Stephen K. Ray (honorary DFF member): of the Catholic Faith

Fr. Abraham Arganiosa

http://thesplendorofthechurch.blogspot.comThe Splendor of the Church

Marwil N. Llasos: Kinight of Mary (main blog on Catholic apologetics) Marwil N. Llasos (old blog on Catholic apologetics but with some

newer entries) Ordo Saecularis Franciscanus Mariae Refugium Peccatorum Praesidium San Ramon Nonato Shrine

Carlos Antonio Palad:

http://rorate-caeli.blogspot.comRorate Caeli (contributor) The Catholic Position on the RH Bill

Manny Amador:

http://mamador.wordpress.comPHNix Network Advocate (much on pro-life matters)

Shirley Monreal blogs: Ex Fide in Fidem Vobiscum (on the Traditional Latin Mass)

Rudolf Camaclang With Mary by my Side

BLOGS & WEBSITES OF FRIENDS OF DEFENSORES FIDEI: website, the online resource for a Catholic Filipino Tumbukin Natin, Cenon Bibe (a rich resource for Tagalog


http://marcusapollo.wordpress.comScriptorium (general topics but strong on Catholic topics) by

“Marcus Apollo” Pro Deo et Patria by Gerald Cenir Random Thoughts and Musings on the Narrow Road,

by Willy Jose Sanctis

CATHOLIC FAITH DEFENDER WEBSITES of Ozamiz City, Freedom Park of Cebu Chapter CFD of Davao, Cagayan De Oro, M.U. Chapter



Defensores Fidei Foundation’s resource speaker CARLOS PALAD will be a speaking tomorrow, June 14, 2009, 8:30 – 10:00 PM, on DZMM 630 KHz as a guest speaker on Salitang Buhay. The topic will be the Holy Eucharist, in time for the celebration of the Feast of Corpus Christi last Thursday.

I invite all of you to listen together with your family and friends. Please invite as many as you can. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the HOLY EUCHARIST. Enjoy!

Fr. Reuter’s last article

                           Hoping we will be one, forever
AT 3 A.M. By James B. Reuter Updated May 16, 2009 12:00 AM


I am in Our Lady of Peace Hospital, on the Coastal Road, and it is really 3:00 a.m. The planes coming and going from the airport are roaring over my head.

Everything is peaceful and quiet. Even the roaring planes add to the feeling of peace and quiet.

I am ten days away from my 93rd birthday. God has been kinder to me than I deserve, giving me such a rich life, in such a beautiful country, among such gentle people. He has blessed me with so many kind, affectionate, generous, loving friends.

I found that the best time for me to write was at 3:00 a.m. My mind is clearer, my heart is warmer, and I am overwhelmed with the goodness of the people God sends to me.

In this column I have always tried to be positive – presenting the goodness of people, and the wisdom of God’s Providence as I saw it.

I have tried to give. . . . . To give the only thing I have to give. . . . Myself. I have tried to share my thoughts, my feelings, the wonderful holiness that I see in the simple, gentle people that God sends to me.

As soon as I came to the Philippines I realized that the Filipinos were the loveliest people in the world. It was a gift of God, a special blessing, that He sent me here.

I have been thanked for giving my life to the Philippines. . . . . But whenever you give, you always get back more than you have given.

Thank you

• for your gift of friendship through these many long years

• for reading “At 3:00 A.M.” from the time I started writing my column

• for your reactions through letters and phone calls when you liked or did not like what I wrote

• for sharing your stories which inspired me to write them so that they could inspire others

• for your love and concern

• for your prayers which comfort me and which I need.

I have tried to be a priest. A priest is a bridge. . . . a bridge between God and man. . . . . . A channel of God’s love, peace and joy.

What I have found in the Philippines is union. . . . . union of hearts and minds. . . . It is marked by sharing. . . . . The simple, gentle Filipino is willing to share all he has, with everyone.

That is holiness. . . . . That is sanctity. . . . . . That is being like God.

In heaven we will all be one – united in heart and soul. . . . . Loving each other.

In this column written at 3:00 a.m. that was my only message. . . . give. . . . give yourself. . . . . love.

And when I presented this, I discovered what it meant, myself.

Being strong, sometimes, means being able to let go. I know that now is the time to “let go”. I have been up at 3:00 a.m. to write my column for many, many years. It is now time for me to stay in bed until the sun comes up and the birds start to sing.

This is not goodbye. Wherever I am, whatever I do, you are always in my heart and in my prayers. All of you.

