Filipino Catholic Chaplaincy Vienna, Austria

In the 1970s when there were not yet very many Filipinos in Vienna, it was the embassy officials who invited priests studying in Rome to come for the weekend to say mass for the small community that was forming. Fr. Michael Balaria (known to many as Fr. Mike) now a Monsignor in the diocese of Cabanatuan, was the one who was frequently invited. When he returned to the Philippines, Fr. Lorenzo Noronha, an Indian priest teaching at the university, assumed the responsibilities of chaplain between 1982 and 1984. The masses at the time were celebrated at the St. Ulrich Kirche on Burggasse. Although he is now retired, Fr. Noronha is still in Vienna.

It was in 1984 when the first official chaplain was appointed by the Archdiocese of Vienna for the Filipinos: Fr. Ruben Ramirez from the diocese of Imus, Cavite. The masses were transferred to the Jesuiten Kirche in the first district. Fr. Ruben stayed to serve the community until February 1986. Then, in late 1986 the Bishop of Puerto Princesa in Palawan Fr. Pedro Arigo came to Vienna to say the masses at the Jesuitenkirche for nearly two years.

Fr. Hermogenes Rafal came in 1988 to continue saying the masses at the Jesuitenkirche, before moving them to Am Tabor in the 2nd district. In those memorable days, enterprising parishioners sold food after the mass (it is still done in Rome at the church of St. Pudenciana) and mass-goers delighted in the opportunity to buy longanisasiopao and other delicacies from their kababayan street-vendors. Fr. Gene now serves as a parish priest at the Immaculate Conception Parish in Dasmarinas, Cavite. When he left in 1991, Fr. Calixto Artemio Lumanandas, known to all as Fr. Tem, took over.


2 Comments on Filipino Catholic Chaplaincy Vienna, Austria

  1. John Genn Celis // October 27, 2015 at 7:29 am // Reply

    Saman po bang ecstasyon ng train maaring Humana?

  2. John Genn Celis // October 27, 2015 at 7:26 am // Reply

    Paalis po ako ng Turin Italy at patungo ng Vienna Austria baka may alam kayong matutuluyan na mura Lang ang singil kada araw para sa 3 katao. Paalis ka I ngayon get araw Kung papalaring maka book ng ticket. Salamat

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