Meeting with Carlos Palad and Mark Bunag at the Manila Observatory: A discussion on the Traditional Latin Mass at the Ateneo de Manila University

(Monk’s Hobbit Update:  Mark Bunag  is not anymore in communion with the Catholic Church. 18 May 2011)

Carlos Palad and Mark Bunag visited me today at 5:00 p.m. at the Manila Observatory.  I accompanied them to my laboratory at the Ionosphere Research Building.  And there we talked.  It was an informal meeting.  We have no formal agenda.  We discussed the status of the TLM at the Ateneo.  We are still looking for a chapel.

One choice is the Manila Observatory chapel.  The Manila Observatory’s Director, Ma’m Toni Loyzaga, told me that she has mentioned the possible use of the chapel for TLM to the Father Provincial during the MO Board of Trustees meeting last Friday.  She asked me to write her a formal letter of request and she will forward the letter to the Father Provincial.  This is because there is no more Jesuit Rector at the Observatory after the community there was dissolved.

The other choice is the Oratory of St. Ignatius at the Loyola House of studies.  Unlike the Manila Observatory chapel which can accommodate only 30 to 50 persons, the Oratory can accommodate 500 persons.  But I think this is not impossible to fill in a single TLM mass if we are allowed to hold mass there.  There are 34 members in the Ateneo Latin Mass Society.  If each member brings two friends, we can already have a hundred.  I already talked to several faculty and students and they are interested to join the TLM once it is offered.  I still haven’t tapped the Ateneo Alumni network.  I heard that in one alumni homecoming (was in 2007), the old alumni requested Traditional Latin Mass and a Jesuit priest said a mass for them.

The college chapel cannot be used because its modern design cannot accommodate a Traditional Latin Mass.  For one, there is no space before the altar for the priest and the Blessed Sacrament is bored on the left altar wall.

Mark and Carlos will join Fr. Tim for mass at his private chapel at the Loyola House of Studies on Feb 16 at 6 a.m.  They invited me to join them, so that I can meet the other seminarians who are interested in the TLM.  We also need to talk with Fr. Tim how we can request the regular use of the Oratory of St. Ignatius for the TLM.

Before they left, I toured Mark and Carlos at the Observatory’s chapel.  They saw that the chapel was designed for the TLM.  There are still chasubles in good condition.  They are excited to have the mass at the Observatory’s chapel.

We are moving heaven and earth just to have the Traditional Latin Mass in the Observatory and in the Ateneo.  But at least, as Ma’m Toni told me, “things are moving.”

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About Quirino M. Sugon Jr
Theoretical Physicist in Manila Observatory

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