God bless!

The song is ended. . . . but the melody lingers on. . . . and on. . . and on.

I love those who have read this column. . . .And I hope that they love me.

* * *

For those who are interested, here is my prayer that I would like to share with you.

Lord God,

Look down upon us, this day, this hour.

Regardless of what has gone before,

or what will come after,

give us the grace to consecrate this time entirely to You —

all the actions of our body and soul.

May all the thoughts that come to us

be true.

May all the things to which our hearts go out

be beautiful, with the beauty of God.

May all the things we want be good.

Give us the light to see Your Will,

the grace to love it

and the courage and strength

to do it.

We ask you this through Christ Our Lord.


On Hindsight: 4th Basic Apologetics Seminar of Defensores Fidei Foundation

The foremost Catholic apologetics group in the country, Defensores Fidei Foundation, launched in 2006 its Basic Apologetics Seminar. The seminar aims to equip participants (called “seminarians”) with the basic tools to defend their holy Catholic Faith. The seminar is a complete course on basic Catholic apologetics. The topic includes the Church and Magisterium, Bible and Tradition, Sacraments, Christology, Mariology, among others.

The 1st and 2nd seminar were held at the 2nd Floor of Red Ribbon Building in Connecticut Street, Greenhills, San Juan. Last year, the 3rd seminar was held at the St. Ignatius Chapel of Mary the Queen Parish, San Juan.

The first-ever seminar was like a guinea pig project. Although the DFF had some lecture series in the past, however, it had no prior experience of sponsoring a complete apologetics course that would span four months of intensive training. Thus, everything was trial and error. By God’s grace, there were few misses and more hits. The hits include the souls of the participants.

We learned much from our experience. We fine-tuned the curriculum and prepared lecture materials to be used for future seminars. We identified the strengths and weaknesses of the speakers. We pushed for specialization in various fields of apologetics. Hence, home-grown talents were honed. The 1st seminar was made memorable by the presence of two of the most popular American apologists – Steve Ray and Tim Staples. Steve Ray was a Baptist preacher while Time Staples was a minister of the Assemblies of God. These big names in the American apologetics scene answered questions and shared some tips on how to respond to questions from Protestants. Steve Ray, the authto of Crossing the Tiber, Upon this Rock and the Footprints of God series is very close to the heart of DFF. He is a member of Defensores Fidei honoris causa. He came to the Philippines thrice already and his speaking tours all over the country were big hits. I was with him in January 2005 as guest speakers during the 1st Evangelization weekend in Davao.

The 2nd seminar was more successful than the first. We had such illustrious speakers as Msgr. Gerry Tapiador (Sacred Scripture), Fr. Carlos Estrada (Christology), Fr. Abe Arganiosa (Sacraments) Msgr. Chito Amante (Papacy) and Archbishop Pedro Dian (Moral Issues). The harvest for the 2nd seminar was plenty. From its alumni, God raised new active defenders of the Faith. They are, among others, Kristoffer Lumingkit (Kit), Shirley Monreal, Claire Navarro, Malou Dominguiano, Mariz Florentino and PV Beley. These budding apologists are relatively young (except perhaps for Mariz and PV who are admittedly younger). The alumni of this batch have been very much involved in the activities of the DFF. Foremost of them is PV who is this year’s prime mover for the Apologetics Convention.

The 3rd seminar followed the curriculum of the past seminars, except that we offered a new topic on non-Catholic sects and their common objections to the Catholic Faith. This seminar was held exclusively at Mary the Queen Parish. It culminated in an ad orientem Novus Ordo Latin Mass celebrated by our very own Fr. Abe Arganiosa. The great additions to the Church’s army of faithful defenders from the 3rd batch include Mon Suncoya and Rudolf Camaclang.

The 4th seminar was like the Diaspora of the Jews. Participants were like wandering Jews in a sense that the venue changed frequently – from St. Ignatius Chapel to the Vatican Room of Mary the Queen Parish, to LAYFORCE in San Carlos Seminary in Guadalupe and back to Mary the Queen, and then to Our Lady of Guadalupe Minor Seminary in Makati until finally in San Juan Bautista Parish in Pinaglabanan, San Juan. Even in San Juan, we have had two venues!

Despite the rollercoaster ride, our participants never decreased in number. In fact, every Saturday broke the record in attendance of the last Saturday. We posted a record high of nearly 100 participants. If you want proof that this is the work of the Holy Spirit, this is it!

