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  • Welcome to 1950! A Surprising Statistic About the Number of Priests per parish

    08/16/2013 2:28:58 PM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | August 15, 2013 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    It is a common notion that the number of priests has plummeted in this country. Many speak of the halcyon days when there were four and five priests per parish, and the seminaries were packed. And while some of these memories are accurate, they are drawn from a time in this country that was very brief.The fact is, the number of priests per parish spiked sharply after 1950 and has now leveled back to the levels of 1950 and before.Note the graph at the upper right from the Center for Research in the Apostolate (CARA). It depicts the number of...
  • Was Pope Francis warning against bishops ordaining ‘traditionalist’ seminarians?

    02/22/2015 9:19:17 AM PST · by BlatherNaut · 13 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 2/20/15 | John-Henry Westen
    In comments to Roman clergy yesterday Pope Francis referred to cases that “happen often” where bishops have accepted “traditionalist” seminarians who were rejected by other dioceses. Because “they presented themselves very well, very devout,” said the pope, the bishops failed to find out information about them, and they were later found to have “psychological and moral problems." Ordaining such seminarians, said the pontiff, is like placing a “mortgage on the Church.” The comments came in a meeting with Roman clergy that, in order to be allowed to flow freely, Pope Francis asked not to be televised. However, Rome’s Zenit News...
  • Priest from Wisconsin dances his way into Internet fame in video

    10/23/2014 11:11:07 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 26 replies
    You Tube ^ | 10-23-14 | Joan Lewis
    A video of a pair of dueling, dancing American priests studying in Rome has gone viral, following in the footsteps of a now-famous Italian nun whose Alicia Keyes-esque voice won her a singing contest and a record contract. The Rev. David Rider, 29, of Hyde Park, New York, and the Rev. John Gibson, 28, of Milwaukee, first shot to Internet fame when they were filmed in April during a fundraiser at the North American College, the elite American seminary up the hill from the Vatican. Rider warmed up the crowd with a lively tap-dance routine, only to be pushed aside...
  • Why Seminarians Should Study Sacred Art and Architecture

    01/18/2013 7:03:53 AM PST · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | 1/18/13 | Duncan G. Stroik
    One of the recommendations of Vatican II was that priests be formed in the arts: “During their philosophical and theological studies, clerics are to be taught about the history and development of sacred art, and about the sound principles governing the production of its works. In consequence they will be able to appreciate and preserve the Church’s venerable monuments, and be in a position to aid, by good advice, artists who are engaged in producing works of art” (Sacrosanctum Concilium, 129). This is not a bad idea, considering that priests are the caretakers of the Church’s artistic patrimony. Each pastor...
  • Catholic Seminary Enrollment Up, But Numbers Seen as Only Part of Story

    11/30/2011 7:08:26 AM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Catholic News Service ^ | 11/29/11 | Nancy Frazier O'Brien
    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- In his first months as rector of Theological College in Washington, Father Phillip J. Brown has been confronting a problem that the national diocesan seminary for the U.S. Catholic Church "has not had for a long time" -- it is bursting at the seams. Enrollment is maxed out for the 2011-12 academic year at 90 seminarians. Five of those seminarians are back in their dioceses this year gaining pastoral experience, but a Sulpician seminarian and five priests from other countries also live there, bringing the total number of residents to 91 plus faculty members. "If I had...
  • Carry your cross with faith and courage, Pope tells new US seminarians

    08/28/2011 2:58:50 PM PDT · by NYer · 4 replies
    cna ^ | August 28, 2011
    Castel Gandolfo, Italy, Aug 28, 2011 / 01:40 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI has encouraged the new class of seminarians at the Pontifical North American College in Rome to be unafraid to carry the cross of Christ.“Dear Seminarians, do not be afraid to take up the challenge in today’s Gospel to give your lives completely to Christ,” he told the new students during his Sunday Angelus address on Aug. 28 at Castel Gandolfo, his summer residence 15 miles to the south of Rome.“Indeed, may all of us be generous in our commitment to him, carrying our cross with...
  • A good problem to have: Too many seminarians in Kansas City?

