Newsletter of the District
of the District of Asia
16-22 Boys Camp in Antipolo for 15 boys under the masterful guidance
of Fr. Griego, and with the help of some of the Cristeros and the
Archconfraternity of St Stephen.
As Fr. Marie Dominique’s departure from the Philippines was fast
approaching, the Dominican Sisters, rescued from Modernism by the
good Father, offered him a nice despedida party at their Convent.
Another despedida for Fr. Marie Dominique, this time at the House
of Bethany, with all the priests.
First Anniversary of the Legion of Mary’s Manila Praesidium Nuestra
Señora de las Victorias. Fr Onoda left for the Japan/Korea missions.
Pentecost Sunday: Medical Mission led by our very own ACT BE – Association
of Catholic Traditional BioEthics, an association of traditional
doctors, at our local Brgy. Mariana. From this day onward, Fr. Onoda
became the chaplain for the Dominican Sisters.
First anniversary of the Declaration of Faith of Bishop Lazo which
he read publicly in OLVC Church (see our Newsletter June-July 1998).
The ‘Official’ Despedida party for Fr. Marie-Dominique after the
evening Mass. Father thanked everyone profusely, especially Divine
Providence who brought him to the Philippines for the last 18 months.
A sad day for the Philippines: Fr. Marie-Dominique left us for France.
Fiat Voluntas Tua, Domine! Thank you very very much for everything,
mon Père! Toute l’Asie vous remercie pour tous vos bienfaits! Maraming
salamat po, Padre! Kamsa hamnida! Arigato gozaimasu! In Seoul, Fr.
Onoda successfully finished the negotiation of the project of publishing
the first book of Archbishop Lefebvre in Korean. The Publisher,
Son-U Media, offered to publish 2500 copies: they will sell 500
copies by themselves and the SSPX will buy from them 2000 copies.
The book contains many sermons and conferences of the Archbishop
from 1975 up to 1990. There will be a well-organized publicity campaign
for this book. It is an important step in our missionary work in
this country. Please God, soon we will also publish the Open Letter
to Confused Catholics, which is already translated in Korean.
Fr. Couture left for the USA for a ‘working holiday’.
District Superior presented the Asian district of the SSPX to the
faithful in Minneapolis as well as to the Noviciate of the SSPX
Sisters, in nearby Browerville. It gave him a good opportunity to
meet two of the three Filipina Sisters (2 professed and 1 novice)
as well as our Korean professed sister.
First Thursday: Feast of Corpus Christi. Day of recollection and
adoration at OLVC. Fr. Soliman gave a conference on Fr. Vallet in
the morning. Bishop Lazo was hospitalized in emergency for his (too)
often recurring lung problems.
First Saturday: rainy day. Fervent prayers were addressed to Santo
Niño and to Saint Joseph for a sunny day for the next day, because
of the planned procession for the Solemnity of Corpus Christi.
Solemnity of Corpus Christi: It had been raining for several days.
This morning during Laudes, it was also raining and the community
could not hear itself singing because of the torrential rain. Fr.
Griego prepared a long sermon for the nine o'clock mass. Rain continued
during the whole mass. Nevertheless, everything was ready for the
procession, in case the sun would show up. The policemen were there
to facilitate traffic and the altar repose was ready. At the end
of the Mass, lo and behold! the rain stopped and the sun shined!
Thus by the grace of God, we were able to hold a very nice procession
in honor of Corpus Christi. Santo Niño willed it! Fervent thanksgiving
prayers were poured at the feet of the Santo Niño that evening,
05 - 11
Retreat for the beginning of the scholastic year for the pre-seminarians
under the direction of Fr. Wailliez.
Feast of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus: During the Masses was held
a special collection towards the building of Sacred Heart Side Altar.
God blessed Fr. Griego's plan and we had a good collection.
As the number of aspiring candidates for the religious life is steadily
increasing, a second apartment had to be rented near OLVC. Today
was the grand opening of this ‘House of Loreto’ with the ceremony
of the enthronement of the Sacred Heart. Later on in the day, another
aspiring Oblate sister, Lydia Sangayan, left for Switzerland.
Chapter meeting of the Manila Pro Preceptorate of the Knights of
Fr. Couture came back to Manila from USA.
Fr. Hughes's 24th anniversary of ordination.
First day of the 1999 – 2000 Sto. Niño Catechism classes. Help for
the kids were asked through a bulletin board showing pictures of
past SNC Catechism – ‘They still need your help!’
