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            FR. REGINALD ARLISS                                  FR. HILARION WALTERS

             FR. LEONARD AMRHEIN                               FR. LAWRENCE MULLIN

The leader of the "band" - FR. QUENTIN OLWELL who became the first bishop of the then newly-established Prelature of Marbel.

              FR. PASCHAL SMITH                                        FR. ANTHONY MALONEY

              FR. CRISPIN LYNCH                                         FR. JEROME DOES



BEGINNINGS

It was sometime in 1956 when Bishop Gerard Mongeau, DD (the first Prelate Ordinary of Cotabato), invited the Passionists to work with him in his rapidly expanding Prelature. However, negotiations between the Oblates and the Passionists took a little bit longer. Thus, it was not until January 21, 1958 that the first Passionists Fathers, namely, Fr. Quentin Olwell and Fr. Anthony Maloney set foot in Cotabato.

A couple of weeks later, in February of that same year, seven more Passionists arrived, namely, Fr. Leonard Amrhein, Fr. Reginald Arliss, Fr. Jerome Does, Fr. Crispin Lynch, Fr. Lawrence Mullin, Fr. Paschal Smith and Fr. Hilarion Walters.

These nine trailblazers, some of whom were veteran missionaries of China, were truly the pioneers of the Passionist Mission in the Philippines. Soon after, they took up their stations in Norala, Banga, Marbel, Lagao, Dadiangas, and Glan. And much later, Tupi and Kiamba.

And, as they say, the rest is history.

THE PROVINCE OF THE PASSION OF CHRIST

The geographical area comprising the Province of the Passion is the entire nation of the Republic of the Philippines.

The official title of this jurisdiction in the Congregation of the Passion is the Province of the Passion of Christ. The abbreviated code for the title within the Congregation is PASS.

The Province of the Passion of Christ retains indelible bonds of gratitude and spiritual union with the religious of the Province of St. Paul of the Cross, both living and deceased.

The Province pledges its constant efforts to maintain the unity of the entire Congregation by collaborating with the Superior General and his administration and with all other Passionist entities.

Within its means, the Province will collaborate with other Passionist entities, especially with those in the PASPAC Configuration in the areas of formation, finance and personnel.

REMEMBERING FR. HILARION WALTERS, CP ON HIS 2ND DEATH ANNIVERSARY (+July 7, 2013)

Fr. Hil was one of the nine pioneering American Passionists who came to the Philippines in 1958 (backdrop image). His unwavering passion for his vocation, marked by deep spirituality and simplicity, has been one towering lighthouse for all of us.

Rest in peace, dearly beloved Fr Hil.


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