Divine Word Missionaries (SVD-PHN)


Divine Word Missionaries


Associate Member

Fr. Jaimelito Gealan, SVD


Character : Biblical Center run by the SVD

Contact Person : Fr Jaimelito Gealan, SVD

E-mail : heartnoi2k@yahoo.com

Personnel : District/Area Biblical Coordinators

o Fr. Nilo Gealan, SVD Provincial Coordinator

o Fr. Dennis Buenafe, SVD Abra District

o Fr. Nicandro Vergara, SVD La Union

o Fr. Pablo Garay, SVD Tabuk District

o Fr. Romeo Benitez, SVD Cagayan District

o Fr. Dominador O. Ramos, Urdaneta

o Fr. Jaimelito G. Gealan, SVD SVD Vigan-Laoag District

Fax : [0063] (072) 888-5330

Postal address : Divine Word Missionaries Pindangan, San Fernando City 2500 La Union , Philippines

God's Word is Our Life and Mission

God's Word Is Our Life and Mission


2.1 Biblical Animation among SVD’s and co-workers

a. Bible Sharings and Studies in different parishes, schools and communities. b. Biblical Retreats and Formations for Catechists, Faculty and Staff

c. SVD Mission Week: A Family Bible Encounter 2010 (with Family Bible Quiz, Extemporaneous Speech Contest, Gospel Song Writing Contest, Barrio Fiesta)

2.2 Training and formation of school based core-teams: Spiritual Companions, Young Missionaries, Family Biblical Animators

2.3 Workshops/Camps/Festivals: Hearts on Fire 2009: A Summer Youth Bible Camp

Read, Reflect, Pray, Live and Share the Word of God


3.1 Publication of a book: Hearts on Fire: Spiritual Companionship for Busy People

Word of God in the Life and Mission of the Church


4.1 Publication of “Hearts on Fire: A Manual for Retreat and Recollections.” 4.2 Close collaboration with John Paul I Biblical Center

4.3 Developing of the BA program for the Divine Word Missionaries for Northern Luzon

4.4 Hearts on Fire 2011: Summer Youth Bible Camp (4-10 April 2011)

4.5 Campus Ministry Summer Youth Institute (12-14 April 2011) 4.6 Reading the Bible in a Year: School Setting (15 June 2011-14 February 2012)

The Word Sets Our Hearts on Fire


5.1 A common Campus Ministry Program for all SVD-PHN Schools with the WORD @ the center of the said program.

fr. heart, svd/BA/SVD-PHN BA Report

October 2010


Happy Birthday to the

Star of the Sea

(Estrella del Mar)


Happy Birthday Myspace Comments

If you turn from the main road … in Cebu, and ride up the narrow lane, you would not expect to find a huge gate and behind it a massive building: Cebu Lay Formation Center. It has been there for 25 years now. Around the building there are many plants, a lust for the eyes, well kept by the gardener. Suppose the walls could talk, they would have a lot to tell about the people who came and went; their conversions, joys and sorrows, achievements, growth, transformations.

Since 1987 CLFC is a member of the worldwide Catholic Biblical Federation (CBF). No wonder that in this formation Center the Bible has an important place. You can find it enthroned in the beautiful chapel in Filipino style. There are many activities offered at this Center to make the Word of God the center of our life, among others:

  • Bible seminars (Bible and Life) – for people to get basic knowledge of Scripture; how to read, study, pray and share the bible in simple ways.
  • Biblical retreats, recollections, and leadership trainings to different groups in the Archdiocese of Cebu as well as in other dioceses.
  • Bibliodrama Workshops, Retreats, Recollections for Religious Education Teachers in Schools, Religious groups and Lay leaders.
  • Youth Encounter Seminar-Workshops – a biblical retreat on personhood, relationship with others and with God/Christ.
  •  Parents and Children Recollection – Objectives: To provide an opportunity for parents and their children to experience a recollection together for closer bonding in their relationships; To experience learning and sharing together; To reflect and pray together as a family.

Other seminars as requested…

The interior is simple, clean and cozy. The members of the staff are friendly and make you feel at home immediately. I was surprised to learn that there are only a handful of them. Estrella or Star del Mar explained that they cannot afford to pay the needed number of personnel, so keep it small. No wonder Star is doing the work of six people at a time: She is the manager, the facilitator, the errand girl, the cook, the secretary, the treasurer. I am not surprised that after some workshops or seminars at the Center, she ends up in the hospital. I have stopped giving her advice, since it seems to be her spirituality that the good shepherd must give her life for her sheep. Star has given the best years of her life for the development of this Center. For that I give her my highest tribute.

Star conveyed her secret to me that it is the CBF that keeps her going. I am happy that in this way the CBF has contributed to the Center in some way. But the gain is reciprocal. Being the CBF-SEA sub regional coordinator since 1996, I can say that CLFC is not just any member, but the most active one in this sub region. Star herself has served the CBF as a member of the Executive Committee for six years, from 1990 till 1996. Since 1996 she has been my right hand as the treasurer of our sub region. I cannot think of a more devoted and skilled treasurer, getting the most of investments, serving all for the good of all. She does not limit herself to money matters. Everybody knows that she is a very resourceful person, always full of new ideas for the good of the Center, the Archdiocese, the country, the Church, the CBF.

