Newsletter of the District
of the District of Asia
Fr. Edwin returned from a 6 week tour of Europe, during which he
spread to dozens of Mass centers and thousands of Traditional Catholics
the good news of our Mission in India. For the first time, an Indian
priest made presentations in England, a nation to which Mother India
is historically linked.
The preparations for Bishop Lazo’s funeral are well on the
way. Fr Couture arrived from Singapore.
BARBARA. The Men’s retreat was shortened to enable the two
priests to go to Manila for Bishop Lazo’s funeral.
Bishop Bernard Fellay, Superior General of the SSPX, arrived to
officiate at Bishop’s Lazo’s funeral. Father Paul Morgan, the first
superior of the Philippines arrived from Post Falls, USA, as well
as Father Thomas Blute, formerly assigned in the Philippines, now
prior in India and Fathers Wailliez and Soliman, from Santa Barbara.
A solemn Pontifical High Mass with its five absolutions was offered
for the repose of Bishop Lazo’s soul. 10 priests were present ‘officially’
since a few priests from Bishop Lazo’s diocese also came but kept
a low profile in the congregation. No one officially represented
the Archdiocese of Manila, although two days earlier, they had sent
a bishop to inquire about the schedule of events. Bishop Lazo’s
remains were laid in our church of Our Lady of Victories, between
the first and the second Station (which is very symbolic – he too,
imitating His Master, was indeed unjustly condemned by the CBCP,
but he accepted and carried his cross with joy).
BARBARA. The pre-seminarians went to visit a Trappist monastery
on the island of Guimaras, near Iloilo.
Many of the priests who came for the funeral had to leave to be
back to their posts for the Holy Week ceremonies
LUMPUR. Fr Couture had the longest Palm Sunday Procession
as he carried one of these beautifully prepared Filipino palms from
Manila, on the plane (a 5 hour trip), across all of Malaysia (predominantly
an Islamic country) all the way to Kuala Lumpur. As his plane made
a stopover in Kota Kinabalu, in the hall of the airport, three young
Catholic ladies from Malaysian Tourism approached him and asked
him some Rosary-souvenir from Rome. All three were university students
in the Northern University of Malaysia, near the Thailand border.
One of them was in fact the president of a Catholic youth group
of the University, the other two were also members of this group.
Fr Couture offered to them to visit their group in the future, thus
hoping to find a way to expand the apostolate in this difficult
Frs Griego, Salvador and Hughes in Manila; Fr Soliman in
Cebu/Bohol; Fr Wailliez in Iloilo; Fr Egli in Mindanao.
LUMPUR. Fr Vachon
16 Palm Sunday
For the first time ever, thanks to the presence of Bishop Fellay,
it was possible to hold a Pontifical High Mass for this great day.
Many of our faithful participated in a Palm Sunday procession of
some 300 people in Tuticorin. It was followed by a very nice 6 hour
recollection by Fr. Pancras Raja.
LANKA. Fr Prakash who finally got his visa for South Africa
after a 10 months delay, flew to his new assignment leaving Fr Loschi
alone for a little while.
BARBARA. Three day recollection for the whole house on the
Passion and the ceremonies of Holy Week.
Bishop Fellay flew back to Switzerland, and Fr Morgan to the USA.
First day of a three day Parish Mission. The SSPX Superior General
made his first visit to the new District headquarters in between
two flights (6 hour stopover). If for some people time is money,
for others, time is a divine grace, a means to sow grace at any
and every moment. Bishop Fellay found time to give an impromptu
talk to the faithful on the latest events in the Church before ‘flying
back’ to the airport to catch his midnight flight to Switzerland.
LUMPUR. First day of a three day Parish Mission.
20-22 Holy Triduum
Thanks to the large community, the Tenebrae were completely sung
22 Easter Vigil
While the diocese of Singapore was receiving more than 1000 new
Catholics in its bosom, Fr Couture was also privileged to baptize
two adults and give them their First Holy Communion.
23 Easter Sunday
Eight children from the catechism class made their First Holy Communion.
Four children made their First Holy Communion.
BARBARA. The community took a well deserved break for three
days on the little island of Marbuena.
Brother Patrick (Gerard Golveo, from Iloilo) started his new assignment
at Our Lady of Victories church.
