what to do with many sick people to be visited on the very first day that I was alone. I was overwhelmed by the thought of being alone in this work. Even the Gospel tells us that Jesus sent His disciples by two but here am I responding to the need of time getting out of my own comfort. I should not deprive the holy ones of God of the comfort He is preparing through my visits. The daughter of Nanay Loring was very delighted when she learned that I am a seminarian visiting her. I listened and chat with them for a little while after which I invited them to pray. There was joy, there was peace in their faces, and the aura of gratefulness was evident. Nanay Peling, lost much of her weight, she was depressed and seldom smile for the past few weeks when we failed to go there. According to her relatives, they didn’t know how to make her think positively. Since she was a regular Churchgoer and she receives communion regularly, we decided to bring her communion. Before dinner was over, we noticed a change of aura in Nanay Peling—she started to smile and laughed and said that she was happy and she decided to be happy. Wait, the day was not yet over, somebody wanted to have a little chat. Okay, alright! I was thinking I should not be too late in coming back to the parish convent. Being alone, rejected by her own children and family was the complaint of this sad mother who talked to me. Looking at her, even when she smiled her looks seemed far, very far. Living alone and earning money for food alone at a very old age is not a joke. She needs a family and she needs somebody to talk to. “Brother, thank you so much for the little time which I hope my own children could give me.” Oh my, where am I and what is this? My heart was ripped I can’t believe all these. Alas the day was over. I know the next week would be the regular schedule of our Bible study and most probably these people would be a little better. Here I am thinking of all the experiences of the past few weeks, wishing that I hope someone will be with me to share the pains of these people. It is difficult but I have to because this is not my work this is of Him who sent me. I know it may be difficult to be alone but this will be easy because God works in everything and in everyday. —Br. Joseph Bernales,

CRSP, 4th year Theology (assisting seminarian at the Our Lady of the Way Parish, Magallanes, Cavite)

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Br. Raphael Laotoco, CRSP
It is not simply promoting justice and brotherhood more and more. Rather, it also means giving witness to Jesus Christ. In our society today, Church people are usually in the frontline in terms of justice and brotherhood. It is not anymore unusual to see religious men and women or priests and the like marching on the streets, doing rallies, protests, etc. What they are doing is in fact good and beneficial to the people. Many other religions admire our Church because she is so active not only in words but also in concrete actions. Our Church is an active Church. She does not allow bad things will happen to her people. Moreover, Jesus himself during his earthly ministry did what is necessary to the people. And this is what our Church of today follows. Our Church today is in constant struggle in promoting justice and peace to all people. However, as they would say, there’s a danger into it. It might lead people to the extreme and forget about God. Yes, it is good but we should always remember that there is Christ. Church people are known for promoting justice and brotherhood. People always seek the assistance and guidance of the Church because they believe that, like Jesus, the Church is an agent of love, a minister of love and justice. As a disciple of Christ, how could one follow a way that is different from His? This way is not, as we know, a movement of the political or temporal order; it calls rather for the conversion of hearts, for liberation from all temporal encumbrances. It is a call to love. Then, as a Church member, every individual is an agent or a witness to Christ’s love for humanity. Hence, it is part of our responsibility to do our best in promoting justice and equality to every people. Today, Church people are always there when and wherever there is oppression and injustices in

in the society. And she is always on the side of those who are victims of these. Based on my personal experience, in times of trouble like injustices, the people primarily seeks comfort from the Church. The Church in return comforts them as a sign of brotherhood and solidarity with the people. However, it is also good if in promoting justice and brotherhood, the Church should also set a good example into it in a way Jesus Christ did here on earth. He was very effective in promoting justice and solidarity for He himself practiced what He preached. The Church is a witness to Christ’s love to his people, especially to the poor ones. To be a witness means to be a good model to others and, in our own little way, proclaiming the message of Christ to others. To be a witness means promoting justice and brotherhood and telling others about Jesus Christ who is just and love. Because in proclaiming the good news of our Lord Jesus, it is also promoting justice and brotherhood at the same time. As an adage puts it, “we cannot preach to the hungry stomach.” This would mean that the Church’s mission in the society is not only to liberate the people from their sins but the whole aspect of their humanity as well. This includes liberating them from oppression and injustices. That is what it means by a holistic approach to salvation.

“To be a witness means to be a good model to others and, in our own little way, proclaiming the message of Christ to others. To be a witness means promoting justice and brotherhood and telling others about Jesus Christ who is just and love. Because in proclaiming the good news of our Lord Jesus, it is also promoting justice and brotherhood at the same time.”

