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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 Gods 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 mans 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 Gods 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 professandis families, relatives, and friends were also present to witness this once-in-alifetime event. The parents of Bro. Rosauro stayed in the seminary. Bro. Josephs 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 Pilgrims 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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ACalltoReconciliation
(Rev.Fr.MichaelSandalo,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 Filipinosrich 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 Lords 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 Lords 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 ones 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 ourselvesour 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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Christmasisacalltoreconciliation. Jesus,theGodmademan,humbled Himselfforoursaketoraiseusup fromshameandrestoreourbroken friendshipwithGod. HetooktoHimselfourfrailhumanity inordertostrengthenus andhealthewoundscausedbyour separationfromGodduetosin. Jesusbecameman toreconcileustoGod.
The Incarnation of Jesus is the climax of Gods 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 EmmanuelGod 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 Gods message and spread the good news: Jesus comes to bring us peace and reconciliation. MERRY CHRISTMAS!

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Br. Darwayne Jay Alfaro, CRSP

ChristmasofaBarnabite
I always treasure the Christmas season. When I was a kid, I used to visit my relatives and askedthemfornewclothes,toysandgifts.Evenat the beginning of September, we already heard Christmascarolsandthesoundsoffirecrackers.My siblingsandIalsousedtosingChristmascarolsto our relatives and neighbors. My father would improviseaChristmastree.Iwastheoneassigned topreparethefoodfortheChristmasEve.Onthe nightbeforeChristmas,wewouldgotoChurchand attend Mass. Then we would watch fireworks as the clock struck twelve. This was how I spent my Christmaswithmyfamily,relativesandneighbors. AllthesechangedwhenIbecameanovice, more so when I professed. It had been two years nowsinceIlastspentmyChristmaswithmyfamily. It always pained me whenever I think of this. No moreshallIseemysiblingsfaces,alllitbythelight offireworks.NomoreshallIseemyparentssmile andkissmemerryChristmas. Thisisasadturnofevent.Itwouldrequire a great deal of strength to overcome such detachment. I believe, every Barnabite seminarian share the same feelings, though some would not totallyagree. Asareligious,andaspiringtobeapriestof Christ,IoughttocelebrateChristmaswithmyLord. Still, in every step of my formation, Christmas season proved to be the most trying times. Childhoodmemoriesrewindasthoughinamovie. Events flash in the blink of an eye while tears bathed my eyes and dampen my cheeks. In such moments,I alwaystell myLordto bringmehome fortheChristmas. Mycommunityismynewfamilynow.Jesus wanted me to be happy with Him, through my brothers and the vocation we share. It is with my brothersthatIexperienceapieceofhomeevery

Christmas. We also share each others sorrows, hopes,andjoys.Withthem,Igainstrengthtotake astepinmyformation.IalwaysthankGodforthe inspirationofmybrothers.Theyarereallymynew homenow. Deepwithinme,IreflectandturntoJesus foranswer.Butwhatreallyisthequestion?Iasked 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,fargreaterthanthis,Jesuswantedmeto realize the weight of my following Him. In the absenceofmyfamily,Jesusstandsatthecenterof my life especially this time of Christmas. He is my family.Andwiththat,myfamilyandIwillalwaysbe together. TheLordwantedmetorealizeonlythis:He cut the string that fastened me to my family, only tobindmetoHimselfandsharetheabundanceof Hisjoy.Whatafargreaterhappinesstospendmy Christmas with my Lord. What ebullient delight thatsurpassesallmysorrows. Now,mysorrowsarenomore.Iknowand believethatineveryChristmasmyfamilyandIare oneintheLord.Ibelievewithallmyheartthatthe Lordwillneverabandonmeandthathewillguard overmyfamily,inseasonandoutofseason. Christmasisnotonlyaboutspendingthings with the ones we love. It is about the One whom welovemostandthereasonofChristmas: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 natutuwat 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 silay 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 semesters 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 didnt 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 Pelingshe 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 cant 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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Witnessing
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, theres 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 Christs 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 Christs 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 Churchs 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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NEWS, EVENTS AT IBA PA


