Newsletter of the District
- June 1999
of the District of Asia
The Manila Cristeros organized a very successful whole day seminar
on the true Catholic civilization. Lectures by the members themselves
to large crowds of 150 faithful covered the following topics: In
the afternoon, most of the attendees went to Ateneo (Jesuit High
School) for a parish pick-nick and a various parish activities.
Well done, boys!
1st Retreat of the Lent-Easter season, in Iloilo,
for 17 women. The retreat was preached by Frs. Couture and Wailliez.
18 March: In
honour of St Patrick, Fr. Couture showed his slide presentation
on “The history of Ireland and the Mass” including a very moving
section on the famous Mass Rocks of the Penal Days (1560 – 1850
19 March: Sr
Mary Therese of the Blessed Sacrament T.O.P. (Tertiary of the Order
of Preachers) pronounced her first vows at Our Lady of Victories
and received her black veil, sign of her new professed state. All
the Bethanians (girls preparing their vocation in the little house
called ‘Bethany’ near the priory) looked on with great interest
and visible envy…
21 March: Singapore:
the District Superior gave for a second time his slide presentation
in the largest convention center of the city. The small attendance
at the start, growing continually until the beginning of Mass which
followed the presentation, revealed that there is a visible desire
for the traditional Mass, perhaps greater that that of attending
the bi-monthly conferences! Please God, a priory may be opened
soon in this city, the turning table of Asia.
25 March: Sri
Lanka: On this important date for us in the SSPX, Frs. Couture and
Davodeau visited the only Catholic Parliamentary Minister of Sri
Lanka who had expressed the wish that the Society priests help with
the apostolate of the sick in the Negombo Regional Hospital. This
could be a great opening for the apostolate in this country.
26-28 March: Iloilo:
Training session of the Knights of Our Lady under the experienced
Grand Master, Mr. Jean Pierre Le Roy, who came from France to spend
a few weeks training our men. 3 knights were received as squire.
31 March: The
Tenebrae were sung (2 ½ hours) in the evening in view of the Chrismal
Mass of the following morning. Very good attendance of over 60
1 April: His
Excellency Bishop Salvador L. Lazo celebrated his first traditional
Chrismal Mass (Mass of the Holy Oils). It was a Low Mass, made
possible thanks to the five priests present and to the minute preparation
of Fr. Wailliez. In the afternoon, Fr. Couture gave a Parish recollection
which was very well attended (over 200). Meanwhile Fr. Griego was
holding the confessional: he heard a total of 9 hours of confession.
If one adds the 5 other hours shared by the other priests, it reached
the total of 14 hours of confession in one day. It gives a little
idea of the work, done single handed, by St Jean Marie Vianney,
who could achieve 17 hours hearing confessions….
Tenebrae were sung in the morning: around 50 attendants; in the
afternoon, over 500 attended the various ceremonies which were followed
by a slide presentation on the Holy Shroud.
Tenebrae were sung again, the brave 50 attendants still there, enjoying
the hidden beauties of Gregorian Chant for a third marathon of more
than 2 hours of chant.
Vigil Ceremonies attracted a record number of people this year in
spite of its beginning at 10 pm.
Fr. Marie Dominique
experienced for the first time in his priestly life the joys of
planning and performing – all alone! – all the ceremonies of Holy
Week in an improvised chapel in General Santos City. His fatigue
was well rewarded as crowds larger than last year attended the liturgy
on the various days. Also impressive in the main streets of General
Santos City were, on Good Friday, the hundreds and hundreds of people
doing their stations of the Cross at the various crosses erected
for the day.
5 April: The
community is gathered anew after weeks of separation due to various
apostolates. Not for long however as Fr. Griego flew off the same
day for a few weeks of a well deserved break.
Sisters elect their first Superior: Mother Mary Michael.
The District Superior also flew off, to Ireland and France this
time, to stir up more prayers for Asia and to visit four of our
Filipinas trying their religious vocation: two as Oblates of the
Society of St Pius X, two as Contemplative Dominicans.
11 April: Mr. LeRoy, Grand Master of the Knights of Our Lady
spent almost 30 hours in instructing the men interested in joining
the Knights. 9 men were received squire on April 11 and many more
are being prepared. His Excellency Bishop Lazo has been made Bishop
Protector of the two Philippines Preceptorates.
12-13 April: Singapore:
Mr. Le Roy presented the work of the Knights of Our Lady.
12-17 April: 2nd
Easter Retreat: 17 men, in Iloilo. Retreat Masters: Frs. Wailliez
and Marie Dominique. It is wonderful to see a veteran Dominican
Father preaching the Spiritual Exercise of St Ignatius!
Mother Mary Michael T.O.P. renewed her vows for another 2 years.
19-24 April: 3rd
Easter Retreat, for 31 youth, in General Santos. Retreat Masters:
Frs. Soliman and Marie Dominique. This was a very special retreat.
The venue for the retreat had had to be changed 2 or 3 times. At
last, a school was found suitable for it. However, unknowingly,
in the building next door, during the very same dates, from Monday
to Saturday, there was to be an international meeting of Free Mason
Grand Masters! These Grand Masters from China, the USA, Europe,
the Philippines and other countries were surrounded by a very, very
tight security of many hundred armed soldiers. Unfortunately,
the President of the Philippines also came and became an Honorary
Member of the Lodge. For our retreatants, besides being well secured
by all the armed forces (they were in all the key positions of the
‘retreat house’!), it was a visible and clear expression of the
Two Standards, the Standard of Christ Our Lord and that of Lucifer.
In the plane on his way to and from the retreat, Fr. Marie Dominique
was surrounded by Masons who bore visibly their insignia.
Doctors’ Meeting in Manila. Subject analyzed: the transplant of
organs. Priests present: Frs. Wailliez and Marie Dominique.
25 April: Iloilo:
led by the District Superior who has just returned from Europe,
the faithful performed the procession of the Major Litanies around
the seminary property in Santa Barbara.
6 of the 7 Fathers are re-united after a couple of busy months.
5: 4th Easter Retreat, for 38 women, in Tagbilaran,
Bohol. This brings the number of our retreatants to 105 for the
4 retreats of the Lent-Easter period. The number of candidates
for the Sisterhood is growing to the point that it is now time to
consider renting a second house (or a larger one) for our Bethanians
1 May: Bishop
Lazo’s birthday. A special Mass said by himself and followed by
a procession and a potluck in honor of St Joseph gave great joy
to this brave bishop who has received and responded to the great
grace of returning to the Mass of his ordination.
2 May: Inauguration
of a small restaurant run by one of our faithful in Manila: Fr.
Onoda always intent in finding V.I.Ps. was pleased to meet a Quezon
City Councilor (who invited us to do a medical mission in his Barangay),
our own Barangay Captain (who graciously offered the Barangay Hall
for our next Medical Mission, this coming Pentecost Sunday, May
23) and the vice-president of a big bank (who will speak to the
bank’s president about the consecration of the bank to the Immaculate
Heart of Mary). Keep it up, Fr. Onoda!
6 May: Sisters
Mary Aloysius and Mary Bernard T.O.P. Renewed their religious vows.
7 May: The
District Superior flew to Zambuanga (South West tip of the Southern
island of Mindanao) for a grand premiere, to meet a group of over
100 persons eagerly asking for the true Mass.