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Fr. Jonathan leaves for Rome Buona Fortuna mio Amico! Saying goodbye to a special someone is hard  to  say.  But  goodbye  does  not  mean  forever  for  a  person whose memories last forever.   The  St.  Paul  Scholasticate  community  experienced a quite sad moment of saying goodbye  to its beloved confrere, Fr. Jonathan Ramoso, CRSP  last  August  9,  2011.  The  community  honored  him  with a simple farewell party as he was going to leave  the  community  for  Italy  to  pursue  post‐graduate  studies. The Fathers and the brothers as well as the  seminary  personnel  all  gave  their  heart‐warming  messages of encouragement to enliven Fr. Jonathan.  The  brothers  also  serenaded  him  with  songs  of  friendship and brotherhood.   It was a simple but a memorable event as Fr.  Jonathan almost shed tears. It was a sad moment for  the community that Fr. Jonathan, the beloved young  priest,  housemate  and  an  awesome  friend  had  to  leave. But, indeed, in St. Paul’s letter to the Romans  8: 35, he says, “Who will separate us from the love of  Christ?  Will  anguish,  or  distress,  or  persecution,  or  famine, or nakedness, or peril, or the sword?” Or the  distance?  No.  Nothing  can  separate  the  community  from Fr. Jonathan for his memories always live in the  hearts  of  all.  Buona  fortuna  caro  padre!  (Br.  Mark  Anthony Pondoc)    Quis nos separabit a caritate Christi?     Barnabite scholastics join rally against the RH Bill   The religious and the clergy presently based  in Tagaytay City all joined hands in expressing their  opposition  to  the  RH  Bill  (Reproductive  Health  Bill).  The  said  Bill  had  been  filed  in  the  Philippine  Congress  which  aimed  to  promote  the  use  of  contraceptives  in  the  country  and  thus  contradicts  the  Church’s  moral  teaching.  Therefore,  on  September  16  a  prayer  rally  was  organized  by  the  Tagaytay  Religious  Association  (TRA).  The  lay  faithful and the religious from different communities  all  took  part  in  the  said  affair.  The  Barnabite  scholastics also joined the other religious in fighting  against the said anti‐life law.     The  prayer  rally  started  around  1:00  o’clock  in the afternoon. The participants gathered together  at  the  Ninoy  Aquino  Rotonda.  The  Rosary  was  said  and  afterwards  the  assembly  marched  to  Our  Lady  of  Lourdes  Parish,  the  parish  church  of  Tagaytay.  Then,  a  brief  talk  on  the  RH  Bill  and  the  connected  issues was delivered by an invited expert in medicine  and Church morals. The inputs of the talk offered the  audience  a  clearer  view  on  the  issues.  The  whole  activity  was  concluded  with  the  celebration  of  the  Holy Eucharist presided by His Excellency Most Rev.  Luis Antonio Tagle, then Bishop of Imus who is now  the Archbishop of Manila.    The  faithful  and  the  religious  communities   boldly  lined  up  and  stood  for  the  defense  of  the  natural law and of the human rights, i.e. the right to  life and respect and protection of life. The  approval  of  RH  Bill  will  implicitly  eliminate  all  these  rights.  This was the main reason why the religious trooped  to the streets of Tagaytay on that day.                       (continuation to next page) 

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Different  slogans  were  brought  by  the  groups  of  protesters.  One  of  the  slogan  read:  “Ang  Buhay  ay  Biyaya,  Huwag  natin  Ibabalewala!”  (Life  is  a  gift,  don’t just reject it!). This was the Church’s battlecry  against  the  RH  Bill.  The  said  activity  signalled  that  the  Church  truly  cares  for  life  as  Jesus  Christ  did.  It  also reminds the parameter of the Church’s relation  with the State that in terms of moral obligations, the  Church has to intervene. (Br. Julimar Pulvera)   Scholastics promote Vocation to the Priesthood and Religious Life Last  October  19  to  21,  the  Brothers,  together with Rev. Pat Golis and Fr. Arvin Dagalea of  St.  Paul  Scholasticate,  conducted  a  vocation  campaign to fourth year students of selected schools  in  three  dioceses:  Diocese  of  Antipolo  in  Rizal  province,  Archdiocese  of  Lipa  in  Batangas  province  (both  situated  in  Luzon)  and  Diocese  of  Maasin,  Southern  Leyte  province  (Visayas  region).  Bros.  Darwin Alfaro, Rey Carmelo Ausejo, John Paul Osip,  Gerard Sala and Roy Tabil ventured in the Diocese of  Antipolo.  Bros.  Isagani  Gabisan,  Alvin  Libay,  Alfred  Dolog  and  Roland  Danigoy  visited  some  schools  in  the  Archdiocese  of  Lipa  while  Bros.  Albino  Vecina  and  Joseph  Bernales  together  with  Reverend  Pat  Golis  and  Fr.  Arvin  Dagalea  visited  the  selected  schools in the Diocese of Maasin.  The  Vocation  Campaign  also  known  as  Vocation  Promotion  is  a  project  of  the  entire  Delegation  of  the  Clerics  Regular  of  St.  Paul  in  the  Philippines.  Spearheaded  by  Fr.  Arvin  Dagalea,  the  vocation  director,  the  project’s  aim  is  to  introduce  the  Congregation to  the youth,  especially  to the  4th  year  high  school  students  and  to  invite  those  who  are  interested  to  discover  their  vocation  in  the  said  congregation.  (Br. John Paul Osip)  

