The Philippines District-in-formation (DF) was formally erected in May 2001. The number of Philipino members of the Society was judged sufficient to be able to function as an independent unit of the Society, though still needing financial support, especially for its missionaries working in Ghana and Tanzania.
The SMA presence in the Philippines began in 1985. Two Irish SMA priests – Frs John McCormack SMA and Pat Kelly SMA arrived to work in a parish and seek young men who wanted to dedicate their lives to the service of Africa as SMA priests.
The Philippines, with the largest Catholic population in Asia, was chosen as the place to develop an Asian branch of the Society and could be a good source of priestly vocations.
At the same time the SMA was also considering “returning to its roots” in south India.
The Society has two Formation houses in the Philippines and has also responsibility for a parish in Las Pinas City, Metro Manila.
There are three priests assigned to the parish:
SMA Administration centre, Cubao
Fr Alan de Guzman SMA (DF Superior)
House of Studies
The House is the Formation House and also the Vocations Department. As of December 2012 we have four students there – two studying Theology and two undertaking studies in Philosophy.
The formation staff:
International Spiritual Year (ISY)
There are two priests on the formation staff:
Fr Joseph Tile Nomhwange (from Nigeria, a member of the Bight of Benin DF).
Republic of the Philippines
Area: 298,100 sq. km.
SMA involvement in the Philippines
The DF Bursar is Fr Alan Canoneo SMA
Contact Fr de Guzman at:
Tel: +63 2 5845162
– Fr Roy Marana is on the Formation House staff at Sowutuom in Ghana.
– Fathers Raulyn dela Pena Estalane and Julieto de Casapao are in pastoral work in Tanzania.