Philippines

Steve’s “Open Letter to the Filipino People”

February 3, 2010

This letter has been in all the Philippine papers year after year and has gone around the world about five times. But since I am in Dubai which has tens of thousands of Catholics, I want to bring it to the surface again on my blog. I spoke tonight at St. Mary’s (more later) with [...]

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I’m not like some bishops…

October 28, 2009

… in that if I find out a priest or friend has caused scandal in the Church, I am not going to sweep it under the rug or act as though it didn’t happen. I say this because I just found out that a friend of ours who has stayed at our home has a [...]

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Help Devastated Catholics in the Philippines

September 28, 2009

As you may have heard, the Philippines has been devastated by a massive and powerful typhoon. Many lives have been lost as well as homes, businesses, etc. If anyone would like to donate much-needed funds that will get directly to people who have been hurt, the folks at the Defensores Fidei Foundation (these are the [...]

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Dave Burchette’s Conversion Story

April 25, 2009

Just a short one page story but nice to read. A Southern Baptist Airforce military man discovers the Church due to a friend and a good wife. You can read the story here. Since his wife was a faithful Filipino woman, you may also want to read my Open Letter to the Filipino People.

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Another Great Bunch of Folks

December 21, 2008

I miss being with this group of great folks. I recognize so many faces and wish I were there to share in their joy and the excitement of defending the faith. These are my friends in the Philippines. You can see their blog and lots of pictures here. There were over seventy in the class [...]

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Help Apologetics Where it’s REALLY Needed?

November 14, 2008

Help my friends in the Philippines! Janet and I travel to the Philippines every couple years to help the Filipinos learn how to defend themselves from all the sects, cults, and denominations swarming their shores. It is really sad. The picture to the right shows me teaching at one of the large filled auditoriums. The [...]

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CSS Pilgrimage Day 3

November 17, 2007

Video of Day Three has been moved to my Pilgrimage site — Click here Today was another wonderful day! The weather was beautiful and the pilgrims were marvelous,eager, prompt, and lots of fun. 1) 8:00 AM: Leave for Mount of Beatitudes.2) Mass, talk and time to pray where Jesus taught the Sermon on the Mount.3) [...]

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Death of a Sister

June 19, 2007

Janet and I have done apologetics work in the Philippines on four separate trips. We always visit the beautiful city of Davao on the island of Mindanao. One of our sponsors there is also a dear friend named Lafayette Lim, or Yeti for short. His family is beautiful — not only his wife and children, [...]

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Found A Heart of Gold

November 6, 2006

We met him three years ago and liked him from the start. He worked in the Aurelia Residence where we stay in Rome. He was a typical Filipino — friendly, courteous, and Catholic. We got to know him over the months along with the other wonderful folks that work there including Diana, Paula, and Genaro. [...]

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If you live in the Philippines . . .

September 22, 2006

. . . and you want to learn the Catholic Faith and how to defend it, click here.

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My Cardinal Friend in Manila

April 7, 2006

Philippines Has Special Role, Says Benedict XVI For Task of Evangelization in the East [Edited a bit for length by Steve Ray] MANILA, Philippines, APRIL 6, 2006 (Zenit.org).- In the context of the March 24 consistory, Benedict XVI stressed the role of the Philippines in the evangelization of the East. This was a "personal message" [...]

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Muslims in the News

February 6, 2006

Two items caught my interest this week. The first item struck my interest because it took place on the island of Mindanao in the Philippines where we were just giving talks a week ago. My friend the archbishop there has been working on dialog with the Muslims. I am dismayed when this is the way [...]

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New Pictures and List of Talks

February 2, 2006

For updated photos of our Philippines trip, click here and scroll to the bottom. I sure wish the home page would hold more than 10 pictures :-) . For my updated list of Talks & Presentations, click here. ******************** Picture of Chinese dinner in Manila with Rommie & Melanie Chan and their three daughters along with [...]

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Finally Home and Dealing with Jetlag

February 2, 2006

After 20 days, 30 talks and 14 flights and sweating in the heat and humidity (usually about 89 degrees with 90% humidity) we are back home from Guam and the Philippines and settling in to “normal American life” again. Thanks to all those who prayed for us and showed interest in our 4th Missionary Journey [...]

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High Schools and Seminaries

January 28, 2006

Trying to catch up again! Geez, days rush by—talks and gatherings all day and evening and then we crash into bed until the alarm rings and we start all over again. It is not always easy to find internet connections and when I find one I jump for joy. To make up for lost time, [...]

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Can They Ever Sing!

January 24, 2006

Everywhere we go in the Philippines the young people really sing. They are beautiful and sing like angels. I just spoke at small parish church on the island of Boracay. There were about 150 people, most of them young. What fun I had sharing with them. Then the lights went out — a brown out! [...]

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