Newsletter of the District
- December 2005
of the District of Asia
2004 - October 2005
Singapore: Visit of the Superior General returning from Australia.
Besides some confirmations, he gave a conference updating the faithful
on the situation with Rome and with the newly elected pope, Benedict
XVI. “Hope but no illusion”
Philippines: 4th National Pilgrimage to Carmen (Our Lady of
Mount Carmel), in Bohol, with the 3rd Catechism contest (this year
on Apologetics). 150 Participants.
Sri Lanka: Fr. Pagliarani had the great privilege to lead the
5th Annual Corpus Christi Procession which was attended this year
by over 300 people, including a 12 menstrong band.
19 Singapore: Two funerals marked this month, which is the most
we have ever had in one single year! The first, Mrs. Brendan Dabara,
was one of our most senior members(78), whose grand-son, now a Redemptorist
brother, in Scotland, is at present the only Traditional Singaporean
vocation. The other was the beautiful death of our ‘youngest’ parishioner,
not young in age (58) but since his baptism (3 months), Mr. Stephen
Joseph Francis Athanasius Heng. Mr. Heng was one of these workers,
not of the last hour, but of the last minutes of the day, in the
Lord’s vineyard. It is so encouraging to see the grace of God reaching
a soul in such circumstances. It also shows the power of
India: Fr. Couture visited the Nav Jeevan Orphanage-Old People’s
Home, in Cuddaph, Andhra Pradesh. After much discussion with the
foundress, Swarna Vongala, and the local priests of the SSPX, Miss
Vongala agreed to transfer her whole Institute in Tamil Nadu, near
our priory. This will assure them of the sacramental life according
to the Tradition of the Church, and, perhaps, God willing, enable
the beginning of a religious
Sri Lanka: Blessing of the foundation stone for the new bell-tower
of the chapel.
Singapore: Farewell to Fr. Aurelito Cacho, Filipino, who helped
the District House during the last year. Father has been reassigned
in the Philippines.
Philippines: Farewell to Fr. Joseph Lester, American, who enjoyed
his first year as a priest laboring in the Filipino vineyard. He
has been re-assigned as District Bursar, stationed
Japan: Renewal of the Consecration of Japan to the Immaculate
Heart of Mary by the
India: Farewell party for Fr. Thomas Blute, the SSPX Superior
for India since July 1997. Father Blute was able in these 8 long
years to make many break-through in this difficult apostolate. Particularly
worth mentioning are 1) moving the priory from its original location
in Nazareth to Palayamkottai, which enables the fathers a much wider
apostolate, 2) establishing the new priory of the Holy Trinity on
solid basis (purchase of land, construction of a beautiful building),
and 3) opening the St Pius X Boys’ Hostel, which will be, God willing,
the greenhouse of many future Indian vocations, and of a future
school. Father Blute will be dearly missed in India. He is succeeded
by Father Patrick Summers, another American, who has been the second-in-command
during the past year.
Asian Pilgrimage to Spain and Fatima. See the account in the
photo album on
Philippines: Fr. Adam Purdy, American, arrived in Santa Barbara
to take the relay from Fr. Gerspacher as Novice Master in the Brothers’
Noviciate. See his first letter on
India: Newly ordained American Fr. Robert Aaron Jackson arrived
in Palayamkottai to complete the missionary team in charge of this
Philippines: Newly ordained Australian-Lebanese Fr. Sayed Elias
arrived in Manila, to be eventually stationed in the Brothers’ Noviciate,
in Santa Barbara, Iloilo.
Philippines: Priests’ Retreat in Lobo, Batangas, under the expert
guidance of Fr. Adrien Wee, OCD, on the theme: The Mystical
Theology of St John of the Cross.
Hong Kong: Fr. Pagliarani visited this growing Mass center for
the first time. It is always moving to think that when visiting
this megalopolis, one is actually in China, where so many Catholics
are still persecuted for their faith. Let us not forget them
in our prayers.
Philippines: Farewell to Fr. Loren Gerspacher who has been running
the Brothers’ Noviciate in Santa Barbara for thelast three years.
Father was re-assigned to his home country of Canada, after 14 years
in South Africa and 3 in the Philippines.
Philippines: An elderly Filipina Carmelite Sister who has been
helping the SSPX in the USA for many years, Sr. Carmela, came to
Manila to retire with our Oblates and Bethanians.
Sri Lanka-India: Fr. Lester did not waste any time in his new
assignment as District Bursar: after his (already) second visit
to Sri Lanka (during which he led a pilgrimage to the National Shrine
of Our Lady of Madhu), he proceeded to visit the priory in India
to help the confreres get used to the SSPX accounting system.
Philippines: Our 2nd Filipino priest, Fr. Emerson Salvador,
who had been working in Asia since his ordination in 1999, left
the District of Asia to be reassigned in far away Gabon, in Africa,
where the SSPX has a thriving community and school. We express our
gratitude for all these years both in the Philippines and in Singapore
and accompany him
with our prayers.
Singapore – Hong Kong –
Visit of Our Superior General on one of his last trips around the
world before next year’s General Chapter. It was his first visit
to Osaka and Tokyo. In both places the faithful were truly delighted
to meet him, and to hear about the audience with the Holy Father
of last August 29th. The attendance in Tokyo reached the record
number of 53 people.