From Bayog to Antique
In January 1999 PIME leaves the parish of Siay, in the Prelature of Ipil. In the written letter the Bishop emphasized the importance of that parish in favor of the local clergy. PIME has been there since 1982. After some month, May 1999, the Prelatutr asked the PIME if the Institute could take cure of the parish of Bayog, because a situation of crisis between local clergy and some persons in the zone. During Regional Assembly 2000 PIME agreed in going to Bayug determined from the fact that, beyond to the normal job pastorale more was wanted to be rendered more consistend the present of our group in Zamboanga of the Sur/Sibugay due mostly to the distance beteween LakeWood and Sampoli. Bayug was right in the middle.
So in june 2000 father Giancarlo Bossi entered in parish and begun the job of healing the wounds which previously afflicted that parish. The task then continued with the arrival of the parish priest p. Bruno Vanin (November 2000). Since the parochial house and the annexed facilities were very old, the two started the construction of the new parochial house.Then followed the construction of the Formation Center with part of the money coming from the parochial community and the Prelature.
After the lidnapping and release of father Benedetti (september – November 1998), father Mapelli (companion of father Benedetti) took residence in the Regional House in Zamboanga but offered to take care, part time, Sibuco and Malayal, mainly in occasion of the festivities and weekends. Meantime the diocese of Dipolog was engaged in searching of some diocesan cleargy willing to workw in the south of the diocese, Baliguian,Siocon ed Sibuco, as a team. After some encounter PIME then decided to return the missionary zone of Sibuco/Malayal to the diocese of Dipolog and in the Regional Assembly of 2001 was decided to move Mapelli to Arakan Valley.
In the October 2004 it was come to know that the parish priest of Labangan, father Vincenzo Bruno, was under the threat of kidnapped from a non identified group of persons. After having spoken to the bishop and considering the situation, PIME decided to withdraw from the diocese of Pagadian, inasmuch as also that the other PIME father Joseph Bui decided not to re-enter in the Philippines. The decision was formalized during the Regional Assembly of 2005.
Meanwhile father Steve Baumbusch was asked to move from Columbio to the parish in Paranaque in Manila. Not having PIME ready personal the diocese of Kidapawan took cace of that parish. In the 2006 Ragional Assembly PIME decided not to engage itself in Columbio for the time being leaving but opened the option of other possibilities’ of engagement in the diocese of Kidapawan in the event there were other PIMEs disposed to work there.
Going back some years in 2001 PIME started a presence in Sinunuc (Zamboanga City) this after a reflection concluded the Regional Assembly of January. With the opening of a workplace in Zamboanga City (Sinunuc) we agreed to have the possibility to work in an urban area of Mindanao while Paranaque in MetroManila was the other point of reference for urban missions. Providentially the land acquired for the new parish was contiguos to the PIMEs land of Euntes. This was seen as a future possibility of confluence of three things (maintaining autonomy): the parish in Sinunuc, the Euntes Center and, inside the Euntes land, the Regional House which (as to now) still located in downtown Suterville, Zamboanga City.
Father Nevio Vigano begun the job in Sinunuc saying mass in the old chapel while following the construction of the new chiuch and parish center. For two years PIME and priests in Euntes helped the quasi-parish in the pastoral work and in september 2006 father Vigano entered in the new parochial in a land donated by PIME-Euntes. From there i started to follow the contruction of the new parish church finaced by Propaganda Fide, friends of father Vigano, and in minimal part from the parochial community of Sinunuc, which became, formally a parish in 2008.
In 2004 PIME Philippines opened a new place in Antique, Panay. This after a communitarian reflection regarding the possibility to have a engagement and a presence in the the center of the Philippines. The occasion was given from the visit in Antique of a group of PIME seminarians. These after the rector of the time, father Fossati, and the local Bishop Mons Romulo de la Cruz, discussed the possibility to have a small group of confreres working in the diocese. Bishop asked a specific work among the local Indigenous People (Ati-Iraynong Bukidnon), and to be engaged in the ordinary pastoral work in a parish.
The PIME community believed that the engagement of Antique was worthy and assigned ther fathers Milani and Benedetti). The first coming from USA and the second from Italy. Also was considered the fact that time was not still prudent a return in Mindanao. Father Milani then after a short time as parish priest in Sebaste was assigned definetivly for six years in the parish of San Pedro, San Jose de Buenavista, this also of his acquaintance of the Philippine culture, the ability to learn one new language and the facility to construct relations. He earned very soon the confidence an the local clergy. In 2009 after six years in San Pedro PIME was asked to run the much bigger parish of San Nicolas de Tolentino, in Tobias Fornier, and send there father Milani and the newly arrived PIME father Paulo Amorim from Brasil.
In and out
In these first years of the new millennium some confreres have left the Philippines for study: fathers Nicelli (Zamboanga), Carrara (LakeWood) and Mapelli (Arakan Valley). Nicelli still in Italy while Carrara re-entered in the Philippines in 2009 after his studies. Nicelli had also to go back to Italy for a situation of hostility created by some persons against him in Zamboanga City. Father Nicola Barbato, left the Philippines in 1998 after to have worked in Siay (1991 -1998), for a period of study, re-entered in the Philippines in March 2001 taking the post of parish priest in Paranaque. In 2004 he leaves the Philippines for Italy and for working in its diocese of origin, Aversa. Father Del Torchio, in 2000 asked to live outside PIME and its Diocese of Dipolog, working for some NGOs project in Cebu City. Father Licini, after years in Arakan Valley in July 2002 was recalled to Italy and re-assigned in Papua New Guinea (2004). Father Bui arrived in the Philippines in 2001, after the study of the local language was assigned to Labangan as assistant parish priest. In 2004 during his vacation in U.S. he asked to be re-assigned to PIME-USA. He has had difficulty times in the Philippines. Father DeMaria arrived in the Philippines some days before the Regional Assembly 2005 (January) and in september 2005 was already hard working in Arakan. However in March 2006 for health reasons he had to leave the place and was re-called in Italy. Father Biancat went back to Italy in 2002 because a terminal illness and eventually died in August 2005.Father Mariani in Dicember 2001 was asked to become the General Secretary of PIME and after 7 years he is back as the new director of Euntes Mission Center in Zamboanga City.Father Fossati after the term of its engagement in the PIME Theological Seminary of TagayTay, in 2003 leaves the Philippines for a new work in PIME-USA. His successor father Ticozzi in 2006 went go back to his former mission of HongKong. The post was then taken by father Marco Brioschi with the assistance of father Giandomenico Urbani from Tahiland. At present the new director of the Theologate is father Steven Baumbusch.