Fr. Jonathan leaves for Rome Buona Fortuna mio Amico! Sayinggoodbyetoaspecialsomeoneishard to say. But goodbye does not mean forever for a personwhosememorieslastforever. The St. Paul Scholasticate community experiencedaquitesadmomentofsayinggoodbye toitsbelovedconfrere,Fr.JonathanRamoso,CRSP last August 9, 2011. The community honored him withasimplefarewellpartyashewasgoingtoleave the community for Italy to pursue postgraduate studies.TheFathersandthebrothersaswellasthe seminary personnel all gave their heartwarming messagesofencouragementtoenlivenFr.Jonathan. The brothers also serenaded him with songs of friendshipandbrotherhood. ItwasasimplebutamemorableeventasFr. Jonathanalmostshedtears.Itwasasadmomentfor thecommunitythatFr.Jonathan,thebelovedyoung priest, housemate and an awesome friend had to leave.But,indeed,inSt.PaulslettertotheRomans 8:35,hesays,Whowillseparateusfromtheloveof Christ? Will anguish, or distress, or persecution, or famine,ornakedness,orperil,orthesword?Orthe distance? No. Nothing can separate the community fromFr.Jonathanforhismemoriesalwaysliveinthe hearts of all. Buona fortuna caro padre! (Br. Mark AnthonyPondoc) Quis nos separabit a caritate Christi? Barnabite scholastics join rally against the RH Bill Thereligiousandtheclergypresentlybased inTagaytayCityalljoinedhandsinexpressingtheir 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 Churchs moral teaching. Therefore, on September 16 a prayer rally was organized by the Tagaytay Religious Association (TRA). The lay faithfulandthereligiousfromdifferentcommunities all took part in the said affair. The Barnabite scholasticsalsojoinedtheotherreligiousinfighting againstthesaidantilifelaw. The prayer rally started around 1:00 oclock intheafternoon.Theparticipantsgatheredtogether 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 issueswasdeliveredbyaninvitedexpertinmedicine andChurchmorals.Theinputsofthetalkofferedthe audience a clearer view on the issues. The whole activity was concluded with the celebration of the HolyEucharistpresidedbyHisExcellencyMostRev. LuisAntonioTagle,thenBishopofImuswhoisnow theArchbishopofManila. The faithful and the religious communities boldly lined up and stood for the defense of the naturallawandofthehumanrights,i.e.therightto lifeandrespectandprotectionoflife.Theapproval of RH Bill will implicitly eliminate all these rights. Thiswasthemainreasonwhythereligioustrooped tothestreetsofTagaytayonthatday. (continuationtonextpage)

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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, dontjustrejectit!).ThiswastheChurchsbattlecry against the RH Bill. The said activity signalled that the Church truly cares for life as Jesus Christ did. It alsoremindstheparameteroftheChurchsrelation withtheStatethatintermsofmoralobligations,the Churchhastointervene.(Br.JulimarPulvera) Scholastics promote Vocation to the Priesthood and Religious Life Last October 19 to 21, the Brothers, togetherwithRev.PatGolisandFr.ArvinDagaleaof St. Paul Scholasticate, conducted a vocation campaigntofourthyearstudentsofselectedschools 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. DarwinAlfaro,ReyCarmeloAusejo,JohnPaulOsip, GerardSalaandRoyTabilventuredintheDioceseof 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 schoolsintheDioceseofMaasin. 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 projects aim is to introduce the Congregationto theyouth, especially tothe 4th year high school students and to invite those who are interested to discover their vocation in the said congregation.(Br.JohnPaulOsip)

