ST. PAUL OF THE CROSS
"I tell you that it is a most excellent and holy thing to think of the Passion of the Lord and to make your prayer on it. This is the way to attain to holy union with God." (Jan 3, 1729)
- St. Paul of the Cross
It was sometime in 1956 when Bishop Gerard Mongeau, OMI (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, CP and Fr. Anthony Maloney, CP set foot in Cotabato.
A couple of weeks later, in February of that same year, seven more Passionists arrived, namely, Fr. Leonard Amrhein, CP, Fr. Reginald Arliss, CP, Fr. Jerome Does, CP, Fr. Crispin Lynch, CP, Fr. Lawrence Mullin, CP, Fr. Paschal Smith, CP and Fr. Hilarion Walters, CP.
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. The rest is history…
Letter of Convocation of the 4th Provincial Chapter
My dear brothers,
We have already entered the New Year – 2013. And at the turn of the year, the Church gave us Mary, the Mother of God, to be our companion on our way – to keep us close to Jesus and to learn from her contemplative character. For where we find Mary, we find Jesus. And when we discern for God’s will, we are in the company of Mary. With Mary we thus grow in faith as we join the Universal Church in her observance of the Year of Faith. READ MORE
WE HAVE A NEW SUPERIOR GENERAL!
Today, September 27, 2012, the Congregation of the Passion, through the General Chapter in Rome, has elected its new Superior General, MOST REV. FR. JOACHIM REGO, CP. Fr Joachim CP, born in Burma, was professed a Passionist in January 1976, then aged 21, and was ordained a Passionist Priest in November 1981.
Prior to January 2005 when he transferred to St Brigid’s, Marrickville, Fr Joachim spent 18 years in Papua New Guinea where he held a number of roles of responsibility including Regional Vicar (8 years), Parish Priest, Novice Master, Director of Students and Retreat Master. He also spent 3 years as a Lecturer at the Major Seminary and for a time, he was Novice Master in India.
Fr Joachim was first elected Provincial of the Holy Spirit Province (Australia) in July 1997. — with Passionist Vocation.
CONGRATULATIONS! DEO GRATIAS!!!
YOUNG CP PRIESTS' GATHERING/UPDATING
CP THEO STUDENTS RENEWING THEIR VOWS
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE NEW MOTHER GENERAL AND HER COUNCIL
Last April 29, 2012, a Good Shepherd Sunday, the Passionist Sisters of St. Paul of the Cross had chosen a new chief Shepherd - Sr. Maria Dalessandro CP (center), the 9th Superior General of the said Congregation. To assist her in taking care of the flock are sisters who come from different corners of the globe, namely,(L-R) Sr. Augustine Kasuku, Congolese (4th consultor), Sr. Theresia Maria, Indonesian (3rd consultor), Sr. Lucia Maria Bevervanso, Brazilian (1st consultor and Vicar) and Sr. Ewa Kujawiak, Polish (2nd consultor). Deo Gratias!
GENERAL CHAPTER'S OPENING
Today, September 09, 2012, the 46th General Chapter of the Congregation of the Passion was formally opened beginning with an opening liturgy at the garden of St. Paul of the Cross, in Casa Generalizia in Rome's Coelian Hill, followed by a Eucharistic celebration, with the the Superior General himself as the main Presider, at the Basilica of Santi Giovanni e Paolo and, afterwards, a general orientation at the aula. There are 85 chapter participants (Capitulars) composed of the General Council, General Curia, Major Superiors, Regional Vicariates and Delegates. This major event will end on October 7, 2012 with an elections of the new Superior General and his Consultors.
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR CP SISTERS
It has been 25 years already since these pioneers (L-R Sr. Maria Crucifixa Lovato, CP, [BRAZIL] Sr. Lucia Maria Bevervanso, CP) [BRAZIL] Sr. Maria Carmen Moreno, CP [SPAIN] and Sr. Maria Ofelia Federico, CP,[ITALY] first came to the Philippines upon the invitation of the late Rev Fr. Harold Reusch, CP.
Being of different nationalities, they met in Rome, and stayed there for a couple of months to prepare themselves for their eventual mission in the Philippines.
After they reached Manila on the 19th of August 1987, they right away, in a few days time, proceeded to General Santos City, which is located in the southernmost part of the archipelago, with the late Fr. Harold himself accompanying them. Passing through Cebu City, they were now on the last leg of their long trip when they boarded a light plane that would have brought them directly to General Santos City. But as the plane was climbing up on its assigned altitude, the engine was about to conk out and could not climb any further. And so there was no other choice but for the plane to go back to the airport. They did not make it that day. The following morning, August 25, a better and bigger jet plane took them to Davao City.
