Tuesday, November 17, 2009

175 Less Jesuits In The Philippines In The Last Fifty Years

In 1959, the defunct monthly The Jesuit Missions featured the centenary of the return of the Society of Jesus to the Philippines.

At the time, the Jesuits in the Philippines totaled 494 -- 272 priests, 188 scholastics, and 34 coadjutor brothers. They were in charge of 22 mission-parishes in Bukidnon and Misamis Oriental, each one with its own parochial school, and six mission-parishes in the Zamboanga peninsula.

Now in 2009 -- 50 years later-- there are only 319 Jesuits: 227 priests, 80 scholastics, and 12 coadjutor brothers. They are in charge of only six mission parishes in Bukidnon, and one in the Zamboanga area. The earlier missions have, through God’s grace, developed and were turned over to the diocesan priests.

In 1959, two Ateneos were still under Jesuit administration, that of San Pablo and the other of Tuguegarao. They are no longer Jesuit schools, and others are in charge of them. But two new Jesuit schools were founded: Sacred Heart School in Cebu, and Ateneo de Iloilo, which had started as a parochial school in Santa Maria, Iloilo. A third, the Seminary of San Jose in Cagayan de Oro, is under Jesuit administration, but it is really a diocesan major seminary for Mindanao.

Link (here) to the full article by Fr. Jose S. Arcilla S.J. on the Society in the Philippines.

Photo is of Fr. Jose S. Arcilla, S.J.

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