The new ordained Bishop


Most Rev. Silvester San, DD

Last February 19th, our friend, Msgr. Silvester San has been ordained bishop of the diocese of Denpasar on the island of Bali. His motto is “DEUS INCREMENTUM DEDIT” 1Cor 3:7.

The diocese comprises the islands of Bali, Lombok, Sumba and Sumbawa. Balinese Catholics are few in number, only about 5.000 from the 34.000 faithful in the diocese. The greater part are migrants from other parts of Indonesia.

Let us pray that under the leadership of Bishop  Silvester San as their shepherd the Church may grow and yield abundant fruit for the Kingdom.


The Ordination of Bishop Silvester San, DD

Bible Congress for the Middle East

Fr. Ayoub Chahwan expressed his gratitude for our prayers for the Bible Congress held in Lebanon from January 25th to 31st. of this year.

We will certainly keep praying for the biblical apostolate in Lebanon:

fr-ayoub“Thank God, the congress was a real success. I hardly remember facing a problem: it was smooth and extremely interesting. Meeting all these nice persons in love with the Word of God, facing all kind of difficulties or dangers to reach Lebanon, coming from countries where they are in difficult situations, believe me it needs a big courage. Finding out that they keep on struggling to spread the Word in places where they are threatened, that is absolutely fantastic. This is what I call a divine achievement.”

Sr. Emma

Fr. Francis Vira Appointed Bishop


Fr. Francis with Philippine Bishops and participants of the 17th National Biblical Workshop

VATICAN CITY, 10 FEB 2009 (VIS) – The Holy Father:

– Appointed Fr. Francis Xavier Vira Arpondratana of the clergy of Bangkok, Thailand, director of the diocesan catechesis centre and secretary of the episcopal commission for catechesis, as bishop of Chiang Mai (area 89,683, population 5,749,882, Catholics 48,927, priests 74, religious 140), Thailand. The bishop-elect was born in Sam Saem, Thailand in 1955 and ordained a priest in 1981. He succeeds Bishop Joseph Sangval Surasarang, whose resignation from the pastoral care of the same diocese the Holy Father accepted, in accordance with canon 401 para. 2 of the Code of Canon Law.


Fr. Francis with CBF-SEA friends kneeling around if annointing him already a year ago in a stage presentation!

We, the CBF-SEA, wish to congratulate our fellow member, Fr.Francis Vira Arpondratana, who was recentlty appointed as New Bishop of Chiang-mai, Thailand.

We accompany you, Fr. Francis, with our prayers in your new post and looking forward to a greater collaboration with your diocese in the spread of God’s Word to your people.

Congratulations and God speed !

Star, Sr. Emma, Fr. Doms

and all CBF-SEA family

vira-sanThese are the ID pictures of our CBF friends during our 5th Subregional workshop of the Catholic Biblical Federation held last February 11-17, 2008 in Cagayan de Oro City. After a year of that active attendance  and participation the two were elected bishops.

Our hearty Congratulations to you our dear friends:

Bishop Francis and Bishop Silvester!

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