Sem-Workshop for T1 Held
The ILOG Class
(T1) embarked on a Journalism Seminar-Workshop last 30-31 January with
Prof. Wilberto Tabutol, a professor of Journalism and Creative Writing
at the University of Northern Philippines and the consultant of the KNOW,
as resource speaker and workshop facilitator.
is conducted annually to prepare the T1 Class in taking over the KNOW,
the seminary’s official publication.
brand of journalism vis-à-vis the Objectives and Editorial Policies
of the KNOW was discussed to situate the T1 into the theoretical framework
of the journalistic enterprise in the lens of Catholic teaching and in
line with the thrusts of the KNOW Magazine.
were conducted on the second day, where the T1 immediately put to test
the skills and learnings acquired. These were followed by a clinic where
their workshop outputs are put to the litmus test of sound journalism and
effective writing principles. The seminar-workshop was made possible through
the collaborative efforts of the T1 and T2 Classes with the sustained support
of Fr. Loubert M. Agduyeng, KNOW moderator.
Fest, Academic Pastoral Function focus on poor, perils of Social Networking
Conception School of Theology (ICST) celebrated the annual Apostolate festival
last 21 February with the theme “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me because
He has anointed me to bring the good news to the poor” (Lk 4,18).
The theme bespeaks
of Christians’ role as anointed by God to become messengers of His Good
News particularly to the powerless, weak, abandoned, to the needy, and
to the poor. Students, teachers, and friends from the partner schools,
delegates from parishes, and the SISA (BEC) areas where the seminarians
have their regular apostolate were present during the festival.
began with a concelebrated Mass presided by Fr. Loubert M. Agduyeng, Our
Lady of Piat Formation Community Director together with Fr. Rodel M. Molina,
Apostolate Director and Nuestra Señora de Caridad Formation Community
Director as homilist. Also joining them were the other ICST formators headed
by Fr. Lain M. Mayo, rector.
program was held at the Aula Magna. The doxology and flag ceremony were
rendered by the ICST Choir followed by the warm and joyful welcome remarks
of Sem. Eleazarico P. Macalling, Apostolate coordinator. An intermission
number of selected students of Vigan National High School –West broke the
ice as they rendered a song to the audience. This was followed by a roll
call of all the delegates before snack break was held.
Maguigad of the St. Paul University Philippines then shared her thoughts
on the topic “The Impact of Media and Social Networking to the Filipino
Morality.” She skillfully exposed the perils of the cyber-world to the
audience which were of a wide age demographics.
In the afternoon
ball games basketball and volleyball were held played between the different
schools and the seminarians. The Palarong Pinoy was also a much appreciated
highlight of the afternoon events. There was also a Catechetical
Quiz Bee where the contestants from the Santa Lucia Parish bested the other
The day was
capped by the closing program where awarding and giving of certificates
to our delegates of the different apostolate areas was done. Fr. Molina
expressed his words of gratitude to our apostolate partners after which
we sung a Marian Hymn followed by Fr. Berlynden Dao- Anis’ blessing.
join forces for Outreach
The Our Lady
of Piat Formation Community in cooperation with the Social Action Commission
conducted an outreach program last 1 March, after the regular community
Sunday Mass presided over by Fr. Loubert M. Agduyeng, CAVISA Formation
Director. Indigents from Barangay Pantay Daya were the recipients of the
welcomed and oriented the visitors of the activity. After which a simple
breakfast was served followed by the distribution of the goods intended
for them. Before goodbyes were bid, the CAVISA community rendered a song
to them to show how we loved and welcomed them in our midst.
The event was
made possible through the collaborative efforts of the CAVISA under the
guidance of Fr. Agduyeng, Formation Community Director and Fr. Andres Q.
Semana, Jr., Spiritual Director, in cooperation with the ICST Social Action
Commission under the leadership of Sem. Esteban H. Amor.
to Lucena for Kapatiran, Community Outing
comprising of the formators, seminarians, and staff and personnel of the
Immaculate Conception School of Theology (ICST) participated in the Kapatiran
2015 last 7 February at the Saint Alphonsus Regional Seminary (SARS) in
Lucena City, Quezon Province, making it one of the biggest groups to attend
an annual gathering of theology seminaries from the entire country. This
year’s event bore the theme “Pauperes Evangelizantur” (Lk 7, 22) meaning
“the poor have Good News brought to them” drawing inspiration from the
ongoing observance of the Year of the Poor in the Philippine Church.
The ICST family
onboard two buses left for Southern Luzon at nightfall on 5 February. They
had their breakfast and a celebration of the Holy Mass at St. Polycarp
Parish in Cabuyao, Laguna under the pastorship of Fr. Ireneo Oliver, the
the group visited the Rizal Museum at Calamba, Laguna. Sadly, the Casa-Museo
was closed for renovation lamented Ma’am Malou, curator. But we were still
allowed to roam around the Rizal estate’s grounds where the young Jose
Rizal, national patriot, played and grew up in.