BARBARA. On their way back from Marbuena, the priests and
pre-seminarians joined the Jaro faithful in some special prayers
of reparation against the weeklong high-ranking freemasons’ meeting
taking place in Iloilo
BARBARA. Fr Wailliez left for a one week trip to Manila
LANKA. Fr Loschi faithfully continues the work of the Apostolic
Union which is a link between priests to encourage them to take
their spiritual life seriously. Every month, Father sends to over
40 priests (and even a few bishops!) an envelop containing some
spiritual reading and other documents to boost the regularity of
the interior life. The Apostolic Union started in the 1860’s and
was very popular in Asian country in the first part of this century.
Sister Maria Victoria (the sister of Fr Soliman), an Oblate sister
of the SSPX, came back to the Philippines from Switzerland for a
3 week vacation.
First day of the Flores de Mayo: every evening, all the members
of the community, as well as some faithful, come to church before
the Rosary and walk in procession, while singing hymns in a variety
of languages (Tagalog, Latin, English, Visayan, French, Korean –
next year there might be some in Thai and Vietnamese hymns too…)
in the main aisle bringing flowers to a lovely May Altar set up
in the front.
BARBARA. Three day summer camp for 39 children of the Iloilo
Fr. Wailliez arrived from Baguio.
Fr Couture arrived for a one week visit.
Fr George Maurel left India temporarily to fill in a vacant post
in Sri Lanka.
BARBARA. Normal schedule resumed after more than a month’s
Beginning of a 5 day women’s retreat in Baguio preached by Frs.
Griego and Onoda. 17 retreatants.
BARBARA. Fr. Wailliez went to Jaro Cathedral with some faithful
for the installment of the new archbishop, Bishop Angelo Lagdameo.
He was able to introduce himself to him, and luckily, got a free
ticket for the banquet that followed the ceremony along with some
30 bishops and even more priests from all over the country.
BARBARA. Fr Couture stopped over for a one-day visit.
BARBARA. The whole community joined the Jaro faithful for
an outdoor procession in honour of Our Lady of Fatima.
KONG. Fr Couture visited this Mass Center, the first time
in almost two years. By the same occasion, he also had the privilege
to offer the Holy Mass in Chinese territory on the feast of Our
Lady of Fatima.
Beginning of a 5 day men’s retreat in Baguio preached by Frs. Griego
and Egli, for 16 men.
BARBARA. Fr. Wailliez met providentially Archbishop Lagdameo
at the Far East Bank and had a nice conversation with him.
Fr Couture returned to this promising new mission field for a one
week missionary journey. He was able to give talks on liberalism
and freemasonry to some groups of lay leaders, and even a long 4
hour conference to a group of 15 seminarians on the Catholic doctrine
on the priesthood, the crisis affecting it and the solution to it.
Moreover, he was able to offer the Holy Mass in a parish church,
on the marble main altar.
After literally years of efforts, Fr Blute was finally able to procede
to the inauguration of the St. Pius X Boys hostel, located at a
walking distance from the Palayamkottai priory.
BARBARA. After the Sung Mass and Catechism, Fr. Wailliez
went to San Miguel to attend the consecration of the barangay’s
youth to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Legion’s meeting of
the junior praesidium.
The start of a 5 day girls’ camp in Lobo, Batangas with Fr Salvador,
the Bethanians and the Dominican sisters.
Sister Maria Victoria returned to her assignment in Switzerland.
BARBARA. Fr. Wailliez met Archbp. Lagdameo at the palacio
and was able to talk with him during 40 minutes. He seemed not to
be disturbed by our presence in his diocese. Completion of the ground
leveling at the back part of the seminary.
BARBARA. Arrival of a pre-seminarian from Kenya, Africa.
Start of the summer boys’ camp in Lobo, Batangas, with Fr Salvador
and the Cristeros. KOREA. Full of zeal, Fr Onoda organized a beautiful
procession in honor of Our Blessed Lady in the streets of Seoul.
May Her reign come quickly in this country which is very dedicated
LANKA. Fr Couture came for a 5 day visit of the priory.
The boys arrived for their first night in the Hostel. There were
14 boys: 6 from Tuticorin, 4 from Palayamkottai, one from Peikulam,
and one from NagerKoil, and two from Christurajapuram. They ranged
in age from 12 to 17.
Day of recollection for the Boys of St Pius X Hostel.
