SYC7 Goes to Isabela

“Imitatores Mei Estote (Be Imitators of Me), serves as this year’s theme for the Survival Youth Camp 2018 held at Sta. Maria, Isabela last August 24-27, 2018.

The Joseph Marello Youth leaders headed by the Provincial Youth Director, Rev. Fr. Joseph V. Pasia, OSJ, travelled to Isabela last August 23, 2018 for the Survival Youth Camp 7. This year’s SYC was held at the Pasto Di’ Apolonio Campsite, Sta. Maria, Isabela owned by Hon. Hilario G. Pagauitan and Mrs. Sofie Pagauitan. Hon. Hilario G. Pagauitan is the present Municipal Mayor of the Municipality of Sta. Maria, Isabela who generously welcomed all the participants to his house, part of which served as the Campsite for the duration of the SYC7. His kindness and generosity was offered to all the JMY by opening doors to approximately 200 delegates with working committees, six priests and three religious brothers. Rev. Fr. Nelson Osorio, OSJ and Rev. Fr. Elino Comanda, OSJ - resident priests of St. Joseph Retreat House, has truly been of great help to the Joseph Marello Youth Council from its preparations until the camp proper. Their dedication in working and caring for the youth was truly evident in helping the JMYC organize the SYC.

SYC7 is a journey towards achieving the goals of the JMY in honing the youth leaders through Josephite - Marellian Formation in the form of talks, team building activities, and immersion in the community that will enhance their spiritual life as servant leaders.

The delegates arrived on August 24, 2018 and immediately pitched their tents in the campsite. Rev. Fr. Nelson Osorio, OSJ presided the Holy Eucharist followed by the Opening Program and Initiation Rites which showcased Isabela’s delicacies. The first talk was given by Mr. Stephen Borja, a full time staff of the CBCP-Episcopal Commission on Youth, which tackled on Youth Ministry in the Philippine Context. The first night ended with a Holy Hour, Confession and Counseling.

The Second day was filled with team building activities and talks through the help of Mr. Rubennard de Vera who shared his expertise on Managing Time, Setting Priorities and Commitment as Youth Ministers. A Yell Competition was also organized and was well-participated by the delegates. Rev. Fr. Erwin Aguilar, OSJ guided the delegates in the afternoon as they continue to reflect on the theme, “Be Imitators of Me”. JMY leaders were challenged to imitate Christ as exemplified by our founder, St Joseph Marello who has lived a holy life. The Holy Mass was presided by Rev. Fr. Eugenio de los Santos and followed by a healing session by Rev. Fr. Nelson, Osorio, OSJ. The second day ended through the sharing of the JMYC President, Ms. Milleth Kasilag about her report during the General Chapter in Rome, Italy. It was followed by the discussion of the Provincial Youth Director, Rev. Fr. Joseph Pasia, OSJ part of the Constitution and By-Laws of the JMY Council.

Though it was raining, the delegates were sent to different barangays in the morning of August 26, 2018 for the Community Immersion. The bad weather did not stop them from sharing their resources and time to the different communities in Sta. Maria, Isabela. Five barangays were chosen for the delegates to experience and be exposed to the life and simplicity of the people of Sta, Maria, Isabela. Hon. Larry Pagauitan opened the Rancho Agripino in the afternoon for the Holy Mass at the Chapel presided by Rev. Fr. Ernie Matibag, OSJ and the JMY Cultural Night at the Mini Theater. The delegates showcased their talent and skills based on the cultures of their origin during the Cultural Night. The Lambayok Festival of JMY San Juan, Batangas won first place while JMY Davao and JMY San Jose won the 2nd and 3rd place respectively.

