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The poor Mullah Nasreddin was reduced to living on a diet of chickpeas and bread, while his neighbor dined on fancy delicacies provided by the King himself.

One day his neighbor said to Nasreddin: "If you were truly wise you would learn to flatter the King and obey his every whim like I do. Then you would not have to live on chickpeas and bread." Nasreddin answered, "And if you would learn to live on chickpeas and bread like I do, then you would not have to flatter the King and obey his every whim."

- Traditional Sufi Story

MORE THROWBACK PICTURES!

Sr. Paulmarie, CP is in Japan for a three-week immersion program with the Passionist Nuns. There's so much to learn from other cultures; thus enriching religious life in the process. With her is Ms Taniguchi and the scenic backdrop is the world-famous Golden Temple in Kyoto. She's coming home on the 3rd of September. O'KAERINASAI!

Number 56 of our Provincial Legislation says, "The province shall have a program of continuing education according to chronological age and years of ministry in dialogue with the individual concerned."
Our chronologically young CP priests (generally speaking!) in their yearly updating and get-together.

Sr. Susan O. Bolanio, OND and Fr. Rey Ondap, CP, Executive Director of the Passionist Center – Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation, Inc. (PC-JPIC) filed 2 days ago, through registered mail and online, a petition to the Supreme Court, asking the highest court of the land to intervene in a case that the two initiated over a year ago, but encountered difficulties in the Justice on Wheels of Sarangani, to stop the construction of the 200 MW coal-fired power plant in Kamanga, Sarangani of the Alcantara-owned Sarangani Energy Corporation, among such difficulties is that Judge presiding over the case, Hon. Oscar P. Noel, Jr., inhibited himself from further handling the case. READ MORE

AUGUST 25 2015. An estimated crowd of two thousand concerned citizens and parishioners under the leadership of our Passionist priests at the Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage Parish in General Santos City expressed their strong opposition towards the proposed E-games permit or franchising that is currently being deliberated at the City Council.

The words written in the big tarpaulin expressed very well what they wanted to say: “Trabaho, dili sugal ang solusyon sa kalisod” (the remedy to poverty is job, not gambling). It is their fervent hope and demand that the City government would listen to the people. Otherwise, gambling would only exacerbate the already alarming incidents of drug addiction, unsolved killings and labor problems in the city and the surrounding municipalities.

Listen to Cardinal Chito Tagle at Laudato Si Forum in Ateneo

Our ever energetic and selfie savvy Holy Cross Spiritual Center retreat director, Fr. Marito Varquez, CP

Our two newly-professed students - BRO. JULITO BOQUILA, JR. and BRO. MARK IAN PELIÑO making a dry run, as it were, of their future activity! In their company is our more experienced and veteran brother - BRO. ARCHIE BAGO. Taking time our before plunging themselves into the rigors of theological studies.

Fr. Nonoy Plaza with the kids after his 11:30AM mass in Shimura Church in Tokyo today, August 23, 2015

ON FR. CARL SCHMITZ

“The late Father Carl Schmitz, C.P. (1917-1988), was known as either Father Carl or Uncle Carl in our home when I was growing up. He was my father’s first cousin. I visited Father Carl in Manilla in 1981, seven years before he was martyred, while I was serving as an officer in the U.S. Navy, during an extended port call in Subic Bay, Philippines.” J.E. Schmitz

Most Rev. Fr. Joachim Rego, CP, Superior General of the Passionist Congregation had his pastoral visitation to Sweden Community last July 22-26, 2015. Together with him was Fr. Stanley Baldon, CP. Within the 5 day-visit, he was able to talk (IC) to the members of the local community. He visited some monasteries and chapels that belong to the Parish. He was able to talk also to the Bishop of Sweden.

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Let's pray for the eternal repose of the soul of APOLINARIO DIMACULANGAN, the father of Fr. Cris, who passed away last August 26, 2015. Interment will be on August 30, Sunday, 2PM at St. Mark Chapel in Housing, Bataan.

