Custodian: Sem. Marion Joseph S. Nebres
Sem. Jomar R. Siriban
Coordinator: Sem. Benedict Jason P. Lopez
Coordinator: Sem. Charleston D. Cabantac
Manager: Sem. Erylle Emanuelle T.Cordero
Sem. Jefferson E. Magulod
Sounds Coordinator: Sem. Revyn Jojo A. Tuguinay
on Conservation: Sem. George B. Alban
Sem. Mark Louie V. Martes
on Accommodation: Sem. Bryan H. Garibay
Sem. Stanley A. Apostol
Sem. Jaime G. Andres, Jr.
de Caridad Formation Community:
Sem. Neil Lawrence J. Pascual
Heart of Mary Formation Community:
Sem. Rocky Mae T. Bayaua
Our Lady of
Manaoag Formation Community:
Sem. Efren F. Abad
Our Lady of
Piat Formation Community:
Sem. Jonathan B. Calagui
1 APIT Class: Sem. Jeric M. Gajonera
2 MANLIPUAG Class: Sem. James N. Padamada
3 SANGA Class: Sem. Christopher A. Aban
4 UBBOG Class: Sem. Ian Paul L. Filart
Conception School of Theology celebrated the Apostolate Festival held on
November 16, 2013. The occasion gathered a staggering number of participants
from the different parishes, schools, BEC and prisons where the seminarians
go for apostolate. This annual event is the seminary’s way of thanking
all the apostolate partners who are collaborating in the pastoral formation
of seminarians. It is also an opportune time for each one, seminarians
and partners alike, to discover and integrate the fruits of the apostolate
program in their lives.
have been many not so good things that happened this year. Let these be
reminders that worldly things come and go. Despite all these, we still
have all the reasons to be thankful because we realize that God’s love
for us is forever,” Fr. Rodel Molina, Apostolate Director, said as he explained
the theme “Count it all Joy…” (James 1:2).
The day was
filled with exciting activities. It started with the celebration of the
Holy Eucharist at the ICST Main Chapel presided over by Rev. Fr. Orlando
P. Malillin. The morning was spent for parlor and folk games which included
kadang-kadang, tug-of-war and palo-sebo. The students prove themselves
“small but terrible” as they gave their Kuyas a hard game in basketball
and volleyball. There were indoor games, simultaneously with Catechetical
Quiz Bee, Poster Making and Slogan Contests.
went home with joy carrying with them the overflowing gratitude of the
seminarians. The seminarians too were again filled with zeal for their
respective apostolate programs.
The APIT Class
(T1) and the MANLIPUAG Class (T2) were installed to the Ministries of Lector
and Acolyte respectively on November 18, 2013 at the ICST Main Chapel.
The Eucharistic Celebration and the Installation Rite was presided over
by the Most Rev. Jacinto A. Jose, D.D., JCL., Bishop of the Diocese of
of St. Paul: “Perform the work of an evangelist, fulfil your ministry”
(2 Tim 4:5) inspired the theme for this year’s installation. In his homily,
Bishop Jose explained the significance of the ministries of Lector and
Acolyte for the service of God and the Church. He challenged the seminarians
to put significance on what they are doing, especially in fulfilling the
ministries of serving at the table of the Word and of the Eucharist. “Remember
that you are ministers, what you are doing is not for you but for the people,”
he said. He also emphasized the value of preparation before serving. “Love
the Eucharist,” he added. The prelate reminded that as ministers
of God’s Word and Christ’s Body and Blood, “to be is more important than
to do.” Indeed, to be a minister is not a function but a mission
to serve God and others.
function during the Eucharistic celebration is to proclaim God’s Word.
An acolyte, on the other hand, helps the ordained ministers in the preparation
of the sacred vessels and in giving Holy Communion. These ministries are
prerequisites for seminarians to be promoted to the Sacred Orders.
Church has the mission to spread the Word of God to everyone. We, as members
of the Church, are guided with our faith through Sacred Scriptures and
Sacred Tradition. Jesus, by his life and ministry, taught about virtues,
beatitudes, and moral values for us to be good Christians. The Scripture
binds us to live our life by following the good examples in the Gospel
and to continue sharing it to others. In that way, we can have deeper relationship
to our Father in Heaven – God.
