DIACONATE 2009 July 13, 2009Posted by Fr. Felmar Castrodes Fiel, SVD in Diaconate, SVD Philippines Centennial.
Tags: Abra, Bishop Leopoldo Jaucian SVD, Fr. Fred Saniel SVD, Fr. Gil Rochar Dulay SVD, Fr. Ronie Crisostomo SVD, Maramisa Class, Rev. Abraham Ronald Borja SVD, Rev. Benedicto Awitin SVD, Rev. Crisostomo Salar SVD, Rev. Dante Barril SVD, Rev. Ferdinand Anthoine Bajao SVD, Rev. Michael Namba SVD, Rev. Severo Biton SVD
Five of our 7 New Deacons
The Maramisa Class of the Society of the Divine Word (SVD) had their Diaconate Ordination last June 27, 2009 at San Isidro, Abra.
Very colorful Church
Bakit hindi sa Tagaytay? Kasi 100 years na kaming mga SVD sa Pinas this year and ang Abra ang cradle of the SVD mission. So, to make connections between the past and the present, sa Abra ang venue ng Centennial Diaconate Ordination.
The tomb of Fr. Juan Scheiermann, SVD –
the pioneer SVD missionary to the Philippines.
The Solemn Litany of the Saints
The Laying of the Hand By Bishop Leopoldo Jaucian, SVD
So, we have 7 new SVD deacons: Rev. Severo Biton, Rev. Cris Salar, Rev. Abraham Ronald Borja, Rev. Dante Barril, Rev. Ferdie Bajao, Rev. Mike Namba and Rev. Benjo Awitin. (Note: the deacon beside the bishop at the right is not an SVD).
Congratulations mga confreres! Sana makabingwit kami ng isa diyan para dito sa Olutanga Island, Zambonga Sibugay. Hehe.
Maraming salamat kay Fr. Gil Rochar Dulay, SVD for providing the pictures! Mabuhay ka Kuya Mountain!
MARAMISA CLASS PERPETUAL VOWS May 28, 2009Posted by Fr. Felmar Castrodes Fiel, SVD in Perpetual Vows.
Tags: Divine Word Seminary of Tagaytay, Fr. Titus Mananzan SVD, Frt. Benedict Awitin SVD, Frt. Cris Salar SVD, Frt. Dante Barril SVD, Frt. Ferdie Bajao SVD, Frt. Michael Namba SVD, Frt. Severo Biton SVD, Frt.Abraham Borja SVD, Maramisa Class
I would like to congratulate my brothers in the seminary formation, the Maramisa Class for their Perpetual Profession of Vows last May 24, 2009 at the Divine Word Seminary of Tagaytay.
The Litany of Saints
Rev. Abraham Borja, Rev. Ferdie Bajao, Rev. Benedicto Awitin,
Rev. Dante Barril, Rev. Cris Salar, Rev. Severo Biton and Rev. Michael Namba
Hehehe! Nakakatuwa silang tingnan!
Congrats Maramisa Class (Marami + Isa; One Heart, Many Faces)!!! I am one with you in prayers…Kitakits soon!
Thank you to Rev. Ferdie for providing me the pictures. Daghang salamat jud classmate! Mabuhay ang mga Regents assigned to Christ the King!!!
SEMINARY DEPARTURES October 6, 2007Posted by Fr. Felmar Castrodes Fiel, SVD in Seminary Life.
Tags: Fr. Ben Limsuan SVD, Frt. Dale Apo SVD, Frt. Dante Barril SVD, Frt. Elmer Hernandez SVD, Frt. Ferdinand Bajao SVD, Frt. Gilbero Antonio Marqueses SVD, Frt. Jereck Jera SVD, Frt. Louie Chris Gregorio SVD, Frt. Michael Namba SVD, Maramisa Class
Grace and peace in the Divine Word!
One of the most memorable, if not the most painful, experiences in the seminary is seminary departure. Some are asked to leave; some opt to leave while others left for some other reason. It is really an occasion causing a rupture in our hearts and community life.
In my ten years of seminary formation, I have witnessed more than forty seminary departures. When nine of my classmates were asked to leave the seminary in my second collegiate year, alas, it was a traumatic experience. Knowing for one that they had been my companions made me feel I lost a part of me. It was painful.
This semester, our community witnessed two seminarians leaving us. But their case is different. Their applications to study and experience foreign culture were granted by our SVD superiors. Frt. Jereck Jera, SVD and Frt. Elmer Hernandez, SVD were sent to Germany and Hungary, respectively. They are the brave ones who chose to leave the comfort zones of our beautiful and loving community to widen their horizon of the SVD culture. I have but all good words for them.
I remember Jereck very well. In fact, he was already a clear stand-out candidate among the more than 40 fourth year students whom I served during the search-in of April 1999 at the Divine Word Formation Center of Davao. He made the cut and we became dorm mates. Oh my God, he was very studious! He used to study in our CR after the study period at the study hall (wahahaha, grabe gyod ni siya mo-study bah!). He is also very down to earth.
On the other hand, I remember Elmer with fondness. We were together in Christ the King Mission Seminary in Quezon City back in year 2000. Whoa! He was so thin then. (Don’t look at his stomach now, blame it on the SVD). He used to call me “Beh.” (In the seminary, we used to be baptized with other names. Mine is Baby Fiel. Beh is from “Baby”). He said that he really wanted to become an SVD. He would really insist to become an SVD. “Pag palalabasin nila ako, di talaga ako lalabas kahit kaladkarin pa nila ako.” That’s the spirit!
I do not feel sad that they left our community. I am, in fact, happy for them. I am very confident that they would excel, become better persons and missionaries in the place where they now call their “new home.”
Certainly, I believe a bright future awaits for them (pati din sa amin na naiwan dito sa Tagaytay). Only God can tell when are we going to see each other again. By that time, we will be different persons but definitely still the same. God bless us all!