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

Institution to the Ministries of Lector and Acolyte of the Barnabite Brothers JesussaidtheSonofMandidnotcometobe servedbuttoserveandtogivehislifeasaransomfor many"(Mk.10:45). LastOctober18,ontheFeastofSt.Lukethe Evangelistat11oclockinthemorningintheChurch of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, eight brothers embraced the words of Jesus as they received their respectiveMinistries.Fiveofthemwereinstitutedas Acolytes namely Roxie Roflo, Benjiemar Salvacion, ArJohn Ignalig, Julimar Pulvera and Raphael Laotoco. They all belong to the 2nd year Theology class.ThesaidministryisfortheserviceoftheAltar. The other three brothers, who are in the 1st year Theology class, received the ministry of Lector: RolandDanigoy,DarwayneJayAlfaroandRoyTabil. This ministry is aimed at the proclamation of the WordofGodinthecelebrationoftheHolyMassand leadingthefaithfulintheprayers.

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,delegatedbytheMostRev.Fr.GiovanniVilla, Superior General of the Clerics Regular of St. Paul. The Fathers of St. Paul Scholasticate including Barnabite Fr. Thomas Tabada also concelebrated. TheprofessedBrothersofSt.PaulScholasticateand some lay friends and religious sisters likewise witnessed the celebration as these eight brothers offered their lives for service. Both ministries are steppingstonesandpreparationstothepriesthood. Afterthecelebration,aheartylunchwasset at table. The smiles and laughters of the aforementioned newly installed brothers added to the success of the celebration. Congratulations to thebrothers!(Br.MarkAnthonyPondoc)

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 stayedatSt.PaulScholasticate.Theirvisitwasvery urgent and thus unexpected. The reason for their coming was to make followups and meet with the Fathers of the Philippine Delegation regarding the school project and other future prospects of the CongregationinthePhilippinesandinAsia. The weeks schedules of the Fathers were tightandhectic.Thedayaftertheirarrival,theymet withanItalianarchitectwhowillhelpinmakingthe proposedproject.Onthesameday,Fr.Villawentto St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria Seminary in Marikina to meettheFathersofthecommunity.Aftertwodays, he drove back to Tagaytay where a Delegation meetingwasscheduled.Thus,onOctober31,together

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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 ofNovember1st,Fr.VillametwiththeFathersofSt. Paul Scholasticate namely Fr. Michael Sandalo (superior/rector),Fr.CiriloConiendo(vicar/treasurer) and Fr. Arvin Dagalea (chancellor). The Fathers informedFr.Villaoftheactivitiesandministriesthe communityhadbeendoing.Theyalsodiscussedthe issuesconcerningthemanagementoftheseminary andtheformationofthescholastics.At6:00oclock intheevening,theScholasticsgatheredtogetherfor a meeting with Fr. Villa. Together with Fr. Sandalo, their Father Master, they asked Fr. Villa some questionsandissuespertainingtothepresentstate oftheCongregation. Fr.VillaandFr.Ciccimarraalsometthefirst affiliatecoupleoftheBarnabites,EdandAlmaRoa. The couple invited the Fathers for lunch and fellowship in their residence. But prior to this, Fr. CiccimarravisitedtheDivineWordSeminary(DWS), the institution where the Barnabite scholastics take theirtheologicalstudies.BeingthedeanofTheology of the Urbaniana University in Rome, where the DWS is affiliated, Fr. Ciccimarra met with the administrators of the said school and examined its curriculumandfacilities. The Fathers left for Italy on the 2nd of November. But before their departure, the scholasticatecommunityorganizedafarewellparty.