    02/21/2009 6:33:44 AM PST · by GonzoII · 6 replies · 448+ views ^ | February 12, 2009 | Brian Saint-Paul
    The long, dark night of the vocation shortage appears to be coming to an end... at least in some dioceses. Take Kansas City, for example. In 1994, it had one seminarian; the next year, none. But now...
  • Comfort zone: Pope's dialogues with priests flow freely [Open]

    08/08/2008 4:45:43 PM PDT · by NYer · 2 replies · 117+ views
    CNS ^ | August 8, 2008 | John Thavis
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The world sees the public side of Pope Benedict XVI generally at big ceremonial events in Rome or on foreign travels, when he's under the glare of the media. But over the last three years, the "real Benedict" has emerged most fully in a series of semiprivate encounters with an audience he feels at home with -- groups of priests. In the northern Italian city of Bressanone in early August, the 81-year-old pope engaged in what has become a summer tradition: a question-and-answer session with the region's diocesan and religious priests. The dialogue ran the gamut...
  • May God bless and keep our seminarians! (Sons of the Most Holy Redeemer) (Catholic Caucus)

    08/04/2008 9:58:42 AM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 11 replies · 137+ views
    In the background the 'steamer' Varagan is preparing to leave the Stronsay pier at 8.10am. This morning the seminarian Sons of the Most Holy Redeemer, in calm seas and good standing, left Papa Stronsay to catch it. They are on their way to London to prepare their travel documents for the seminary. Br. Magdala Maria, F.SS.R., Br. Jean Marie, F.SS.R., Br. Yousef Marie, F.SS.R., Br. Martin Mary, F.SS.R., Br. Ivan Maria, F.SS.R. We are very happy to announce that at the end of August they will be received by the Society of Saint Peter's seminary [FSSP], in Denton, Nebraska. Prayer...
  • Debt, the Vocation Killer [Catholic Caucus]

    08/07/2007 10:10:52 AM PDT · by fr maximilian mary · 55 replies · 1,139+ views
    National Catholic Register ^ | March 11, 2007 | Tim Drake
    You think you know what factors pose a barrier to religious vocations? Think again. A group met in Chicago last month to discuss an emerging and growing barrier to vocations — financial debt, particularly that acquired from student loans. The Chicago-based Institute on Religious Life organized — and the Arlington, Va.-based Fraser Family Foundation sponsored — a diverse gathering of grant-makers, college presidents and vocation directors at Marytown Feb. 20-22 to examine the growing problem. As most religious orders will not accept someone with debt, it places many vocations in jeopardy. Brother Matthew Ball of the Franciscans of the Immaculate...
  • Archdiocese of San Antonio dedicates new seminary dorm to meet vocational demands

    08/23/2007 8:03:04 AM PDT · by NYer · 12 replies · 317+ views
    CNA ^ | August 22, 2007
    San Antonio, TX, Aug 22, 2007 / 03:00 pm (CNA).- The Archdiocese of San Antonio has many things to be thankful for, but on the Feast of the Assumption, August 15, Archbishop Jose Gomez was able to give it one more reason to express gratitude, a new dormitory for the seminary. Present for the dedication of the new building were Cardinal Francis George of Chicago, bishops, priests, seminarians, and the laity. Speaking of how Christians are called to believe in the Gospel, love and live entirely for God, and have missionary hearts as Mary did, Archbishop Gomez dedicated the new...
  • As church grows, priestly ranks shrink

    08/02/2007 1:40:58 PM PDT · by Coleus · 16 replies · 1,337+ views ^ | 08.02.07 | YONAT SHIMRON
    RALEIGH, N.C. -- A powerful sense of devotion overtook Michael Burbeck in a medieval church in the small Czech town of Cesky Krumlov. The way he describes it, he was praying in the lofty, 125-foot-high sanctuary of St. Vitus Roman Catholic Church, when he looked up at a life-size crucifix and was overwhelmed by a sense of peace and belonging. He realized he would commit the rest of his life to Jesus. "It was like the classic movie scene: Guy sees girl across the room, knows she's the one," Burbeck said. "I had this moment when I realized that (Jesus)...
  • No shortage of priests in Atlanta, more than 50 seminarians

