Formation Community hosts KAPIHAN I
The Our Lady
of Manaoag Formation Community (also known as Pangasinan Formation Community)
steered the first Kapihan with the theme ‘Galila’ last June 20.
The host Formation
Community chose the theme ‘Galila’ as a signal to start the formation year.
Galila is a Pangasinan term which literally means “Let’s go!”, “Tara na!”
It is an appropriate term to call everyone to start a new beginning. The
theme particularly calls each one to leave behind the hang-overs from their
vacation and summer apostolates. It is also a time to say goodbye for some
time to their beloved family and friends.
a quarterly event in the seminary celebrated at the beginning of the school
year (June), before semestral break (October), before Christmas vacation
(December), and during the Closing of the school year (March/April). It
is a gathering and a celebration of the ICST community, whereby it becomes
an avenue for everyone to foster their talents and even deepen the friendship
among the community members.
Kapihan I was
a successful one despite of the lack of manpower of the formation community.
They were only six of them who conceptualized, and materialized all the
things needed in the celebration, but because ICST is a community, they
also helped the host community in preparing the venue for the celebration.
The program started at 7:00pm with a dinner and after which the priests,
seminarians, personnel, and visitors were warmly welcomed through the opening
salvo presented by the Sanga Class. Likewise, Rev. Fr. Raymundo Q. De Guzman,
the Spiritual Director of the Pangasinan Formation Community gave the welcome
address and he further explained the theme.
The said celebration
was dedicated to the new members of the community, particularly, the freshmen,
formators, and returnees from the regency programs. They were also given
a corsage signifying that they are already part of the ICST community.
The program formally ended with a Marian Song and with a blessing given
by Rev. Fr. Randolph Romero, the new formation director, Pangasinan.
first sem retreat
to the person and ministry of Jesus is a universal call of all Christians.
It is more than a call to those who work in God’s vineyard. It is a demand.
to this demand of configuring one’s self to Jesus, the ICST community held
its first semester’s retreat last June 23-27. This week-long retreat was
facilitated by Fr. Romeo Villavicencio and Sr. Maria Rose Duran Cruza,
CM. Working as a team, both facilitators guided the seminarians reflections
and learning with the theme “Prayer and Discipleship: Configuration to
the Person and Ministry of Jesus.”
commenced with a deafening silence of the disposition day on June 23, Monday.
From June 24-26, the seminarians engaged themselves in activities which
facilitated the concretization of what it means to be a disciple of Jesus.
Each activity is preceded by an input from the facilitators.
and spirit-lifting retreat culminated with a solemn Eucharistic celebration.
The certificates and tokens of gratitude to the facilitators was awarded
before the concluding rites of the Mass which Fr. Romeo himself presided.
Fr. Romeo is
spiritual director at the St. Augustine Major Seminary in San Jose, Tagaytay
City. Sr. Mary Rose is also based in Tagaytay City.
and times of Fr. Klekamp to be staged
The story of
Adela Tolentino and her unconventional relationship with a Japanese military
caption during the Second World War is well known and is romanticized in
the streets of Vigan especially to tourists who flock the well preserved
colonial city. Little is talked about however about the priest who without
a doubt had a substantial contribution to the saving of the city from the
war’s carpet bombing of cities occupied by the Japanese Imperial Army.
The ICST community
in an attempt to boost awareness of this is preparing to stage a musicale
docu-drama of the person, life, and times of Fr. Josef Klekamp, SVD who
toiled hard in our isles. He is a German born missionary but became a naturalized
Filipino citizen in #### after ## years of service in our isles. The tentative
playdate is on 8 December this year.
NGA ICST AGDIRII
2014, the annual seminary intramurals was opened last June 21 in the Immaculate
Conception School of Theology grounds with theme, “Maymaysa nga ICST, Agdir-I”
(We rejoice as one ICST).
and the opening basketball matches were among the highlights of the event
Bello, fourth year , elaborated the theme by reiterating the importance
of joyful communion with and for one another. Rev. Fr. Adel Agcaoili who
formally opened the event, followed up this idea by saying that Theolympics
is not only a showcase of talents but also a manifestation of who the ICST
community is, geared towards becoming a community of Christ’s disciples.
At lunch time,
the ICST community had a “boodle fight” joyfully culminating the event.
inducts new officers
for the formation year 2014-2015 first semester (please see opposite
page), headed by General Beadle Sem. Evedi B. Awidan, were inducted in
the presence of the ICST Community last 8 June 2014 by Rev. Fr. Lain M.
Mayo, rector. The rites were integrated in the Eucharistic Celebration
presided by Rev. Fr. Ian Kenneth T. Mamauag.
Sem. Angelo B. Lopez and incoming general beadles highlighted the formative
aspects of the Student Council offices in their speeches and Fr. Rector
exhorted all the officers to be “beacon lights of servant-leadership in
the example of Jesus, the good shepherd.”
: Sem. Evedi B. Awidan
BEADLE : Sem. John Christopher G. Escaño
: Sem. Danille Chad C. Pecson
: Sem. Ronaldo D. Navato
: Sem. Jaime G. Andres Jr.
: Sem. Francis D. Miguel
: Sem. Jaypee A. Ancheta
: Sem. Joel B. Dumansi (Outdoor)
: Sem. Eleazarico P. Macalling (Indoor)
: Sem. Rotsen Nailuj M. Julian
: Sem. Diogenes Alexander D. Gaspar
COORDINATOR : Sem. Christian Jay M. Garnace
COORDINATOR : Sem. Esteban H. Amor
: Sem. Pee Jay A. Bello
: Sem. John Rey L. Cayetano
SOUND SYSTEM : Sem. Richard T. Ganga Jr.
