Music Video by Br Samuel Mary wins second prize at the Sinulog Film Festival

Publié le 1 April 2020

Brother Samuel-Mary's clip

Published in French on 3 February, 2020

“My Unfading Joy” is a song written by Brother Samuel Mary, a Brother of Saint John and a talented musician and composer, who also made the music video. During his ministry in Cebu he was inspired to write a song about the love the people of Cebu have for the Santo Niño, an image of the Child Jesus that has played a major part in the Christian faith of Filipinos since 1521. The song tells the story of the love the Queen has for the Santo Niño whilst she dances for him during a traditional feast.

The video won second place in the category of “Music Video” at the 2020 Sinulog Film Festival, a festival of short-film that brings together both amateurs and professionals.

Brother Samuel Mary is joined in the video by the singer, Inah Libre. The film was directed by Roy Empleo and shot and produced by Cris Damo. Camille Joyce N. Miñoza played the part of the Queen and many other people acted and assisted in making this project a reality, in honour of the Santo Niño of Cebu.

Viva Señor Santo Niño !

Asia and Oceania Vicariate Meeting

Publié le 1 April 2020

Vicariate meeting Asia Oceania

Published in French on 12 Febuary, 2020

At the beginning of the month of February, the Priory of the Brothers of Saint John in Cebu, the Philippines, were blessed to be able to welcome brothers from the whole vicariate of Asia and Oceania on the occasion of the Vicariate Meeting.

We should note that the Vicar, Br Justin, was experiencing this “joyful mystery” of the Visitation for the first time! He is, of course, always welcome in Cebu! The superiors from Christchurch (New Zealand), Pondicherry (India) and Taïnan (Taiwan) also came and together they held three days of workshops. It was a beautiful experience of fraternal life and hard work under the benediction of their Archbishop, José S. Palma.

The best way to illustrate their praise and thanksgiving is to share some photos of the occasion!

New publication

Publié le 1 April 2020

Published in French on 23 January, 2020

Publication Brother Marie-Jérôme TernynckThe latest book (in French) from Br Marie-Jérôme, Professor of Biblical Exegesis at the Studium of Rimont was published in January.

Here is the publisher’s synopsis:

The “end of the world” is inescapable: it is the only way for God to wipe out the evil that disfigures his creation. This is what the Catechism tells us, and we believe it to be true.

But is it also true that the destruction of evil requires – as is taught by the sacred texts of Christians, but also Jews and Muslims – the destruction of the world that nourishes it? This is a burning question for the author and provides the framework for his astonishing and luminous book.

His meditation begins by evoking, under the guise of fiction, four crucial moments in the history of Christianity. It continues with six “letters” in which, under the inspiration of the Book of Job, the author directly addresses God. In an epilogue, the author provides the reader with keys to a contemporary reception of the hope of the Biblical figures, by distinguishing between a historicizing reading of the Bible and one that looks to its symbolic content. 

This book about the last ends of man radiates culture, spirituality and fervour. 

Click here to place an order

Temporary Professions in the Philippines

Publié le 31 March 2020

Temporary Professions in the Philippines 2020

Published in French on 15 March, 2020.

Brother François-Xavier, Prior General, the Brothers of Saint John and the families of the brothers have the pleasure of announcing the simple professions of Brother James (James Nicholson Gnanathickam) and Brother Charles (Sravan Jumar Basani), which took place on 15 March in the Priory Chapel of Our Lady of the Presentation, in Cebu (the Philippines).

It was a beautiful and joyful celebration, which you can see in the photos and video below.

6th Forum for Oblates at Paray-le-Monial, France

Publié le 31 March 2020

Forum for oblates 2020

Published in French on 17 March, 2020

Since May of last year (2019), a team of nine people have been organising the 6th International Forum for Oblates, which will take place from 9-11 October, 2020, in Paray-le-Monial, France. The theme of the forum will be: “Oblates of Saint John, let us live out our Charism!”