The newly instituted Lector: Br. Roy Tabil receives the Holy Bible.

Institution to the Ministries of Lector and Acolyte of the Barnabite Brothers Jesus said “the Son of Man did not come to be  served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for  many" (Mk. 10: 45).  Last October 18, on the Feast of St. Luke the  Evangelist at 11 o’clock in the morning in the Church  of  the  Sacred  Heart  of  Jesus,  eight  brothers  embraced  the  words  of  Jesus  as  they  received  their  respective Ministries. Five of them were instituted as  Acolytes  namely  Roxie  Roflo,  Benjiemar  Salvacion,  Ar‐John  Ignalig,  Julimar  Pulvera  and  Raphael  Laotoco.  They  all  belong  to  the  2nd  year  Theology  class. The said ministry is for the service of the Altar.  The  other  three  brothers,  who  are  in  the  1st  year  Theology  class,  received  the  ministry  of  Lector:  Roland Danigoy, Darwayne Jay Alfaro and Roy Tabil.  This  ministry  is  aimed  at  the  proclamation  of  the  Word of God in the celebration of the Holy Mass and  leading the faithful in the prayers.   

“Love alone is worth everything; any other virtue without love is worthless.”
-St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria Sermon IV

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The newly instituted Acolytes

The  brothers  were  instituted  to  their  respective  ministries  within  the  Eucharistic  celebration  presided  by  Fr.  Joselito  M.  Ortega,  CRSP, delegated by the  Most Rev. Fr. Giovanni Villa,  Superior  General  of  the  Clerics  Regular  of  St.  Paul.  The  Fathers  of  St.  Paul  Scholasticate  including  Barnabite  Fr.  Thomas  Tabada  also  concelebrated.  The professed Brothers of St. Paul Scholasticate and  some  lay  friends  and  religious  sisters  likewise  witnessed  the  celebration  as  these  eight  brothers  offered  their  lives  for  service.  Both  ministries  are  stepping stones and  preparations to the priesthood.   After the celebration, a hearty lunch was set  at  table.  The  smiles  and  laughters  of  the  aforementioned  newly  installed  brothers  added  to  the  success  of  the  celebration.  Congratulations  to  the brothers! (Br. Mark Anthony Pondoc)  

Br. Ar-John Ignalig receives the paten with host and the chalice with wine during the institution ceremony.

Barnabite VIPs visit St. Paul Scholasticate The  Superior  General  of  the  Clerics  Regular  of  St.  Paul,  the  Most  Rev.  Fr.  Giovanni  Villa,  CRSP  and  Fr.  Francesco  Ciccimara,  a  member  of  the  General  Council,  had  a  weeklong  visit  to  the  Philippines.  The  Fathers  arrived  on  October  26  and  stayed at St. Paul Scholasticate. Their visit was very  urgent  and  thus  unexpected.  The  reason  for  their  coming  was  to  make  follow‐ups  and  meet  with  the  Fathers  of  the  Philippine  Delegation  regarding  the  school  project  and  other  future  prospects  of  the  Congregation in the Philippines and in Asia.   The  week’s  schedules  of  the  Fathers  were  tight and hectic. The day after their arrival, they met  with an Italian architect who will help in making the  proposed project. On the same day, Fr. Villa went to  St.  Anthony  Mary  Zaccaria  Seminary  in  Marikina  to  meet the Fathers of the community. After two days,  he  drove  back  to  Tagaytay  where  a  Delegation  meeting was scheduled. Thus, on October 31, together 

