Year opened with a Retreat
Conception School of Theology Community opened its First Semester of the
Formation Year 2013-2014 with a retreat which was facilitated by Fr. Aaron
Bamba, OC, with the theme “Welcoming our unloved side: the Shadow” last
5-7 June 2013 at the ICST chapel. Fr Bamba emphasized throughout his talks
the urgent need to be aware of and reintegrate our shadows in our lives.
Fr. Bamba explains constitutes our past experiences, desires and dreams,
frustrations, and guilt that we have either forcibly pushed back to our
unconscious or because of its traumatic or sad nature have been repressed
by ourselves without our noticing of it. An awareness of these shadows
is necessary to maintain a healthy personality sorely needed for men considering
retreat culminated with the Holy Mass at 12 noon coinciding with the Solemnity
of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. After the Mass, Fr. Bamba was awarded
a token for his invaluable help in the retreat.
New SC Officers
The new set
of Student Council Officers who were duly elected for the first semester
of this Formation Year 2013-2014 took their oath last June 9, 2013. The
rite of induction took place immediately after the priests and seminarians
have prayed the Solemn Vespers at the Syquia-Quirino Memorial chapel. Sem.
Domie Jake A. Cawas, the elected General Beadle for this semester, headed
the taking of oath. Their election was then accepted and confirmed by the
Rev. Fr. Lain M. Mayo, ICST Rector. The new set of SC officers is as follows:
Sem. Domie Jake A. Cawas
Beadle: Sem. Edward F. Awao
Sem. Evedi B. Awidan
Sem. Bayani A. Flores
Sem. Ronaldo D. Navato
Sem. Julius P. Mahigab
Sem. Larry T. Somera
Outdoor: Sem. Berto D. Balicdang
Indoor: Sem. Jonathan O. Bustamante
Sem. Marion Joseph S. Nebres
Beadle: Sem. Peejay A. Bello
Coordinator: Sem. Benedict Jason P. Lopez
Coordinator: Sem. Charleston D. Cabantac
Manager: Sem. Jomar R. Siriban
Sem. Jeferson E. Magulod
Sounds Coordinator: Sem. Revyn Jojo A. Tuguinay
Coordinator: Sem. George B. Alban
on Music: Sem. Mark Louie V. Martes
Sem. Stanley A. Apostol
Sem. Admore Ray A. Alzate
de Caridad Formation Community: Sem. Gary Rex A.
Heart of Mary Formation Community: Sem. James A.
Our Lady of
Manaoag Formation Community: Sem. Ryan C. Buado
Our Lady of
Piat Formation Community: Sem. Benedict O. Santiago
Year (St. Joseph Community)
Servant Leader: Sem. Joel B. Dumansi
First Year: Sem. Alvin F. Taqueban
Second Year: Sem. Ezekiel S. de los Reyes
Third Year: Sem. Vishnu B. Valdez
Fourth Year: Sem. Russel C. Habungan
After the oath
taking, Sem. George Alban, the outgoing general beadle, turned over the
key of responsibility to the new general beadle. Prior to this, the former
delivered a message in which he thanked the whole community for their invaluable
love and support which they manifested through their active participation
and cooperation to him and to all the endeavors of the seminary. He confided
that during his leadership, he learned to be more patient and more understanding
with the community. With emphasis, he admonished the community to work
together and to help one another not because of the general beadle but
because it is good to do it so.
acceptance speech, Sem. Domie Jake Cawas, the new general beadle, sought
the generous support and self-giving of the whole community. To his fellow
Student Council Officers, he said “…let us do our responsibility with excellence
and distinction. In that way we can continue to make ICST a better community,
a better place for formation of future leaders of the Church.” On a personal
level, he accepted the office as guise to challenge himself and move forward
to another level, and as an avenue for honing his leadership potentials.
On a communal level, he accepted this challenge because he knew that the
community would be supportive, through thick and thin.
The four captain
balls of each team light the torch while the General Sports beadle watches
The ICST community
commenced its Theolympics for the First Semester last June 22, 2013 with
the theme “Sinag-I”. It started with the assembly of the different teams
namely Prudence, Temperance, Justice, and Fortitude in front of the seminary
main building. After the roll call, all the team members paraded from the
assembly area to the seniors’ basketball court where an opening program
started with an opening prayer led by brother Efren Abad. The ICST choir
members showcased their talents next as they led the singing of the national
anthem and the ICST Hymn. Each team, then, presented its yell. When the
presentation of the yell by team was through, Sem. Edward Awao gave an
explanation of the theme. “Sinag-I” is a Tingian term which generally means
brotherhood. Theolympics or sports is a way of expressing the brotherhood
of seminarians. Sports is not just playing games; values like patience,
perseverance, and care for a brother are also learned from it.
of this activity was the lighting of torch by the different captain balls.
It preceded the oath of sportsmanship given by seminarian Karole Israel.
The Theolypmics was then formally opened by Rev. Fr. Pedro Dumpayan, the
Formation Director of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Formation Community.
To start the
Theolympics, some parlor games were played which gave icing to the opening
of the Theolympics. In the afternoon of the same day, official outdoor
games were played. The seminarians worked and played together.