of St. Francis observed with tree planting
of Assisi is well-known being a lover of nature. It was said that among
the saints, he is the only one who could speak to plants and animals. The
second year class whose patron is St. Francis planned to conduct a tree
planting activity inside the seminary.
4, 2014, the whole community of ICST had a tree planting activity in honor
of St. Francis. The activity started around 4:30 in the afternoon with
a prayer and blessing of the tree seedlings by Rev Fr. Berlynden Dao-anis.
The seedlings were planted beside the Mahogany garden near the Aula Magna.
It was a wonderful
experience for the seminarians and the priests to honor St. Francis with
that simple act of showing their love and concern to Mother Nature. The
tree planting activity was made possible through the initiative of Sem.
Kenart Titiwa, head of the commission on conservation.
Nueva Segovia La Naval procession
7, 2014, the first and second year classes and the SFYers attended the
Marian procession in celebration of the feast of La Naval. Beginning at
around 7 o’clock in the evening at the Conversion of Saint Paul Cathedral
and around the Vigan city proper, the procession of the images of the Blessed
Mother under her different titles was preceded with the celebration of
the Holy Eucharist with Msgr. Vicente Avila, cathedral parish priest, presiding.
La Naval is
a commemorative feast established by Pope St. Pius V. This was a celebration
of the naval victory of Christian fleet at Lepanto. It was believed that
this victory was possible through the intercession of the Holy Mother of
God through the praying of the holy rosary.
set on the observance of the month of the Holy Rosary, is an invitation
to the faithful to pray always the Rosary as a weapon to fight the power
of evil. Catholics everywhere are encouraged to seek the intercession of
the Holy Mother of God who hears and answers without fail.
Educational Tour, OLMFC wins in research contest
of the ICST had their annual Educational Tour and Research in different
places of Northern Luzon from August 2-5, 2014. The seminarians in their
respective formation communities travelled to various places in their own
regions and visited places and persons essential to their research study.
Señora de Caridad Formation Community went to the different parishes
of La Union to have a study on the devotion of the faithful to the Blessed
Mother on her titles as Nuestra Señora de la Caridad, Nuestra Señora
Virjen del Mar Cautiva, and Nuestra Señora de Namacpacan.
the social and environmental issues that beset Benguet, the Immaculate
Heart of Mary Formation Community travelled to places across the said province
to study the causes of the ruin of agrarian farming and its effects to
nature and its people.
rich culture and faith experiences of the Malaueg people of Rizal, Cagayan,
the Our Lady of Piat Formation Community lived and experienced the Malaueg
way of life and saw the richness of their faith experiences expressed in
their history and in the very lives of the Malaueg.
The Our Lady
of Manaoag Formation community endeavored to explore the contributions
of monastic life to the Church today and also dwelled on its relevance
to seminary formation. They visited various monasteries in Northern Luzon
among them were the Benedictine Sisters and Nuns of the Eucharistic King,
Daughters of Mary Consolatrix, Carmel Monastery of the Most Holy Trinity,
and Poor Clare Monastery of St. James the Apostle.
output of the Our Lady of Manaoag Formation Community, with the title “Understanding
the Relevance of Monasteries: A Study on Some Contemplative Communities
in Northern Luzon”, bagged first place in the research competition conducted
on 9 October 2014 with Sem. Angelo Lopez as their presenter.
Tour and Research is an annual excursion activity of the seminarians with
the aim of enriching their knowledge and appreciation of the different
social, spiritual, environmental, and cultural issues of their respective
regions and localities.
goes to Manila for labor immersion
The St. Joseph
Formation Community, consisting of seminarians from the MANLIPAUAG class,
are presently having their job exposure in Metro Manila from October 18,
2014 to January 2015 as part of the programs in the Spiritual Formation
office assistants, waiters, machine shop technicians and janitors, the
seminarians immersed themselves witnessing to the faith in work communities
from which they also gain insights that are beneficial to their deeper
understanding of human realities in appreciation of their future priestly
The labor immersion
used to be done in the cities of Northern Luzon in two months but this
year it is done in Manila in three months. The SFYers will return in January
2015 and prepare for their 30-day retreat in February.
is new General Beadle
The new student
council of the Immaculate Conception School of Theology had their induction
ceremony on November 19, 2014. Taking the responsibility as the new leaders
of the community for the second semester, the newly inducted officers are
expected to make good of their duties as student leaders of the seminary.