O glorious Saint Paul of the Cross, obtain for us the grace to keep the Passion of Jesus Christ ever deeply engraved in our hearts so that we may reap the fruits of holiness on earth and happiness in Heaven. Amen.

THE PIONEERSS                      YESTERYEARS

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. READ MORE

He was the speaker of the Annual Filipino Christian Communities (FCC) held in Orebro, Sweden. It was well attended by Filipinos from different parts of Sweden. Truly his visit is a grace for us! (update from Fr. Roño, CP)

Installation of Fr. Mark Reagan Tobias, CP by the Most Rev. Dinualdo Gutierrez DD, as the new Director of CMIP during the fiesta Mass this morning, August 15, 2015, at Barangay Assumption, Koronadal City, South Cotabato. Congratulations, Fr. Mark!

Happy fiesta greetings to all CP missionaries both lay and religious of the Catholic Mission to the Indigenous People (CMIP) as well as to all the residents of barangay Assumption (Bulol) as you celebrate the feast of your patron, mother Mary in her assumption. May she always be your guide and inspiration. God bless!

To be away for a year from their intensive theological studies must be one of the reasons for these smiling faces of Bros. Elmer Malaran, Nelson Galit and Leonardo Sanchez. During this so-called Pastoral Year, they help in the retreat ministry at Holy Cross Spiritual Center as well as and in the tribal ministry at the Catholic Ministry to the Indigenous People.

This year's Silver Jubilarian, Fr. Rene Ventajar CP, is currently visiting our Congregation's historical places in Italy. We congratulate and thank Fr. Rene for the 25 long years of fruitful priestly service. May you have many more abundant years of ministry to come. God bless!

AUGUST CELEBRANTS

AD MULTOS ANNOS of ministry and life, mga BROS! God bless!

Fr. Nonoy Plaza, CP (front row R) at a gathering of Philippine missionaries last August 17, 2015 at the Columban Central House in Tokyo

On August 10, 2015, Rev. Tyron Pancho, CP was ordained Deacon at the Holy Cross Spiritual Center Chapel by the Most Rev. Bishop Dinualdo Gutierrez, D.D., Bishop of Marbel. While preparing for his eventual priestly ordination, Rev. Tyron will assist our priests in St. Martha Parish in Pasig. CONGRATULATIONS, REV. TYRON!!!

This photo was taken last August 5, 2015, the day of Dedication of the Passionist Nuns' new chapel at Matulas, Koronadal City, South Cotabato.

We are very happy to have a new priest in our midst in the person of Rev. Fr. Gilbert Ytac, CP. He was ordained to the Presbyterate last July 22, 2015 at Holy Cross Parish, Calumpang, General Santos City by the Most Reverend Dinualdo Gutierrez, DD, Bishop of Marbel. CONGRATULATIONS, FR. BERT! Deo Gratias! MORE PICS!

Our very own CP missionary who is currently assigned in Israel, Fr. James, Oclarit (in white sotana). On his left is Fr. Eno Dango who is also a Filipino CP from the western (Chicago) Province of the United States.

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR NEWLY-PROFESSED STUDENTS: BRO. TYRON PANCHO, CP (Perpetual Profession), BRO. MARK IAN PELIÑO, CP (First Profession) and BRO. JULITO BOQUILA, JR., CP (First Profession). The said profession of vows was held at Mater Dolorosa Passionist Novitiate, Kawas, Alabel, Sarangani Province on July 11, 2015.

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.

At the end of our Biennial Assembly last May 18-22, 2015, during the closing liturgy, Bro. Robert McKenna, CP, the only remaining American Passionist in the Philippines, shared to us the story of his life and vocation. Bro. Bob, as he is fondly called, has been a constant reminder for all of us of what it is to live as religious. He is undoubtedly our community's greatest model of religious life - in his simplicity and charity. Thank you, so much Bro. Bob, for giving your all to us, to the Church and above all to God. Deo Gratias!

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