November 2013 - February 2014

Student Council for the 2nd Semester S.Y. 2013-2014 Inducted

The induction of the new SC Officers for the second semester held on November 13, 2013 was colored by speeches with some line borrowed from the Scriptures. Quoting the words of the prophet Simeon, Sem. Domie Jake Cawas, the outgoing General Beadle, said in his parting speech: “Now let your servant go in peace.” To which, the incoming General Beadle, Sem. Angelo Lopez, responded in his words of acceptance: “Lord if it is possible take away this cup from me.” Both were pertaining to the challenging responsibility of leading a community.

Rev. Fr. Berlynden Dao-anis, IHMFC Spiritual Director, presented the new set of Officers. Sem. Angelo led the Council in the oath taking. The officers were then accepted and confirmed by Rev. Fr. Lain M. Mayo, the Rector of the Seminary.

Bro. Jake turned over the key of responsibility to his successor. He thanked the community for the support given to him by his fellow SC Officers and seminarians. He said that through their cooperation, the big responsibility of leading the community became less burdensome. He also motivated and encouraged the new set of officers to dedicate their service for the good of the community.

Bro. Angelo admitted that being voted in the office came as a surprise but he thanked each one for the trust given to him. With the cooperation of the new officers, he promised to continue the good things started by the past officers. He appealed to everyone to work hand in hand, to share aspiration and mobilize good leadership for God and the community.

ICST Student Council Officers, 2nd Semester F.Y. 2012-2013 elected

General Beadle:               Sem. Angelo B. Lopez
Vice-General Beadle:        Sem. Vicente G. Ancheta
General Secretary:           Sem. Larry T. Somera
General Treasurer:           Sem. Benedict O. Santiago
General P.R.O.:               Sem. Gary Rex A. Bugtong
Chief Liturgist:                Sem. Vishnu B. Valdez
Chief Sacristan:               Sem. James A. Manilang
Sports Beadles:
         Outdoor:               Sem. John Lorenzo G. Catura
         Indoor:                 Sem. Johndel B. Bigornia

Computer Custodian:       Sem. Marion Joseph S. Nebres 
Food Beadle:                  Sem. Jomar R. Siriban
Apostolate Coordinator:   Sem. Benedict Jason P. Lopez
Social Action Coordinator:    Sem. Charleston D. Cabantac
General Canteen Manager:   Sem. Erylle Emanuelle T.Cordero
BPM Representative:           Sem. Jefferson E. Magulod 
Lights and Sounds Coordinator:   Sem. Revyn Jojo A. Tuguinay
Commission on Conservation:     Sem. George B. Alban
Commission on Music:                Sem. Mark Louie V. Martes
Commission on Accommodation:  Sem. Bryan H. Garibay
Seminarians’ Network Representatives: 
     Sem. Stanley A. Apostol
     Sem. Jaime G. Andres, Jr.

Formation Community Coordinators:
Nuestra Señora de Caridad Formation Community:              
               Sem. Neil Lawrence J. Pascual
Immaculate 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

Class Beadles:
 Theology 1 APIT Class:  Sem. Jeric M. Gajonera 
 Theology 2 MANLIPUAG Class: Sem. James N. Padamada
 Theology 3 SANGA Class:  Sem. Christopher A. Aban
 Theology 4 UBBOG Class:  Sem. Ian Paul L. Filart 

ICST holds Apostolate Day

The Immaculate 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.

“There may 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.

The participants 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.

Lectorate and Acolytate

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 Urdaneta.

The admonition 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.

The lector’s 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.

The Catholic 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.

Nueva Segovia 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.

The Eucharistic 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.

Archbishop 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. 

Essential to 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 Police.

Rev. Msgr. Vicente Avila, P.C., Rector of the Metropolitan Cathedral, rendered his gratitude to all who made the celebration as success

Benefactors' Night

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.

Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception

The Solemnity 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.

ICST family welcomes new member 

This school 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.

700 seminarians 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.

Sem. Stanley 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 successful one. 

Kapatiran is 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.