    08/11/2007 6:09:42 AM PDT · by NYer · 15 replies · 1,237+ views
    AJC ^ | August 10, 2007 | CHRISTOPHER QUINN
    Metro Atlanta's Roman Catholic churches are keeping their pulpits filled better than many regions of the country.Across the nation there is a shortage of priests, but the Archdiocese of Atlanta's 95 churches and missions have 262 priests and more than 50 seminarians in training. RELATED: • More Atlanta news "We have one of the strongest vocational programs in the country," said Father Luke Ballman, the director of vocations.About 600 Serrans, lay Catholics dedicated to supporting and educating those choosing church vocations, are in Atlanta this weekend for a national conference.Serra clubs across the country raise money for scholarships, organize prayer...
  • Carolina State Symbols: Tar Heels, Palmettos -- and Seminarians

    07/27/2007 8:17:14 AM PDT · by Frank Sheed · 13 replies · 467+ views
    Whispers in the Loggia ^ | July 26, 2007 | Rocco Palma
    Carolina State Symbols: Tar Heels, Palmettos -- and Seminarians Further evidencing the rise of the Southern states as American Catholicism's boomtown, Bishop Robert Baker of Charleston will ordain six new priests tomorrow night -- the largest crop for South Carolina's lone diocese (Catholic pop. 176,000) since 1956. Due to the large number of candidates, the ordination Mass is being held in a convention center in the state capital of Columbia. In May, the historic local church (founded in 1820) welcomed 22 new permanent deacons; since 1990, its Catholic presence has more than doubled, now comprising 4% of the general...
  • Pope Answers Seminarians (Part 1) -"We Must Accept Our Frailty But Keep On Going"

    03/02/2007 5:50:43 PM PST · by NYer · 2 replies · 274+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | March 1, 2007
    VATICAN CITY, MARCH 1, 2007 ( Here is the Vatican translation of the answers Benedict XVI gave to questions posed by seminarians of the Roman Major Seminary, during the Popes visit there Feb. 17. Part 2 of the questions and answers will be published on Friday. * * * VISIT TO THE COMMUNITY OF THE ROMAN MAJOR SEMINARY ON OCCASION OF THE FEAST OF OUR LADY OF TRUST ADDRESS OF HIS HOLINESS BENEDICT XVI Saturday, 17 February 2007 Gregorpaolo Stano, Diocese of Oria (First-Year Philosophy): Your Holiness, ours is the first of two years dedicated to discernment, during which we...
  • Pope Answers Seminarians (Part 2) - "A Day Without the Eucharist Is Incomplete"

    03/02/2007 5:54:44 PM PST · by NYer · 7 replies · 371+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | March 2, 2007
    VATICAN CITY, MARCH 2, 2007 ( Here is the Vatican translation of the answers Benedict XVI gave to questions posed by seminarians of the Roman Major Seminary, during the Pope's visit there Feb. 17. Part 1 of the questions and answers was published Thursday. * * * Koicio Dimov, Diocese of Nicopolis, Bulgaria (Second-Year Theology): Most Blessed Father, commenting on the Way of the Cross in 2005, you spoke of the dirt in the Church; and in the Homily for the ordination of the Roman priests last year, you warned us of the risk "of careerism, the attempt to get...
  • Vatican's soccer tourney kicks off (some nice photos!)

    02/25/2007 6:29:09 AM PST · by NYer · 6 replies · 503+ views
    AP ^ | February 24, 2007 | ARIEL DAVID
    The fans were pious. The players bound for glory. And the victory? A miracle. Priests and seminarians from several soccer-loving countries took to a field near the looming dome of St. Peter's Basilica Saturday for the first match of the Clericus Cup, a tournament fielding 16 teams from Catholic institutes in Rome."You are playing in view of St. Peter's cupola, so behave well," admonished Cardinal Pio Laghi before giving the official kickoff at a small arena on a hill overlooking the Vatican.In Italy soccer is a hallowed game, taken almost as seriously as Catholicism, and the players were all business...
  • U.S. Priests and seminarians survey: more vocations in orthodox dioceses

