Newsletter of the District
of the District of Asia
(News from the last few months) The school in Christurajapuram got
a big new classroom, a staff room, and increased rations at the
noon day meal. The schoolyard is now dominated by a statue of St.
Pius X, thanks to a faithful of Germany. The school in Christurajapuram
also received government recognition, after a year of preparation.
The Society received a plot of land as a gift in the subdivision
of St. Alphonsa. Fr. Blute completed one year of teaching English
The mission was pleased, thrilled, and consoled with the 1-year
visit of Mr. Isaac Moats, seminarian from the SSPX seminary of Winona,
USA. Mr. Moats wanted to experience one of the Society’s most difficult
missions before proceeding any further.
visitor, Gabriel Swatzell, 20 years old from Spokane, WA, USA has
arrived. He helps keep the house clean. The prior has held a monthly
day of recollection every month for the priests. Outside priests
are now beginning to frequent it. A grand Solemn High Mass was celebrated
in Trichy for the wedding of Mary Jude and her newly baptized husband
Marcel. Fr. Pancras Raja assisted as Deacon.
Fr. Edwin has been assisting at the hearing of confessions in the
shrine of Kadal Matha, Our Lady of the Sea, and Our Lady of Fatima
Church, Vallioor, at the request of the parish priest.
PHILS. The Sunday Mass was definitely canceled in Santa Barbara
and a second Mass was added in Iloilo in consideration of the growing
number of faithful in that city (which, as a reminder, was officially
consecrated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary by its Mayor, on January
Fr. Couture and Fr. Wailliez met in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, for
an exploratory and missionary week-long visit. See the full account
in the next Newsletter.
Fr. Couture returned from Vietnam.
BARBARA. Fr. Wailliez returned from his Hong Kong and Vietnam
LANKA. Permission was given by the District Medical Officer
to our Legionaries to visit all the wards of the Negombo regional
Hospital. “I was sick and you visited Me.”
BARBARA. The grills closing the chapel from the outside having
been finished, at long last, it was now possible to leave the Blessed
Sacrament in the chapel, permanently. “Stay with us, O Lord, for
it is late…”
Fr Couture left for a three week ‘working-holiday’ in Canada, presenting
the work done in the Asian District to Canadian Mass centers, from
coast to coast. SANTA BARBARA. The first fresh vegetables of the
pre-seminary garden were harvested.
BARBARA. In honour of St Mathias, blessing of the vegetable
garden and some of the plants in the pre-seminary vicinity. The
litany of the saints were sung during the procession.
LANKA. Fr. Loschi left for Singapore and Thailand to replace
BARBARA. First Thursday of the month: The very first day of
recollection at the pre-seminary and also the beginning of the monthly
recollections as a regular schedule
Fr. Loschi arrived from Sri Lanka to give a most welcomed hand to
Fr. Vachon while Fr. Couture is away.
On his way to Sri Lanka , Fr. Wailliez made a stop-over to visit
LANKA. First visit of the Philippine Chaplain of the Legion
of Mary, Fr. Wailliez.
BARBARA. Fr. Egli arrived in Iloilo for his first visit of the
mass center as well as of St Bernard pre-seminary.
Five-day women’s Ignatian retreat for 7 ladies, all of the Legion
of Mary. This was for all of them their first retreat. The retreat
masters were Frs Wailliez and Suresh.
A successful medical mission was carried out by Our Lady of Victories’
Bio-Medical Ethics Doctors. It was the biggest (in terms of the
number of patients – more than 900, doctors and helpers) medical
mission the parish has held so far.
THAILAND. Fr. Loschi flew to this new field of apostolate, for
a 5 day mission, to make contacts with some members of the clergy
interested in preserving Catholic Tradition. He was able to meet
a parish priest who has read a lot and is eager to know more about
the Tridentine Mass and the SSPX.
Fr. Loschi stopped over for a day on his way home to Sri Lanka.
BARBARA. Two pre-seminarians lost their “pre-” and became full
seminarians as they left for Holy Cross seminary, in Australia.
Gerard Fallarcuna, from Manila, and Albert Ghela from Marbel, Mindanao,
went to join the other three Asian seminarians at the seminary to
study for the Sacred Priesthood.
At midnight Fr. Couture returned from his home country having recruited
Canada as one of our new ‘power-house of prayer’!
His Excellency Bishop Bernard Tissier de Mallerais, one of the SSPX
bishops, arrived at Our Lady of Victories for a 9-day visit of the
BARBARA. Fr. Wailliez, the pre-seminarians and nine children
from the seminary catechism group went on pilgrimage to visit the
relic of Saint Therese of the Child Jesus in the chapel of the Third
Order Carmelite, in Jaro.
Bishop Tissier gave confirmations to 18 candidates at the church
of Our Lady of Victories. During the Mass, Brother Ignatius renewed
his vows for one year. After the Mass, His Excellency gave a conference
to the faithful on the recent events in the Church.
Bishop Tissier blessed the new grotto at the Dominican Sisters convent.
BARBARA. During this whole week which started with the feast
of St Joseph, a lot of work and purchases went on, such as the making
of 3 big tables in view of the retreats, the buying of 25 folding
beds, many pillows, etc…, the instalation of a new sink in the refectory,
the setting of holy pictures in corridors…
Bishop Tissier flew to Mindanao, to General Santos City, with
Fr. Salvador, for 28 confirmations and a conference.
Bishop Tissier then proceeded to Bohol, with Frs Salvador and Soliman,
for 36 confirmations and a conference. The District Superior stopped
in Manila for a few days on his way to the Legion of Mary Congress
in Santa Barbara. In Manila, he was able to visit the weakened Bishop
Lazo in hospital.