Indeed, it is humbling to see the enthusiasm and faith of our participants. We can only praise the Lord for this bountiful harvest of souls. What accounts for the increase of participants, I believe, are the following factors: (1) this is the first time that the seminar is offered free of charge, (2) it was widely publicized especially in Mr. Cenon Bibe’s Tumbukin Natin (Tumbok newspaper), and (3) it was the 4th time that we offered the course. More importantly, I believe that God’s grace supplied whatever is lacking in our admittedly limited human means. I also attribute the success of the seminar to the motherly intercession of Mama Mary. The glorious outcome of this annual event shattered our modest expectations! Siksik, liglig at umaapaw.

This year’s participants were a delightful combination of different kinds of people from all walks of life. We have people from type A and B class who came from exclusive neighborhoods. Most of all, we had the masa courtesy of Cenon Bibe’s Tumbok. This points to the Catholicity of the Church!

The recently-concluded seminar was our first seminar where the Pilgrim Image of Our Lady of Fatima presided every session and accompanied us wherever we went. I led the opening prayer on September 6 for the first session (I was the speaker on Introduction to Apologetics). I recall that I consecrated the seminar to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. I renewed this consecration on October 25 when I led the closing prayer for that day (I gave the talk on Mariology at Mary’s turf – Our Lady of Guadalupe Minor Seminary). I am certain that the Blessed Mother accepted our consecration to her. She obtained from our dear Lord the success of the 4th Basic Apologetics Seminar.

The recently-concluded seminar had so many firsts. We offered a session on Introduction to Apologetics during the commencement of the seminar. It ended with an Apologetics Convention which launched the national umbrella of all Filipino Catholic apologists – the Academy of Catholic Apologists of the Philippines. We had such illustrious guests as the phenomenal Mayor Soc Fernandez, the Philippines’ best Catholic debater. The highlight was of course a Pontifical Mass presided by Bishop Angel Hobayan, Bishop Emeritus of Catarman, Samar.

I hope and pray that the seminar has not only made good Catholics better Catholics – but saints in the process of becoming.

Laus tibi Domini.

Bro. Marwil Llasos


Pontifical Mass Celebration

Pontifical Mass

Pontifical Mass

On December 13, 2008, the Defensores Fidei Foundation (DFF) marked the graduation of the students of its 4th Annual Apologetics Seminar with a Pontifical Mass offered by Msgr. Angel Hobayan D.D., the Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese of Catarman. DFF Associate Fr. Abraham Arganiosa concelebrated while one of the DFF’s spiritual directors, Fr. Carlos Estrada, served as MC or Master of Ceremonies. Gregorian chant was sung during the Mass by a small schola, who sang from the “Graduale Romanum” of 1974, the Vatican-approved official book for Gregorian chant. Communion was received kneeling, and only on the tongue.

The Pontifical Mass was celebrated in Latin, with the celebrants facing the altar and the crucifix on the apse wall of the church. In liturgical language, this is called “ad orientem” or “facing the east”, which in many churches also entails celebrating Mass facing the tabernacle. In practice, since it is not always possible for churches to be oriented eastward, the altar and the apse wall of the church (preferably with tabernacle located there) normally function as “symbolic” or “liturgical East”. This was the second time that the DFF Apologetics Seminar graduation Mass was celebrated in Latin and “ad orientem”: the first time had been in December last year, when Mass was offered by Fr. Abraham Arganiosa in the St. Ignatius Chapel of Mary the Queen Parish in San Juan, Metro Manila.

Pontifical Mass

Pontifical Mass

In choosing to have its annual graduation Mass in Latin and facing the east, the Defensores Fidei Foundation was by no means rejecting the normal way of celebrating the Mass: in the language of the people, and with the priest facing the congregation. This normal way of offering Mass is without doubt fully Catholic, approved by Rome and loved by the faithful. Most members of DFF routinely attend Mass in the vernacular, with priests facing the people.

The motive behind this singular celebration was entirely positive. Since the Apologetics Seminar had exposed many of the participants to the great variety of the riches of the Catholic faith, it seemed good to the organizers to also expose them to a rarely-encountered form of the Holy Mass. So that the participants would not be “lost” during Mass, they were provided with Latin-English missalettes. In this way the people could actively participate. Most importantly, the Mass was marked by prayerful reverence and silence.