As part of SYC Program, Tree Planting activity was done early in the morning of August 27, 2018 in the land near the Campsite. Two hundred Kawayan Seedlings were planted through the assistance of CENRO CABAGAN. The last day of the camp was blessed with a good weather. After the Tree Planting activity, delegates started cleaning the area, removing their tents and packing their things as they prepare for the final program. The Closing Mass was celebrated by Rev. Fr. Joseph Pasia, OSJ who challenged all the JMY leaders to be like St. Joseph as they follow Christ’s footsteps. He specified four points about leadership which he wants the delegates to remember. First is to FACE IT – Acknowledge that we are all leaders. Titles and positions do not merely define leadership. It is also about our influence to others. Fr. Joseph challenged the delegates to grow against present generation’s force that is headed to the wrong direction. Second is to UNDERSTAND IT – understand that leadership is a life-long process as it takes time to develop. He quoted Psalm 78, “David pastured the people of Israel with upright heart and a skillful hand” and emphasized that leadership is not always about using our hearts but also having the skills and capacity to lead. It must be a combination of a kind heart and a strong will. Third is to LIVE IT – live it in every area of our life: professional, relational, and most importantly, in our personal life. We are encouraged to develop ourselves as leaders. Truly, we cannot give what we do not have. We must first fill up ourselves before we can lead and serve others. And lastly, we are to LOVE IT – Do we love what we do? We must love everything that comes along with leadership – its joys and struggles. As the Founder says, “Servite Domino in Laetitia” which means “Serve the Lord with joy”. Let us treat this not as a cross to carry or a burden. We must love what we do so there will be joy.

Ms. Milleth Kasilag, President of the JMYC, extended her gratitude to the host and his family, to all the people responsible for the success of SYC7, to all the priests and brothers, and to all the delegates who travelled to Isabela for the SYC7 Journey.

The journey may be far and tiring, but it was all worth it. The JMY Youth Ministers has survived and now ready to share the blessings of SYC7 as they imitate St. Joseph Marello with the guidance of St. Joseph, as they continue to serve the Interest of Jesus.

(Updated on September 2, 2018)

Concluding Message of the Superior General
at the XVII General Chapter

We are gathered here to give thanks to the Holy Trinity for all that He has done for us in these days of the General Chapter. The presence of God has accompanied us in these weeks of prayer and work and has helped us to take a fresh look at the value of our charism and our mission in the Church.

We want to thank in a special way Fr. Guillermo Rodriguez Rico, the Pontifical Assistant who has presided at our celebration and along with him, the authority of the Sacred Congregation for the Institutes of Consecrated Life, especially His Excellency Most Rev. Jose` Rodriguez Carballo, Secretary of the Congregation, for his attentiveness to us.

To all the Oblates of St. Joseph who live their consecration in the various parts of the world, I want to express my appreciation for their generous evangelical witness. We ask the Lord to allow us to live in a radical way, the grace of the vocation we have received.

In this moment I turn with gratitude to you, Confreres of the Chapter, and to the Superior General emeritus and his Councilors. In these weeks we have prayed together and through personal conversations and in full assembly, we have shared the joys and challenges of our Provinces and Delegations. Thank you for your labors and the trust in us shown by your election of the new General Council.

I also especially want to thank the Oblate Sisters, who share in the same charism with us, and to all our Laity as well, in the various places where they work with us and are nourished with our Josephite-Marellian spirituality.

A particular word of thanks to all those persons who have supported us with their prayer in these days of our Chapter.

We have all appreciated the generous service of our Seminarians. Thank you, Seminarians and always remember that the Congregation needs you. At the same time please ask the Lord to stir up more vocations among the youth in Italy and in all the places where we are present in the world.

I am grateful too for all those who in so many ways helped prepare for the Chapter and assure its smooth operating. May the Lord reward each of you with an abundance of His grace.

Dear Confreres, we will continue to count on your prayers and your spiritual support, because its only through an intense living of our spirituality of communion and helping one another that we can accomplish our mission.

Now we go forth to our communities and our countries to be the leaven of renewal and growth for our Confreres and all those whom we serve in our ministries. So as to be able to witness to others what we have seen, heard and experienced in these days of tranquil fraternity and sharing, we ask God for His grace and blessings. We fully recognize that unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain, and if the city is not kept by the Lord, the sentinels watch in vain.

Let us invoke St. Joseph, protector of our Institute and his Spouse the Virgin Mary to teach us to always have our eyes directed towards Jesus with love. May the Holy Family of Nazareth sustain us in a healthy fraternal life in community, in which everyone both gives and receives and in which all are made to feel a part. From the example of our holy Founder St. Joseph Marello, let us dip into that love for Christ and His Church and that ability to harmonize our daily lives with the spirit of the Carthusian and the zeal of the Apostle. May his teachings make us more aware that apostolic fervor comes from the Lord through a life of personal and community prayer.

