JULY 23, 2014

We all express our best wishes for a joyous birthday and a happy , healthy year. May you have many, many more birthdays to come. God bless!


This year's lone Silver Jubilarian is FR. VICENTE "VIC" SUPRANES, CP. He was ordained as priest on July 17, 1989. To observe this important milestone of his priestly life, he was given the privilege of visiting our Founder's places in Italy. In a particular way, Fr. Vic was so blessed to be able to stay for more than a month at our Congregation's first house in Monte Argentario, where our beloved founder St. Paul of the Cross used to live. He was also so privileged to be able to witness the recent canonization of the two great Popes - John XXIII and John Paul II at St. Peter's Basilica. Then a month-long side trip to Sweden enabled him to experience the priestly ministry of our other Filipino Passionists there. Refreshed from all these exposures, Fr Vic is now back in the Philippines, ready to face the next 25 years of priestly service. CONGRATULATIONS, FR. VIC! DEO GRATIAS!


The Lord of the Harvest has recently sent two laborers to his field. We thank Him for the gift of vocation to the priestly ministry of these two fine men. Last July 8, 2014, at the chapel of the Holy Cross Spiritual Center in Calumpang, General Santos City, Rev. Gilbert Ytac was ordained to the Deaconate by his Excellency Dinualdo Gutierrez, DD, Bishop of Marbel. The following day, at the Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage Parish, Dadiangas, General Santos City, the same beloved bishop ordained Fr. Andrew Gumboc to the Presbyterate. CONGRATULATIONS, REV. BERT AND FR. ANDREW! DEO GRATIAS!!!

The following lines are lifted from the book: Amazing Grace A Vocabulary of Faith by Kathleen Norris (pp96-97):

Much of the fabled wrath of God in the Hebrew scriptures is directed against those who preserve their own wealth and power at the expense of the lowly; someone who won’t pay a fair wage, for example, or mistreats an immigrant worker. Psalm 94 is a good example of the way in which biblical prayers for justice reflect a keen awareness of the systemic evils that lead to injustice:

They crush your people, Lord,
they afflict the ones you have chosen.
They kill the widow and the stranger
and murder the orphaned child.
And they say, “The Lord does not see;
the God of Jacob pays no heed.”
Mark this, most senseless of people;
fools, when will you understand?
Can the one who made the ear, not hear?
Can the one who formed the eye, not see?... (vv.5-9, Grail)

The psalm concludes with an image of a God who acts as a refuge for the innocent, the righteous, but who will one day destroy those who “do injustice under cover of law” (v.20), who hide behind legalism in order to “condemn innocent blood”(v.21)

In solidarity with the workers who were unjustly terminated, our CP priests – Frs. Rey Ondap, Edwin Flor, William Pondo and Vivien Nuera officiated a protest mass at the gate of Citra Mina, the seafood company who has been accused of union busting.

The meditation and prayer are taken from LIVING WISDOM FOR EVERYDAY - Minute Meditations For Every Day Taken From The Writings Of Saint Paul Of The Cross, as compiled and edited by Rev. Bennet Kelley, CP.

The booklet’s introduction says: “Paul of the Cross (1694-1775) was the founder of the Passionists. A great mystic, though not well known today, Paul did not write books, as did great sixteenth-century Carmelite mystic, St. John of the Cross. What he did write were thousands of letters, mostly spiritual direction.

Paul’s practical advice on prayer can help anyone trying to lead a life of prayer today. Allowing for the difference of time and culture, we can yet find in Paul a gold mine of inspiration and encouragement…. The prayer for each day are my composition. Bennet Kelley, CP”


Let us join the whole of heaven and earth in rejoicing and gladness for The Lord has conquered sin and death for us! The way of the Cross is the path he gave to us to assure the victories of our struggle against sin and evil. May Christ's Passion and Resurrection be always an inspiration to us as we journey through life. HAPPY EASTER TO ALL!


We are happy to announce that all our students are allowed to advance to the next stage of formation.