    09/07/2003 6:40:59 AM PDT · by Hermann the Cherusker · 75 replies · 1,494+ views
    AD 2000 ^ | August 1998
    Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 11 No 7 (August 1998), p. 12 U.S. Priests and seminarians survey: more vocations in orthodox dioceses A comparative analysis of different 'styles’ of US dioceses was recently undertaken by Human Life International (HLI). The survey sought to compare the numbers of priests and seminarians in dioceses broadly typed as "orthodox" and "progressive". For the purposes of its study HLI defined an "orthodox" diocese as one that had exhibited a "general predisposition of fidelity towards the Magisterium since Vatican II." The term "progressive" was applied to a diocese exhibiting "a general predisposition towards liberal activism and...
  • Pope Tells of Key to Awaken Vocations (address to religious and seminarians at Vespers)

    09/12/2006 6:57:39 AM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies · 325+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | September 11, 2006
    ALTOETTING, Germany, SEPT. 11, 2006 ( Benedict XVI stressed that if Catholics pray with profound faith the Church will receive the vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life that it needs. The Pope expressed this conviction when celebrating Vespers this evening with religious and seminarians of Bavaria and members of the Society for Spiritual Vocations in the Basilica of St. Anne in the Marian shrine of Altoetting. "God's harvest is indeed great, and it needs laborers," said the Holy Father. "In the so-called Third World -- in Latin America, in Africa and in Asia -- people are waiting for heralds...
  • The Priesthood Ordination Class of 2005 “People would be surprised to know that I…”

    05/02/2005 12:03:30 PM PDT · by siunevada · 31 replies · 1,468+ views
    USCCB ^ | May 2, 2005 | USCCB Staff
    …… began to consider priesthood and religious life from the standpoint of a successful business career which provided everything I was supposed to have and which I found unfulfilling. …… have wanted to be a priest since I was five years old (I am now forty-seven!). …… have thought about the priesthood since my Confirmation retreat at 13. . . . have studied and traveled through Europe for a year. . . . have a sister who will graduate law school the day before I get ordained a priest (my only sibling). …… that I wanted to be a priest...
  • These twins are doubly blessed - Identical brothers from Erie to become priests today

    06/28/2006 12:53:36 PM PDT · by NYer · 15 replies · 604+ views
    Go Erie ^ | June 28, 2006 | Dana Massing
    Identical twins James and Joseph Campbell's first names came from the same Catholic priest. Asked at age 5 what they wanted to be, they simultaneously answered: "priest." They used to play at the profession, using a Sears Roebuck Mass kit that Catholic families kept at home for emergencies. The Campbell boys served Communion wafers they'd fashioned from bread. Their parents never had to force them to go to daily Mass at 6:30 a.m. "It wasn't an obligation for us, but rather something we saw as cool," Joseph Campbell said. So it's no surprise that the 26-year-old Erie twins are being...
  • Pope's Address to Greek Orthodox Priests and Seminarians

    03/15/2006 5:53:14 PM PST · by NYer · 3 replies · 578+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | March 15, 2006
    "Love Cannot Fail to Be a Short Cut to Full Communion" VATICAN CITY, MARCH 15, 2006 ( Here is a text of the address Benedict XVI gave Feb. 27 to a group of priests and seminarians from the Theological College of the Apostoliki Diakonia of the Greek Orthodox Church. * * * Consistory Hall Your Excellency, Most Reverend Archimandrites, Priests, Seminarians and all those taking part in the "study visit" to Rome, As I welcome you with joy and gratitude on the occasion of the initiative of this visit to Rome, I would like to recall an exhortation that St....
  • Common Sense for an Uncommon Calling

    12/09/2005 10:06:52 AM PST · by Salvation · 5 replies · 344+ views ^ | 12-09-05 | Archbishop Charles Chaput
    by Archbishop Charles Chaput Other Articles by Archbishop Charles Chaput Common Sense for an Uncommon Calling 12/9/05 The Vatican’s new instruction on the admission of candidates to seminary and the priesthood has fewer than 1,500 words. That works out to about an average Sunday homily. And like many of the best homilies, it seeks to apply common sense and the wisdom of the Church to problems of the day. But we live in a culture where common sense can be rare. Thus, nobody should be surprised at the pre-emptive criticism and anxiety already directed at a Church document that deals with...
  • Foreign priests want to fill a need- if Americans let them