They are not only to maintain the atmosphere of unity and order in spite
of the many upcoming activities but leaders who would make the remaining
months of the school year meaningful and productive.
was integrated to the celebration of the Holy Mass which started around
6:30 in the evening presided over by Rev Fr. Andres Semana Jr.
Awidan the outgoing general beadle passed the key of responsibility to
Sem. Escaño with an encouraging words of giving his all-out support
to the new officers.
Sem. John Cristopher
Escaño, the newly elected general beadle of ICST in his speech visions
a community of trust and collaboration and a brotherhood with the sense
of initiative and sympathy.
to new Acolytes and Lectors: “Bring Eucharistic experience to all, wherever,
The APIT (T2)
and ILOG (T1) classes were installed to the ministries of Acolyte and Lector
at the ICST Chapel on November 10, 2014, by Tabuk Apostolic-Vicar Most
Rev. Prudencio Andaya, CICM, D.D., with the theme “Come here at once and
take your place at the table.” (Lk 17, 7).
In his homily,
Bishop Andaya explained the significance of the ministries of Acolyte and
Lector. He explained to them the importance of this ministry in their life
as installed Acolytes and Lectors. He emphasized the duty of
a Lector to proclaim the Word of God and of the Acolyte to prepare the
Eucharist, not only within the Eucharistic celebration but also in the
witness of their lives. “Service is not limited to the Mass or the Table,
but wherever, whenever, bring the Eucharistic experience to all,” he said.
challenges the seminarian to imbibe a deeper commitment in their desire
to serve God and the Church in their formation to be future presbyters.
It is a manifestation of God’s abiding love for his people in providing
them pastors with hearts patterned after His heart.
meet at ICST
Conception School of Theology was host to this year’s Northern Luzon Bishops’
Meeting from November 10-11, 2014.
attended the meeting. They were Nueva Segovia Archbishop Most Rev. Marlo
M. Peralta, D.D., Nueva Segovia Auxiliary Bishop Most Rev. David William
Antonio, D.D., Baguio Bishop Most Rev. Carlito Cenzon ,D.D., Laoag Bishop
Most Rev. Renato Mayugba, D.D., Urdaneta Bishop Most Rev. Jack Jose, D.D.,
Tuguegarao Auxiliary Bishop Most Rev. Ricardo Baccay, D.D, San Fernando
Bishop Most Rev. Rodolfo Beltran, D.D., Ilagan Bishop Most Rev. Joseph
Nacua, OFM, D.D. Diocesan administrators and some seminary formators in
Northern Luzon including ICST formators were also present.
the different dioceses of Northern Luzon gather every year to talk about
the concerns of the Church in Northern Luzon. Among the concerns raised
during the two-day meeting was about the formation of seminarians.
It was indeed
a blessing to the community of ICST for having been visited by their own
respective bishops. It was a refreshing moment for the seminarians to see
and listen to the words of their bishops and be inspired as they go on
with their journey.
on renaissance art in Advent retreat
the second semester gets a twist through Fr. Edmundo Castañeda,
Jr of the Diocese of Ilagan and St. Ferdinand parish priest who led the
seminarians into meditation focusing on a renaissance art.
With the theme:
“Crossing the Threshold of Hope with Mary,” the retreat highlighted theological
symbolisms of the Madonna del Cardellino, an artwork of the Italian painter
art, especially those produced during the medieval and renaissance periods
are more than what meets the eye,” Fr. Castañeda contended. Madonna
del Cardellino portrays the Blessed Virgin Mary holding the Baby Jesus
with a background of vegetable gourds, fruits and a fly.
Using the painting
as a launching pad, he brought the seminarians to reflect on the different
faces and may levels of corruption that assail them in their formation
as future pastors. Borrowing extensively the thoughts of Jorge Cardinal
Bergoglio’s (now Pope Francis) in his book “Way of Humility,” Fr. Castaneda
made a deep exposition of the idea of corruption and challenged the seminarians
to “swat the flies that storm them,” lest they finally succumb to incorrigibility.
sincerely weaved his own experiences as a pastor with his admonition to
watch against corruption.
to Suyo for ‘Rambak Cristo Ari’
The ICST community
participated in the Solemnity of Christ the King celebration on November
23, 2014 at St. Andrew the Apostle Parish in Suyo, Ilocos Sur.
‘Rambak Cristo Ari’ in Nueva Segovia manifests the faith of the people
as they honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, King of heaven and earth.
Many priests, religious, and laity from all over the archdiocese came to
participate in the said celebration.