The newly instituted Lectors

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Barnabite Scholastics Attend Seminar Workshop


with  Fr.  Joselito  Ortega  and  Fr.  Ciccimarra,  Fr.  Villa  convened  all  the  Filipino  Barnabites  presently  assigned  in  the  Philippines.  They  discussed  the  issues  regarding  the  construction  of  the  school  in  Tagaytay,  the  future  ministries  of  the  Fathers  and  other  plans  of  the  Delegation.  Then  in  the  morning  of November 1st,  Fr. Villa met with the Fathers of St.  Paul  Scholasticate  namely  Fr.  Michael  Sandalo  (superior/rector), Fr. Cirilo Coniendo (vicar/treasurer)  and  Fr.  Arvin  Dagalea  (chancellor).  The  Fathers  informed Fr. Villa of the activities and ministries the  community had been doing. They also discussed the  issues concerning the management of the seminary  and the formation of the scholastics. At 6:00 o’clock  in the evening, the Scholastics gathered together for  a  meeting  with  Fr.  Villa.  Together  with  Fr.  Sandalo,  their  Father  Master,  they  asked  Fr.  Villa  some  questions and issues pertaining to the present state  of the Congregation.    Fr. Villa and Fr. Ciccimarra also met the first  affiliate‐couple of the Barnabites, Ed and Alma Roa.  The  couple  invited  the  Fathers  for  lunch  and  fellowship  in  their  residence.  But  prior  to  this,  Fr.  Ciccimarra visited the Divine Word Seminary (DWS),  the  institution  where  the  Barnabite  scholastics  take  their theological studies. Being the dean of Theology  of  the  Urbaniana  University  in  Rome,  where  the  DWS  is  affiliated,  Fr.  Ciccimarra  met  with  the  administrators  of  the  said  school  and  examined  its  curriculum and facilities.  The  Fathers  left  for  Italy  on  the  2nd    of  November.  But  before  their  departure,  the  scholasticate community  organized a farewell party. 

The  Barnabite  professed  brothers  attended  a  three‐day  workshop  seminar  last  October 25‐27, 2011. The seminar was held at the  Saint  Paul  Scholasticate  formation  house  with  Miss Frances Margaret Batac as the guest speaker  and  facilitator.  For  eight  years  already,  she  has  been  working  as  guidance  counselor  and  one  of  the formators of Saint Augustine Major Seminary  in Tagaytay. The seminar workshop was all about  community  building  and  self‐awareness.  Miss  Frances  emphasized  on    self‐awareness  as  an  essential  tool  for  building  a  solid  and  united  community.  She  discussed  human  growth  in  a  psychological approach to help the brothers to be  more  aware  of  who  they  really  are  and  therefore  understand their behaviors and actions.   The  speaker  also  prepared  some  interesting activities during the three‐day seminar  workshop.  To  name  a  few,  the  brothers  were  asked  to  introduce  themselves  and  their  favorite  color;  they  were  engaged  in  games  that  encouraged  their  participation;  they  also  did  the  “Jewish  prayer  dance”  for  their  prayer  moments  led by the facilitator herself. The Brothers showed  interest and cooperation as the seminar workshop  was  going  on.  They  also  enjoyed  the  games  and  the activities which were also learning experiences  for them.   Such activity was really of big help for the  Brothers  to  know  and  understand  themselves  more  fully.  It  was  an  opportunity  for  learning  human  behavior.  It  also  became  the  start  of  counseling  sessions  for  some  Brothers  in  need.  Some of the Brothers have started coming to Miss  Frances  for personal  consultations. Thanks  to  her  and the organizer that such program was held for  the first time in the Scholasticate. Thanks also for  Miss  Frances’  availability  and  openness  to  extend  a  helping  hand  in  the  formation  of  the  Barnabite  scholastics. (Br. Roy Tabil)  

The Barnabite scholastics with their Superior General.

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The Scholastics visit the inmates and behind them is the façade of NBP.