Fr. Henry Free, CP was there, waiting for them at Davao airport, and drove them all the way to General Santos City in a 5-hour rough-road ride. And the rest is history.
Of the original four, only Sr. Ofelia is left in the Philippines. Sr. Crucifixa led the foundation in Australia, Sr. Carmen works in Italy and Sr. Lucia has been elected, once again, as the First General Consultor for a second term. DEO GRATIAS!
WELCOME PAYO (Passionist Youth) DELEGATES! PRAYING FOR THE SUCCESS OF YOUR ASSEMBLY!!!
RE-ELECTION OF MOTHER SOCORRO
Dear Brothers in Christ
Bishop Dinualdo Gutierrez, DD, Fr. Lito Villarente, CP and Fr. Chris Akiatan, CP were here for our Community Election in the morning of November 1, 2011. Bishop resided the Election and Fr. Lito acted as a Scrutineer as prescribed by the Rule.The result of our Election : Superior Mother Maria Socorro,CP (2nd from left); Vicar and Novice Directress Sr. Mary Gabriel,CP (2nd from right); 1st Counsellor: Sr. Marguerite Marie,CP (3rd from left).
After the Election, the Bishop presided the Mass and Fr. Lito concelebrated with Fr. Chris.
Thank you in advance for your prayers.
Mother Maria Socorro,CP
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 younger priests and believers. We will surely miss your inspiring presence among us, Fr. Hil. May the angels of God lead you to paradise where you will be with God for all eternity. Amen.
FR. HILARION WALTERS, CP
"For anyone who has gone through the Philippines and spent time on the Loyola Heights Theologate, will remember this friendly face and brother Passionist. Just a few moments ago, Fr. Hilarion died - a veteran of China and long-term missionary in the Philippines - he will be sorely missed.
Let us pray for the eternal repose of the soul of Fr Hilarion Walters CP (1918-2013). He just passed away this morning at St. Paul of the Cross Theologate Community, Quezon City.
Rest in peace our dearly beloved Fr Hil."
Laurence M. Finn C.P.
This video was taken during Fr. Hilarion's 91st birthday, December 16, 2009 at the Passionist Theologate House, Quezon City, Philippines
FR. EDWARD DEVINY, C.P. (1938-2013)
Long time missionary in the Philippines, Fr. Edward Deviny of St. Paul of the Cross Province in the USA died on June 15, 2013 in Scranton, USA. Let us pray for the repose of his soul and also offer a prayer of thanks for his many years of witness and ministry. The Province of St. Paul of the Cross had the following on its website:
Rev. Edward Deviny, C.P., 75, of St. Ann’s Monastery, West Scranton, died on Saturday, June 15 under the care of the Hospice of the Sacred Heart at Regional Hospital, Scranton after a long illness. A native of Worcester, Massachusetts, Fr. Edward was the son of the late John Deviny and Mildred Goeckeler Deviny. After attending St. John’s High School Worcester, he joined the Passionists in 1957, professed his first vows in 1959 and was ordained to the priesthood on June 3, 1966 by Most Rev. Thomas Manning, OFM, Bishop of Corocio, Bolivia.
Fr. Edward Deviny spent most of his years of priestly ministry as a missionary to the Passionist missions in the Philippines, where he served for thirty years. He joined his fellow Passionists in Mindanao in the Southern Philippines and ministered in many pastoral roles from 1966 to 1992. He was the Regional Vicar from 1973 to 1981 and assisted in the governance of the Philippine Vice Province from 1970 to 1973 and again from 1982 to 1992. He oversaw missionary activities from 1982 to 1988 as Procurator and was rector of the Passionist theologate in Metro Manila from 1989 to 1992. Fr. Edward Deviny returned to the United States for two years and returned to the Philippines in 1995 and served in St. Paul of the Cross parish in Marikina, Philippines until 1999. Along with his administrative duties in the Philippines, Fr. Edward Deviny, a gifted liturgist and preacher, conducted many retreats for lay people and religious during his years as a missionary. He witnessed the growth of the Passionist Community in the Philippines and assisted in the handing over of the leadership of the community to Filipino Passionists.
From 2000 to 2007 Fr. Edward Deviny was pastor of St. Catherine of Sienna parish in Tarboro, North Carolina, and then was pastor of St. Paul of the Cross parish in Atlanta Georgia in 2008. Fr. Deviny has been a member of the community at St. Ann’s in Scranton since 2009. During his time in Scranton he enjoyed preaching and ministering the sacrament of reconciliation at the Monday Novena, participating in the Solemn Novena in July and being part of the Friday evening Spanish mass well as his weekday and Sunday celebrations of Mass at various parishes in the diocese of Scranton. Fr. Deviny is survived by several cousins.
