Newsletter of the District
- April 1999
of the District of Asia
January 2 In
Iloilo, birth of the Junior Praesidium, 'Mary, Queen of Apostles',
of the Legion of Mary.
February 17 Consecration
of the Department of Trade and Industry.
February 18 Fathers
Onoda and Couture left for their 2 1/2 weeks in the Northern missions
of the District, Korea and Japan. This included three public slide
presentations of the Holy Shroud of Turin, in the cities of Osaka,
Tokyo and Seoul. On this trip, the District Superior was able to
assess the development of these missions, difficult because of the
materialism and paganism predominant in these countries. While in
Korea, there were fortunate to meet a university professor who has
read many of Archbishop Lefebvre's works and who follows our apostolate
with a keen interest.
February 26 Father
Soliman gave another Guides' Session to the Cebu/Bohol Apostles
of Mary on the theme of liberalism. The Session lasted three days.
Bishop Tissier de Mallerais arrived in Bombay for a 9 day tour of
the Indian missions: Bombay, Goa, Trichy and Palayamkottai, and
to discuss with the brave Fr. Blute the future of the Indian apostolate.
February 27 "Our"
Dominican preacher, Fr. Marie Dominique continued to deliver the
fruits of his contemplation: after Korea and Japan, last October,
he now left us to give a Parish mission in New Zealand and a priests'
retreat in Australia... Long live the contemplative life! .
March 1 Just
before leaving Seoul, Fr. Couture is given a chance to write to
the President of Korea to urge him to consecrate his country to
the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Knowing the power of St. Joseph, we
can hope for the possible requests to actually be fulfilled.
March 2 Frs.
Couture and Onoda visited the famous church of Oura, in Nagasaki,
place of the rebirth of Catholicism in Japan, in 1865. On March
17, 1865, at the end of his mass, Fr. Petitjean M.E.P was met by
a group of devout women who timidly asked him three questions:
"Do you accept
the Pope of Rome? -Yes.
Do you honor the Blessed
Virgin Mary, Mother of God? -‑ Of course!
Father, are you married?
No, Catholic priests don't marry.
Well, Father, there
are 10,000 of us, over the hills there; we and our parents and ancestors
have been waiting for Catholic priests for the last 230 years!"
How amazing then for
two SSPX priests, to visit such an historical place, (unfortunately
devastated by modernism like everywhere else) and to encounter there
some people who struggle to receive communion kneeling and on the
tongue and who are yearning for the Traditional Mass! Let us pray
that these contacts bear fruits, that the new crypto Catholics of
Japan rediscover the faith brought by Fr. Petitjean and persecuted
March 3 The
following day, the two priests succeeded to have a brief encounter
with Bishop Shimamoto, Archbishop of Nagasaki and President of the
Bishops Conference of Japan. The encounter was let us say, providential,
as a ceremony of ordination had just finished in the Cathedral.
The two priests sneaked through the crowd and managed to kiss the
Archbishop's ring, hoping to exchange a few words. However, the
Prelate simply asked where Fr. Onoda came from, then exclaimed an
often heard "ah!" and continued his walk without further
ado. The meeting lasted about 13 seconds... Nevertheless, it shows
that we are open to talk but are simply denied the right to express
ourselves. A few exchanged faxes with the Archbishop had taken place
previously so he knew very well who we were.
In Fukyama, near Hiroshima, Frs. Onoda and Couture were invited
to bless two new ships, each of 186 meters (5.70 ft) long by 25
meters high (80 ft) with a carrying capacity of 45,000 tons. It
was an impressive ceremony, imagine blessing Noah's Ark! It was
about the same size. At the end of the blessing of the second ship,"
Andhika Maria Puspita", just before the launching, Mr. Robert
Sumantri, the Managing Director of Andhika shipping company (more
than 1500 employees) consecrated the whole company to the Immaculate
Heart of Mary. How edifying to see big and small businessmen standing
up for their faith. It was also an interesting occasion to meet
a lot of VIPs from all over the world, Canada, Japan, Indonesia,
Singapore. . .
March 6 Bishop
Fellay arrived unexpectedly (on his way to Australia) and thus got
stranded at Singapore airport as a result of miscommunication between
Europe and Asia... He nevertheless spent there two days visiting
the faithful, giving them a conference and inquiring about the future
March 8 After
ending his Indian mission in the company of unfriendly amoebas,
Bishop Tissier landed in Colombo, Sri Lanka, for a short 2 day stop-over,
enough to give him time for a public conference on Cardinal Ratzinger.
March 9 News
from Australia: will our pre-seminarians be granted a visa to go
to Holy Cross seminary or not? If not, will we have to open St.
Bernard's Seminary THIS coming June, one year ahead of schedule?
Will the nonAustralian Holy Cross seminarians and brothers have
to come to the Philippines?
March 11 Manila:
priests' recollection and day of adoration. Bishop Lazo came.
Women's retreat in Iloilo: 15 retreatants, many (60%) are former
retreatants, which shows perseverance.
March 15 Father
Marie Dominique finally returned home after his two weeks DownUnder.
March 17 Our
two Philippine postulants in Australia received their soutane.
March 19 Sister
Mary Therese, our Dominican novice, received her black veil and
made her first profession, in the hands of the District Superior
of Asia while at the same moment, in Holy Cross Seminary, Brother
Ignatius made his first profession too.