20 Sun No
graces without thorns: a small robbery took place in the House of
In the afternoon, meeting of the Cristeros by Fr. Griego. They have
begun the preparation of their next Doctrinal Symposium as well
as for the coming of Fr. Salvador. Nathaniel Contreras did his report
on Matrimony and the Catholic Family. Fr. Soliman and Mr. and Mrs.
Salvador left for Econe.
Feast of Saints Peter and Paul. Ordination of the second SSPX Filipino
priest, Fr. Emerson Salvador, in Ecône, Switzerland. In Japan, Fr.
Onoda performed the blessing and launching of a ship, the size of
Noah’s Ark! Fr. Couture had to go urgently to Sri Lanka to solve
a little crisis.
Fr. Onoda came back from Japan and counted happily 14 ‘Bethanians’:
Nine at the House of Bethany and five at the House of Loreto. They
Susana B. COMOTA
Mary Jeane EVANGELISTA
Shiela Pasinabao IGOT
Mary Jane FUENTES
Agnes Joy Aurelio GHELA
Adora A. LEDESMA
Christina Tan LEE Secundina M. NARISMA
Nelia Arneña POLICARPIO
Feliza Angela RUFINO
First Thursday and recollection day. We prayed for Fr. Couture's
successful mission in Sri Lanka.
First Friday and feast of the Visitation of Our Lady. Feliza Angela
Rufino entered the Dominicans Sisters as postulant.
Fr. Wailliez went to Bohol for a funeral and Fr.Onoda went to Iloilo
after more than one year of absence in this ‘booming’ mass center.
A monstrance case coming from Zurich was discovered in the sacristy!
But its carrier, Fr. Soliman, mysteriously was nowhere to be found
!?! After dinner, while Fr. Hughes and Fr. Onoda were walking in
the vicinity of OLVC, Msgr. Celso, the local Parish Priest, shouted
at them: "Hey, fake priests, go away!" It says a lot for the spirit
of openness and dialogue(!).
A new time table for the Bethanians began, based more closely on
a real novitiate life. Complines were sung accompanied by fierce
thunders, and finished ‘candle-lit’.
A special donation of P150,000 (US$ 4,000) towards the Sacred Heart
Altar was received! Deo gratias et Mariae!
Fr. Wailliez taught French song for the Sisters and the pre-seminarians.
The church seemed different today, brightened by some sort of an
Asian yellow color (?) – The reason: Fr. Griego changed the type
of bulbs in the chandeliers.
Fr. Soliman came back from his holidays in Europe and Leyte – thus
the mystery of the Swiss monstrance was solved - in the afternoon.
Our newly ordained Fr. Salvador arrived at 10 pm from Europe and
was fetched by some Cristeros and by their chaplain, Fr. Griego.
Fr. Wailliez went to Iloilo with Sister John Mary Vianney (another
SSPX Filipina Sister), who had just arrived from the USA for a short
holiday with her family.
After Complines, the Knights of Our Lady.of the Manila Pro Preceptorate
held a prayer Vigil with their Chaplain, Fr. Onoda, in preparation
for the next day’s ceremony.
At 8:00 am four postulants of the Knights of Our Lady received their
habits. At 9 am, Fr. Salvador sung his first Solemn High Mass which
was followed by his first blessings. A good 500 people attended
the touching ceremony. People, priests and Bishop Lazo went to a
nearby restaurant to celebrate with the newly ordained. After Vespers,
Sister John Mary Vianney gave a nice hour talk to the Bethanians
on the Congregation of the SSPX Sisters, their spirit and life.
Fr. Soliman celebrated the first anniversary of his ordination.
Fr. Couture began his class of Philosophy for the Bethanians in
the morning. Fr. Wailliez opened a new male Praesidium at West Visayan
State University, in Iloilo. Congratulations to Fr. Wailliez! This
is our 10th Praesidium, the 3rd of Iloilo.
For the record, here is the list of the 10 praesidia opened in just
over a year
Sra. de las Victorias (Manila)
Our Lady of Consolation (Iloilo)
Junior Praesidium of Mary, Queen of Apostles (Iloilo)
Sedes Sapientiae (West Visaya State University -Iloilo)
Mary, Queen of Martyrs (Hong Kong)
Our Lady, Guardian of the Faith (Tagbilaran, Bohol)
Our Lady of Victories (Marbel)
Mystical Rose (General Santos)
Virgin Most Powerful (Polomolok)
Madre de Divina Gracia (Davao)
In the afternoon, we had a picture taking of all the "religious",
unfortunately Fr. Hughes was absent. This might be the last time
that we will be all together. “Long live the Community life!”
Fr. Griego went to Paete, Laguna to canvass for the Sacred Heart