In conclusion, let us entrust to the mercy of God, our deceased Confreres who in the course of their lives, strove to live faithfully the evangelical counsels, following in the footsteps of Jesus Christ, chaste, poor and obedient. From Heaven may they be intercessors and models for us.

And through the intercession of our holy Patrons, may the Almighty and Merciful God bless our religious Family.

Conclusion of the 17th General Chapter

We have lived, in these last days. the last notes of the composition which has been our General Chapter. On the 29th of August, the Feast of the Martyrdom of St. John the Baptist, Mass was presided over by Fr. Gregory Finn, who together with Fr. Julio Bazan have served as translators into English and Spanish respectively.

Continuing on the 29th, the last motions submitted were taken up and discussed and decided upon. The Pontifical Assistant then spent some time adding to his report on the state of the Province of Peru by showing a series of film clips about the social outreach that is being done by the Confreres in the high plains area of Pombamba: daycare centers for young children, vocational programs for boys and girls, a program to bring electric power to poor isolated farmers (already over 160) by means of solar panels and wind turbines, St. Joseph’s School, a medical dispensary and pharmacy…and more besides!Our Superior General, Fr. Jan Pelczarski then offered thanks all around for not only chapter members, but also all those who collaborated to prepare and support the Chapter. He also announced the program for the next couple of days, closing the Chapter and the Audience with our Holy Father.

On this morning, August 30, one last assembly was held to approve the Final Message to the Confreres and a special Message of Solidarity for the Confreres in Peru. The Pontifical Assistant presented his report and final suggestions to the Chapter, and was thanked warmly by the Chapter Members. At which point, along with a final vote to adjourn, the Pontifical Assistant declared the General Chapter officially concluded.

At 11:30am all gathered, along with Oblate confreres from nearby houses, to offer a Solemn Mass of Thanksgiving for the Chapter – the Votive Mass of St. Joseph, presided over by the Pontifical Assistant with the Superior General and new Council members as principal concelebrants. At the conclusion, Fr. Jan offered his thanks once again to all and together we prayed the Act of Entrustment of the Congregation to St. Joseph. Following a tradition of long standing, Fr. Vincenzo Grossano, one of the Chapter Secretaries, presented the Final Minutes which allowed the Pontifical Assistant to publicly proclaim the conclusion of the Chapter. Praise be to God!

Pope Francis to OSJ: ‘Offer Consoling Good News’

the Vatican News by Davin Watkins and from Zenit
Images: Fr. Jayson Endaya, OSJ

Pope Francis says we live in times of “rampant relativism that undermines the edifice of faith at its base and strips the very idea of Christian fidelity of its meaning.” The Holy Father made the comments in a speech on Friday to the Oblates of St. Joseph (OSJ) who are gathered in Rome for their General Chapter.

The Pope also gave a special greeting to Fr. Jan Pelczarski, the Order’s new Superior General, and to Fr. Michele Piscopo, his outgoing predecessor.

Intolerant rationalism and rampant relativism

Pope Francis said the Order’s Founder, St. Joseph Marello, lived in a time of rationalism that was intolerant of every spiritual dogma. Given the similarities with our own culture, the Pope said the Saint’s witness is more relevant than ever. “Faced with a superficial culture that exalts the possession of material goods and promises happiness through dangerous shortcuts,” he said, the Oblates of St. Joseph, “do not fail to stimulate young people to temper the spirit and to form a mature personality, capable of strength but also tenderness.”

St. Joseph’s example

Pope Francis invited the Oblates to follow the example of their namesake, St. Joseph of Nazareth. He said the Saint lived “a discreet, humble, and hard-working lifestyle”.

“He lived his vocation as the guardian of Mary and Jesus with fidelity and simplicity. He was close to his wife in joyful and difficult moments, and established, along with her, a marvelous familiarity with Jesus, whom he had continually before his eyes.” The Holy Father then pointed out that St. Joseph’s virtues are a model for the Oblates.