Archbishop Marlo M. Peralta, D.D. presided over the Holy Eucharist at around
3 o’clock in the afternoon. In his homily, he gave emphasis on the message
of the Year of the Poor. He stressed the importance of looking at this
year in a positive manner. “Even when we are poor, our dignity will not
be lessened as children of God. Even when we are poor, we must not always
be dependent to others because Jesus will forever be our source of our
hope.” he said.
launches Year of the Poor
The Our Lady
of Piat Formation Community in cooperation with the Social Action Commission
of the Immaculate Conception School of Theology launched its observance
of the Year of the Poor on 6 December 2014 at the CAVISA grounds. OLPCF
Director Rev. Fr. Loubert M. Agduyeng, who also celebrated his sacerdotal
anniversary, presided over the Holy Mass together with the other seminary
The Year of
the Poor is third of the CBCP’s 9-year preparation for the 500 Years of
Christianity in the Philippines in 2021. In ICST, this has been launched
to be observed through conducting a year-long activities and programs for
At the launching
program, the Social Action Commission, headed by Sem. Esteban H. Amor,
distributed some grocery items and kilos of rice to the indigents, laundrywomen,
seminary personnel and some poor families from Pantay-Daya. A simple breakfast
was shared by the whole seminary community together with the said beneficiaries.
savior of Vigan in theatrical play
From a community-building
activity at the beginning of the first semester, theater arts has been
finally revived in the seminary through its production, DAMILI that highlighted
the life of a priest of the Society of the Divine Word and his role in
the saving of Vigan from the bombings of World War II.
Fr. Josef Klekamp,
SVD was the seminary procurator during the war years in Vigan. History
accounts of his compassion to the Ilocano war victims and his friendliness
both to the warring Americans and the Japanese. Convincing Japanese Captain
Takahashi not to destroy Vigan with fire, Fr. Klekamp had actually caused
the preservation of the original Hispanic structure and setting of the
city. Last December 8, Vigan City was just declared one of the Seven Wonders
Cities of the World because of its stunning antiquity.
concepts from the life of Fr. Klekamp, the seminary based its scenes and
scripts from the book, ‘God, the Woman and the Priest’ written by Fr. Eugen
Reinhart, SVD. DAMILI was performed in three-consecutive days, from December
7-9, at the Aula Magna.
patroness’ feast, stages DAMILI at Benefactor’s Night
was a feast at the seminary in celebration of the Solemnity of the Immaculate
Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Early in the
morning, a Living Rosary was held through a procession of Marian images
under her different titles around the seminary grounds. The Holy Eucharist
followed with Fr. Lain M. Mayo, the seminary rector, presiding together
with the formators. After the Mass, there was a floral offering to the
In the evening
was the Benefactors’ Night attended by the generous benefactors and friends
of the seminary. A merienda was shared by the community and the visitors
after which they were entertained with the theatrical play dubbed as DAMILI,
showcasing Fr. Josef Klekamp and his role in the saving of Vigan from the
bombings of World War II.
2014 is ‘Liwliwa’ for seminarians
have always been fanatic to all kinds of sports. This semester, Theolympics,
the official olympic games in ICST was conducted with the theme: ‘Liwliwa,’
connoting a rest and recreation, a comfort and support which the community
gained from involving themselves to sports.
program was held on December 10, 2014. Parlor games and some outdoor and
indoor games were conducted. On the three-day sports competition, three
teams competed for the championship namely ILOG (First Year Class), APIT
(Second Year Class), and SANGA (Fourth Year Class). The OAIG (Third Year
Class) and the formators were distributed evenly to the said teams.
The APIT Class
dominated in the indoor games and parlor games while the SANGA class swept
most outdoor games giving them the highest points for their over-all championship.
Sems. Jerry C. Indito and Lyndon Rey G. Depayso, sports coordinators, organized
the Theolympics 2014.
hosts Kapihan III
was the seminary’s Christmas party with the theme ‘Lang-ay’, an Ifontok
term which means a socialization or a gathering. The Immaculate Heart of
Mary Formation Community sponsored this quarterly celebration on December
with a dinner, Kapihan included entertaining performances from the different
formation communities and the personnel, giving of tokens to November,
December and January birthday celebrators, and awarding of the winners
in the different sports held during the Theolympics.
the efforts and talents of the seminarians in all the seminary activities,
Fr. Lain M. Mayo, rector, stressed in his closing remarks his appreciation
to the successful stage play DAMILI.