Philippines: Shepherds Have Spoken – Is the Flock Listening?
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Philippines: Shepherds Have Spoken – Is the Flock Listening?

Filipino Catholic bishops led by the Archbishop of Manila have urged churchgoers not to forget the atrocities during the martial law era. But will the people heed their advice? The Catholic Church’s hierarchy had gone silent after the presidential election results in May.  It was perhaps a painful realization for them that very few Catholics listened to…

Iloilo, Philippines: Diaconate Ordination Glenn Flores MHM
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Iloilo, Philippines: Diaconate Ordination Glenn Flores MHM

Yesterday, Wednesday September 21, 2022, we had a colorful celebration of the diaconate ordination of Glenn Flores MHM. The Mass was presided over by Archbishop Jose Romeo Lazo, the Archbishop of Jaro. The ordination took place in St. Ann’s Parish, Molo, one of the oldest Churches in Iloilo city, and one of the touristic sites…

Iloilo, Philippines: Celebrating Glenn Flores’ Oath of Life Commitment to Mission
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Iloilo, Philippines: Celebrating Glenn Flores’ Oath of Life Commitment to Mission

Yesterday, September 19, 2022, here at the Mill Hill Formation house, Iloilo, Philippines, there was a really joyful atmosphere as Glenn Flores took his Perpetual Oath. This was done during a Eucharistic celebration presided over by Fr. Bernie Luna and attended by almost all Mill Hill Missionaries working here in the Philippines. Glenn Flores comes…

Philippines: Formation Team Finally Complete
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Philippines: Formation Team Finally Complete

Our Formation house was very happy to welcome Fr. Anish Thengumpillil, who arrived in June. Fr. Anish had been officially appointed to our Formation house since 2020 but wasn’t able to report because of the Covid situation and later because of certain complications with his visa application. However, we are happy that Fr. Anish is finally…

Casay, Philippines: Joyful Re-Opening of Schools
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Casay, Philippines: Joyful Re-Opening of Schools

It took more than two years for most schools in the Philippines to return to traditional face-to-face classroom instruction. The students were then used to the blended learning mode using tele-education gadgets and modules. In Saint Therese’s High School Inc. in Casay, Anini-y, the academic year is commenced by the school opening mass (Red Mass),…

Philippines: Honouring Mill Hill Missionaries’ Educational Contribution
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Philippines: Honouring Mill Hill Missionaries’ Educational Contribution

Education is one of the many legacies of Mill Hill Missionaries in the Philippines. It is one of the specialized missionary ministries that thrived on the Island of Panay for over a hundred years. In Antique, Philippines, particularly in Saint Anthony’s College, founded and built by Mill Hill Missionaries, there is a tradition of naming…

Philippines: Tackling Online Sex Abuse
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Philippines: Tackling Online Sex Abuse

The Philippine Department of Justice has vowed to crack down on online sexual predators that victimize minors in the country. President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr. said he would not allow those involved in illegal sex trafficking for minors, including parents, to go scot-free if proven guilty. “We are aware of the rising number of online…

Philippines: How Young Catholics Live Their Faith
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Philippines: How Young Catholics Live Their Faith

In my case, religious transformation happens right under our noses. If you talk to adult lay Catholics and Catholic priests about their thoughts on the Catholic youth today, they will simply say that youth are not as religious as their parents — they do not go to church anymore, they are immoral, and they make…

Philippines: Challenges Following Marcos Election
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Philippines: Challenges Following Marcos Election

Archbishop-Emeritus Antonio J Ledesma SJ of Cagayan de Oro reflects on the results of this week’s presidential elections in the Philippines. Ferdinand Marcos Jr, known as ‘Bongbong’, the son and namesake of the country’s late dictator, who was ousted by a people’s revolt 36 years ago, is poised to become the next President of the…

Philippines Marcos Election Victory: Socio-Political Formation Sorely Wanting
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Philippines Marcos Election Victory: Socio-Political Formation Sorely Wanting

Lawyer Antonio La Viña, former dean at the School of Government of the Jesuit-run Ateneo de Manila University, said “propaganda and fake news” contributed to the success of Marcos’ campaign. He said the “Church has failed to keep the morality of the people aligned in the height of disinformation.” “The disconnect here is they see…