Throwback: Seminary Family Feast 2006 August 30, 2016Posted by Fr. Felmar Castrodes Fiel, SVD in Archdiocese of Manila, Diocese of Cubao, Family Feast, Regency, Seminary Life, SVD, SVD Philippine Central Province, Vocation Campaign, Year of Mercy.
Tags: Christ the King Mission Seminary
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Back in 2006, I was assigned as Regent in Christ the King Mission Seminary. It’s so amazing to look back at those wonderful year, especially during the month of September. You see, every SVD seminarian looks forward to September 8, the SVD Foundation anniversary. We call this Family Feast.
The Family Feast is a long-standing tradition in the SVD congregation as our way of celebrating our birthdays in common. In 2006, the theme of the Family Feast in Christ the King was “M:131.” That is, 131 years in the mission of spreading God’s word.
That was exactly ten years ago. How time flies! Several other Family Feast celebrations year after year were also equally memorable. I thank God for the gift of perseverance in my chosen congregation. More power to the SVD! I hope to witness a hundred years more of Family Feasts!
10 Things You Must Know About Christ the King Mission Seminary (CKMS) November 21, 2015Posted by Fr. Felmar Castrodes Fiel, SVD in Communications Ministry, Diocese of Cubao, Jesus, Seminary Life, SVD, SVD Philippine Central Province.
Tags: Christ the King Mission Seminary, Divine Word Missionaries, SVD, Villa Cristo Rey
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- Christ the King Mission Seminary (CKMS) is a Roman Catholic seminary in Quezon City run by the Divine Word Missionaries (SVD), a German congregation founded by St. Arnold Janssen in Steyl, Holland. Today, the SVD is the biggest religious male congregation in the Philippines.
- It was established on 1933, just 8 years after Pope Pius XI added to the liturgical calendar the Feast of Christ of King in 1925. This is the first seminary ever to be dedicated to Christ the King.
- CKMS, being an academic institution that prepares seminarians to become priests and missionaries, offers an undergraduate course of AB Philosophy and a Postgraduate program on MA Philosophy. I graduated here last 2002.
- CKMS is located at 101 E. Rodriguez Sr. Blvd – this long stretch of E. Rodriguez is filled with Kings – from Burger King, Chow King, Goto King, Tapa King – and if you just continue walking – you will end up with Christ the King!
- Inside the compound, you will find the Villa Cristo Rey (VCR). Ever wonder what happens to our old missionaries when they retire and become sick? They stay at the Villa Cristo Rey. Here at the VCR, they are taken good care by our health personnel. Interestingly, at the back of the VCR is our cemetery. Thus, it is safe to say that VCR is our pre-departure area. Lol.
- Just at the other side of our Sementeryo ng Mga Relihiyoso, you will see the Grotto of the Lady of Annunciation. This area used to be a garbage dumpsite several decades ago but when the Lady was brought here, the people started visiting the area. See it for yourself.
- Despite being near the highway, you can actually enjoy the tranquility of Christ the King Mission Seminary. Within the compound, there are so many solemn and feel-good things to see. Religious articles, souvenirs, liturgical materials can also be found at the seminary store. Make sure to also see the brightly-colored koi fishes, century-old trees, well-designed landscape and the mini-amphitheater at the Garden of the Divine Word.
- The castle-designed building is called the Buttenbruch Building. It is named after Fr. Theodore Buttenbruch, SVD. The congregation remembered him as a “martyr for charity” for helping the Filipinos. In 1944, he was taken by the Japanese and was brought to Fort Santiago. He was never seen again. By the way, he also founded the Divine Word College of Bangued, Abra.
- The seminary chapel, now called the Divine Word Shrine, is especially memorable for Bishop Leopoldo Jaucian, SVD – the Bishop of Bangued, Abra. In 2007, he was ordained a Bishop at the Divine Word Shrine – the same chapel where he used to serve as Sacristan Mayor before he entered the seminary.
