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"Disciples of St. John the Apostle"

(Disciples of Hope)

(Discipuli Spei in Latin)

“The Disciples of St. John the Apostle” or “Disciples of Hope” in latin "Discipuli Spei," is a religious community of brothers, deacons and priests who are committed to provide pastoral, spiritual and sacramental care to those who are in the peripheries of life."

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The Canonical Status

"The Disciples of St. John the Apostle" or "Disciples of Hope" in latin, DISCIPULI SPEI was founded by Fr. Romuald P. Zantua with the assistance of Fr. Julian A. Barrosa, in the Diocese of Daet, Camarines Norte, Philippines. It was canonically erected as a clerical public association by Bishop Benjamin J. Almoneda on Feb. 24, 1996 . Presently, its principal seat is in the Diocese of Novaliches, Quezon City, Philippines under the protectorate of Most Rev. Roberto Gaa, D.D. Since 2001 it has branched out to three Archdioceses in the United States namely, the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston in Texas, the Diocese of Phoenix in Arizona, and the Archdiocese of Los Angeles in California.

The Logo

The Logo of DISCIPULI SPEI or "Disciples of Hope” is a circle encircled by another circle with the words,"DISCIPLES OF ST. JOHN THE APOSTLE+DISCIPULSPEI+ORATIO+UNITAS+ RECONCILIATIO+AUXILIUM".


In the center is a figure of the Cross-with the Crucified Christ facing four figures that represent the ideals of the community. These ideals are: prayer, unity, reconciliation and help. The four figures stand for the following: Mary, the mother of Jesus, in prayerful posture symbolizing prayer; John, a witness to the piercing of the Heart of Christ symbolizing unity; Mary Magdalene on bended knees symbolizing reconciliation; and Mary, the wife of Cleofas, symbolizing help.

Bible verse: Mark 12:28-31