Newsletter of the District
of the District of Asia
The St Pius X Boys hostel is going very well, surprisingly well,
comfortingly well. The boys are well enough disciplined, they receive
three lessons per week in catechism, and on Saturdays or Sundays,
music, too as Fr. Blute is refurbishing an old piano in his recreation
times… quite interesting, and well within his capabilities. The
boys enjoy their game of cricket under the youthful eye of Fr. Edwin.
A professor in one of our French schools came for a few weeks to
discover the Philippines. However, as the weather was very bad,
Fr. Onoda laid hand on him to give an intensive French course to
Mission #2 began. Fr. Couture flew to Saigon to renew contacts
with our Vietnamese faithful.
After the morning sung Mass, the celebrant imposed the scapular
of Our Lady of Month Carmel to nearly all of our faithful.
Barbara. Fr. Wailliez left for a 6-week journey across Asia
Mission #2: Fr Wailliez arrived in Hanoi a few minutes before Fr
Couture to pursue the work together in the famous Tonkin. These
few days allowed them to visit some of the shrines of the Martyrs.
Mission #2: Fr. Couture left Tonkin for the Philippines.
Fr. Davodeau, relieved form his school teaching assignment for the
summer, came to Asia to give a most welcomed hand.
Second wedding of the year.
Mission #2: Fr Wailliez left Tonkin for Europe.
Mission #2 Fr. Davodeau left to take the relay in Northern Vietnam
for another 10 days.
Fr. Maurel, from Sri Lanka, came for a visit.
Barbara. A French man came for a short visit.
Nirmalee, the brave and only flag-bearer for the priory, went to
Singapore to join the Asian pilgrimage.
Three ladies from Bombay managed to get all their papers to join
us in Rome and thus to represent India.
60 Asian pilgrims met in Fiumicino Airport to represent the continent
at the SSPX international pilgrimage. These pilgrims, with 10 others
who arrived a day later were: from Korea, Japan, the Philippines,
Singapore, Sri Lanka, India and also Thailand.
Mission #2 Fr Davodeau left for the Philippines.
Barbara. A professor of the Western Visayas School of Science
and Technology, formerly in the Trade School, in the district of
Lapaz, made a visit to the pre-seminary.
Fr. Davodeau officiated at the main altar.
procession due to torrential rain.
Due to the Rome pilgrimage, the masses had to be cancelled.
Lumpur. Mr. Jean Pierre Le Roy just arriving from France,
came to present the Order of the Knights of Our Lady. The Order
of the Knights of Our Lady was started in 1947 in France and has
for goal to work for the establishment of the Social Reign of Our
Lord Jesus Christ. Its traditional branch was revived in 1989 and
has now spread through the world. It was started in the Philippines
The Singaporeans Pilgrims returned from Rome, beaming with joy.
Barbara. Fr. Davodeau inspected the premises of the pre-seminary.
The Rome Pilgrims returned one day after the Singaporeans
from this historical pilgrimage.
Davodeau returned from his missionary journeys to Vietnam and the
Philippines He met at the airport Fr. Dominique Bourmaud SSPX,
professor at Holy Cross Seminary, on a four day stop-over at the
Community outing at the highest summit in the Republic of Singapore:
veteran in the Singapore Mission, Fr. Gerard Hogan, graced us with
his visit on his way to Australia, coming from Rome. In Rome, he
was the beneficiary of a powerful, quasi-miraculous intervention
of St Anthony, as he recovered his stolen suitcase that contained
a lot of medication.
Bourmaud left us to go back to his assignment in Goulburn, Australia.
Vachon went on a mission to Korea to replace Fr Onoda who remained
in Europe after the pilgrimage.
Barbara. The first knights of Our Lady arrived from Manila
for the Provincial Congress.
Fr. Couture stopped for a brief 24 hours on his way to the Provincial
Chapter of the Knights of our Lady in Santa Barbara.
Sri Lanka. The
prior left for some rest in his home country.
Davodeau took his leave from his month of hard work in the Asian
district to go back to his assignment as teacher in a French school.
He will now illustrate his classes with many colorful stories and
photos from far away countries…
Barbara. Fr. Wailliez, Fr. Couture arrived in Iloilo for
the Congress. They also met there Mr. Le Roy who had just arrived
the day before. Almost all the Filipino members of the Knights
of Our Lady arrived for their Provincial Chapter.
Barbara. A busy day in two parts: –1) In the morning:
at 6.10 am, the 25 Knights of Our Lady, from Manila and
Bohol together with Fr. Couture , Fr. Wailliez and also the Master
of the Knight of Our Lady J. P. le Roy and the pre-seminarians left
for the chapel in Iloilo. 7:00 AM sung mass celebrated by Fr. Couture
followed by a light meal. 9: 25 AM start of the Jubilee Pilgrimage
which consisted of a 6 km procession from the town of Pavia to the
centenial church of the town of Sta Barbara. With Our Lady’s grace
we were permitted to enter the Jublee church with the permission
of the parish priest (an important act as this priest is the editor
of a local publication which, last year, had a series of articles
against the Society of St Pius X). Fr. Couture and Fr. Wailliez
lead the faithful in the singing of the Credo and other prayer to
gain the indulgences of the Jubilee. Aproximately 150 faithful
joined this pilgrimage which ended up at the pre-seminary with lunch..
2) In the afternoon, the first Provincial Chapter of the Knights
of Our Lady began with two priests, the Master from France and 25
delegates from the various chapters of the Philippines. The Provincial
Chapter lasted three days.
district superior spent a few days in this ‘Land of the Smile’ renewing
contacts made earlier to bring back Catholic Tradition in this country
where Buddhism is still very strong. Fr. Couture was able to offer
the Holy Mass in a parish not too far from Bangkok and to give catechism
twice to a group of parishioners.
Barbara. Fr. Couture, Mr. Le Roy and all the knights left
the pre-seminary to go back to their occupation more convinced than
ever of the necessity to restore all things in Christ the King.
Master of the Knights of Our Lady, Mr. J.P. Le Roy came to give
an intense doctrinal session to the future squires.
of three squires in the Order of the Knights of Our Lady. The spouse
of one of the squires was also received as a member.
One of Fr.
Couture’s former altar boy from Ireland visited the priory.
Barbara. The classes resumed for the formation of the future