The Barnabite professed brothers attended a threeday workshop seminar last October2527,2011.Theseminarwasheldatthe Saint Paul Scholasticate formation house with MissFrancesMargaretBatacastheguestspeaker and facilitator. For eight years already, she has been working as guidance counselor and one of theformatorsofSaintAugustineMajorSeminary inTagaytay.Theseminarworkshopwasallabout community building and selfawareness. Miss Frances emphasized on selfawareness as an essential tool for building a solid and united community. She discussed human growth in a psychologicalapproachtohelpthebrotherstobe more aware of who they really are and therefore understandtheirbehaviorsandactions. The speaker also prepared some interestingactivitiesduringthethreedayseminar 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 ledbythefacilitatorherself.TheBrothersshowed interestandcooperationastheseminarworkshop was going on. They also enjoyed the games and theactivitieswhichwerealsolearningexperiences forthem. Suchactivitywasreallyofbighelpforthe 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. SomeoftheBrothershavestartedcomingtoMiss Frances forpersonal consultations.Thanks to her andtheorganizerthatsuchprogramwasheldfor thefirsttimeintheScholasticate.Thanksalsofor Miss Frances availability and openness to extend a helping hand in the formation of the Barnabite scholastics.(Br.RoyTabil)

The Barnabite scholastics with their Superior General.

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

New Bilibid Prisons: an Experience of a Lifetime The New Bilibid Prison (NBP), which is also knownasBilibidorMunti,ashortenedtermofits 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 thisplacebecauseoftheriotsbetweentherivalgangs livingwithintheprisoncompound). But it was a different Bilibid Prison that the Brothers had experienced last October 29. The BrothersoftheSt.PaulScholasticatetogetherwith theirrectorandsuperior,Fr.MichaelSandalo,CRSP, the novices of the Oblates of St. Joseph and the Hospitalers Sisters of Mercy in Tagaytay and Muntinlupavisitedtheinmatesincelebrationofthe PrisonAwarenessSundayonOctober30. The festivities started with the Holy Mass officiated by Bishop Jesse Eugenio Mercado, the Bishop of Paraaque, concelebrated by Msgr. Roberto Caluag, the chaplain of the NBP and Fr. Michael Sandalo, CRSP. The celebration was also attendedbytheHon.LeiladeLima,thesecretaryof the Department of Justice of the Philippines, and otherreligiouscommunitiesandassociationswhose mission is to extend the love of God to prisoners. Thefamiliesandrelativesoftheinmateswerealsoin attendance.

After the celebration of the Holy Eucharist, together with some of the inmates, the Scholastics and the Sisters mingled with them through sharing offoodandlivelyconversation.TheScholasticshad the opportunity to know their experiences before their imprisonmentandnowasinmates.The whole day activity was concluded with a short program prepared by the Sisters and Brothers. The latter renderedsongpresentations.Someinmateslikewise sangtheirfavoritesongs.Suchactivityisoneofthe waysinreachingouttotheleastofGodsbrethren asHesaysintheGospelofMatthew25:3540,Iwas inprison,youvisitedmewhatyoudidtotheleastof 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 thesedetainees.Itwas,indeed,aneyeopeneranda 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.GerardSala) 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, theFathersdecidedtogivetheScholasticsachance torelaxandexperiencecamaraderie. 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,gamesanddrinks.Theystayedinahousewith twobig rooms.Theafternoonwasdrizzlybutitdid notstopthemtoenjoytheday.Butthesecondday wassunnyandthisallowedtheBrotherstoenjoyall the more the beach and its pristine waters. Some playedvolleyball,boardgamesandcardgames,and some enjoyed themselves singing with the accompanimentoftheguitarstrings.Atnoon,fresh seafoodswereservedforlunch. The community left around 2:30 in the afternoon,relaxedandrecharged,indeed,readyfor anothersemesterofworkandstudy.(Br.RoyTabil)

