Newsletter of the District
- June 2004
of the District of Asia
– June 2004
Dec. 29 – Jan.
1 Indonesia A small three day Christmas camp for our youth
group in Cebodas, Botanic Garden, near Jakarta, has strengthened
their knowledge of Tradition. Many of them in the following weeks
have stopped going to the new mass, seeing how it can damage their
Cebu The construction of a small church, dedicated to St Pius
Fr. Couture gave a conference on Fatima in Trichy, South of
Madras. On this occasion, contacts were made with a village of 5000
souls who are having difficulties with their Novus Ordo priest and
who have shown serious interest in our work.
24 Sri Lanka Fr. Pagliarani organized a pilgrimage to the
Shrine of St Ann, north of Colombo.
St Ann's Shrine, in Sri Lanka
USA Dominic Vu, a Vietnamese seminarian whose family has greatly
helped the District of Asia in its Missions to Vietnam, received
the cassock. One of his two sisters is with the SSPX Sisters, the
other with the French Benedictine Nuns of Lamairé.
& Mrs Thieu Vu, Vietnamese with their daughter, Sr. Mary Joachim
and their son, Dominic, proudly
standing with Bishop Fellay.
8-22 Dr. Jean Pierre Dickès, President of ACIM (French Catholic
Association of Doctors Nurses and Health Professionals) came with
his lovely wife to tour Asia. First Singapore, then in the
Philippines with the priests’ session in Manila, followed
by a Medical Mission near Tanay, and conferences in 5 Medical
Universities: General Santos, two in Davao, Cagayan de Oro, Iloilo.
All in all 23 hours of lectures! The topics covered included contraception,
cloning, abortion, euthanasia, bioethics. As a result of this visit,
we have opened an Asian branch of ACIM. It can be consulted at www.acim-asia.com
on Bioethics in Singapore, Feb 8, 2004
by Dr. Jean - Pierre Dickès.
9-13 Philippines Priests’ Doctrinal Session in Manila. 12
priests were present, including a military chaplain very attracted
Fr. Pagliarani made a second visit (the first having been last
Taiwan, Fr. Pagliarani with professional pianist and composer Peter
who attends the Traditional Mass
Fr. Couture gave another lecture (his third) in the National
University of Singapore (NUS) on the influence of Western Civilization
in Japan in the Christian century (1549 – 1640).
10 Fr. Richard
Vachon left Asia for Australia after working with us for the last
six years in Manila, Sri Lanka, India and Singapore. He has now
been assigned to the SSPX School in Tynong, near Melbourne, Australia.
10-22 The District
Superior made a tour of the “Far East Missions” of the District:
Hong Kong, Japan and South Korea. In Japan,
he was able to visit our little mass center in Sapporo.
Iloilo The construction of the church of Our Lady of Consolation,
19-21 Fr. Pagliarani
made his apprenticeship of martyrdom with kidney stones.
On his way back from Korea, Fr. Couture stopped in Bangkok to
inform Bishop Manat of the Rome Press Conference of Bishop Fellay
of last Feb. 2.
26 Sister Mary
Victorias, an Filipina Oblate of the SSPX, stopped for 10 days in
Singapore, using this opportunity to join in the Women’s
29 – April
3 Malaysia Women’s retreat in Malacca, preached to 14 women
by Frs. Couture and Adrian Wee, Carmelite.
Retreat in Malacca, March 29 - April 3, 2004,
preached by Fr. Adrian Wee Carmelite, and Fr. D. Couture.
Two young men, one from Bangkok, one from Hong Kong came to
spend the Sacred Triduum at the Singapore Priory.
USA Quasimodo Sunday: one Filipina, Sr. Maria Isabella, one
Vietnamese, Sr. Mary Joachim made their first profession in the
ranks of the SSPX Sisters. Two other Filipinas began their second
year of noviciate.
Sunday, April 18, 2004, in Browerville, USA
at the Noviciate of the SSPX Sisters
Quasimodo Sunday at the SSPX Sisters’ Noviciate,
Fr Couture, with the Asian Sisters, Rev. Fr. Vin Son, a Vietnamese
and Dominic Vu, a Vietnamese seminarian.
Philippines During April and May, various retreats for men and
women as well as summer camps for children were held in various
parts of the Philippines.
Sr. Diana, a Filipina, made her first profession in the Contemplative
Dominicans of Avrillé, France.
20 -23 Philippines
Third Annual Pilgrimage of the Youth of the Philippines from
Tagbilaran to Carmen, Bohol. 135 pilgrims walked the 61 km, escorted
by 5 priests. On the second day, the Catechism Contest was held
again, for a second time. Three members of the Cristeros, Manila,
saw their yearlong efforts rewarded in winning the first three prizes
(1st: a plane ticket for Europe; 2nd: the set of 15 books The
Liturgical Year, by Dom Gueranger; 3rd A missionary crucifix
and the book
27 - June 6
Fr. Onoda led a group of 6 Asian pilgrims to the Chartres-Montmartres
Pilgrimage, in France.
6 -14 Singapore
Fr. Onoda gave a welcomed hand in Singapore while both resident
priests were away on mission.
While there is yet no development with the village near Trichy
(see Jan. 12-13 above), another parish, near Nagercoil, at the very
Southern tip of India started to make contacts with our priests.
They are 1500 families.
Fr. Adrian Wee, a young Carmelite priest from Malaysia, returned
to Singapore after 10 months in the SSPX Seminary in Australia.
Manila Opening of Our Lady of Victories primary school at our
Valan Devasahayam, from Trichy, India, was ordained priest in
Ecône, Switzerland, along with 9 others. He has been (temporarily)
assigned in Australia. (With a priest ordained in England on July
17, the SSPX has ordained so far this year 16 new priests. Deo gratias!)
Two American priests have been assigned to the District: Frs.
Patrick Summers and Joseph Lester. They will be most welcomed, as
the ‘ Harvest is great and the laborers (so) few’ ! Fr. Summers
will go to India, with Fr. Blute, and Fr. Lester to Manila.
Vietnamese monks in Our Lady of Guadalupe Monastery, Silver City,
New Mexica, USA.
On the left, Br. Gabriel, on the right, Br. Emmanuel.