The team is composed of oblates, one brother and one sister from the priories in Boulogne-Billancourt, Montpellier, Murat, Orléans, Troussures and Semur-en-Brionnais (all in France). The members of the team assure us they are keeping the whole Family of Saint John in their prayers, knowing it has gone through some decisive moments over the past months. They remain united and strong in their hope that “all things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made.” (Jn 1:3)

So that we might experience a time of fraternity and together rediscover the fatherhood of Saint John, we warmly invite all the members of the Family of Saint John to already put in their diaries the dates of the International Forum for Oblates, 9-11 October, 2020.

Death of Brother Fulco

Publié le 30 March 2020

Brother Fulco

Our Brother Fulco passed away during the night of 22 – 23 March at around 2am, following a long battle with cancer. He was courageous to the end, despite the final 24 hours being difficult for him.

During his final days we were able to spend lots of time with him, keeping watch along with his faithful friends, Alain and Eliane.

On Saturday Br Gaétan celebrated Mass with him and he was able to receive communion. On Tuesday he was too exhausted to be able to celebrate, so Alain and Br Gabriel H. recited the rosary with him. Br Fulco was very much present, moving his lips for the “Hail Marys”. Br Fulco left us between two night watches; he is now in peace.

We are grateful to all the parishioners who accompanied him with their friendship and prayer over the past years. We would like to thank Visitatio for his support, which enabled Br Fulco to depart from this world in peace, surrounded by his brothers.

The Funeral Mass took place on Tuesday 24 March at the Priory of Boulogne, France. You can find the welcome given by Brother Gabriel here (in French) and the homily preached by Brother Barthelemy here (in French).

“We will never forget our dear Fulco:

His name, the longest of names! Fulco Ruffo de Bonneval de La Fare des comtes de Sinopoli de Calabre! All of that had to fit on his identity card! His name always fascinated us”, Br Gabriel recounted in his words of welcome.

“We will never forget his pilgrimages, covering thousands of kilometres by bus, plane and boat, in Israel, Patmos and various shrines all over Europe, with pilgrims from the island of the Réunion and elsewhere, even when he had to use a feeding tube (I won’t mention how he travelled across the world with suitcases full of food sachets and injected his soup when eating in restaurants!).

We will never forget him in Boulogne, his presence at our Wednesdays of the heart, even when he was very weak; how he was able to address everybody present, especially our guests, who were always worried when he was absent and asked after him.

We shall never forget his phenomenal memory – he was capable of recounting thousands of anecdotes about his personal history, his family history, stories of his parents, of the war, about Algeria… 

We shall never forget his capacity to make so many friends, thanks to his exceptional qualities of contact, like he did in Algeria or Cameroon. People have already mentioned to the parish secretary, “We’ll really miss him. He always let us know when it was time to take a break together!”

During this time of confinement, the technical means used by the parish of Sainte Cécile to transmit Mass enabled them to livestream the Funeral Mass online, which meant that many people, including his family and friends, were able to participate from their homes. You can find the whole Mass below.

Br Fulco was buried in Rimont on Wednesday, 25 March.

Published in French on 25 March, 2020

Three new clothings in the habit

Publié le 22 March 2020

Three new clothings in the habit

Published in French on 22 March, 2020

On 22 March, 2020, three new brothers from the novitiate house of the Brothers of Saint John in Saint-Jodard, France, were clothed in the habit: Brother Richard-Maria, Brother Vladimir and Brother Samuel-Marie.

We give thanks for this stage in their journey – which had to take place without the presence of their families because of the confinement measures taken in France – and we pray for them.

Festivities in Addis-Abeba (Ethiopia)

Publié le 20 January 2020

Festivities in Addis Abeba (Ethiopia)

Published in French on 20 January, 2020

Vicariate meeting

Every two to three years the Brothers of Saint John who reside in Africa come together for a time of fraternity and formation. This year was the first time the meeting was held in Ethiopia.

The meeting coincided with the major feast of Timkat (the Baptism of the Lord), the 10th anniversary of the community coming to Ethiopia and the blessing and opening of the new Saint John Centre in Addis Abeba. In sum, the kairos was at its pinnacle! The programme was a happy mix of work, discovery of Ethiopia and participation in the celebrations.