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TheDioceseofImusinCavitehadcelebrated the 50 Anniversary or Golden Jubilee of its foundation on the 25th of November. A twoday festivecelebrationwasheldintheCathedralofImus lead by its bishopemeritus Luis Antonio Tagle who is now the Archbishop of Manila. The St. Paul Scholasticate community participated in this grand celebrationbeingpartofthesameDiocese. 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 oclock in the evening and concluded at 10:00. It was followed by a solemn processionfromtheplacegoingtothecathedralof theDiocese.Theassemblywasdividedbydistrictfor there were around 10,000 people who came from different parishes, religious communities and lay associations. At half past eleven, Bishop Tagle led the faithfulintheceremonyoftheblessingandopening oftheJubileeDoorandatexactly12midnight,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 builtatthecathedralgrounds.ThesolemnMasswas 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 oclockinthemorningandtheBarnabitecommunity arrivedhomeat4:00oclock. The next day, the Barnabites drove to Imus to take part in the Thanksgiving Mass in the Cathedralat4:00oclockintheafternoon.TheMass 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 diocesanalsoconcelebrated.Fr.Sandaloalsojoined
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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 DioceseofImusforadeepeningoftheCatholicFaith using its rich culture: the Diocese of Imus is ready to dance the karakol . The karakol is a prayer danceprocessionwhichisuniqueintheprovinceof Cavite. The Diocese made preparations for this grand event for three years. Each year had its theme: KARAKOL: 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(collectiveaction). The event was indeed a gracefilled 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 DioceseofImusisreadytosend.Tosendwho?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 ArchbishopofManila.However,theDioceseofImus isstillawaitingfortheHolySeesappointmentofits newBishop. The Barnabite community, in joining this onceinalifetimeexperience,expresseditssenseof belongingnessintheDioceseofImusandshowedits readinesstobeofservicetothepeopleofGod.The Scholastics, indeed, felt so blessed to have the opportunitytotakepartinthisspecialevent.

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As part of the religious formation of the Barnabite Brothers in Tagaytay, monthly recollectionshadbeenheldledbyinvitedfacilitator priests from different religious congregations. Each month had a particular theme relevant to the preparation of the Brothers religious and priestly lifestyleanddevelopment. Last September 16, Fr. Bobby Roxas, a Salesian priest accompanied the Brothers for a day ofrecollection.Thetopiccenteredoncommunityin relation to the Holy Eucharist. The facilitator emphasized that the Eucharist has to be given importanceandbeconsideredasthecenteroflifeof consecrated people. As Gods servants, all the activities, ministries, apostolate and mission of a religiousarerootedinitandfinditsstrengthfromit. 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 particularsituation.Theseattitudesweresupported and sustained through the reception of this sacramenteveryday. 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 followingday.Thisspiritualactivityconcludedwith a Holy Eucharist. Fr. Bobby asked the brothers to offer their selfgift in a written form during the presentationofgifts. Anotherrecollectionwasheldonthe16thof 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 andtheimportanceofchoosingwellinoneslife.Fr. Evan also dealt with human relationships and ones responsibilityinthereligiouslife.Itfurtherdeepened into discussing of the vital role of choiceone that leads to a life of commitment. It is because the priesthood is a matter of a lifetime commitment in theLordsservice.Whenonechoosesacommitment

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 HolyEucharistwiththefacilitatorasthepresider.Fr. Evanalsomadehimselfavailableforconfessionand 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 togetherforthedaysmeditation.Fr.NoelCruz,aLa Sallete priest, was the guest speaker of the Scholastics.Histopicwasabouthealthycommunity living.Heemphasizedoncommunitylifeasitislived 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.TherecollectionendedwithaHolyMassat4:00 oclockintheafternoon. 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 ones personal renewal of life so that such renewal may also occur in the surroundings. Change must first occur inside mans heart so that good things may happen outside. The Fathers also received the Sacrament of Reconciliation. The days reflection concluded with a concelebrated Mass in the seminary chapel led by the celebrant himself. This intercommunityrecollectionwasmadepossible