- For the schedule of Holy Masses, check out the info below:
|MONDAY||5:30am Mass (Crypt)||6:45pm (Holy Spirit Devotion)|
|6:20am Mass||6:00pm Mass|
|TUESDAY||5:30am Mass (Crypt)||6:00pm Mass (Padre Pio Devotion)|
|WEDNESDAY||5:30am Mass (Crypt)||5:30pm (Perpetual Help Novena)|
|6:20am Mass||6:00pm Mass|
|THURSDAY||5:30am Mass (Crypt)||6:00pm Mass|
|6:20am Mass||St. Jude Devotion (After 6:00pm Mass)|
|FRIDAY||5:30am Mass (Crypt)||5:30pm (Divine Mercy Devotion)|
|6:20am Mass||6:00pm Healing Mass and Devotion to Jesus the Divine Word|
|SATURDAY||5:30am Mass (Crypt)||6:00pm Anticipated Sunday Mass|
|Healing Mass: Every 1st Saturday of the Month (9:00am at the Grotto)|
|SUNDAY||6:00 am||4:00 pm|
|7:00 am||5:00 pm|
|8:00 am||6:00 pm|
|9:00 am||7:30 pm|
|· Sundays at every start of the Mass|
|· Upon request thru text messaging: 09175620337 and 09213108400|
|· Special Occasions (Separate schedule will be posted)|
Kasadya Christmas Choral Concert December 13, 2014Posted by Fr. Felmar Castrodes Fiel, SVD in Archdiocese of Cebu, Cebu, Christmas, Seminary Life.
Tags: DYRF, DYRF Radio Fuerza, Fr. Cha-cha Jayme, Fr. Ver Pedrano, San Carlos Seminary College Choir
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San Carlos Seminary College presented the “Kasadya: Christmas Choral Concert” at the San Roque Parish in Valladolid, Carcar City, Archdiocese of Cebu. It featured the San Carlos Seminary College choir directed by Cebu’s literary giant and great musical genius Msgr. Rudy Villanueva and Fr. Avelito John Burgos. It was also in coordination with the San Roque Parish Pastoral Council WESTY Ministries and PERTUVAL chapels with Fr. Ver Pedrano, the parish priest.
For more updates, please our station DYRF page: Here
Then check more photos here: Here
DWST Grand Alumni Homecoming Schedule February 27, 2014Posted by Fr. Felmar Castrodes Fiel, SVD in Diocese of Imus, Seminary Life, SVD, XVD.
Tags: Anniversary, Divine Word Seminary of Tagaytay
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DAY 1: MARCH 11, 2014
8:00 am – Opening Mass
9:30 am – Theological Symposium: The State of Mission Today (Fr. Tony Pernia, SVD – Superior General 2000-2012.
12 noon – LUNCH
1:00 pm – Follow Up Discussion
2:00 pm – Organizational Meeting
3:00 pm – Free/Sports
6:00 pm – Vespers
7:00 pm – Dinner. Recognition and Awards Night
DAY 2: MARCH 12, 2014
8:00 am – Opening Mass (Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle)
9:30 am – Theological Symposium: The Catholic Church in the World Stage in the 21st Century (John Allen Jr, Vatican Correspondent at CNN)
12 noon – LUNCH
1:00 pm – Follow Up Discussion
2:00 pm – Organization of DWST Alumni Association
3:00 pm – Free/Sports
6:00 pm – Vespers
7:00 pm – Dinner. Musical Preparation
For more details, like the page:
Divine Word Seminary Sponsors ABS-CBN TV Mass February 7, 2014Posted by Fr. Felmar Castrodes Fiel, SVD in Seminary Life, SVD.
Tags: Diocese of Imus, Divine Word Seminary of Tagaytay, Fr. Raul Caga SVD, Fr. Wilfredo Saniel SVD, Liturgy, The Healing Eucharist
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Divine Word Seminary-Tagaytay, on the occasion of its 50th year, will be sponsoring the Healing Eucharist on February 9, 2014, 6 a.m on ABS-CBN. Father Rector Wilfredo Saniel will be the main presider with Fr. Raul Caga, Vice Rector, the Saksi Class, the newly ordained SVD priests and other alumni priests as concelebrants.
FIRST VOWS June 5, 2013Posted by Fr. Felmar Castrodes Fiel, SVD in First Vows, Seminary Life.
Tags: Communio Class, Frt. Joel Templa SVD, Frt. Mark Paglicawan SVD, Frt. Siano Gumadlas SVD
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Last June 1, 13 young men took their First Profession of Vows in the Society of the Divine Word at the Divine Word Shrine in Christ the King Mission Seminary, Quezon City.
I had three important reasons why I was present:
1. Frt. Siano Gumadlas, SVD was our parishioner here in Olutanga Island.
2. Frt. Mark Paglicawan, SVD was my classmate in college.
3. Frt. Joel Templa, SVD was my kababayan.
Congratulations to the Communio Class! I’m one with you in prayers+
SILIP SA BUHAY-PARI (PART FIVE) June 23, 2010Posted by Fr. Felmar Castrodes Fiel, SVD in Jokes, Mission Anecdotes, Seminary Life.
Tags: Ghost, Sto. Niño
My dear readers, the Lord be with you!
I am back!!! Group Hug!!!