New Bilibid Prisons: an Experience of a Lifetime The  New  Bilibid  Prison  (NBP),  which  is  also  known as “Bilibid” or “Munti”, a shortened term of its  location  Muntinlupa,  is  the  national  penitentiary  in  the  Philippines.  In  this  highly  guarded  facility,  convicted  law  offenders  coming  from  different  regions  of  the  country  are  put  together  (since  my  childhood  days,  I  have  heard  from  radios  and  televisions  the  disorganized  and  chaotic  situations  in  this place because of the riots between the rival gangs  living within the prison compound).   But  it  was  a  different  Bilibid  Prison  that  the  Brothers  had  experienced  last  October  29.  The  Brothers of the St. Paul Scholasticate together with  their rector and superior, Fr. Michael Sandalo, CRSP,  the  novices  of  the  Oblates  of  St.  Joseph  and  the  Hospitalers  Sisters  of  Mercy  in  Tagaytay  and  Muntinlupa visited the inmates in celebration of the  “Prison Awareness Sunday” on October 30.    The  festivities  started  with  the  Holy  Mass  officiated  by  Bishop  Jesse  Eugenio  Mercado,  the  Bishop  of  Parañaque,  concelebrated  by  Msgr.  Roberto  Caluag,  the  chaplain  of  the  NBP  and  Fr.  Michael  Sandalo,  CRSP.  The  celebration  was  also  attended by the Hon. Leila de Lima, the secretary of  the  Department  of  Justice  of  the  Philippines,  and  other religious communities and associations whose  mission  is  to  extend  the  love  of  God  to  prisoners.  The families and relatives of the inmates were also in  attendance.  

  After  the  celebration  of  the  Holy  Eucharist,  together  with  some  of  the  inmates,  the  Scholastics  and  the  Sisters  mingled  with  them  through  sharing  of food and lively conversation. The Scholastics had  the  opportunity  to  know  their  experiences  before  their  imprisonment and now as inmates. The  whole  day  activity  was  concluded  with  a  short  program  prepared  by  the  Sisters  and  Brothers.  The  latter  rendered song presentations. Some inmates likewise  sang their favorite songs. Such activity is one of the  ways in reaching out  to the least of God’s brethren  as He says in the Gospel of Matthew 25: 35‐40, “I was  in prison, you visited me … what you did to the least of  my  brethren,  you  did  it  to  me.”  Such  was  a  day  of  expressing  love  for  God.  The  Brothers  were  able  to  know  the  situation  and  the  experiences  in  life  of  these detainees. It was, indeed, an eye‐opener and a  learning  experience  for  them.  Thanks  to  Sr.  Daisy  Maciado,  the  superior  of  the  Hospitaler  Sisters  who  invited  the  Barnabite  community  to  this  charitable  activity. (Br. Gerard Sala)       St. Paul Scholasticate Community go for an outing Last  November  6  and  7,  the  Saint  Paul  Scholasticate  community  hit  the  road  for  an  outing  in  Munting  Buhangin  Beach  Resort  in  Nasugbu,  Batangas.  After  some  weeks  of  activities  and  work,  the Fathers decided to give the Scholastics a chance  to relax and experience camaraderie.   The  community  left  at  around  12  noon  and  arrived  at  the  beach  resort  around  2:30  in  the  afternoon.  Everyone  was  in  festive  mood  as  they  enjoyed  the  beautiful  blue  sea  and  white  sand  with  food, games and drinks. They stayed in a house with  two big  rooms. The afternoon was drizzly but it did  not stop them to enjoy the day. But the second day  was sunny and this allowed the Brothers to enjoy all  the  more  the  beach  and  its  pristine  waters.  Some  played volleyball, board games and card games, and  some  enjoyed  themselves  singing  with  the  accompaniment of the guitar strings. At noon, fresh  seafoods were served for lunch.  The  community  left  around  2:30  in  the  afternoon, relaxed and recharged, indeed, ready for  another semester of work and study. (Br. Roy Tabil) 

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Diocese of Imus celebrates its Golden Jubilee