Laurence M. Finn C.P.
CONGRATULATIONS, FR. POL!
Very Rev. Fr. Apolinario A. Plaza, CP, the newly-elcted Provincial of the Province of the Passion of Christ - Philippines
THE NEW COUNCIL L-R Frs. Rey Carvin Ondap, Gwen Barde, Pol Plaza, Louie Fuentespina and Lito Villarente
Front row, 2nd from left - First Profession of Vows of Brothers Manuel Alfred Bayta CP, Nelson Galit CP, Celso Macas CP, Elmer Malaran CP, and Leonardo Sanchez CP and Perpetual Profession of Vows of Fr Lai Xuelong CP.
9:00 AM, May 2, 2013 - St. Paul of the Cross Novitiate Chapel, Lagao, General Santos City, Philippines.
EASTER MESSAGE AND GREETINGS 2013
My dear Brothers, Sisters and Friends in the Passionist Family,
We are living in a moment of history when, for the first time in our living memory, a reigning Pope has taken the extraordinary, but courageous and humble step to retire gracefully from his office. This act has received mixed reception from around the globe and has been for some a cause for confusion and fear. Change???
However, Pope Benedict informed us that his decision was made after an honest reflection and prayerful consideration for the well-being and effective leadership of the Church. For me, this act was a faith-response and powerfully throws aside any sense of clinging to human power and control; it acknowledges that the mission of leadership of the Church belongs to God who is ultimately in control and who will provide leaders to care for His People. READ MORE
The Congregation of the Passionist Sisters of St. Paul of the Cross in this “Year of Faith” was blessed with meaningful events of praise and thanksgiving for the wonders that God has done: the preparations for the 200th Foundation Anniversary of the Congregation (1815-2015) by the Servant of God Maria Maddalena Frescobaldi Capponi which will take place in the year 2015 and the 200th Anniversary of the Aggregation (1817-2017) to the Passionist Family in 2017. READ MORE
Fr. Rey Ondap, CP (in black shirt, whose birthday falls today, March 3) together with collaborators in protecting the integrity of creation. Fr. Rey is the point person of our Philippine Passionists' Justice and Peace and Integrity of Creation Desk.
We thank the Lord for the success of the recently-held Passionist Youth Camp@13. Big “Thank You!” goes to the Passionist Sisters for generously offering their school compound at Passionist Sister’s School, Brgy Calumpang, as the venue for the said activity.
A total of 160 youths from the Passionists parishes and ministries participated in this three-day (February 22-24, 2013) gathering. In a special way, we thank Fr. Ramel Poquita, CP, the PAYO chaplain and his core group for the job well done. And to all our priests, benefactors and friends who extended their support, thank you so much, too. God bless.
EXCERPTS FROM FR. GENERAL'S RECENT CIRCULAR LETTER
It is clear that the Chapter members, bringing the hopes and dreams of their brothers from around the Congregation, were hoping that, in listening to the Spirit, we would hear the call and have the courage to respond to our future with fresh and renewed hearts. In this way the hope was for greater authenticity, relevance and renewal in our Passionist community life and mission. The Writing Team heard and expressed it in this way: READ MORE
Today, October 16, 2012, we rejoice with the Passionist Nuns of the Philippines on the occasion of the Perpetual Profession of Vows of Sr. Veronica of the Cross, CP. Witnessed by many priests, religious sisters, relatives and friends, Sr. Veronica's profession was held during a 10:00-A.M. Eucharistic celebration presided by no less than the beloved bishop of the Diocese of Marbel, Most Rev. Dinualdo Gutierrez, D.D. at the Our Lady of Hope Monastery, Koronadal City. Once again, congratulations, Sr. Veronica! We pray that you will always have the faith, courage and strength to follow the Crucified Lord all the way. Deo Gratias!
REV. FR. WILFREDO ESTRAZA CP's INSTALLATION AS THE NEW PASTOR OF OUR LADY OF PEACE AND GOOD VOYAGE PARISH, GENERAL SANTOS CITY, 14 JUNE 2012. DEO GRATIAS!!!
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR NEWLY-PROFESSED MEMBERS!!!
