Fr. Heinz Kuluke
Starting this month, CatholicTV will air the “Limitless” documentary series. This series features missionaries from the Society of the Divine Word. The episodes on CatholicTV will include incredible stories of missionaries to “garbage people” in the Philippines as well as Mindoro, where a unique group of indigenous people live on a remote island. These documentaries will be shown during the month of June on CatholicTV.
According to the website of the Society of the Divine Word (SVD), they are the only major congregation of religious men which has shown steady growth over the last 30 years. There are more than 6,000 SVDs with 35 nationalities working in 67 countries worldwide. The SVD’s work primarily where the Gospel has not been preached at all or only insufficiently, and where the local Church is not yet viable on its own.
Fr. Heinz Kuluke’s story will be one of those shown on CatholicTV. This documentary filmed in Cebu, tells the story of Fr. Heinze and his ministry to over 3000 men, women, and children, who work, live, and sleep at garbage dumps. He once lived there himself. After being troubled by the conditions he saw at the dumps, Fr. Heinz tried to find ways to get help for the people, but found that in a legal sense “they didn’t’ exist” and no one seemed to care about them. In order to understand their plight better, he came to live with the people and still visits them regularly. He also ministers to the girls from Cebu’s red light district.
Another documentary in the “Limitless” series to air on CatholicTV depicts the story of Fr. Ewald Dinter. The story is told of how Fr. Dinter fights for the rights of the Mangyan people, who live on a small island in the Philippines. The documentary tells the story of how Fr. Dinter fights for the rights of the Mangyan people who used to own their own island, but whose land continues to be taken from them. In addition, Fr. Dinter provides the people with educational opportunities.
These documentaries can be seen on CatholicTV until June 15th at these times (Eastern):
Fridays- 8AM-9AM; Sundays 10:30PM-11:30PM; Tuesdays-11:30AM-12:30PM; Wednesdays-5AM-6AM.