The Diocese of Imus in Cavite had celebrated  the  50   Anniversary  or  Golden  Jubilee  of  its  foundation  on  the  25th  of  November.  A  two‐day  festive celebration was held in the Cathedral of Imus  lead  by  its  bishop‐emeritus  Luis  Antonio  Tagle  who  is  now  the  Archbishop  of  Manila.  The  St.  Paul  Scholasticate  community  participated  in  this  grand  celebration  being part of the same Diocese.   Led  by  the  clergy  of  the  Diocese,  a  three‐ hour  vigil  and  a  solemn  procession  of  the  Blessed  Sacrament  was  held  in  the  evening  of  the  24th  of  November.  The  Brothers  together  with  their  rector  and  superior,  Fr.  Michael  Sandalo,  joined  in  this  evening  affair.  The  vigil  was  held  at  Imus  Institute  and  started  at  7:00  o’clock  in  the  evening  and  concluded  at  10:00.  It  was  followed  by  a  solemn  procession from the place going to the cathedral of  the Diocese. The assembly was divided by district for  there  were  around  10,000  people  who  came  from  different  parishes,  religious  communities  and  lay  associations. At  half  past  eleven,  Bishop  Tagle  led  the  faithful in the ceremony of the blessing and opening  of the “Jubilee Door” and at exactly 12 midnight, the   the  bells  of  the  cathedral  resounded  as  the  Bishop  opened  the  Jubilee  Door  marking  the  beginning  of  the  Jubilee  year  of  the  Diocese.  Afterwards,  the  Eucharistic  celebration  followed  outside  the  cathedral.  A  beautifully  decorated  high  altar  was  built at the cathedral grounds. The solemn Mass was  presided  by  Bishop  Tagle,  concelebrated  by  the  diocesan  and  religious  clergy  of  the  Diocese.  Fr.  Sandalo  likewise  concelebrated  while  the  Scholastics  actively  participated.  It  finished  at  2:00  o’clock in the morning and the Barnabite community  arrived home at 4:00 o’clock.   The  next  day,  the  Barnabites  drove  to  Imus  to  take  part  in  the  Thanksgiving  Mass  in  the  Cathedral at 4:00 o’clock in the afternoon. The Mass  was  presided  by  His  Eminence  Gaudencio  Cardinal  Rosales,  Archbishop  Emeritus  of  Manila  together  with  18  bishops  who  came  from  the  different  dioceses  of  the  Philippines.  Bishop  Tagle  delivered  the  homily.  Hundreds  of  priests  both  religious  and  diocesan also concelebrated. Fr. Sandalo  also joined  

Because of the huge number of people who attended the Thanksgiving Mass, the Cathedral of Imus was not big enough to accomodate them all.

in  the  concelebration.  During  the  homily,  Bishop  Tagle  remarkably  expressed  the  enthusiasm  of  the  Diocese of Imus for a deepening of the Catholic Faith  using  its  rich  culture:    “the  Diocese  of  Imus  is  ready  to  dance  the  ‘karakol’  ”.  The  “karakol”  is  a  prayer  dance procession which is unique in the province of  Cavite.  The  Diocese  made  preparations  for  this  grand  event  for  three  years.  Each  year  had  its  theme:  KA‐RA‐KOL:  KA  for  “KAhapon  kay  yaman,”  (the  richness  of  the  past);  RA  for  “RAdikal  na  pagsunod  kay  Kristo”  (the  radical  following  of  Christ);  and  finally  KOL  for  “KOLektibong  pagkilos” (collective action).   The  event  was  indeed  a  grace‐filled  celebration.  But  Bishop  Tagle  became  emotional  as  he  bade  farewell  to  the  faithful  of  the  Diocese.  For  many  years,  the  Diocese  has  had  bishops  coming  from  Manila,  and  Bishop  Tagle  said,  “now  the  Diocese of Imus is ready to send.” To send who? Its  very  own  Bishop  as  a  gift  to  its  Motherchurch,  the  Archdiocese  of  Manila.  Indeed,  last  December  12  Bishop  Tagle  was  installed  becoming  the  32nd   Archbishop of Manila. However, the Diocese of Imus  is still awaiting for the Holy See’s appointment of its  new Bishop.   The  Barnabite  community,  in  joining  this  once‐in‐a‐lifetime experience, expressed its sense of  belongingness in the Diocese of Imus and showed its  readiness to be of service to the people of God. The  Scholastics,  indeed,  felt  so  blessed  to  have  the  opportunity to take part in this special event.  

