The Society of the Divine Word and Saint Jude Catholic School

What was an insignificant mission founded at the turn of the 20th century in a small village on the mountains of Abra by a couple of Divine Word Missionaries is today a complex organization whose presence is felt in many parts of the Philippines, and is expressed in a rich variety of apostolates.   Truly, the Lord has looked kindly at the SVD Mission in the Philippines.

The Chinese presence in the Philippines dates back even before the arrival of the Spanish missionaries in the country.  When Spain formally took possession of the Philippines in 1565, the evangelization and pastoral care of the Chinese in Manila was primarily under the Dominicans with some under the Jesuits.  Eventually, the Chinese parish was attached to the Binondo Parish.  This arrangement lasted until 1954 when Manila Archbishop Rufino J. Cardinal Santos obtained from the Roman Consistorial Congregation the faculty to erect three more parishes for the Chinese–one of these was St. Jude Parish.




一九六三年七月開學,計設小學一年級一班,幼稚園四班,合計五班,中·英文教師六位,學生一百九十二名。第二年增設至八班,學生達四百七十六名。此後逐年遂學生升級,循序往上增設新班級。至一九六九年,本校已設立了完全小學並增辦中學一年級,至一九七二年始成為完全中學。計十年間,學生人數躍升二千九百九十八人, 班數增設六十六班,教職員也有一百多位,當初校舍是以河畔醫院的病房充作臨時教室,如今校舍新穎,設備齊全,師資雄厚, 學生滿滿。


Years in Academic Excellence
International Awards
Top Schools Passing Rate
Jun 23
School Year 1963 – 1964

School Year 1963 – 1964

June 23, 1963


Blessing of the existing building by Msgr. Juan Velasco, OP Classes started with 192 students; 6 classes: Grade I- 1; Kinder II- 1 (AM only) Kinder 1- 4 (2 AM & 2 PM) and 9 teaching staff

Fr. Peter Tsao, SVD served as the director; Fr.Peter Yang, SVD, principal; Fr. Dominic Kuo, Dean of Discipline.

Aug 03

School Year 1964 – 1965

August 3, 1964


Government Recognition No. 48, s. 1964 and No. 49, s. 1964 were issued for Kindergarten and Grade I. The CHIMES maiden issue was published.

Jun 01
School Year 1965 – 1966

School Year 1965 – 1966

Nursery was offered, 1 AM class and 1 PM class. Fr. Charles Tchou joined the school as Dean of Discipline.

September 26
SJCS Parents-Teachers Association (PTA) was formed and the 1st set of officers was elected.

Jun 01

School Year 1967 – 1968

September 27
The 1st Teacher’s Day Celebration was held.

October 27
Blessing of the school building by Fr. Florante Floresca, SVD, Vice-provincial Superior with Mrs. Josefa E. Marcos cutting the ceremonial ribbon.

October 28-29
The school held the 1st school fair, “Playland 67.”

Jun 01

School Year 1974 – 1975

June 5
Student population reached 3,042.

March 1
The 1st Junior-Senior Prom was held in formal gathering.

March 23
Loyalty Awards were given to 24 graduating senior students for completing 12 years of school at SJCS, 1963-1975.

Jun 01

School Year 1978 – 1979


July 12
Fr. Peter Yang, SVD inducted the officers of the Student Council led by the President, Edwin Lacierda and Vice-President, Rosanna Kho.

July 17
Fr. Heinrich Heekeren, SVD, the SVD Superior General visited the school.

December 20
The 1st Ms. Sportstacular ’78 was chosen.

February 24-25
The 16th foundation anniversary was marked by the inauguration of the newly constructed fire safety zone and the multi-purpose building. Dr. Josefina Navarro, Ms. Mauro Tengco and the PTA graced the occasion. Board of Governors led the opening rites of the school fair and exhibits.

March 10
The 1st Baccalaureate mass for the graduating Seniors was held.

Jun 01

School Year 1981 – 1982

September 2
The school hosted the District Quiz Bee for the 2nd time. SJCS emerged champion in Mathematics against 11 participating schools.

January 22
SJCS copped 1st place for the Boys Division and 3rd place for the Girls Division in the Overall CAT Competition at San Beda College.

Jun 01

School Year 1987 – 1988

March 4
The 25th foundation anniversary grand celebration was held at the CCP with the show, “A Night with the Judenites.”
March 16
His Eminence Jaime Cardinal Sin was the special guest for the 25th anniversary thanksgiving mass at the auditorium.

Jun 01

School Year 1993 – 1994

August 31
The 1st National Elementary Achievement Test (NEAT) was held to serve as basis for assessment of the performance of Grade VI students.
March 12
SJCS topped the 1st NEAT given last August 21.
March 17
The Secretary of the Department of Education Armand Fabella visited the school for a first hand look at the 1st NEAT topper.

Jun 01

School Year 1997 – 1998

June 12
Fr. Peter Yang, SVD, the longserving director-principal died at the Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital after being hospitalized on June 10.

November 30
SJCS Grand Alumni Homecoming at the school ground.

February 25
An Ash Wednesday, the auditorium and some portions of the 5th floor were destroyed by fire.

Jun 01

School Year 2003 – 2004

January 24-25
The SJCS Ruby Foundation Anniversary highlights included a CCP Cultural Show.

Jun 01

School Year 2005 – 2006

June 18
Turn over ceremony for the new school administrators was held at Fr. Peter Yang Auditorium. Fr. Jerome Marquez, SVD and Fr. Lino E. Nicasio, SVD were named director and principal respectively.
June 30
The meeting between school administrators and teachers was conducted for the school’s VMG.
September 1
Fr. Marquez presented the 10-Point Agenda for SJCS.
December 8
Blessing of the Fu Shen Fu Building (St. Joseph Building)
February 2
A meeting for the school’s organizational chart was held.
February 6-7
Fr. Victor Carlos Y. Yparraguirre and Ms. Stella Lai of Fu Jen Catholic University Language Center conducted seminars for teachers.

Jun 01

School Year 2011 – 2012

Fr. Vicente R. Rayco, SVD and Fr. Bernardo R. Collera, SVD took over as director and principal respectively.
September 15
The Director’s Right Weight Program for employees conceptualized by Sherwin Tiu, the school sport’s director, started Thursday.
October 22
The GS Basic Education Department held Kalinangan Festival 2011, a United Nations Special Program.
October 26
HS Englisth Department staged the 1st Judenites Got Talent.