Seminarians Joseph Gamal, Val Cea, Ramon Jed Sumampong and Edgar Allan Nagar were approved for Postulancy. They will start their Postulancy by June. Brothers Lorenzo Payot, Ryan Garucho, Mark Ian Peliño, Mike Vernel Repalbor and Julito Boquila Jr. were approved for the Novitiate. They will start their Novitiate by April 15.

Brothers Tyron Pancho, CP, Archie Bago, CP, Reynaldo Buhat, CP, Ivan Powell Pura, CP, Celso Macas, CP, Nelson Galit, CP, Leonardo Carlo Sanchez, CP, Elmer Malaran, CP and Manuel Alfred Bayta, CP were approved to renew their vows. They will have their renewal of vows by May 1.

Bro Gilbert Ytac was approved to take his final vows on May 2 and to receive the Diaconate on July 3. Rev. Andrew Gumboc, CP will be ordained priest at Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage Parish on July 3, and Rev. Crisanto Dimaculangan, CP will be ordained priest on September 27 at Immaculate Conception Parish, Alion, Mariveles, Bataan. CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL!


FR. DAVID ONG, CP - will be the Vicar I of St. Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows Parish, Marikina City effective May 15, 2014
FRS. LOCARNO ANOR, CP AND SHERWIN DETUYA, CP - will go to Loyola House Community
FR. LITO VILLARENTE, CP - will be the Director of our College Seminary in Loyola Heights, Q.C. effective April, 2014
BRO. BOB MCKENNA, CP - will transfer to Loyola House Community, effective April, 2014
REV. CRISANTO DIMACULANGAN, CP - will go to Immaculate Conception Parish, Alion, Mariveles, Bataan
FR. ERIC FUNTANARES, CP - will be the next Postulant Director and Superior of the Strambi Community, effective May 15
FR. ROGIE CASTELLANO, CP - will be the Vocation Director effective July 1
FR. NONITO ADORABLE, CP - will go to Strambi Community to help in the Postulancy and Phase 8 Chaplaincy,effective May 15
FR. JOSEPH ALESNA, CP - will become the Retreat Director of Holy Cross Spiritual Center, Calumpang, GSC, effective June 1
FR. JOVANNI ABAD, CP - will go to St. Gabriel Seminary, Koronadal City, effective May 15
FR. EDWIN FLOR, CP - will be the Parish Priest of Holy Cross Parish, Calumpang, General Santos City, effective July 1
FR. MARK TOBIAS, CP - will go to the Catholic Mission to the Indigenous Peoples effective June 1
FR. JEFFTY MENDEZ, CP- will go to CMIP effective May 15
FR. MARITO VARQUEZ, CP - will be a Vicar of OLPGV Parish, General Santos City, and PAYO South's chaplain, effective June 1
BRO. TYRON PANCHO, CP - will help in the retreat work in HCSC, effective March 15
BRO GILBERT YTAC, CP - will go to St. Paul of the Cross Pastoral Center, Lagao, after his forty days retreat on April 28
REV. ANDREW GUMBOC, CP - will go to OLPGV Parish to prepare for his ordination on July 3
FR. GLENN MAGA, CP - will be the Chaplain of Phase 8, Bagong Silang and of the Confraternity of the Passion- North Region
FR. CHRIS AKIATAN, CP - is nominated as Vice Novice Master of the PASPAC Novitiate in Adelaide, Australia on January, 2015.

The Investiture of the new novices will be on May 1, in Mater Dolorosa Novitiate, Alabel, Sarangani Province. The final vows of Bro. Gilbert Ytac, CP will be at Mother of Sorrows Hall, Lagao, General Santos City, on May 2 at 9:00 am. The ordination of Rev. Andrew Gumboc, CP will be on July 3 at Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage Parish, General Santos City. On the same day and time will be the ordination to the Diaconate of Bro. Gilbert Ytac, CP. The ordination to the Presbyterate of Rev. Crisanto Dimaculangan, CP will be on September 27 at Immaculate Conception Parish, Alion, Mariveles, Bataan.

Fr. Pol Plaza, CP


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