Bishop Tissier visited next Cebu for a similar program, administering
confirmation to 23 candidates.
BARBARA, PHILIPPINES. Bishop Tissier continued his tour of the
Philippines visiting our pre-seminary and as the guest of honor
for the first National Congress of the Legion of Mary. At 1:00 pm:
arrival of His Excellency Bishop Tissier with Fr. Soliman from Cebu.
The Society Bishop was warmly welcomed at the airport by Fr. Wailliez
and around 20 faithful (mainly Legionaries) holding two large banners.
At 5:30 pm the Bishop gave a thirty minutes conference to the pre-seminarians
about “How the Society of Saint Pius X started”. Bishop Tissier
is one of the two ‘surviving’ members of the very first year of
the SSPX, 1969-1970. The other is Fr. Paul Aulagnier, Second Assistant
to Bishop Fellay. At about 5:45 pm: Fr. Couture arrived at the seminary
also. At 6:00 pm: first Vespers in honor of the Annunciation of
the Blessed Virgin Mary.
BARBARA. Feast of the Annunciation: Acies and First National
Congress of the Legion of Mary in the Philippines. At around 8:00
am, the Legionaries from the different praesidia in the Philippines
arrived at the pre-seminary. At 9:00 am Solemn High Mass was officiated
by H.E. Bishop Bernard Tissier de Mallerais, attended by almost
200 people, among whom 59 auxiliary members and 100 active. After
the Mass, opening of the Acies: Rosary followed by Fr. Couture’s
allocutio, then procession to the statue of Our Lady and individual
consecrations, lastly, the collective act of consecration read by
Fr. Wailliez, general chaplain of the Legion of Mary for the district.
Lunch was served at 12:30 pm and at 2:00 pm the Congress was opened,
attended by 75 active members from our 11 Filipino praesidia. Conference
of the Bishop followed by many talks on the Legion system and the
work being done by the Legion of Mary all over the Phiilippines:
visit of hospitals, of prisons, of houses, of home of abused children,
work done in the universities, with the youth. A truly wonderful
litany of corporal and spiritual works of mercy accomplished by
Our Blessed Lady through her legionaires. Deo Gratias! Magnificat!
At 5:30 pm, Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament was officiated
by Fr. Couture and the ending prayers by Bishop Tissier who gave
the final blessing.
Bishop Tissier gave 30 confirmations in Iloilo. In the afternoon,
Fr. Couture gave two slide presentation to the faithful: one on
the Holy Shroud of Turin, one the miraculous image of Our Lady of
Guadalupe. A large crowd of over 100 attended both.
Bishop Tissier and Father Couture flew back together to Manila for
a few hours stopover on their way to Kuala Lumpur. Fr. Onoda, having
just arrived from Korea, waited at the airport to meet Fr. Couture
(who had returned there before the bishop as his flight was earlier
than the bishop’s). In the afternoon, Fr. Onoda, then was able to
visit Bishop Lazo in hospital with Bishop Tissier.
Meanwhile, at the pre-seminary, a 5 day women’s retreat began at
noon for 39 ladies, including 20 active and 6 auxiliary members
of the Legion from the whole Philippines.
First episcopal visit in 5 years! The new chapel of the Sacred Heart
of Jesus was finished only hours before the arrival of Bishop Tissier.
Fr. Vachon also came from Singapore (5 hours by bus) to enable the
first Solemn High Mass in the history of the chapel. The Bishop
first blessed the chapel, then administered confirmation to 6 candidates,
then celebrated the Solemn High Mass.
In the evening, Bishop Tissier gave a lecture on the non-suppression
of the Tridentine Mass by Pope Paul VI in 1969.
In the evening Bishop Tissier gave a conference on the sad event
of the famous act of asking forgiveness done by the Holy Father
last March 12. The Bishop showed how this contradicted previous
rules of the Church, especially in Pius XI’s Encyclical Mortalium
Animos and in a decree of the Holy Office in 1949. Bishop Tissier
left late that evening for Switzerland. During his voyage, he administered
the Sacrament of confirmation to 125 persons, in the Philippines,
and 6 in Malaysia. Some of our faithful in the Philippines have
an interesting interpretation of a passage of the book of the Apocalypse,
chapter 7, verses 1–3. This passage speaks of the four angels standing
on the four corners of the earth to whom it was given to punish
the world. Another angel cried to them: “Hurt not the earth, nor
the sea, nor the trees, till we sign the servants of our God in
their forehead.” Signing on the forehead? It looks very much like
the sacrament of confirmation! It sure is amazing to see how many
people at the four corners of the earth have been ‘signed on their
forehead’ by the four bishops of the SSPX in the last 12 years!
The total number of confirmed certainly reaches many dozen of thousands
(in some places in Mexico alone, it exceeded the thousand mark!)
Fifth and last First Saturday of the series organized for the KL
Bishop Lazo’s health having slightly improved, he was dismissed
from the hospital to come to the Priory in the good care of the
Session of the Apostles of Mary for 15 young people, mainly from
CHINA. First visit of Fr. Egli, made possible thanks to a last
minute intervention of St Rita with the Philippine Immigration Department.
(St Rita has now proven herself to have a special power when it
comes to travelling, especially with airport problems and immigration
CHINA. Fr. Egli gave 7 hours of catechetical instructions to
various people of the group! Nothing like having real veteran missionaries
to do this kind of work! (For the readers who don’t know him, Fr.
Egli has spent 20 years in Rhodesia before joining the SSPX.)
Fr. Vachon made an emergency journey for the first funeral of this
mass center. SANTA BARBARA. Five-day men’s retreat for 15 men.
Our dear Bishop Lazo died peacefully at the priory assisted by four
priests – R.I.P.