The group proceeded
to the Mount Makiling Botanical Gardens located in the University of the
Philippines, Los Baños Campus Grounds. The seminarians were treated
to fresh and cool mountain air as they immersed themselves in the lore
of Maria Makiling, the legendary woman-protector of the mountain. The lush
garden is a repository and research institute for the rich flora and fauna
as well as wildlife from all over the archipelago. From Mt. Makiling, the
group trooped to SM City San Pablo for lunch.
finally arrived at Lucena City in Quezon Province by nightfall where we
were treated for a sumptuous dinner at the Diocesan Pastoral Center together
with the other early-comers. The seminarians and staff and personnel were
billeted at the Fresh Air Hotel, a short walk away from the Diocesan Pastoral
Center while the formators stayed at the Bahay Pari in the Center compound.
day, the seminarians paraded in their cassocks from Lucena Cathedral to
the Provincial Capitol through the main streets of Lucena City with the
“higantes” and “moriones” after breakfast at the Cathedral Function Hall.
were held at the Pastoral Center Compound clad in the official Kapatiran
2015 tshirt. Holy Mass was celebrated at 10:30 in the morning at the Seminary
Chapel with His Excellency Emilio Marques, D.D., Bishop of Lucena presiding
and His Excellency Gerardo Alminaza, D.D., Chairman of the CBCP Episcopal
Commission on Seminaries as the homilist.
Lunch was held
at the Kamayan sa Palaisdaan Resort in Pagbilao, Quezon. Conferences followed
by Year Level. T1 at the Minor Seminary, T2 at the St. Joseph Pre-College
Seminary, T3 at the College Seminary, and the T4, formators, and personnel
at the Kamay ni Jesus Healing Center.
presided over by His Excellency Ramon Arguelles, D.D., Metropolitan Archbishop
of Lipa were conducted back in the Seminary Chapel was done at nightfall.
On 8 February,
a Sunday, the ICST community joined the community Sunday Mass at the SARS’
seminary Chapel before hearty goodbyes and sincere thanks were exchanged.
The group for
the final leg of the journey visited the Missionary Catechists of the Sacred
Heart which as founded by Bishop Alfredo Versoza in Lipa City where we
were treated with a sumptous lunch then proceeded to visit the Carmel of
Lipa Shrine, the alleged apparition site of Mary under her title Mediatrix
of all Graces and where the miraculous shower of petals took place.
SM Mall of
Asia in Pasay City as the final stop of the journey where the group treated
themselves to food, shopping, and entertainment before they headed back
home in Vigan City.
from 30-Day Retreat
After 30 days
of prayer and meditation in the mountains, the seminarians from the St.
Joseph Formation Community (SFY) finally came home to ICST. The long period
of encountering Jesus through moments of silence started on 2 February
and ended last 2 March this year.
took place at the Apostolic Vicariate of Bontoc-Lagawe’s Pastoral Center
in Teng-ab, Bontoc, Mountain Province.
of the SFY is part of developing the spiritual aspect of the seminarians
who are undergoing long years of formation.
“We do not
have Christ all the time and this 30 day retreat is one opportunity given
to us to listen to His voice through prayer and silence,” said one SFY
owe the success of the retreat to the guidance and support of their formation
director Fr. Marlon Belmonte and Fr. Ian Kenneth Mamauag, spiritual director.
celebrates Pakésa; launches prayer manual
The Our Lady
of Piat Formation Community (CAVISA) held their 8th Friends’ Day celebration
with the theme “Pakésa” last 22 February. Pakésa is an Itawes
term meaning “to gather as one.” Friends from different places as far as
Rizal, Cagayan came to take part in this annual event whose primary purpose
is to be united as one CAVISA family.
was filled with fun and excitement as the CAVISA seminarians showcased
their talents in singing and dancing. A live band entertained the guests
while they had their lunch. It was indeed a precious moment for both parties
to reunite themselves once again to smile, to laugh, to share stories and
experiences, and to feel the spirit of God through one another.
M. Agduyeng, CAVISA Formation Director also introduced and explained the
meaning of Itubay an alternative name for CAVISA. The word is composed
of the ecclesiastical names of the three dioceses comprising the community,
‘I’lagan, ‘Tu’guegarao, and ‘Bay’ombong. The word also has a deeper
meaning. Itubay is also an Ilocano word which means “to form.” This
reminds them of their identity as one who is undergoing seminary formation.
It was also
during the said event that the CAVISA launched the prayer handbook entitled
‘Pray Without Ceasing.’ It includes the Order of the Holy Mass written
in four languages, prayers of blessings, prayers to angels and saints,
novenas and other Christian prayers..
Love continues at Inniliw 2015: 159 come home
A total of
159 allumni from all over Northern Luzon came home to Immaculate Conception
School of Theology for the 2015 Allumni Homecoming, Inniliw last 26-27
January with the theme, “Let Brotherly Love Continue” (Heb 13, 1). The
event was sponsored by the Active Class of 1999 and Galileans Class of
socialization activities were conducted on the first day. A Eucharistic
Celebration was held in the afternoon after the vespers with His Excellency
Marlo M. Peralta, D.D., Archbishop of Nueva Segovia presiding. The vespers
were led by Fr. Aris Mina and serving as lector was Fr. Andrew Claver.
at the seminary patio. The first day was capped with the showing of the
Damili musical play and socializations followed afterwards.
on the second day, Fr. Antonio Pernia, SVD delivered a paper entitled “The
Stranger and the Poor Two Challenges to the Missionary Church in Evangelii
Gaudium” at the Aula Magna.
This was followed
by the culminating Mass presided by His Excellency David William Antonio
with His Excellency Camilo Gregorio, D.D., as homilist. Bishop Florentino
Sinense gave the words of thanks at the conclusion of the Mass.
classes 1989 and 1990 were honored during the event. His Excellency, Renato
Mayugba, D.D. of Laoag Diocese was also present during the event.
The event was
hailed a success through the collaborative efforts of the ICST Community
under the rectorship of Fr. Lain M. Mayo, remarks Fr. Randolph G. Romero,
the Chairman of the Inniliw 2014 together with Sem. Richard Ganga, coordinator.