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throughtheinitiativesoftherespectivesuperiorsof thetworeligiouscommunities. The seminary personnel of St. Paul Scholasticate also had a day of recollection last December 17 under the direction of Fr. Michael Sandalo.Thecooks,gardenersandthemaintenance menallgatheredtogetherintheSalaZaccariaofthe scholasticate to meditate on the theme Jesus Incarnation and Reconciliation. Fr. Sandalo dealt with how Jesus birth becomes a divine initiative to reconcilemantoGod,theimportanceofforgiveness 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 Gods forgiveness and reconciliation. After the confessions,theyallgatheredintheseminarychapel for the Holy Mass led by Fr. Sandalo. Then at 5:oo oclock in the afternoon, they had their Christmas party together with their families. The party was organizedbythefirstyearTheologyclassandbyFr. ArvinDagalea. Spiritual exercises are truly moments of silenceandonespersonalencounterwiththeLord. (Br.JulimarPulvera) 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 December10to14,from6:00oclockintheevening onwards, they visited seventeen (17) families in Tagaytay,MendezandSilang.Mostofthesefamilies areclosefriendsoftheBrothersandsomearelong time friends of the community. This annual activity isameansoftheseminarycommunitytoexpressits gratitude to persons who continue tosupport 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 theirangelicvoices.

Barnabite Scholastics at the Service of the Diocese of Imus for the Simbang Gabi For the second time, the Barnabites in Tagaytayhadprovedthemselvestobealwaysatthe serviceofthepeopleofGodintheDioceseofImus. The Brothers from the second year to fourth year Theology classes had been assigned to various parishes of the diocese to assist in the nineday celebration of the Christmas novena, that is, the unique Filipino tradition of the Misa de Gallo or SimbangGabiMassesfromDecember16to24.They wereassignedinsevenParishesofthediocese.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 Brothersweretaskedtoleadthepeopleatthedaily liturgy, organize catechism lessons to children, visit families especially the sick, assist and/or organize churchrelated organizations in their respective areas. Deacons Pat Golis and Yohanes Koten were likewise entrusted with a pastoral community but stayedintheparishrectory. This activity is a means for the Brothers to be immersed in pastoral work. It offers them an opportunity to experience community building, preachinpublic,leadthefaithfulintheirprayerand 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 tobebacktotheseminaryonDecember24.

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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Newsbits!
The Barnabites in the Deans List Two Barnabite brothers made it on the prestigiousDeansListinthefirstsemesterofthe schoolyear20112012attheDivineWordSeminary. Br. John Paul Osip, from the third year Theology class,gotthe4thplacewithanaverageof95.01per cent.Br.BenjiemarSalvacion,fromthesecondyear, alsooccupiedthe4thplacewithanaverageof91.50 per cent. Congratulations Brothers! Keep up the goodwork!(Br.ReyCarmeloAusejo) 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 ScholasticatecommunitycreateditsFacebookpage. 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.SolikeusonFacebook!Visitusathttp:// pages/SaintPaulScholasticateBarnabiteFathers or simply type on the search bar Saint Paul ScholasticateBarnabiteFathersanddiscoverhow lifeintheScholasticateisrichlyblessedbyGod!

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Saint Paul Scholasticate

THE CLERICS REGULAR OF SAINT PAUL BARNABITES Purok 163, San Jose Tagaytay City, Cavite, the Philippines Mailing Address: P. O. Box 32, 4120 Tagaytay City, Philippines Tel. & Fax: +63 46 413-2837 Email: saintpaulscholasticate@gmail.com Director: Fr. Michael Sandalo, CRSP Editor-in-Chief: Br. Rey Carmelo A. Ausejo, CRSP Associate Editor: Br. Mark Anthony Pondoc, CRSP Staff Writers: Br. Gerard Sala, Br. John Paul Osip, Br. Raphael Laotoco, Br. Julimar Pulvera, Br. Darwayne Jay Alfaro, Br. Roxie Roflo, Br. Roy Tabil Contributors: Mr. Eduardo Roa, Br. Glenn Gaabucayan, Br. Joseph Bernales Typeset in the Philippines by the Saint Paul Scholasticate, December 2011

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