On the last day of the 8th Provincial Chapter from May 30 to June 4, 2019, Fr. Rollin Flores, SSP was officially installed as new Provincial Superior of the Society of St. Paul Philippine-Macau Province by the Superior General, Fr. Valdir José de Castro, SSP, at the Sanctuary of St. Paul, Makati City. Also installed and completing the new Provincial Government are his duly elected councilors Fr. Dominador Guzman, Jr. SSP, Fr. Ludovico Tacdoro, Jr., SSP, Fr. Angelo Paolo Asprer, SSP, and Fr. Andres Inting, SSP.

In his homily, Fr. de Castro reiterated the importance of mission rooted in communication to God, to self, and to the community, creating communion and a more profound witness of the Gospel.

For his part, Fr. Flores in a poignant sharing narrated how he received the news of his appointment. From an initial no the new provincial superior was reminded of the meaning of his priesthood as something not be lived on his own terms but for God and others.

At the conclusion of the Mass the Superior General made a final surprise announcement: four members to be sent abroad for studies. Fr. Dindo Purto, SSP and Fr. Reymel Ramos, SSP to Brazil and newly professed juniors Cl. Leonard Bryan Cabatingan and Cl. Jerome Ypulong to Rome.

Present in the celebration were representatives from the Pauline Family, family members and friends of the Father Provincial, and various other friends and collaborators of the Congregation.

On June 2, 2019, eight young men concluded their Novitiate with the First Profession of Religious Vows at the Sanctuary of St. Paul in Makati. The eight new Juniors are Cl. John Adrian Mary Vianney G. Agapito, Cl. John Christian Francis de Sales P. Baxa, Cl. Leonard Bryan Josemaria B. Cabatingan, Cl. Haileth Gem Joseph J. Enarsao, Cl. Jeuglen D. Legitimas, Cl. Jay-Pee John Paul (II) Anthony A. Peña, Cl. Mark Anthony Benedict G. Puyong, Cl. Jerome Thaddeus Augustine P. Ypulong.

The Provincial Superior Fr. Rollin Flores presided the Eucharist, concelebrated by Pauline priests, majority of whom were delegates of the 8th Provincial Chapter still in session. The former Postulant Master of the newly Professed members, Fr. Leonardo Ellezar, delivered the homily. The event was also graced to have the presence of the Superior General Fr. Valdir Jose De Castro and the General Counsellor Fr. Celso Godilano. Family members, relatives and friends of the newly Professed members, as well as a good representation of the Pauline Family attended the event. Moreover, the occasion also witnessed the renewal of vows of eight Juniors. A sumptuous meal was shared by everyone after the Mass.


Saint Paul Seminary held its second annual Philosophy, Communication, and Culture Conference  (PCCC) at the Alberione Formation Complex in Silang, Cavite, last March 1-2, 2019 with the theme “Mano Po: P/Reaching to the Post-Millenials in the Philippine Contemporary Culture”. Convened by Rev. Fr. Norman Melchor R. Peña Jr., SSP, Rector and Dean of Studies of the seminary, the two-day event hosted different plenary talks and concurrent sessions focusing on how best to involve and engage the youth to be at the forefront of the continuing development of the society and of the Church.

On the first day of the conference, his Excellency Mylo Hubert C. Vergara, DD, Bishop of the Diocese of Pasig, gave the keynote address carrying the same title as that of the conference. Using the theme of the local Church’s celebration of the Year of the Youth as the leitmotif for his talk, he shared his opinions and experiences regarding how best to preach and to reach the youth in an increasingly digital contemporary society and culture.

The roster of plenary speakers featured Sr. M. Nimfa Ebora, PDDM, LSBA, who gave a talk entitled “He Grew in Wisdom and Age: Understanding the Youth through Sacred Scripture”. She was followed by Mr. Dennis Prince Germano, DBA, who discussed how to understand and use post-millenial slang in order to better relate and engage them. Mr. Ramon Cualoping III, Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Assistant Secretary, shared his insights regarding the Philippine government’s program against drugs through his lecture entitled “Rehabinasyon: Explaining to the Youth the Duterte Administration’s Whole of Nation Approach Against Illegal Drugs.”

The second day plenary speakers included Rev. Fr. Maxell Lowell Aranilla, Ph.D, who discussed about the implications and significance of the philosophy of education in relation to the youth of today. Mr. Mark Edwin Aspra, Ph.D. then followed and shared about the notions of gender identity among Filipino post-millenials, while Mr. James Loreto Piscos, Ph.D., talked about popular piety and devotions as a manifestation of power relations among millenials. Lastly, like Bishop Vergara, Rev. Fr. Norman Melchor Peña, Jr., SSP, Ph.D., shared his thoughts and reflections regarding the belovedness, giftedness, and empowerment of the Filipino youth through the lens of the popular anime series “Naruto” and Dragon Ball Z”.

The concurrent sessions featured both undergraduate and graduate paper presentations which dabbled into how philosophy, communication, and culture can affect and further help understand the phenomenon of the post-millenial youth. A number of Pauline aspirants have presented their respective papers, including Sem. Jack Shoeven Baclaan, with his paper entitled “Explaining to the Post-Millenials the Application of Nietzche’s Will to Power to Ecological Responsibility”; Sem. Jean Carl Nathaniel Supan, with his paper entitled “Preaching to the Post-Millenials: An Analysis of Youth Groups on Evangelization through Storytelling”; Sem. John Christian Lacap, with his paper entitled “SKL: Explaining to the Youth the Philippine Political Disinformation in Post-Truth Society using Baudrillard’s Social Theory” and Sem. Earlson Jay Reyes, with his paper entitled “Lowering the Age of Criminal Responsibility in the Philippines: A Study Using Ratzinger’s Critique of Secularism.”

The two-day event concluded with the celebration of the Holy Eucharist presided over by Rev. Fr. Jose Aripio, SSP, the Provincial Superior of the Philippines-Macau Province, and attended by many of the participants, including faculty and alumni of the seminary.

The PCCC is an annual conference of Saint Paul Seminary in collaboration with the Episcopal Commission on Culture, which aims to bring people together to initiate meaningful discourse regarding prevalent and relevant issues and concerns in order to serve as a catalyst for informed and reasonable action for social transformation.

“I declare the 8th SSP Provincial Chapter for Programming officially open,” the Provincial Superior Fr. Rollin Jean-Marie Flores announced in his welcome address to the SSP Capitulars on the afternoon of May 30, 2019. The seventeen Capitulars by right and by delegation, representing the various local communities and apostolic sectors of the Philippine-Macau Province, gathered at the Alberione Hall in SSP Makati Community for the celebration of the Chapter. Also gracing the event with their presence were the Superior General Fr. Valdir Jose De Castro and the General Counsellor Fr. Celso Godilano. 
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Sambuhay Interaktib, the Parish Bible Encounter sa Veritas 2019, launched its pilot episode on the occasion of the Conversion of Saint Paul, January 25, 2019, at the only Pauline parish in Philippines-Macau, Our Lady of Sorrows, Pasay City.

The Parish Bible Encounter is a one-hour program about parishes and their biblical activities and is highlighted by a bible quiz among the parishioners of the featured parish of that day. It is done in an interactive manner even as it is a broadcast in two media platforms, radio AM Frequency and FB go-live of Veritas FB page.

The tandem of Radio Veritas and the Society of Saint Paul is carried out by ST PAULS Audio-Visuals (SPAV) and St. Paul Bible Ministry. 


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