So, on the Silver Jubilee of CFLC I would like to congratulate the founder, the staff, and in a very special way the motor that keeps everything going, Estrella del Mar. Long live the Center, long live the Staff, long live Star. God bless you all!!! May you keep serving the people of God for still many, many years to come.


Bandung, October 6, 2010,

Sr. M. Emmanuel Gunanto, OSU

CBF-SEA subregional coordinator


CLFC Celebrates Silver Jubilee Foundation


Cebu City, Philippines. The Cebu Lay Formation Center of the Archdiocese of Cebu celebrates its 25th foundation anniversary this year. The CBF-SEA joins the CLFC in celebrating the silver birth of the center being one of the most active member in Southeast Asia.



The Catechetical Center of Bangkok


Catechetical Center of Bangkok

Bangkok, Thailand


Rev. Paolo Ekkarat Homprathum


Ms Tadsanee Mathurotsuwan

Character: Catechetical Center charged by the Archdiocese
Contact person: Rev. Paolo Ekkarat Homprathum
E-mail: ccbkk@catholic.or.th
Secretary: Ms Tadsanee Mathurotsuwan
E-mail: tadsanee_m1961@hotmail.com
Postal address: 57 Oriental Ave, Bangkok 10500, Thailand


1. Formation of Catechists
1.1 Teaching the student-catechists at Saengtham College, Sampran, with 77 students.
1.2 Teaching at National Catechetical Center Summer Course march 15 – April 24,    with 146 students.

1.3 Formation of 69 Catechist in school May 29-30, June 18-19, 2010 at Pastoral Center

STUDENT-CATECHISTS at Saengtham College, Sampran

National Catechetical Center Summer Course march 15 – April 24





2.Teaching Religious Education
2.1 Bible Camp during Oct 16-18, 2010

2.2 Sunday schools in 3 Parishes with 80 children

2.3 RCIA we teach some 20-30 young and adults who like to be Catholic Sunday at Assumption Cathedral                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               2.4 Bible Study Course on Saturday morning July 10 – September 25 at Catholic Center in Bangkok: Topic the Old Testament “Prophet: Isaiah, Jeremiah Ezekiel”

Sunday schools in 3 Parishes 80 children





3. For Students

3.1 Promoting in our Catholic Schools to read the 4 Gospels for 3700 students.

3.2 Promoting the Bible Study in Correspondence for 3097 persons.

3.3 We organize Saengtham Bible Contest on December 1, 2010 at Saengtham College (Major Seminary) at Sampran.

We intend for 100 teams (200 students) from different schools. The topic is on the 4 Gospels.

3.4 We have Catechetical and Bible Mobile Team go to our schools during January to June. There were 873 participants


4. For Young people

4.1 Youth Ministry on the Word on June 10, 2010. There were 100 participants.

4.2 We Love Bible Programme is promoted during October to December. There were 100 participants.


5. Printing/Publications

5.1 Booklets on My Bible were published 6000 copies to help our students read the Gospels, with Question-Answer on the theme for 6000 copies.

5.2 Making Questions to test students 3700 copies. We base on the Gospels to test our students in November.

5.3 Copy Print; the Old Testament “Prophet: Isaiah, Jeremiah Ezekiel” 200 copies



6. VCD on Bible

6.1  We translated DVD for 2 episodes into Thai on “People who met

Jesus series 1 and 2”


Desk for the Biblical Ministries
Catholic Commissions for Catechetical Education


I. General Information

Bishop Francis Xavier Vira Arphonratana, DD

Fr. Augustine Thasanu Hatthakarnkul

President:  Bishop Francis Xavier Vira Arphonratana, DD

Secretary : Father Augustine Thasanu Hatthakarnkul
Office Location : 122/11 Soi Naksuwan, Nonsi Road,
Yannawa, Bangkok 10120, Thailand
Tel : +662-681-3900 Fax : +662-681-3900

Email Address : thaicatholicbible@yahoo.com

II. Activities in 2010

1. Bible Translation into Thai (Catholic Version):
– Ezekiel
– 12 Minor Prophets (Complete all books…Congratulations!!)


2. Bible Publishing :
– Pentateuch (2nd edition 2,000 copies)
– Historical Books (1,000 copies)
– Wisdom Books (2,000 copies)
– Deuterocanonical Books (5,000 copies)
– Psalms (2nd edition 1,000 copies)
– New Testament (3nd edition 10,000 copies)

3. Bible Committee Annual Conference :
– 29 July 2010At Baan Phu Waan Pastoral Training Center, Samphran

4. Bible Study and Holyland Pilgrimage :
– Priests: Sabbatical Program for 11 Priests (Bible Study and Retreat August-October 2010 and Holyland Pilgrimage 20-27 October 2010)
– Lay: Bible Study 24-25 July 2010 at National Catechetical Center, Samphran

5. Bible Group
– 1,751 members reads the Bible at least 10 minutes everyday