Activities and Celebrations

– An evening or prayer with the School of Life: adoration and praise in French and Amharic with young people brimming with fervour.
– An evening looking back over the past 10 years: video, history, testimonies, etc.
– A celebration of Timkat with the Orthodox Christians
– Mass for the Baptism of the Lord in the Ethiopian Rite at the Cathedral: diving into the Ethiopian Rite.
– A generous welcome given by the Ethiopians, School of Life, oblates, friends and Orthodox Christians during Timkat.
– Mass for the opening of the new building with the Apostolic Nuncio, Mgr Camilleri.
– Restaurant and culture: food and traditional dance.
– Two meetings about the intellectual heritage of Fr Philippe: these were marked by the freedom to speak, a sincere listening to one another and charity, all of which were palpable despite the questions that this topic raises among us.
– Work on our finances with a friend and coach, Katharina Schauer, and a representative from l’Oeuvre d’Orient, Philippe Alcquier, who had come for the 10 year anniversary.
– A walk to the Portuguese Bridge and shrine of St Tkelele: discovery of Ethiopian nature, an Orthodox saint and popular piety.
– Fraternal reunions after many years of not seeing one another.
– Blessing of the Saint John Centre in the presence of our new Apostolic Nuncio, Mgr Camilleri.

A testimony from Br Benoît-David: “What I found especially touching was being able to meet up with brothers whom I have not seen since my years spent in Quebec, before coming to Addis Abeba in September, 2019. We were also able to share many things and collaborate on financial matters. I was amazed to learn about the size and coherence of the project being undertaken in Kara.

Click here to see the Lumen Valley project at the Priory in Kara, Togo

Before the meeting took place we were able to receive our first visit from the Vicar of Africa, Br Jean-Philippe, and also the Master of Studies, Br François-Frédéric.

We all left amazed by the experience and give Glory to God!

The Family of Saint John in Princeville, USA

Publié le 20 January 2020

The Family of Saint John in Princeville, USA

Published in French on 20 January, 2020

The town of Princeville in Illinois, USA, is, along with Simbock in Cameroon, one of the rare places in the world in which all three religious branches of the Family of Saint John are present.

The Brothers in Princeville therefore try to be attentive to the different modalities of each community, lived within the same Johannine charism. Respectful attention enables them to benefit from what can be offered from each community, their complementarity and unique richness, and to share this with all those the Lord sends them.

The Brothers share ministry to children, teenagers, students and young professionals with the Apostolic Sisters. They work together in a joyful climate to prepare events, feasts and solemnities with the desire to be able to give the best of the spirit of Saint John.

One of the brothers had the joy of preaching the annual retreat for the brothers and sisters from the priories in Orange, USA, and Terrebonne, Canada. He was struck by the palpable fervour of the retreat, where the brothers and sisters share a chapel and common rooms with the respect and simplicity of the first Christian communities.

The three branches of the Family of Saint John are also represented when oblates and future oblates are welcomed: not only do they form part of the Family of Saint John; they also bring opportunities for apostolic work that they either carry out by themselves or alongside brothers and sisters.

Psychoanalysis and freedom in Terrebonne, Canada

Publié le 18 January 2020

Psychoanalysis and freedom in Terrebonne, Canada

Published in French on 18 January, 2020

On Saturday, 18 January, a good forty or so brothers braved the snow and ice to come and reflect upon the work of Viktor Frankl, a renowned psychiatrist, starting from his experience of concentration camps. What an inspiring author to help us reflect on “the meaning of life”. It was Frankl who established “logotherapy” as the third branch of psychotherapy, orientating the patient’s efforts towards a focus point that grounds his or her life rather than a re-reading the past. This fruitful and fulfilling work brings finality and conditioning together once again.

We recommend reading his testimony and presentation of logotherapy, Man’s search for meaning. It is a small book that reads more like a novel and would work very well as the reading during meal times (for us religious).

On 7 March we continued our investigation into freedom by working on Macha Chmakoff’s Le Divin et le divan and Jeannine Guindon’s Vers l’autonomie psychique. We have scheduled a session for 9 May on Aristotle, leading to a conference on 6 June with Br Thomas on the theme of “being free”.

If you would like to register for the conference, email colloquephilostjn@gmail.com

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