No, the title of this post is not about dogs. “Gone to the Dogs” was the book published by Fr. Leonardo Estioko, SVD several years ago. It was a hit! But the title has no connection even with the content of this post. Wahaha.

I remember Fr. Nards with fondness. I was a college student in Christ the King before. Katatapos lang ng ozone disco tragedy and being the rector, he ordered that fire alarms be also put up in the seminary.

But since the fire alarms were installed in the hallways where seminarians usually pass, the naughty ones playfully turned it on, creating noise and commotion during siesta. Grabe! One seminarian even jumped out of the window from the third floor!

It was also made an alternate bell during rising to make sure seminarians really wake up.

Hehe. Those were the days…

Fr. Nards then ordered that nobody should make prank jokes on the fire alarms. For one month, the seminarians seemed to follow him.

However, one siesta time, the fire signal alarmed again. The seminarians were in panic! Some nerbyoso seminarians started to shout and packed their things.

Then one seminarian went upstairs and informed us: “Please don’t panic! There is no fire. The fire alarm button was only touched accidentally.”

And one of the seminary bully angrily asked, “…and who the hell touched the fire alarm button?”

The seminarian immediately answered: “Fr. Nards!”

I just want to inform everyone that recently, our supra-devoted philosopher and former rector of Christ the King was awarded the Most Outstanding Filipino SVD Professor in Philosophy by Faculty of Philosophy and the studentry of Christ the King Seminary. My special thanks to Frt. Dale Apo, SVD and seminarian Plen-Tsar for providing the pictures.

“You deserved it!” Said Fr. Donato and Fr. Festin as they congratulated Fr. Nards.

Fr. Nielo Cantilado, SVD and Fr. Pabs Tagura handed to Fr. Nards his award

The seminarians cheered for their beloved and dedicated professor. He was once my professor too!

Priests from other congregations also mobbed him to congratulate him.

Despite being in wheelchair, he still continues his classes with the seminarians. It is his ardent wish to die in the classroom.

Congratulations, Fr. Nards!





4 thoughts on “GONE TO THE DOGS

  1. Fr. Nards, may you receive the Great Reward our Lord promised to His faithful servants.

    In my academic career, I have met several of your former students, who have only fond memories of you. Magaling raw, at madaling maintindihan ang mahihirap na Philsophy concepts ….. Sammy Yap, XVD

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