“Humility”, the Pope said, “attracts the Father’s goodness; intimacy with the Lord, which sanctifies all Christian work; and, silence and contemplation, united with zeal and hard work to advance the Lord’s will.”

Pope Francis summed up how the Oblates are to live with their Founder’s words: “Be Carthusian monks in the house and apostles outside.”

Who are the Oblates of St. Joseph?

The Oblates of Saint Joseph are a religious Institute of priests and brothers whose principle apostolate is to work with young people and the poor. Founded in 1878, the Oblates have communities in at least 12 countries, and are involved the education and catechesis of young people, parish ministry, as well as serving the underprivileged and orphanages.

Pope Francis prayed that the “two Josephs, the Universal Church’s Patron and your Founder” make their General Chapter fruitful and sustain the Institute’s mission.



“If one member suffers, all suffer together with it” (1 Cor 12:26). These words of Saint Paul forcefully echo in my heart as I acknowledge once more the suffering endured by many minors due to sexual abuse, the abuse of power and the abuse of conscience perpetrated by a significant number of clerics and consecrated persons. Crimes that inflict deep wounds of pain and powerlessness, primarily among the victims, but also in their family members and in the larger community of believers and nonbelievers alike. Looking back to the past, no effort to beg pardon and to seek to repair the harm done will ever be sufficient. Looking ahead to the future, no effort must be spared to create a culture able to prevent such situations from happening, but also to prevent the possibility of their being covered up and perpetuated. The pain of the victims and their families is also our pain, and so it is urgent that we once more reaffirm our commitment to ensure the protection of minors and of vulnerable adults.

1. If one member suffers…

In recent days, a report was made public which detailed the experiences of at least a thousand survivors, victims of sexual abuse, the abuse of power and of conscience at the hands of priests over a period of approximately seventy years. Even though it can be said that most of these cases belong to the past, nonetheless as time goes on we have come to know the pain of many of the victims. We have realized that these wounds never disappear and that they require us forcefully to condemn these atrocities and join forces in uprooting this culture of death; these wounds never go away. The heart-wrenching pain of these victims, which cries out to heaven, was long ignored, kept quiet or silenced. But their outcry was more powerful than all the measures meant to silence it, or sought even to resolve it by decisions that increased its gravity by falling into complicity. The Lord heard that cry and once again showed us on which side he stands. Mary’s song is not mistaken and continues quietly to echo throughout history. For the Lord remembers the promise he made to our fathers: “he has scattered the proud in their conceit; he has cast down the mighty from their thrones and lifted up the lowly; he has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent away empty” (Lk 1:51-53). We feel shame when we realize that our style of life has denied, and continues to deny, the words we recite.


Filipino Oblates of St. Joseph
in the World
Open to the voice of the Spirit, Saint Joseph Marello founded the Congregation of the Oblates of St. Joseph. Incorporated in the Church as a congregation of pontifical right, it is clerical by nature and is composed of priests and brothers. Its purpose is to promote the glory of God by the sanctification of its members and the exercise of the apostolate, and it gives witness to the evangelical counsels by the vows of chastity, poverty and obedience.
OSJ Const. Art. 2

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Our Formation Houses,
Seedbeds of Vocations
Every house of formation should be a special center for inspiring, recruiting and fostering vocations in active collaboration with, and service to, other Oblate communities and the local Church.
OSJ Const. Art. 88

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Our Pastoral Ministries, Vivifying the Spirit of Availability
The invitation by bishops to take on the direction of parishes was seen as a call of Divine Providence, which our Founder felt the Oblates should humbly obey. In line with his respectful col-laboration with Local Ordinaries, the Congregation continues to administrate parishes, ever concerned with attending to areas of greatest need, so as to preserve its charism of availability.
OSJ Const. Art. 68

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Our Educational Institutions, instilling the Josephite-Marellian Pedagogy of the Heart
Among the forms of apostolic ministry of the Oblates of St. Joseph, the Christian education of youth holds a position of privilege. If concern for young people is everyone’s obligation, for the Oblates it is demanded by fidelity to the spirit of their Founder.
OSJ Const. 60
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Houses of Spirituality,
Centers of Retreat and Renewal

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