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1935 - Pauline Mission reaches the Pearl of the Orient Seas

"In the prayers of all, we warmly recommend the houses in formation: in a particular way our dearest Fr. Bernardo Borgogno and Fr. Marco Grossi who are journeying to the Philippines"

(Blessed James Alberione, SAN PAOLO (1926-69) 1935)

The Society of St. Paul started its mission in the Philippines with the arrival of two Italian Pauline priests, Fr. Gaetano Marco Grossi and Fr. Matteo Bernardo Borgogno on July 7, 1935. Immediately the Paulines operated a printing press in Lipa City, Batangas. On August 10, 1941, the Archdiocese of Manila welcomed the Pauline priests and brothers on condition that they administer one parish within the Archdiocese. Thus, the Our Lady of Sorrows Parish was set up in a lot along F. B. Harrison in Pasay city, and in the same compound was relocated the Pauline “mission”. But soon World War II broke out and everything was back to zero.

After rebuilding the parish church, the seminary and the printing facilities, the Paulines launched a more active apostolic presence through the publication of two monthly magazines: “Homelife,” a family magazine (1954), and “The Youngster,” a magazine for the youth (1956). On June 30, 1960, while maintaining the parish in Pasay, the growing SSP community moved to a new place at 7708 St Paul Road, San Antonio Village, Makati. This became the central hub of the apostolate and formation for many years.

Moving into the 70s, the Pauline apostolate went through a rapid expansion in terms of having more printing machines and personnel. “Homelife” and “The Youngster” became the banners of the apostolic thrust. St. Paul Publications started its operations. Libreria San Pablo – with its initial branches in Pasay and Ermita became the venues for diffusing Pauline products. St Pauls Marketing was organized to consolidate the efforts of the Pauline priest and brothers in diffusing the magazines and other Pauline products in schools and parishes.

The early 80s saw more expansion with the acquisition of bigger printing machines. In 1983 the novitiate house was founded in San Fernando, Pampanga. In March 7, 1987 upon the invitation of the Bishop of Macau, and with the recommendation from the General Government to start an apostolate of presence in China, the Macau community was added to the Philippine circumscription. In 1990, the Philippine Regional-Delegation was turned into a Province, thus born the Society of St. Paul Philippine-Macau Province.

Passing through the 90s, the Society of St. Paul underwent an important change of image – from Printer to Publisher. In 1991 the General Government of the Society of St. Paul launched the use of an official trademark: ST PAULS. It is the “corporate logo” to be used in all its circumscriptions all over the world. Along this line, St. Paul Publications was empowered to engage in the copyrighting, producing and marketing of local titles and reprints. In 1991, the Society of St. Paul Philippine-Macau Province sold a part of the lot in Makati.

The proceeds financed the establishment of Pauline communities and diffusion centers in various parts of the country, namely: Cebu City on 29 May 1991); Silang, Cavite on 20 June 1993 (formation house for aspirants); and Cagayan de Oro on 15 September 1995. Soon after; those in Iloilo City (on August 20, 2000) and Davao City (on June 12, 2002) were put up.

The beginning of the 21st century ushered fast changes in the media culture with the advent of computers, cable TVs and cellular phones. The demand for print media has lessened drastically as the electronic media and information technology took the lead. To meet these developments, ST PAULS Philippines was organized as one apostolic entity and was tasked to consolidate all the moments of the operations, from the editorial, to production, to marketing, and to distribution/diffusion. ST PAULS Bookstores are present in the major cities of the Philippines, and are very much visible at the SM Malls and other Malls.


Being the apostolic ministry of the Society of St. Paul Philippine-Macau Province, ST PAULS Philippines aims at becoming an efficacious evangelizer in the culture of communication.


In its ministry of integral evangelization, ST PAULS Philippines shall continue to publish and diffuse materials for the education and promotion of the Catholic faith. And, responding to the call of Jesus, the Divine Master to “put out into the deep” (Lk. 5:4), ST PAULS Philippines shall evolve into a single multimedia publisher of the Word of God by venturing into the fields of digital and information technology.


Lo ha nominato il Superiore generale, don Valdir José De Castro, con decreto del 12 marzo 2019, dopo aver ottenuto il consenso del suo Consiglio.

Nato a Quezon City (Filippine) il 3 agosto 1962, don Rollin è entrato nella Società San Paolo nel 1988. Ha emesso la prima professione a Makati il 9 giugno 1991 e quella perpetua, sempre a Makati, il 29 giugno 1997. È stato consacrato presbitero il 3 ottobre 1998 per l’imposizione delle mani di Mons. Crisostomo A. Yalung.

Laureato in Scienze politiche prima del suo ingresso in Congregazione, don Rollin ha completato gli studi filosofico-teologici presso la Loyola School of Theology di Manila nel 1996. Durante e dopo la prima formazione si è   dedicato al settore redazionale, in particolare collaborando con il foglio liturgico domenicale Sambuhay. Dal 2002 è stato per alcuni anni Maestro di juniorato, collaborando anche con il settore creativo. Dal 2004 fino ad oggi è stato Direttore di Simbahay, agenda liturgica annuale in lingua tagalla. Dal 2008 è stato per qualche anno amministratore e poi parroco della parrocchia “Our Lady of Sorrow” di Pasay City. Nel 2005 ha partecipato al Corso sul Carisma a Roma. Nel 2011, infine, è stato nominato per un triennio membro del SIF.

A don Rollin l’augurio di un fecondo servizio. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Roma, 13 marzo 2019           

Don Stefano Stimamiglio, ssp
Segretario generale



The Province of the Philippines-Macau is celebrating its 7th Provincial Chapter for Programming on August 24-28, 2015. With the Superior General Fr. Valdir José De Castro, the Capitulars will hold the congregational event at the Javellana Hall of the SSP-Makati community. The 18 Capitulars represent the nine communities of the Province (eight in the Philippines and one in Macau), the apostolic and formation sectors and the Aggregated Institutes. We pray for the particular intentions of our confreres and for the fruitful outcome of the Chapter.



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18th Provincial AssemblyMakati City — Paulines held their annual assembly last January 27-31, 2013 at the Alberione Hall.

Dubbed as the paperless gathering, the highlights are: the powerpoint presentations of the reports of each community of the circumscription as well as that of the Provincial Superior Fr. Jose Aripio, SSP;  the Apostolic Project Booklet (the only written text aside from the schedule given to each member) approved by the General Government presented by DGA Fr. Cris Cellan; the 4th St. Paul National Bible Quiz 2014 presented by Publishing Director Fr. Dominador G. Guzman, Jr. and the hot spring excursion at Calamba, Laguna that capped the annual meetings.

Read more: Philippines-Macau: 18th Provincial Assembly


Don Jose AripioLo ha nominato nell’incarico il Superiore generale don Valdir José De Castro con Decreto in data 1° maggio 2015.

Don Jose, 64 anni, è nato a Janiuay (Iloilo) il 19 marzo 1951. Entrato in congregazione il 22 giugno 1968, è professo perpetuo dal 17 dicembre 1978 ed è stato ordinato sacerdote il 25 marzo 1979.



SSP Provincial CouncilDuring the Provincial Chapter, the General Superior Fr. Silvio Sassi reminded the Capitulars about the important roles of the Counselors. They aid the Provincial Superior to make firm and intelligent decisions, even unpopular ones and are composed of members from various fields of expertise. The Provincial Vicar is not elected by the body but freely chosen by the Provincial Superior himself from among the Counselors and with the consent of the Counselors themselves.

Read more: Philippines-Macau: 6th Provincial Chapter - New Government

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