Provincia San Matteo (Filippina)


         Fr. Herman Abcede, Provincial Superior of the St. Matthew Province, has been appointed by the Bishop Jesse Mercado of the Diocese of Paranaque to be a Defender of the Bond in the Diocesan Ecclesiastical Court of First Instance. He was sworn into office on June 6, 2018, together with the other officers and judicial counsels of the Tribunal, during the blessing of office of the said new Tribunal Office. 

Blessing of Structures at the Oasis Retreat Center – Cebu Seminary

The Rogationist Seminary Cebu celebrated the Solemnity of St. Hannibal Maria Di Francia on June 1, 2018 with the blessing of some completed structures of the Oasis Retreat Center Cebu. The entire project is a work in progress, relying on the Divine Providence and the intercession of St. Hannibal Mary. These facilities are available for groups and individuals, especially the youth, for moments of spiritual recollections and vocation discernment.

Renewal, Perpetual Profession of Vows and 25th Anniversary of Religious Profession

In celebration of the Feast of St. Hannibal Mary Di Francia and the 150th year of the Founder's inspiration of the Rogate, the St. Matthew Province received the gift of seven religious, who made perpetual profession of their Vows. One of them, Bro. John Baptist Nguyen Thanh Huy, perpetually professed in the Missionary Station of Vietnam, and another one, Bro. Marselinus Koka, made his in the Missionary Station of Indonesia, while five others, Bro. John Francis Aberion, Bro. Jose Roque Arreza, Bro. Andru Iroy, Bro. Tom June Lancin and Bro.

12 New Rogationists & 7 New Novices

The St. Matthew Province, in the Eucharistic liturgy celebrating the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, presided over by Fr. Herman Abcede, twelve (12) new religious made the first profession of their vows, at the chapel of the St. Anthony's Boys Village in Silang, Cavite. Seven are from the Philippines and five are from Vietnam. In the same celebration, he admitted to the Novitiate seven (7) new Novices, all Filipinos, and entrusted them to Fr. Ulyses Angus, the Novice Master. 

3 New Postulants from Indonesia

The Mission Station of Maumere-Indonesia admitted three aspirants to Postulancy during the Mass presided by Fr. Elmer Miralles Dula, RCJ, Responsible of the Mission Station. Fr. Herman Abcede RCJ, the Provincial Superior of the Rogationist St. Matthew Province, delegated Fr. Dula to admit the new postulants who have just finished their initial formation for five years in the Seminay in Maumere. Concelebrating were the other formators of the Seminary: Fr. Joel Ricafranca, RCJ, Fr. Henrikus Gualbertus, RCJ and assisted by Deacon Ferdinandus Heldi Tanga, RCJ.

Entrance to the Postulancy

On May 30, 2018, at the St. Hannibal Rogate Center in Merville Park, Parañaque, the St. Matthew Province welcomed, in a simple yet solemn Eucharistic celebration, presided over by Fr. Herman Abcede, twelve (12) new postulants from the Philippines and Vietnam. Three (3) others participated in a similar liturgy in Indonesia, in a rite presided over by Fr. Elmer Dula.

Perpetual Profession, Renewal of Vows, Admissions to the Novitiate and the Postulancy

St. Matthew Province

As we start the Triduum for the Solemnity of St. Hannibal on the 1st of June 2018, let us pray in a particular way for the holy perseverance and the joy of Rogationist religious life of the confreres who will profess their vows perpetually, renew their profession, enter to the Novitiate and the Postulancy in the Province of St. Matthew. We thank God for the gift of vocations to our Congregation and to the Church.

Ongoing formation for Spiritual Directors

Rogationist and Daughters of Divine Zeal Spiritual Directors gathered for an updating on Spiritual Direction at the Oasis of Prayer, Silang, Cavite on May 21-25, 2018, The ongoing formation was facilitated by Ms. Daisy Santos IMSA, of the Galilee Renewal Center (Tagaytay) and the Center for Ignatian Spirituality (Quezon City).  This initiative is in line with the celebration of the Year of the Clergy and Consecrated Persons. Nine Rogationists of the St. Matthew Province, and ten Daughters of Divine Zeal of our Lady of Divine Zeal Province participated in the program. 

Maumere (Indonesia) - Seminario

Latest pictures (May 15, 2018) of the finishing touches of the Rogationis Seminary building in Ribang-Maumere-Indonesia (Phase 1). Thank you for all your generosity and supports both materially and spiritually. May the Lord bless you always. From all the members of the Biara Rogationis Maumere - Indonesia. The inauguration is set on August 8, 2018 with the presence of Fr. Bruno Rampazzo (Superior General) and Fr. Herman Abcede (Provincial Superior).

St. Matthew Province: 2nd Provincial Chapter Convoked

         Fr. Herman Abcede, Provincial Superior of St. Matthew Province, convoked the 2nd Provincial Chapter on April 15, 2018, six months before the event scheduled on October 16-20, 2018 at the Oasis of Prayer Rogate Spirituality Center in Silang, Cavite. The theme of the Chapter, “Our Charismatic Identity in the Challenges of St. Matthew Province”, is greatly inspired by the reflections and indications of the XII General Chapter of the Congregation.