CP NOVICES RECEIVING THEIR PASSIONIST HABIT, MAY 01, 2012
L-R Leonardo Carlos Sanchez, Elmer Malaran, Manuel Alfred Bayta, Celso Macas, & Nelson Galit
WONDERFUL UPDATE FROM THE CP NUNS
A YEAR AFTER BREAKING THE GROUND
For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways, says the LORD. As high as the heavens are above the earth so high are my ways above your ways and my thoughts above your thoughts. Isaiah 55:8-9
HAPPY EASTER! May the Risen Christ be truly risen in our hearts so that we will live our lives with peace, joy and great hope. We gratefully give you an update of the construction of the new monastery. We thank you for your help that comes to us when we need it. Your support, services and prayers are miracles of God’s Providence to us. READ MORE
For having been recently elected as the FIRST Vice Provincial of the Vice Province of St. Thomas (India).
April 7, 2013
TWENTY FIFTH DEATH ANNIVERSARY OF FR. CARL
A member of Holy Cross Province,Fr. Carl Schmitz, CP grew up on the northwest side of Chicago. He was a dedicated missionary who served in the United States and in the Passionist missions in China, Japan, and the Philippines. He was living among a group of B’laan tribal people on the island of Mindanao in the Philippines when a local man with suspected paramilitary ties gunned him down on the steps of his mission on April 7, 1988.
- from Passionist Saints and Blesseds, Holy Cross Province. THANK YOU SO MUCH, FR. CARL
The Provincial in Australia, Tom McDonough, just forwarded me these photos of the new novices in Adelaide. These eight young men are from four different countries and make up the 2013/2014 class for PASPAC. They were vested today (February 14) with the local community and the Passionist Sisters in attendance. READ MORE
BISHOP NORBERT M. DORSEY, CP
(12/14/1929 – 02/21/2013)
Elected Assistant Superior General of the Passionists in 1976; re-elected in 1982; Made Bishop: January 10, 1990; Installed as the third Bishop of Orlando, Florida, USA on May 25, 1990. After 14 long years as bishop of the said place, he resigned due to poor health on May 13, 2004
His motto was “Love is Ingenious” taken from the Rule of the Passionist Congregation, written by St. Paul of the Cross. The full text reads: “The love of God is very ingenious and is proved not so much by words, as by the deeds and actions of the lovers.”
MAY HE REST IN PEACE, AMEN!
“[VOCATION]is the work of God. Man is not the author of his own vocation, but he replies to the divine proposal; and human weakness must not trouble us if God calls. We must have confidence in his strength, which acts precisely in our poverty; we must more and more place our trust in the power of his mercy, which transforms and renews.
Dear brothers and sisters, may this Word of God revive in us too and in our Christian communities the courage, the confidence and the zeal to proclaim and witness to the Gospel. Failures and difficulties must not lead to discouragement: we are expected to cast out the nets with faith, the Lord does the rest.
Let us trust in the intercession of the Virgin Mary, Queen of the Apostles. Quite aware of her littleness, she responds to the Lord’s call with total trust: “Here I am.” With her maternal aid let us renew our openness to follow Jesus, Master and Lord.”
HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL OF US! May the Blessed Mother intercede for us throughout the year. May she inspire us to follow her Son more closely. God bless!
Fr. Pol Plaza, CP was installed yesterday, December 8 - on the occasion of its parish patronal fiesta, as the new parish priest of our Passionist parish in Alion, Bataan, Philippines. Congratulations! May you be filled with God`s wisdom as you shepherd the flock entrusted to your care.
The newly-ordained Rev. Fr. Vivien L. Nuera, C.P. together with his proud parents. Deo Gratias!
We are filled with gratitude to the Lord for the gift of priesthood He gave to our brother Vivien CP. While in other parts of the world our Congregation is experiencing vocation drought, God has constantly blessed our Province with a constant increase to our number. We pray to Jesus the High Priest to bless and guide Father Vivien in his vocation, that he continue to be God’s gift to His people and man’s gift to God.
Special appreciation is given to the local community of Saint Gabriel (Marikina) for spearheading the event and the parish for hosting this occasion.
MAY 13, 2012
L-R Frs. Stanley Baldon, CP, Rey Carvin Ondap, CP,Chris Akiatan, CP, & Mark Tobias, CP(ordained May 11, 2009)
L-R Bros. Bong, Archie, Ivan, Joseph & Tyron
Commemoration of the Passion
FEB. 08, 2013
To my fellow brother priests, dear Passionist sisters and brothers, to the brethren in the Confraternity of the Passion, CPP, Payo, parishioners of our two Passionist parish and to all who in some way has been collaborators in our works, Welcome and Good Morning!
I can smell air of festivity around us. It looks everybody is full of anticipation and excitement to celebrate the moment. There is so much preparation going around. Food tables are visible and we are all dressed up for a kill. Indeed the Filipino culture of celebrating fiesta is at work. READ MORE