Misyon Online - March-June 1995

March-April 1995

Fostering Faith in Honolulu

By: Rev. Fr. Edgar S. Saguinsin
Pastor, St. John’s Church (Honolulu)

Fr. Edgar Saguinsin was born in Victorias, Negros Occidental in the year 1935. He was ordained in ’63 for the diocese of Bacolod. After being rector of the Seminary and Pastor, he took up justice work for the Sugar Workers. When his life was endangered during Martial Law, he went to work in Hawaii where he eventually became Pastor of St. John’s Church, Honolulu. There he developed the RCIA Approach to evangelization that he explains below.

Farewell Saigon

By: Nguyen Xuan Tien

Nguyen Xuan Tien, originally from Vietnam and educated in our Australian seminary, had his experience in Japan. Here he bids farewell to the people of Takatsuki Parish in Osaka where he found the acceptance that meant so much to him because of his personal journey which he now shares with us...

When I was just fifteen years old, about four years after the Communist took over South Vietnam. My father tried to get the whole family to escape from the communist, but he could not. We were cheated by some of the escape organizers and we lost almost all of our money.

Door To the Church

By: Sr. Ma. Fidelis Ong PDDM

Sr. Fidelis Ong, a missionary in Taipei, Taiwan, was born in town of Abuyog, Leyte in 1947. She’s the eldest and the only daughter of the eight children of the Cresencio Palaña Ong and Rufina Modesto Realino, both from Abuyog. She enrolled at St. Michael’s College, Iligan City, which was run by the Columban Fathers at that time. Then later on it was given to the care of the religious of the Blessed Virgin Mary (RVM) sisters. Fr. Frances Carey, SSC, became the Dean of College. She completed her studies in 1969.

A Voice for the Voiceless

By: Fr. Melanio Viuya, Jr., CICM

Melanio Viuya was born in Tarlac, Tarlac. He joined the CICM’s and studied in Baguio and Quezon City. In this article he tells us about his mission work in Zaire as he prepares for his ordination. The strange thing is though Zaire is a fabulous wealthy country, Melanio has a different story to tell. The question is why so much poverty amidst so much wealth and what has the gospel has to say?

By Fr Joseph Panabang SVD

Headless Magkal
I do not know the name of this snake but it was big it is about three feet long. But I do know it is a delicacy to some people here including my catechist. I tried one evening  to run over one with my double cabin pick – up car but missed four times. Angry, I brought out my bolo and cut its head all at once. Then I lifted the switching body the switching body into the back of the pick – up. Immediately the body started coiling and uncoiling itself at the back of the car. Not far away from the killing zone, a farmer looking tired and weary was begging passionately for a lift. I stopped, signaled the man to jump quickly into the back car. Already I started to laugh anticipating his meeting with the moon-drenched headless snake still rolling over and over as if looking for its head, at the nearest village, I got out intending to give the snake to my catechist and interested at the same time to find out my passenger’s reaction. Oh, the man was not there anymore.

On the Mission in the Emerald Isle

By: Sr. Marcelle Bual, SPC

Sr. Marcelle Therese Bual was born in Bukidnon, Mindanao where her father farmed. She went to school in Xavier College Cagayan de Oro where she took Accounting, Later she joined the St. Paul Sisters and was sent on mission to Nazareth in the Holy Land. From there she transferred to their mission in Ireland.
It is three years now since I came to Dublin, Ireland in 1991. many things have happened since then joys and sorrows, loneliness and friendships, bitter cols weather and pleasant sunny days, and other experiences, positive and negative in nature... as is always so in any normal life.

The Congo

Where have People have to Pray

By: Sr. Priscila  Andaya D.C.

I am one of the ninety seven Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul missioned here in the province of Zaire- Congo. Let me explain. Since we are only twelve sisters working in Congo, we cannot be a province yet, so we depend to the Province of Zaire, hence, we call our province, Province of Zaire-Congo. Ours is an international mission of Sisters from the twelve different nationalities. I’m the only Filipino here in Congo. Before my assignment in Congo I worked twelve years in Zaire.

They also Serve Who Operate Computers

By: Sr. Rosalinda Argosino, SSpS

Tied to the Desk
I am not in the frontier mission, but belong to the group whom Fr. Wens Padilla, CICM of Mongolia described as follows: “Some of us have to do our mission work chained to a desk.” (cf. July-August. 1991 issue of MISYON). As “computer manager” on our Generalate in Rome I spend most of my time in front of a Computer - teaching other Sisters how to use our Microvax System or a personal computer. I also gather data for our general Administrator, prepare documents for publication, write simple procedures for our needs and answers the call for help of any computer users in trouble.

Utai: The Land which Gold Destroyed

By: Rev. Msgr. Tomas Gonzales, MSP

Msgr. Tomas Gonzales is from Baliuag, Bulacan and was ordained for the Archdiocese of Manila. Having serves in Tondo & Pasay and later as Pastor in Alabang and Sta. Cruz, he volunteered as a Missionary to Papua New Guinea as an associate member of the Mission Society of the Philippines. (MSP). Here he tells us about some of his travails and joys in Papua New Guinea.

My first mission posting in 1990 was among the coastal tribes of Leitre at the North Western corner of Papua New Guinea.I was the second mission established in the Diocese of Vanimo. The people are peace loving and friendly and considered the most cooperative in the diocese. For two years I lived in their midst with three MCST Filipino Sisters.

We are all Special

By: Fr. Fintan Murtagh SSC

Fr. Fintan Murtagh is a missionary in Luzon for 30 years. His work with the handicapped reveals a true and beautiful Church of the poor which must surely disturb us all and challenge us.

Many people don’t like the sound of the word handicapped. It just does not sound right. It may be offensive to some, especially those concerned. “Special People” or “Mobility Disadvantaged” or any number of other names are used. Personally, I think it betrays an uneasiness that we all experience in the presence of disadvantaged. Allow me to use the term “handicapped” when referring to those special people who suffer some disability. Even the use of the word special is a little misleading because I believe that everyone is special, even myself!