November 2007 - January 2008 News

New SC officers begin term

Speaking for the  out-going officers of the Seminarians’ Council (SC), General Beadle,  Sem. Leo Nedic, thanked the whole ICST community for the trust and confidence the community had given them during their one semester  term of office.  Leo Nedic  formally  turned over his Office to the new General Beadle in the person of   Sem. Benjamin Manzano, Jr. during the turn-over and induction rites held  within the Mass on November 15, 2007 at the ICST Chapel.  Sem Leo and Benjamin are seminarians of the Diocese of  San Fernando de la Union.

The SC Officers for the 2nd Semester, 2007-2008 

General Beadle:              Benjamin Manzano, Jr.
Vice General Beadle:      Ronald Dona
General Secretary:          Marlon Urmaza
General Treasurer:          Ernesto Gonzales, Jr.
General PRO:                 Allen Basilio
Liturgist:                         Orlando Gamata
Apostolate Coordinator: Jeric Jaramillo
Food Beadle:                  Efren Jimenez, Jr.
Sports Beadle:                Estephen Mark Espinoza
FC Coordinator: 
     CAVISA:                  Rene Caligue
     Ilocandia:                   Avel Verney Zaragoza
     Montanosa:               Coshie Chris Dupa-as
     Pangasinan:               Leo Mar Calaunan
Year Level Beadles:
     First Year:                 Alaska Turaray
     Second Year:            Rosmel Cairel
     Fourth Year              Shierwen Cabunillas 

Fr. Orly celebrates Thanksgiving Mass in ICST

Fr. Orlando Mallillin of the Archdiocese of Tuguegarao came home to ICST to thank our beloved Institution for the priestly formation given him. He celebrated a  thanksgiving mass  on November  15, 2007 at the ICST chapel during which was also the induction of the new SC officers. He was ordained priest by the Most Rev. Diosdado Talamayan  in the Basilica Minore of Piat together with 3 other deacons on  October 14, 2007. He is now assigned as Parochial Vicar in San Jose Parish, Bagao, Cagayan.  Fr. Orly belongs to the Bin-I Class of 2007

NL Bishops visit ICST

Last November  2006, our Northern Luzon Bishops had their regular meeting here in ICST. That meeting marked a momentous event in the history of ICST  for the Bishops finally approved the implementation of the New Paradigm  of Formation otherwise known as the Paradigm Shift. The Bishops also have agreed  that they are to hold their meetings here in ICST every first Tuesdays  of November.
And so on November 12, 2007,  the Northern Luzon Bishops flocked to ICST for their regular meeting. This meeting was to check on the progress of the implementation of the paradigm shift. Father Rector presented the growth of the paradigm shift, to which bishops have expressed their continued support for  the  new formation program. Also, Sem.  June Ceasar Ragunjan and Sem. Leo Nedic shared before the bishop their personal experiences about how the new paradigm is helping them in their formation.  The bishops, after their meeting, joined the seminarians in their respective regional formation communities for the celebration of the  Eucharist  followed by a simple  dinner program  held in their honor.

Fr. Mayo returns to ICST

Fr. Lain Mayo of the Diocese of Alaminos is back in ICST. He was sent by the NL Bishops to the University of Navarre, Spain on June 2005 to further his studies in Dogmatic Theology.  After completing his studies and earning for himself a Doctorate Degree, Fr. Lain  will take on the responsibilities of the office of  the  Dean of Studies beginning this second semester. He will also teach Moral Theology to the second year seminarians. Welcome back, Apo Lain.

ICST celebrates Feast Day

In the middle of preparations for the PARAISO concert, the ICST  community discontinued work for a while as they  celebrated the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception on December 08, 2007. A Eucharistic celebration  at the grotto was held in the morning where friends from Pantay Daya came to be one  in the celebrations. During lunch time, Fr. Nick Vaquilar served the community with Lechon while the seminarians  and the personnel sung and danced to celebrate the occasion.

ICST speaks for Mother Earth through 
PARAISO: A concert for creation

At the start of the school year, the ICST community had expressed loud and clear that they would contribute their share in  caring for the environment. As a concrete response, the  community launched the Let’s GLOW Program  (Guard and Love Our World) where several conservation and  awareness programs and activities were initiated.

On December 11-13, 2007, the ICST successfully staged PARAISO: a Concert for Creation participated in by the different talents of ICST, the St. Paul College of Ilocos Sur High School Glee Club and the St. Benedict Institute Women’s Chorale. This aimed to raise awareness of the  dangers of global warming to the greater population of Ilocos Sur. 

Kapihan III: “Tokun” and the ICST Benefactors Night celebrated

The Montanosa Formation Community sponsored the 3rd Kapihan with the theme Tokun on December 14, 2007 at the ICST Patios. Tukon is a Kalinga word which literally means Please Come. It is often used during harvest season where each one in the community is enjoined to come and help in the harvesting of  palay. The Montanosa Formation Community  gladly hosted the event welcoming  the benefactors and friends of the seminary in recognition for their many contributions to the seminary. 

The activities were opened through a Eucharistic Celebration presided over by Rev. Fr. Ronnie Degay, Director of the Montanosa Formation Community. Dinner followed after the Mass where pinicpican and tapuey were added to the main course. During the program, the benefactors and friends of the seminary  were given tribute through songs and tokens of gratitude. Honored also during the celebration was the return  of Fr. Lain Mayo to ICST, and the  remembrance of the birthday celebrators for the month of November and December.

Team Red dominates THEOLYMPICS II

The ICST community ushered in the activities of the year with Theolympics II on January 04-05, 2008 at the ICST Basketball Courts.  The chosen theme was Starting great at 2008 which speaks about the need to sweat and burn out the fats accumulated during the Christmas holidays and to start the year right through a healthy lifestyle by engaging oneself in sports and recreation. 

Four teams participated in both indoor and outdoor games, they are: Team Blue (first years), Team  White (second years), Team Black (fourth years), and  Team Red (priest formators plus the third years). Emerging champions in this year’s Theolympics II are the Team Red. Congratulations to our Formators and to our third year brothers.

ICST celebrates RECTOR’S DAY

The unity and order that the ICST community is enjoying today, as Father Ramelo Somera, Director of the Ilocandia Formation community stressed, could be attributed to the active leadership of the Office of the Rector. It is the unifying factor that smoothens and interlinks the different aspects of community life and formation.  Appreciative of the services rendered by Father Rector John Habawel, the whole community of seminarians, priest-formators and personnel paid tribute to him as they celebrated the Rector’s Day at Stella Maris Beach Resort in Cabugao, Ilocos Sur on January 06-07, 2008. The Rector’s Day commenced through a thanksgiving mass held at the ICST chapel on January 05, 2008 which coincides with the 15th priestly anniversary of Fr. John. During the homily, he challenged everyone to a life of prayer and contemplation, for each one to be modern day mystics is to contribute in the life and future of the Northern Luzon Church.  A dinner program by the beach was held in honor of Father Rector on January 06, 2008. The different formation communities serenaded Fr. John with their songs and dances while the priest-formators expressed their well wishes and messages to Father John. Congratulations, Father John, on the occasion of your 14 years of priestly ministry—14  years of service,  still green and full of sap.