Tuesday, May 27, 2014


The Catholic Church on Guam is passing through a very exciting moment. His Excellency, Arch- bishop Anthony Sablan Apuron, OFM Cap., D.D. announced this week that he has decided to erect a diocesan seminary for Guam. The new seminary will be called the “Saint John Paul II Archdiocesan Seminary.”
Well, it appears the "exciting moment" has quickly passed. In all the hoopla about the recent gala, the only beneficiary mentioned is "the seminary". Wait. I thought we had two seminaries? So either the other seminary doesn't need money or there really is only one seminary. 
Notice "the seminary" in a recent promotional article in the U Matuna:
The Redemptoris Mater Archdiocesan Mission Seminary will hold its 12th Annual Seminary Gala Dinner 6 p.m. Sunday, May 25 at the Hyatt Regency Guam. 
The Seminary will join Archbishop Anthony Sablan Apuron OFM Cap, D.D. in honoring Mr. and Mrs. Eduardo G. and Irene W. Camacho for their Christian witnessing and exemplary generous service they have and continue to render to the Church and to society. 
This Gala Dinner is the only fundraising event for the Seminary — an opportunity for businesses and individuals to show their support for this essential institution in the island. [Obviously the other one isn't "essential".] Thirteen seminarians, who received formation at the Redemptoris Mater Seminary, have already been ordained for the Archdiocese of Agana; three more will be ordained later this year. Currently there are 40 seminarians being trained, a good number are locals, [Does that include Junee Valencia?] and others come from different parts of the world, who will remain here for the service of our island and the universal Church. 
The Seminary lives solely on Divine providence and does not have a stable source of income, therefore the generosity of the people of God is its lifeblood. [So does that mean St. John Paul II Seminary has a stable source of income since no fundraising is needed?] 
You could help the Seminary by becoming a sponsor, by placing an advertisement in the commemorative booklet and/or simply by buying tickets for the Gala Dinner ($175 per person or $1,575 a table of 10). For more information, please contact Fr. Julio César Sánchez at 988- 4655, or Sue Jayasuriya at 789-2400 or 787-5583. [Yes, the folks at RMS.]
So 4 months later, after all the EXCITEMENT about the new seminary, there is only "The Seminary", just like there is only - at least in this diocese - "The Way"

Most of us knew the "erection" of a new diocesan seminary was just a ruse, made necessary after we exposed the true mission of Kiko's Yona presbyter factory (RMS) - which we are continually asked to finance. But the folks at the chancery might want to be a little more discreet about that ruse...at least in their own paper!

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