Carlos Antonio Palad

2008 Apologetics Convention & Pontifical Latin Novus Ordo Mass


Registration booth



Shirley, Melissa, Malou, Fr. Abe and Ma'm Nancy

Shirley, Melissa, Malou, Fr. Abe and Ma'm Nancy

John Emperador

John Emperador of Catholic Shield - Baguio

Ryan Mejilano

Ryan Mejillano of Catholic Faith Defenders - Davao

Gerry Valenzuela of St. Peter's Mens Society

Gerry Valenzuela of St. Peter's Men's Society - Quiapo, Manila

Mon, Fr. Abe, Bobby, Sir Henry, Claire and Shirley

Mon, Fr. Abe, Bobby, Sir Henry, Claire and Shirley

Claire, Chief & Shirley

Claire, Ed de Vera ("Chief ") & Shirley

Fr. Abe and Fr. Cayo

Fr. Abe and Fr. Cayo

Rudolf and Kit
Bro. Mars

Bro. Mars




Cenon Bibe

Mon, Chief & Sir Henry

Mon, Chief & Sir Henry

Sir Henry, Fr. Cayo, Bro. Dicky, His Excellency Most Reverend Bishop Hobayan and Fr. Abe

Sir Henry, Fr. Cayo, Bro. Dicky, His Excellency Most Reverend Bishop Hobayan and Fr. Abe

Mayor Soc Fernandez

Mayor Soc Fernandez

Most Reverend Bishop Hobayan with Mayor Soc

Most Reverend Bishop Hobayan with Mayor Soc

Pontifical Latin Novus Ordo Mass at San Juan Bautista Parish

Pinaglabanan, San Juan City

Miguel as the Crucifer with Ryan and Glenn as Acolytes

Crucifer: Miguel, Acolytes: Ryan and Glenn

Most Reverend Bishop Hobayan

Assistant Master of Ceremony: Carlos Palad, Master of Ceremonies: Fr. Carlos Estrada, Concelebrant: Fr. Abraham Arganiosa, Main Celebrant: Most Reverend Bishop Hobayan

'I will go in to the altar of God'





Shirley, and Raffy

Cantor: Felix, Cantora: Shirley, and Raffy

Bro. Mars

Lector: Bro. Mars

Fr. Abe reads the gospel

Fr. Abe reading the gospel

His Excellency Most Rev. Angel T. Hobayan, D.D.  Bishop of Catarman

His Excellency Most Rev. Angel T. Hobayan, D.D. Bishop of Catarman

Gerald Cenir

Thurifer: Gerald Cenir




Holy Communion

Holy Communion



2008 Graduates of the Apologetics Course offered by DFF

2008 Graduates of the Apologetics Course offered by DFF

DFF Members

DFF Members

DFF Members

DFF Members

9th Apologetics Talk: The Blessed Trinity and Christology

Speaker, Fr.Carlos Estrada

Fr.Carlos Estrada, speaker on the Blessed Trinity and Christology


A very attentive audience

Fr.Estrada discussing the Trinitarian faith

Fr.Estrada discussing the Trinitarian faith based from Sacred Scriptures and Sacred Tradition emphasizing what the Early Fathers have taught

Father and Child, learning apologetics

father and young kid, learning apologetics together =) Aww....

a young kid reading the handouts

the young kid reading the handouts on Christology (little Bro.Mars in the making?)

DFF's selling booth

What's on DFF's selling booth: Crossing the Tiber by Stephen Ray, Know the Truth Magazine and some cassette tapes on Conversion Story of Kimberly Hahn

Fr.Estrada stressing a point

Fr.Estrada stressing on the Divinity of Our Lord

Audience jotting down in their notes

Audience are intently listening and copiously jotting down their notes

Sir Tom, Sir Henry, Bro.Mars, Raffy and Rudolf

By the aisle: Sir Tom and Sir Henry looks on while Bro.Mars, Raffy and Rudolf are discussing among themselves

A smiling Father

A smiling Father with his good humor =)

Sir Henry, Fr.Carlos and Bro. Mars

Q&A portion: Sir Henry, Fr.Carlos and Bro. Mars

Fr.Estrada answering a question

Q&A: Fr.Estrada answering an oft-posed question

PV enunciating the questions of the audience

PV enunciating the questions of the audience

Bro. Mars joins in providing the "street corner apologetics" perspective

Bro. Mars joins in for the street corner apologetics perspective


Fr.Estrada answering questions

attentive audience

Again, attentive audience

Bro. Mars and his funny sensible retorts

Bro. Mars with his funny but sensible retorts while Fr.Estrada chuckles on