For the past three months, di talaga ako nakapag-blog kasi aside from being busy, nasira ang aming internet connection dito sa convento. Medyo naayos but mabagal naman ang downloading. Minsan no connectivity pa. Kaya 3 months ko rin na kinulit ang hotline…and yahoo, back to blogosphere na ulit ako!
Group Hug ulit!!!
Kaya dahil matagal akong nawala, ito ang mga pasabog ko sa aking pagbabalik — ang silip sa buhay-pari. Come, read on!
39. Oh Honey. May mga honeybees sa old convento. Isang grupo ng mga parishioners ang nagvolunteer na kunin ang honey. Natuwa naman kaming mga pari sapagkat nagvolunteer sila. Unknown to us, yong nagvolunteer pala ay walang kaalam-alam kung paano manguha ng honey. Ang nangyari ganito — nabulabog ang parokya sapagkat pinagkakagat at pinaghahabol sila ng mga honeybees. So, ang kanilang nakuha ay isang basong honey lamang. Huhuhu.
40. Oh Honey, (Again). At hindi pa doon natapos ang kwento. Noong nasa aming mga pari na ang isang basong honey, we asked our kusinera na i-boil sandali ang honey para mamatay yong mga microbes. Habang nagpapakulo, kung saan-saan muna naglakad-lakad ang aming kusinera. Kaya ayun, nakalimutan niya ang kanyang pinapakuluan. Pagbalik niya, huhuhuhu, ang honey namin — lahat nag-evaporate na!
41. Buking. Kasal ang eksena. Ang groom ay magbibigay ng coins sa bride. Everything turned out fine, until I asked the bride to put the coins in the pocket of the groom. Aba, ang groom umayaw! Ayaw niya na ilagay ng bride ang coins sa pocket ng kanyang pantalong slacks. “Basta!” — yan lang ang reason na naidahilan ng groom. Siyempre, medyo made-delay na, kaya napilitan na rin siya. Que horror! Ang coins nahulog sa sahig! Butas ang bulsa ng groom! He covered his face in shame. Lol.
42. Ghost. One dusk, I saw our kusinera standing beside our dining table. Suddenly, nalingat lang ako ng konti, bigla siyang nawala! Nagsitayuan ang mga balahibo ko! I looked outside, wala rin siya. Pagtingin ko ulit sa dining table, andoon na ulit siya nakatayo. Kinabahan ako ng todo. So, I asked her, “asan ka galing?” Sagot naman ng kusinera, “Sa ilalim po ng table, naglagay ng magic chalk.” Hahahaha, akala ko kung ano na!
43. Bowl o Bell? May isang pari kaming Taiwanese sa community sa Christ the King sa QC. One time, lumapit sa akin ang paring ito at sinabing “may I borrow a bowl?” Aba! Nagulat ako kung bakit sa akin pa manghihiram ang paring ito, hindi pa dumiretso sa kusina. Binigyan ko ng bowl. Sabi niya,”no,no,no.” Hindi daw yun ang hinihingi niya. Sabi niya “bell” daw pala. So, naghanap ako ng bell. Ngunit, pagbalik ko wala na siya. Bumaba ako ng dormitory sa kahahanap sa kanya. Pagdating ko sa basketball court, nakita ko siya. Ngumiti siya at ipinakita ang hawak niya: bola. Ball pala ang hanap niya! (Kasi naman ehhh)
44. Fire Alarm. After the Ozone Tragedy, a fire alarm device was installed in our seminary. Malaki ang tulong sa akin ng fire alarm. Being the liturgist of the seminary, it was a good rising bell for the seminarians. When I’m all dressed up and lahat tulog pa kahit malapit na ang prayer time, i-pu-push ko lang ang fire alarm. Presto, lahat magigising sa panic! Hahaha, akala may sunog! Pagdating ng morning prayers, perfect attendance lahat ng seminarians!
45. Baby Jesus Nahulog! Marami ang di nakakaalam na Sinulog dancer ako sa seminaryo. Three years din akong naging Sinulog dancer. Pero yong pangatlong taon ko ang pinakamemorable. Ako kasi ang taga-hawak ng baby Jesus. Kaso, medyo loose na ang pinagkapitang paa ng Sto. Niño sa base. Ung isa kong classmate si Richard, nagrequest na siya muna ang humawak during the street dancing. Pumayag naman ako ngunit nakalimutan ko siyang sabihan na hawakang maigi ang baby Jesus. Ohlala, the unexpected happened. Habang nagsasayaw siya ng Pit Senyor, tumilapon sa ere ang image ng Baby Jesus. Natanggal sa base. Kaya ayun, noong ako na ang nagsayaw, hawak-hawak ko na sa paa si baby Jesus.