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As  part  of  the  religious  formation  of  the  Barnabite  Brothers  in  Tagaytay,  monthly  recollections had been held led by invited facilitator‐ priests  from  different  religious  congregations.  Each  month  had  a  particular  theme  relevant  to  the  preparation  of  the  Brothers’  religious  and  priestly  lifestyle and development.       Last  September  16,  Fr.  Bobby  Roxas,  a  Salesian  priest  accompanied  the  Brothers  for  a  day  of recollection. The topic centered on community in  relation  to  the  Holy  Eucharist.  The  facilitator  emphasized  that  the  Eucharist  has  to  be  given  importance and be considered as the center of life of  consecrated  people.  As  God’s  servants,  all  the  activities,  ministries,  apostolate  and  mission  of  a  religious are rooted in it and find its strength from it.  This  strengthens  the  relationship  of  the  religious  with  the  One  who  called  him.  As  a  result,  the  religious  will  pattern  himself  to  the  attitudes  of  Jesus.  In  whatever  he  will  think  and  act,  he  will  pattern  it  on  how  Jesus  thought  and  acted  in  a  particular situation. These attitudes were supported  and  sustained  through  the  reception  of  this  sacrament everyday.     Confessions  and  consultations  were  offered  by  the  facilitator  during  break  time.  The  sessions  were  divided  into  two:  one  in  the  evening  of  September  16  and  the  other  on  the  morning  of  the  following day. This spiritual activity  concluded with  a  Holy  Eucharist.  Fr.  Bobby  asked  the  brothers  to  offer  their  “self‐gift”  in  a  written  form  during  the  presentation of gifts.   Another recollection was held on the 16th of  October  facilitated  by  Fr.  Evan  Paul  Villanueva,  a  Camillian  priest  and  former  professor  of  the  Scholastics  during  their  philosophical  studies  at  St.  Camillus  College  Seminary  in  Marikina.  The  recollection  theme  highlighted  on  seeing  the  self  and the importance of choosing well in one’s life. Fr.  Evan  also  dealt  with  human  relationships  and  one’s  responsibility in the religious life. It further deepened  into  discussing  of  the  vital  role  of  choice—one  that  leads  to  a  life  of  commitment.  It  is  because  the  priesthood  is  a  matter  of  a  lifetime  commitment  in  the Lord’s service. When one chooses a commitment

Fr. Evan Paul Villanueva (center) accompanies the Barnabite Scholastics for a day of recollection.

like  the  priesthood,  it  is  forever.  As  usual,  the  recollection  concluded  with  the  celebration  of  the  Holy Eucharist with the facilitator as the presider. Fr.  Evan also made himself available for confession and  consultation.  Advent  recollections  were  held  on  the  13‐ th 14   of  December:  the  Scholastics  had  theirs  at  the  Bridgettine  Sisters  Retreat  House  in  Brgy.  Mag‐ asawang  Ilat,  Tagaytay  City;  and  the  Fathers  of  Tagaytay  and  Marikina  and  the  novices  who  joined  together for the day’s meditation. Fr. Noel Cruz, a La  Sallete  priest,  was  the  guest  speaker  of  the  Scholastics. His topic was about healthy community  living. He emphasized on community life as it is lived  in  reality  and  what  it  does  it  consist  of.  The  Scholastics  moved  to  the  retreat  house  on  the  13th  and  the  sessions  started  in  the  morning  of  the  next  day. The recollection ended with a Holy Mass at 4:00  o’clock in the afternoon.    The  Fathers  of  Tagaytay  and  Marikina  were  accompanied  by  Fr.  Jorge  Peligro,  an  Augustinian  priest.  He  dealt  with  “Advent  as  a  season  of  ‘Repairing’”.  He  explained  that  Advent  is  a  time  for  one’s  personal  renewal  of  life  so  that  such  renewal  may  also  occur  in  the  surroundings.  Change  must  first  occur  inside  man’s  heart  so  that  good  things  may  happen  outside.  The  Fathers  also  received  the  Sacrament  of  Reconciliation.  The  day’s  reflection  concluded  with  a  concelebrated  Mass  in  the  seminary  chapel  led  by  the  celebrant  himself.  This  inter‐community   recollection   was   made   possible  