    05/23/2005 6:21:28 AM PDT · by sinkspur · 23 replies · 587+ views
    Dallas Morning News ^ | 5/23/2005 | Joshua Benton
    ......When a young man is ordained in Igboland, it is tradition that his village collects money from its residents and buys him a car – an enormous gift in a poor nation. Priests can afford luxuries, like satellite television, that other Nigerians only dream of. "When you are a priest, you don't lack," seminarian Tony Ezekwu said. "They have a high standard of living. People want that." The promise of status no doubt attracts some to the priesthood. And some see seminary more as a path to an education than a way to answer a spiritual calling. Their view is...
  • Report: China arrests priests, seminarians

    11/18/2005 8:36:55 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies · 428+ views
    VATICAN CITY (AP) - Chinese authorities have arrested a priest and 10 seminarians from that nation's underground Roman Catholic Church, a Vatican-affiliated news agency said Friday. President Bush, who is due to visit China as part of an eight-day trip to Asia, called on China's leadership this week to give the public more religious freedom and other liberties. The Rev. Yang Jianwei and the seminarians were detained Nov. 12 in Xushui City in Hebei province, a traditional stronghold of Catholic sentiment in northern China, AsiaNews reported. Six of the seminarians were released later, but Yang and the four others remain...
  • Pope recalls WYD, prays event may inspire more vocations

    08/24/2005 2:01:51 PM PDT · by Salvation · 16 replies · 523+ views ^ | 08-24-05 | CVA
    RELATED NEWS: “God has given us the perfect Pope,” says Spanish archbishop Argentine bishop: “Benedict XVI’s challenges attract and captivate young people” Archbishop of Havana: WYD unlike any other youth event Pope and youth stop to adore Christ in the Blessed Sacrament Pope recalls WYD, prays event may inspire more vocations Cologne, Aug. 24, 2005 (CNA) - Pope Benedict XVI recalled today the gathering of hundreds of thousands of young people from around the world in Cologne, Germany, for World Youth Day last week. “Young people from all cultures of the world gathered as pilgrims seeking Jesus Christ, whom...
  • "May Christ be everything for you," Pope tells seminarians

    08/19/2005 9:19:15 PM PDT · by Salvation · 14 replies · 406+ views ^ | 08-19-05 | Catholic News Agency
    "May Christ be everything for you," Pope tells seminarians Cologne, Aug. 19, 2005 (CNA) - In a special meeting today with more than 500 seminarians at World Youth Day in Cologne, Germany, Pope Benedict XVI said the seminary years are a time of preparing for mission and a “springtime” in the life of a follower of Christ.Pope Benedict wished to celebrate the vespers of this Friday, talking to the seminarians, addressing the mystery of vocations in the church, and giving them a special message on their mission. Amid a colorful and joyful audience, and after listening to various testimonies, the...
  • Benedict XVI's Visit with the Seminarians - Church of St Pantaleon - Full Text of his Speech

    08/19/2005 11:42:47 AM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies · 529+ views
    World Youth Day ^ | August 19, 2005
    Dear Seminarians,  I greet all of you with great affection and gratitude for your festive welcome and particularly for the fact that you have come to this gathering from so many countries the world over.  In a special way my heartfelt thanks go to the seminarian, the priest and the Bishop who have given us their own personal witness.  I am very pleased to have this opportunity to be with you.  I had asked that the programme of these days in Cologne should include a special meeting with young seminarians, so that the vocational dimension which is always a part...
  • U.S. seminarians welcome Pope Benedict XVI

    04/23/2005 1:59:36 AM PDT · by Aristotle721 · 26 replies · 708+ views
    Centre Daily Times (State College, PA) ^ | 04/23/2005 | Patricia Montemurri
    ROME -- Future American parish priests studying in Rome are cheering the choice of a pontiff forged in the image of the only pope they've ever known. Yet, when the seven American cardinals who run dioceses were asked Wednesday how Pope Benedict XVI will help them recruit new candidates for the priesthood and keep them from closing parishes, there weren't many concrete answers.
  • Make Sure Seminarians Can Live in Celibacy, Says Pope

