Newsletter of the District of Asia

 May - September 2007

Chronicle of the District of Asia
May – July 2007

May 2007

3 - 7 Japan Fr. Couture joined Frs. Onoda and Wailliez for a memorable first official pilgrimage to many of Japan’s Catholic Shrines. See the complete report.

6 Manila PhilippinesSister John Marie Vianney, of the Sisters of the Society of St. Pius X, who was on vacation, presented a slide show regarding the Sisters of the Society of St. Pius X.

13 Manila, Philippines After a year of preparation,18 Children of the Parish were able to receive their First Holy Communion.

19  -  23 Bohol, Philippines Annual Training Session of the Youth group ‘Apostles of Mary’.

20  Hong Kong The District Superior gave a conference on the Holy Shroud, with a life-size replica of the relic. The talk was attended, among others, by. Pr. William Meacham, archeologist, of Hong Kong University, a world-renowned expert on the Holy Shroud. At the end of the conference, Fr. François Laisney, prior of Wanganui, New Zealand, arrived, being on a stop-over, between two planes.

24 – 27 Bohol, Philippines 6th Annual National Pilgrimage from Tagbilaran to Carmen, with a record participation of 350 pilgrims, including 6 priests, the whole community of Brothers from Manila and Iloilo, as well as the Oblates and Bethanians.

June 2007

8 India Miss Swarna Vongala, the foundress of the Society of Servi Domini for the Orphans and Old People, finally flew off to Italy to receive her much awaited religious formation. Please God, she will returned in July 2008, as a Sister, accompanied by one or two other sisters of the Institute of the Consoling Sisters of the Sacred Heart. Meanwhile a group of 4 ladies, assisted by extra temporary volunteers from France and USA, run the orphanage and the little school attached to it. More volunteers are needed. Contact Fr. Couture in Singapore.

13 Manila, Philippines Feast of St. Anthony, The annual distribution of St. Anthony’s Bread for the poor continued. More than 2000 pieces of bread were distributed to the poor. The volunteers were able to give bread to the people of Payatas, a very poor place, where people live through scavenging garbage. Start of Classes for Our Lady of Victories Catholic School. Nine children enrolled in the preparatory level and nine also were enrolled in the home schooling program.

24 Sri Lanka Annual Solemn Procession of Corpus Christi. The highlight this year was the presence of about 60 people from the Tsunami Village “Maria Sevana’, who, for most of them, were also attending their first traditional Latin Mass.

Wanganui, New Zealand Solemn Procession in honour of St Anthony (patron of the priory). At the end, the faithful honored Fr. Laisney with a beautiful 19th c. silver chalice on the occasion of his 25th anniversary of ordination.

28 Singapore/India Fr. Emerson Salvador flew to India to spend a few months in order to help the mission until the new prior arrives.

July 2007

2 Italy/India After a very brief postulancy due to exceptional circumstances, Miss Swarna Vongala received the religious habit and a new name. She is now called Sr. Maria Immaculata della Croce (Sr. Mary Immaculate of the Cross), a name which is a whole program! The children at the Orphanage refuse to go to school on this day in order to unite themselves with their spiritual mother.

7 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Conference by the District Superior to mark the Centenary of the Apostolate of the Enthronement of the Sacred Heart in the Homes, an apostolate launched by Fr. Mateo Crawley, on August 24, 1907.

8-13 Singapore Ignatian retreat for 11 ladies in nearby Batam. Fr. Roy Dolotina came from Manila to assist Fr. Couture while Fr. Kimball is taking a well-deserved vacation.

26 Singapore Third visit of Fr. Gregory Post (who seems to like Asia), for a couple of weeks.

31 Singapore Conference of Fr. Gregory Post on the early days of the SSPX. Fr. Post is the most senior SSPX priest ordained by Archbishop Lefebvre. In August, he will celebrate his 35th anniversary of ordination (Aug. 28, 1972)

August 2007

6 Singapore Fr. Kimball returned from his well-deserved vacation.

8 Singapore Conference of Dr. Jean Pierre Dickes on his year in the famous French seminary of Issy-les-Moulineaux in 1965-1966, where he lived the whole revolution in the Church at high speed. Dr. Dickes was on his way to a one week Medical Mission in General Santos, in the Philippines.

10 Singapore Dr. Dickes, a lady pharmacist and Fr. Couture flew out to the Philippines for the largest ever Medical Mission organized by the SSPX, in General Santos, Mindanao. The Mission is to last 7 days.

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