of the District of Asia
– December 2007
Christchurch, New Zealand
the previous couple of weeks, the Traditional Redemptorists have
been busy with the opening of their new foundation in this city.
It will be a great blessing for NZ and the District of Asia to
have these valiant sons of St Alphonsus among us. The community
began with one priest and one brother. They will take care of
the mass centers in Christchurch and Dunedin, in the South Island.
- 18 General Santos, Philippines
Mystica Medical Mission, organized by ACIM ASIA. Yolly Gamutan,
R.N. a young and dynamic Filipina nurse did a wonderful job in
orchestrating such an historical event for the SSPX. 11 medical
personnel coming from USA, France and South Korea joined the more
than 15 local professionals and more than 50 medical students
for a week long mission reaching 2000 patients!. On Saturday 18th,
there was a general forum in the local gymnasium for an estimated
crowd of 1000 medical personnel and students. The purpose of the
Forum was to prepare Filipino medical students to the reality
awaiting them outside their own country. The Mayor of General
Santos, through his representative made a very edifying intervention,
urging the youths ‘not to play God!” Fr. Dolotina and Fr. Couture
were present to provide the spiritual side,
Jean Pierre Dickes, the President of ACIM France was part of the
French Delegation, as well that of ACIM’s treasurer, Mrs. Claudie
Debavalere, a pharmacist, and of a young French medical student,
on the Holy Shroud of Turin by Fr. Couture, with the full sized
Robert Brucciani, left his beloved England to take the responsibility
of the Indian missions, succeeding Fr. Patrick Summers who went
to take charge of the Society’s in England School.
Frs. Summers, Pancras
and Chazal - left to right
- 7 Wanganui, New Zealand
Dominic Boys’ Ski Camp: Fr Cranshaw organised the first ever boys
ski camp for St Dominic’s Boys School. A group of 10 boys spent
two month raising $2000 to subsidise the expenses. After asking
the Dominicans in NZ and the Carmelites in the States for good
weather, they headed off for 5 days of intensive skiing in the
breath taking mountains of NZ. They were blessed with beautiful
weather for 4 of the 5 days, very good snow, no injuries and great
skiing. God bless the Dominicans and Carmelites for their prayers.
- 8 Manila, Philippines
retreat near Manila for the priests from Singapore and the Philippines,
including one Novus Ordo priest.
launched the campaign for the traditional Latin Mass, through
the promotion of a DVD on the Holy Mass. A first batch of 4047
(of a total of 9000) attractive leaflets were sent to Filipino
priests offering them that DVD.
Roy Dolotina landed in the new Iloilo airport (which is located
in Santa Barbara, to the great convenience of our priests) to
take his new assignment, actually only his second so far, at the
Couture and Ghela made some interesting contacts with some influential
people in the city.
- 27 Iloilo, Philippines
retreat at St. Bernard Novitiate for the Brothers, by the District
Joseph Pfeiffer arrived to take his new post. His role will be
mainly to assist Fr. Chazal to develop the apostolate in Northern
India, as well as to launch the campaign on the Traditional Mass.
Wanganui, New Zealand
Frank Kurtz, after a long delay for his visa, finally arrived
in our priory to take his new assignment, to the great joy of
the other three priests.
four priests of the New Zealand Missions from left to right
Fr. Robert Jackson, Fr. Frank Kurtz, Fr. Francois Laisney
Andrew Cranshaw: with the new wing of the girl's school
and the new adjacent convent ( far right ) in the background.
Couture was interviewed for one hour on a provincial radio program
hosted by Attorney Bacalso.
by the District Superior in Kuala Lumpur on “The Holy Catholic
Mass - What We Have Lost,” organized bythe Knights of Our Lady.
Pfeiffer went up North to meet Fr. Chazal and to visit some new
venues: Delhi, and Varanasi in the North East, where they landed
on the very day of the ceremony of welcoming the new bishop. This
gave them a providential occasion to meet the new bishop and a
number of priests and sisters.