It is said
that “a journey of thousand miles begins with a single step.” Likewise,
the journey to priesthood takes single steps to finish. One of these steps
is to become an acolyte. It is to assist the priest in the celebration
of the Eucharist, particularly through serving at the altar and assisting
in the distribution of the Holy Communion. To be an acolyte is to give
service to the people. And when we say service, it should be full of sincere
love and without any trace of hesitation.
celebrates Christ the King
A regal and
majestic festivity was set to celebrate the Solemnity of Christ the King
on November 24, 2013 in the Archdiocese of Nueva Segovia. The Archdiocesan
gathering was hosted by the Conversion of St. Paul Metropolitan Cathedral
in Vigan City. The celebration is also a participation of the Year of Faith.
celebration was held at the Plaza Burgos presided over by Archbishop Ernesto
A. Salgado, D.D. assisted by Bishop David William V. Antonio, D.D., Auxiliary
Bishop of Nueva Segovia. All the parishes were well-represented. ICST Community
also joined the solemn celebration. The plaza was filled to the bleachers
and people attending the celebration had to stay in the adjacent streets.
Salgado, in his homily, called to kind the different scandals that continue
to affect the country. “If you claim Jesus as your King, ask yourselves:
Did I follow his commandments?” the good bishop said in Iluko as he challenged
the people to act according to the teachings of Christ and confront these
social problems. He reminded that to truly follow Christ is to live in
humility, obedience and sacrifice like Him, the King who is crucified.
After the Holy
Mass, the Blessed Sacrament was exposed and was carried in a procession
to the square. It was a marvellous sight when people knelt as a fervent
homage to Jesus’ reign as the Most Holy Sacrament passed by.
the celebration was the consecration of the family, the City and the Province
to the Heart of Jesus which were led by a representative family, City Councillor
Juan Carlo S. Medina and Ilocos Sur Governor Ryan Singson respectively.
The prayer for peace was led by an official from the Philippine National
Vicente Avila, P.C., Rector of the Metropolitan Cathedral, rendered his
gratitude to all who made the celebration as success
ICST held the
annual Benefactors Night on December 8, 2013, the eve of the Solemnity
of the Immaculate Conception. The event aimed to honor all the friends
and benefactors of the seminary through a simple dinner and program. It
was a way of showing gratitude for the overflowing love and support they
continually bestow to the institution. The seminarians and priests showcased
their talents to cheer up the night. It was a celebration of God’s great,
benevolence, and generosity through these wonderful people.
of the Immaculate Conception
of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary was liturgically
celebrated on the December 9, 2013 as December 8 falls on the First Sunday
of Advent of which the latter takes precedence. The celebration in the
seminary was marked with a “Walk with Mary” around the seminary campus
early in the morning. In the afternoon, there was friendship game like
basketball and volleyball between the seminarians and seminary formators.
welcomes new member
year, ICST welcomed Ms. Myrna V. Valera, PhD, RGC as the new in-house pastoral
counselor. Ms. Valera has set out on her counseling programs of assisting
the seminarians in their psychological needs.
and priests come together for KAPATIRAN 2014 “OMNIA OMNIBUS”
One of the
high lights of this formation year in ICST is the Kapatiran 2014. This
year the ICST was privileged to host the said event with the theme “Omnia
Omnibus” (All things to all) from the epistle of Paul 1 Corinthians 9:24.
About 700 seminarians and priests converge on February 1, 2014 for the
Kapatiran, an annual gathering of diocesan theology seminarians across
the country. It was held in the Immaculate Conception School of Theology
organized by the SemNet (Seminarians’ Networking), an organization of diocesan
seminarians with 28 seminaries as members.
Apostol of the Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan and Sem. Jaime Andres, Jr.
of the Diocese of La Union (SemNet Representatives of ICST) headed the
ICST community in organizing and preparing this very big event with the
help of the priest formators, generous benefactors and the seminarians
who selflessly sacrifice their time and effort to make this big even a
an event where seminarians share stories, engage in activities to strengthen
camaraderie like games and talks. It is an opportunity also to encounter
different culture from seminarians coming across the country.
The event became
more meaningful with the presence of Bishop Gerardo Alminaza, D.D., the
new head of the Commission on Seminaries of the Catholic Bishops Conference
of the Philippines (CBCP). The CBCP Consultation was given by Rev. Fr.
Maxell Jaranilla to the different seminary formators. The opening Mass
was presided over by Bishop David William Antonio, the Auxiliary Bishop
of the Archdiocese of Nueva Segovia.
The City Government
of Vigan also gave their full support to the said activity. There was a
street dancing showdown rendered by the students of Ilocos Sur National
High School to introduce the culture of Ilocano people. The seminarians
also enjoyed the Viagn Tour roaming around the different tourist spots
in the Heritage City for the whole morning. In the afternoonthere was a
“tongtongan” (Iluko term for dialogue). The Cultural Night was held in
the famous Vigan Convention Center.