: Sem. Mike B. Awidan
OFFICER : Sem. Kenart P. Titiwa
OFFICER : Sem. Benedict O. Santiago
: Sem. Benedict Jason P. Lopez
: Sem. Angelo B. Lopez
: Sem. Benedict Paolo C. Pasinca
De La Caridad Formation Community
: Sem. Edward F. Awao
Our Lady of
Manaoag Formation Community
: Sem. Vishnu B. Valdez
Our Lady of
Piat Formation Community
: Sem. Laverne C. Tarubal
Heart of Mary Formation Community
: Sem. Kenart P. Titiwa
Formation Community (Servant-Leader)
: Sem. Jeferson E. Magulod
feast of patroness
did nothing to dampen the spirits of the Our Lady of Piat Formation Community
(CAVISA) and their visitors and friends on July 2, 2014, when they celebrated
the feast of their patroness and namesake. The community also celebrated
on that same day the birthday anniversary of Fr. Loubert M. Agduyeng, new
to the director was made early in the morning followed by a procession
of the image of our Lady around the ICST compound concluding with their
community morning prayer.
Rev. Fr. Andres
Q. Semana, Jr., CAVISA spiritual director presided over the afternoon’s
fiesta mass with some priest-formators from the different formation communities
led by the Very Rev. Fr. Lain M. Mayo, rector. It was also participated
in by CAVISA friends, SiSas, including visitors from as far as Aritao in
Nueva Viscaya. A simple dinner and program followed the mass.
accomplished the construction of the concrete pavements connecting their
cottages and the putting up of a volleyball court last June as part of
its first semester plans and proposals, . The projects were funded by voluntary
contributions of the community members and were constructed by them during
their free hours.
Seminary life - encounter with Christ
open the formation year of the ICST, the Archbishop of Nueva Segovia, Most
Rev. Marlo M. Peralta, D.D. together with the ICST formators and some professors
presided over the annual Holy Spirit Mass and of ICST community. At the
beginning of the formation year we always ask the guidance of the Holy
Spirit for the continuous blessings and protection for the whole year.
In his homily,
the Archbishop emphasized the value of encountering Christ inside the seminary.
It is by way of total submission to the demands of formation that one can
perceive clearly Christ inside the seminary. He challenged us also to live
a life of simplicity patterned in the very life of Christ in order for
us to be called worthy followers of Him. “Because of simplicity, we become
more like Christ because Christ lived a simple and humble life” he said.
celebration of the Holy Spirit Mass is an important seminary event By imploring
the aid and guidance of the Holy Spirit, we can be assured of the countless
blessings from God and to have the confidence of facing problems and challenges
in our life.
community celebrates patron's fiesta
Last June 28,
the Immaculate Heart of Mary Formation Community (Montañosa) celebrated
the feast of their patroness. The community started the day by a procession
around the ICST compound while praying the Holy Rosary and singing songs
in her honor.
followed after which commenced celebration of the Holy Mass presided by
Rev. Fr. Adel A. Agcoili, formation director together with Rev. Fr. Berlynden
Dao-anis, Spiritual director and Rev. Fr. Lain Mayo, ICST rector as concelebrants.
The Holy mass was followed by the usual agape while traditional songs and
dances of the Montañosa were performed.
also had a friendship game of basketball among themselves where the group
of Fr. Dao-anis won. The day’s celebration praying of the Holy Rosary,
evening prayers and Benediction.
It is said
that the whole Montañosa was entrusted to the Immaculate Heart of
Mary by its early evangelizers, the CICM missionaries.
undergo theater workshop
Two years ago,
ICST has started its program that addresses the need of intensifying the
spirit of community among seminarians, despite its context of having four
small communities. This seminary program is called community building workshop.
For the past two years, the seminarians had team building facilitated by
a group called LUBID.
the formators decided to have a different means of building the spirit
of brotherhood and community by developing the artistic side of the seminarians.
This year, therefore, the seminarians underwent an intensive community
1-5, 2014, the seminarians experienced a week-long theatre workshop facilitated
by, Mr. Rafael Julius Kapuno, Mr. Elmer Tadeo and Mr. Silvino Dulnuan.
The facilitators guided the seminarians according to their field of expertise:
theatre acting, music, and visual arts respectively.
workshop the community was divided into four small groups with their respective
group names: Rupa ti Amianan (Face of the North), Ramut (Root), Damascus
and Sandugo. For the whole duration of the workshop, these four groups
worked together in all the activities and dynamics given by the facilitators.
The first two days of the workshop were spent in talking about basic tools,
orientation and do’s and don’ts in theatre. The seminarians also had their
basic orientation in mask making and mural painting. Another decisive part
of the workshop was Biblio-Drama. The seminarians were able to connect
what they learned in the theatre field to the spiritual realm. The
workshop was intensive in the sense that the seminarians went through the
rigorous processes in learning the basics of theatre.
The next two
days were spent in coming out of a short presentation from the four groups.
The four groups assigned their respective representatives in the different
committees, namely, student directors, stage managers, musicians, artists,
dancers and actors. The Rupa ti Amianan worked on psycho-spiritual themed
Ramut on political, Damascus on ecological and Sandugo on cultural. Each
group presented for approximately 10 to 15 minutes. These four short presentations
were shown on the last day of the workshop as their final presentation.
On this last day, the community invited some visitors to watch their combined
presentations. Their final presentation was given the title “Pammati ti
indeed, helped the seminarians not only in developing the artistic side
of them but also in deepening their relationship in one another as a community.
The workshop paved way also to the seminarians in refining their behaviours
and personality as demanded by theatre acting. It likewise boosted the
confidence of the seminarians in showing off their talents for the good
of the many and for the good of the community.