Wanganui, New Zealand
Fr Cranshaw organised a pilgrimage to the remains of the founder
of the Sisters of Compassion (the only religious order of NZ origin
founded in 1899), Mother Mary Aubert. The intention of the pilgrimage
was the conversion of Wanganui. 60 people attended Mass, then
followed by lunch at our chapel in Tawa, Wellington. Then all
proceeded to the Home of Compassion in Island Bay for a very interesting
conference on the life of Mother Mary Aubert given by a guest
speaker. After the conference all knelt at the grave of this very
holy religious, whose cause for beatification is underway, to
pray for the conversion of Wanganui. All then returned to Wanganui,
stopping at the public shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes in Paraparaumu
for a final Rosary to end the pilgrimage.
- 26 Baguio, Philippines
training session for the Apostles of Mary by Fr. Dolotina in the
former buildings of the Major Seminary.
announced for a church property of 3,000m2 at Compassvale Link.
Tender closing date is December 4. Previous lands for churches
in Singapore were sold at exorbitant prices of about USD$1M per
1000m2! And that is just the land. Fr. Kimball
is promising much to St Philomena if this dream comes true.
Brucciani went to inspect the regular Northern circuit- a 10 day
Anniversary of the opening of ‘Bethany House’ which has provided
twenty vocations to various traditional convents.
Wanganui, New Zealand
of Christ the King: St Anthony’s Parish celebrated the feast of
Christ the King with a Solemn High Mass and a 3 km procession
through the public streets of Wanganui. The St Dominic’s School
Girls choir sang beautifully at the Mass for which they had been
preparing for weeks in advance. The first communicants, wonderfully
prepared by the Dominican sisters, received Our Lord for the first
time during the Mass. Then all entered the streets of Wanganui
in a solemn procession of the Blessed Sacrament. The Youth Group
(Catholics In Action) saw to the safety of the faithful and the
decoration of the two altars of repose, which were beautifully
prepared. The procession was very well attended with approximately
250 faithful accompanying the Blessed Sacrament throughout the
entire procession. Both Catholic and non Catholics alike commented
on how beautiful the event was.
in honour of Christ the King in the neighbourhood.
Onoda also organised his traditional procession in the streets
around our little chapel.
of Sr. Maria, of the Consoling Sisters of the Sacred Heart, from
Italy, to the Orphanage. The construction of the new orphanage
is about to commence.
Indian Orphans in our little Veritas Academy
discover that there are approximatively 26,000 priests in India…
A lot of work ahead for our priests in the campaign for the traditional
Mass with the sending of the leaflets, making of the DVDs, liturgical
50 days in our campaign for the TLM, more than 250 priests have
requested the SSPX DVD.
the same length of time, 24 priests out of a national total of
500, have contacted our priests to get some material on the Traditional
Mass, and one asked for the Presentation on the Holy Shroud in
Indonesia, Hong Kong, Malaysia,
clergy of these countries has also been contacted in the recent
weeks as a follow-up to the Pope’s Motu Proprio. The response:
four bishops, and three priests have written to us.
Salvador finally returned to his home-base from his 3 months in
India, his retreat and vacation in the Philippines before taking
off again for Jakarta, in Indonesia.
All Saints party in Singapore
Saints Party at the Orphanage
- 26 Malaysia, Philippines,South
journey of Bishop Alfonso de Galaretta with Fr. Couture to Kuala
Lumpur (16-18), Kota Kinabalu (18-21), Manila (21-23) and Seoul
Wanganui, New Zealand
Couture left Singapore to attend the graduation ceremonies in
our school in Wanganui and to preach a retreat to the Dominican
Wanganui, New Zealand
beautiful pilgrim statue of Our Lady of Fatima began its grand
tour of all the chapels of the District of Asia. Each chapel will
consecrate itself to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The tour will
last at least 10 months.
Children of Mary on December 8 in Wanganui
District Superior then proceeded a few hours north by plane to
this oversea French territory to bring the Christmas ceremonies
to these faithful who until now have had the holy Mass only every
two months. In 2008, thanks to the presence of a 4th priest in
New Zealand, the missionary visits will become monthly. During
this trip the Pilgrim Statue was brought to New Caledonia to consecrate
the chapels and most of the families to the Immaculate Heart,
and then it was returned to New Zealand to visit the Southern
Island before being taken back to the Philippines in February.
community of Sisters with Frs. Couture and Laisney
in front of the newly complete
girls school and convent
(This photo appeared in the local newspaper)
day stopover from the Superior General coming from Australia.