In the last two months, we celebrated 3 weddings in Nagerkoil, in
a place called Christu Nagar, where the sheep are left without a
shepherd; In March, and May there were two conversions from Hinduism
to the Catholic Faith--after sufficient instruction.
Susan Comota, a Bethanian, left to join the Traditional Redemptoristines
Fr Juan Carlos Ortiz, Colombian priest of the SSPX, ordained in
1984 with Fr Couture, stopped over for a few days at the priory
on his way to Australia.
BARBARA. In the afternoon, the pre-seminarians went to Jaro,
to show the cathedral to newly arrived John Maria, from Kenya. They
found the church full of people attending Rosary and Benediction
for peace in Mindanao. Afterwards, in front of the cathedral, they
had the chance to meet the Archbishop and to speak shortly with
The three priests were invited to attend a concert by the world
famous Tallis choir. The pieces sung were a mass by Palestrina,
Allegri’s Miserere and a few other beautiful polyphonic masterpieces.
It is quite interesting and amazing to think of a crowd paying relatively
expensive tickets to listen to a choir singing the Common of the
Traditional Catholic Latin Mass (Kyrie, Gloria, Nicean Creed, etc.),
in Latin, in a National Concert Hall. Latin is no longer a problem
in such cases. It also shows the transcendence of the Catholic repertoire.
BARBARA. Fr. Soliman arrived from more than a week of absence;
he had given a session to the Apostles of Mary, in Mindanao.
Raquel Jimenez, another Bethanian, left for Germany, to help out
in a school run by the Oblate Sisters of the SSPX
Fr Vachon flew off to Australia for a week’s vacation.
BARBARA. Arrival of Brother Daniel (Jerry Cabiltes, from
Leyte) who has been assigned at the pre-seminary.
BARBARA. Early morning, Fr. Wailliez left for the airport,
going to Mindanao for the monthly mission and a visit of the different
praesidia of the Legion of Mary.
Fr Salvador took the bi-monthly mission to this gateway to China…
11 Pentecost Sunday
LUMPUR. The Holy Ghost surely went to work in this other
‘Upper room’, which is our little chapel, by suddenly doubling the
size of the congregation.
SETAR (near Penang), MALAYSIA. Our Blessed Lady is certainly
dropping some special graces in this Malaysia: Fr Couture, having
resumed contacts with the students of the Northern Malaysian University
(see April 15 above), went to visit their youth group. A very fruitful
evening followed up: 2 hours’ catechism on the Holy Mass, one hour
of confession, the discovery of and the assistance at their first
Traditional Mass for 40 students, and finally a slide presentation
on the excavations underneath St Peter’s Basilica in Rome. These
40 students are the core of a slightly larger group of Catholic
students, holding themselves together in the midst of 12,000 Muslim
students. Let us pray for the follow-up of this important contact.
BARBARA. The two Fijians vocations scheduled to arrive unfortunately
did not show up at the airport. It was found out later that they
had not been able to leave because of a coup-d’état in Fiji.
Fr Couture arrived from Singapore for a one week visit.
Fathers Egli and Onoda left together for these Northernmost missions
of the District.
Our African veteran missionary, Fr Egli, offered his first
mass in the country of the rising sun. Father Egli, with Fr Onoda,
visited Osaka and gave a talk on the reasons of his conversion to
the Traditional Mass.
Father Santiago Hughes, who was brought back to Tradition in 1996
after 22 years of diocesan work in the Philippines, celebrated at
Our Lady of Victories Church, with great solemnity, the silver anniversary
of his ordination, by the very first Solemn High Mass of his priestly
In the last month, we received two astonishing donations of new
books: one bookstore in Texas donated 8 crates of their overstock,
and another generous soul donated $1000 worth of Tan books for building
up our priory library. May God bless them for all the good which
will come from those books. We also received permission to build
a community hall (chapel) in Christurajapuram and we are well on
the way to receive Government recognition for our Primary school.
With the help of Children in Need, in Essen, Germany, we were able
to construct a new classroom, and staff rooms for the teachers in
our school of Christurajapuram.
also were able to buy lots of furnishings necessary for the school.
Enrollment has held steady at 70. Great thanks to C.I.N.
Fr. Blute completed one year of teaching in Magdalene Matriculation.
He has also signed on to teach Creative Writing in English for one