    02/02/2005 6:58:04 AM PST · by Salvation · 179 replies · 2,372+ views ^ | 02-01-05 |
    Code: ZE05020104Date: 2005-02-01Make Sure Seminarians Can Live in Celibacy, Says PopeSuggests That Specialists Be Used to Verify ThisVATICAN CITY, FEB. 1, 2005 ( John Paul II says the emotional maturity of candidates for the priesthood, and their ability to live in celibacy, must be verified from the moment they enter the seminary. The Pope made this proposal in the message he sent today to Cardinal Zenon Grocholewski, prefect of the Congregation for Catholic Education, on the occasion of the Vatican dicastery's plenary session in Rome. "Already from the moment of the admission of young men to the seminary, their ability...
  • 556 Reasons for Hope [Seminarians Support Celibacy]

    09/10/2004 7:24:07 PM PDT · by Salvation · 15 replies · 712+ views
    Email from Crisis Magazine ^ | 09-10-04 | Deal Hudson
    556 Reasons For Hope CRISIS Magazine - e-Letter September 10, 2004 ********************************************** Dear Friend, You're going to like this. For a while now, it seemed like news about the priesthood was becoming increasingly dim. On the one hand was the problem of abusive priests; on the other, the problem of good priests being overworked and weighed down by the general condemnation of the media. And then, last August, another blow. A group of 163 priests in the diocese of Milwaukee signed a petition that they sent to Bishop Wilton Gregory, the president of the USCCB, urging him and the rest...
  • Are Indian seminaries still Catholic?

    09/01/2004 12:41:06 AM PDT · by AskStPhilomena · 15 replies · 443+ views
    The following three testimonies were written by three of four seminarians who left the Bombay Major seminary in early 2002 to join the Society of St Pius X. The four seminarians had done respectively 8, 7, 6 and 5 years of study in this their diocesan seminary. They joined the Society’s Australian seminary in 2003, and have now begun their 2nd year. As one of them said after being told that they would have to start their studies all over if they joined the SSPX seminary, “we have been taught error for so many years, we don’t mind learning the...
  • Prosecutors reopen suicide file as St. Poelten scandal thickens

    07/30/2004 10:39:31 PM PDT · by AskStPhilomena · 261+ views
    Die Presse ^ | 28th July 2004
    St. Poelten. Public prosecutors have reopened investigations into the mysterious death of a trainee priest from the seminary in St. Poelten at the heart of a recent child porn scandal. The body of 53-year-old Ewald S. was recovered from the Old Danube lake in Vienna in October 2003. The dead man was a former student from the seminary in St. Poelten but at the time police excluded possible foul play and closed the file as a suicide case. The head of the seminary at the time Ulrich Kuechl spoke of an “accident.” The case was reopened in February as a...
  • A visit to Econe

    06/23/2004 4:45:59 AM PDT · by ultima ratio · 58 replies · 215+ views
    sspx asia ^ | June 20, 1979 | Michael Davies
    A Visit to Ecône After the Credo Holy Year Pilgrimage I returned to Ecône with the seminarians, travelling on the all-night train from Rome and arriving on the morning of Tuesday, 27 May. The account which follows is my personal impression of Ecône. It will, I hope, convey however inadequately something of the spirit of the Seminary. The train in which we were travelling continued on to France with large numbers of French pilgrims on board. Tuesday, 27 May. The train stops at about 10:00 a. m. The whole platform is soon full of seminarians in their long black soutanes....
  • 2 Seminarians Reported Killed in Rebel Attack

    05/05/2003 7:02:29 PM PDT · by miltonim · 3 replies · 260+ views
    ZENIT News Services ^ | MAY 5, 2003
    2 Seminarians Reported Killed in Rebel Attack MANILA, Philippines.- A seminary rector in the southern Philippines reported that two seminarians were among some 25 people killed, when suspected Muslim rebels attacked a remote coastal town. Father Gregorio Canonigo, rector of Cor Jesu Seminary in Dipolog City, told UCA News that two seminarians were killed Sunday in the pre-dawn attack on Siocon, 60 kilometers (37 miles) further south. Marino Acedo and Rhuby Mar Buagas had been assigned to Holy Cross Parish in Siocon, as part of the summer pastoral program. Military reports said some 70 Moro Islamic Liberation Front guerrillas staged...