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through the initiatives of the respective superiors of  the two religious communities.     The  seminary  personnel  of  St.  Paul  Scholasticate  also  had  a  day  of  recollection  last  December  17  under  the  direction  of  Fr.  Michael  Sandalo. The cooks, gardeners and the maintenance  men all gathered together in the Sala Zaccaria of the  scholasticate  to  meditate  on  the  theme  “Jesus’  Incarnation  and  Reconciliation”.  Fr.  Sandalo  dealt  with  how  Jesus’  birth  becomes  a  divine  initiative  to  reconcile man to God, the importance of forgiveness  and  Christmas  as  a  time  to  be  reconciled  and  “to  forgive  and  forget”  offenses.  Fr.  Gerard  Lofranco,  a  priest  from  the  Franciscan  Conventuals,  was  invited  for  confessions.  All  the  personnel  came  to  him  to  seek  God’s  forgiveness  and  reconciliation.  After  the  confessions, they all gathered in the seminary chapel  for  the  Holy  Mass  led  by  Fr.  Sandalo.  Then  at  5:oo  o’clock  in  the  afternoon,  they  had  their  Christmas  party  together  with  their  families.  The  party  was  organized by the first year Theology class and by Fr.  Arvin Dagalea.     Spiritual  exercises  are  truly  moments  of  silence and one’s personal encounter with the Lord.   (Br. Julimar Pulvera)       Barnabite Scholastics Serenade Friends with Christmas Carols   For  the  fifth  year,  the  Barnabite  scholastics  spent  some  evenings  visiting  the  friends  and  acquiantances  of  the  seminary  community    and  serenaded  them  with  Christmas  carols.  Thus,  last  December 10 to 14, from 6:00 o’clock in the evening  onwards,  they  visited  seventeen  (17)  families  in  Tagaytay, Mendez and Silang. Most of these families  are close friends of the Brothers and some are long‐ time  friends  of  the  community.  This  annual  activity  is a means of the seminary community to express its  gratitude  to  persons  who  continue  to support  them  in  various  ways.  Some  families  offered  light  snacks  to  the  Brothers  while  others  prepared  a  sumptuous  supper.  It  was  also  a  moment  of  fellowship  with  these  people  and  a  time  to  exchange  stories  and  pleasantries.  These  families  felt  truly  honored  and  privileged  to  be  visited  by  the  Brothers  and  hear  their angelic voices.  

Barnabite Scholastics at the Service of the Diocese of Imus for the Simbang Gabi   For  the  second  time,  the  Barnabites  in  Tagaytay had proved themselves to be always at the  service of the people of God in the Diocese of Imus.  The  Brothers  from  the  second  year  to  fourth  year  Theology  classes  had  been  assigned  to  various  parishes  of  the  diocese  to  assist  in  the  nine‐day  celebration  of  the  Christmas  novena,  that  is,  the  unique  Filipino  tradition  of  the  Misa  de  Gallo  or  Simbang Gabi Masses from December 16 to 24. They  were assigned in seven Parishes of the diocese. The  parish  priests  of  these  Parishes  entrusted  to  each  seminarian  a  chapel/pastoral  community  where  he  will  serve  and  assist  throughout  the  nine  days.  The  Brothers were tasked to lead the people at the daily  liturgy,  organize  catechism  lessons  to  children,  visit  families  especially  the  sick,  assist  and/or  organize   church‐related  organizations  in  their  respective  areas.  Deacons  Pat  Golis  and  Yohanes  Koten  were  likewise  entrusted  with  a  pastoral  community  but  stayed in the parish rectory.     This  activity  is  a  means  for  the  Brothers  to  be  immersed  in  pastoral  work.  It  offers  them  an  opportunity  to  experience  community  building,  preach in public, lead the faithful in their prayer and  worship.  Indeed,  despite  the  tiring  work  they  experience,  they  are  trained  to  become  future  leaders  and  are  helped  in  preparing  themselves  for  their  future  priestly  ministry.  They  are  all  expected  to be back to the seminary on December 24.  

St. Joseph Parish in Baras, Rizal: Churches in the Philippines are packed with churchgoers throughout the nine-day Simbang Gabi Masses.

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The Barnabites in the “Dean’s List” Two  Barnabite  brothers  made  it  on  the  prestigious “Dean’s List” in the first semester of the  school year 2011‐2012 at the Divine Word Seminary.  Br.  John  Paul  Osip,  from  the  third  year  Theology  class, got the 4th place with an average of 95.01 per  cent. Br. Benjiemar Salvacion, from the second year,  also occupied the 4th place with an average of 91.50  per  cent.  Congratulations  Brothers!  Keep  up  the  good work!  (Br. Rey Carmelo Ausejo)      St. Paul Scholasticate on Facebook!   Times  have  changed  and  in  order  to  bring  the  charism  and  spirituality  of  St.  Anthony  Mary  Zaccaria,  founder  of  the  Barnabites,  closer  to  the  people  especially  to  the  youth,  the  St.  Paul  Scholasticate community created its Facebook page.  It  contains  photos  of  the  activities  of  the  Scholasticate  community,  reflections  on  St.  Paul,  and  many  other  interesting  information  about  the  theological  house  of  the  Barnabites  in  the  Philippines. So like us on Facebook! Visit us at http:// pages/Saint‐Paul‐Scholasticate‐Barnabite‐Fathers  or  simply  type  on  the  search  bar  “Saint  Paul  Scholasticate ‐ Barnabite Fathers” and discover how  life in the Scholasticate is richly blessed by God!  

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