I MISS EVERYONE IN THE BLOGOSPHERE!!!
KUMUSTA NA KAYONG LAHAT?
“And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ.” (Philippians 1:9-10)
MGA TANONG KAY PARING FIEL (PART TWO) March 4, 2010Posted by Fr. Felmar Castrodes Fiel, SVD in Seminary Life, SVD, Vocation Campaign, Vocation Story.
Tags: Fr. Felmar Fiel SVD, Q and A
(HABANG MAAGA AT MAY KURYENTE PA, POST KO NA ITO. BAKA BIGLANG MAGBROWNOUT PA)
Ito ang iba pang mga tanong noong seminarista pa ako: Brought to you by curious minds…
– hahahaha. Ang seminaryo ang building. Ang seminarista ang tao. Hehe, hindi po ako building.
Nagtetext din po kayo?
– noong college kami, bawal mag-cp. pero sa higher formation allowed na.
Umaakyat din po ba kayo sa pader (read: umeeskapo po ba kayo sa seminaryo ng walang paalam)?
– haha, hindi. Malakas ang loob ko, sa gate ako dumadaan. May classmate akong nag-over da bakod, natusok, ayun, pinalabas ng tuluyan.
Nangudigo po ba kayo sa exams?
– once lang, sa aming Latin exam. Pero di ko na inulit. Ang hirap ng Latin kasi! Puro memorizations. Mautak ang old professor namin. Nagda-dark shades siya during exams para di namin mapansin kung saan siya nakatingin. Ung isa namang student, gumaya ng kodigo, kaso ung kodigo niya ninakaw pa ng isang classmate nya. Wahahaha.
Hindi nyo ba namimiss ang parents/family ninyo?
– Siyempre namimiss din. Pero pag nagbabakasyon ako, dapat two weeks lang. Uneasy na ako pag lumampas pa diyan. Iba talaga ang hatak sa loob ng seminaryo.
Kung masaya nga sa loob ng seminaryo, may mga lonely moments ba?
– Yes. Pag may nagdedecide na lumabas. Kakalungkot.
Bakit naka-civilian attire na ang mga pari ngayon? Dati ang mga pari laging naka-sotana…
– Pangkantong sagot: Noon yun. Ikaw, gusto mo bang magswimming na naka-sotana, magbasketball na naka-sotana, manood ng Avatar na naka-sotana?
Bakit ang galing-galing kumanta ng mga seminarista at pari?
– hindi po totoo yan pag i-aapply na sa lahat. May naalala akong pari dito. Noong pinalabas ang Miss Saigon sa London, tuwang-tuwa ang mga British sa mga Pinoy. During one party, pinilit nila ang isang Pinoy na pari na kumanta kasi sabi ng mga British “All Filipinos can sing.” Ayon, pinagbigyan sila ng paring Pinoy, and he sang his heart out. After the song, sabi ng emcee, “Now I know, not all Filipinos can sing.” Hahaha.
(kung kayo ay may mga kwelang tanong na gusto nyong itanong sa akin, isend nyo lang sa aking fb. walang limit. pag mapipili ko ang mga questions ninyo, ipopost ko ang mga yun)
MGA TANONG KAY PARING FIEL February 27, 2010Posted by Fr. Felmar Castrodes Fiel, SVD in Jokes, Priesthood, Seminary Life, Vocation Campaign, Vocation Story.
Tags: Divine Word Formation Center of Davao
One of the best things being a priest is the opportunity to brush elbows with people from all walks of life. Dahil dito, sari-saring tanong din ang laging naibabato sa akin. Ngunit, there are popular questions. Ito ang ilan sa mga iyon?
1. Bakit ka nagpari?
Ito ang actually mahirap i-explain. Priesthood kasi is a gift and a mystery. Pero usual na sagot ko ay: Nagpari ako dahil naramdaman kong tinawag ako ng Diyos and I also feel that I can best serve Him through this way of life. Marami kasi akong plans sa sarili ko noon pero noong nadiscover ko na tinawag niya ako, I left everything and followed Him. (Pangkantong sagot: Kanya-kanyang trip lang naman yan di ba? Walang pakialamanan tol!)
2. Paano mo nalaman na tinawag ka?
I joined a search-in noon para makakita lang how a seminary looks like. Kasi ang school namin ang “factory” of seminarians (read: maraming napo-produce na seminarians). Curious lang ako. Then, pagdating ko doon sa SVD-Davao, one activity struck me, yong adoration before the Blessed Sacrament, then pinatugtog ang “Do you know where you’re going to?”
Iba ang naging dating noon sa akin. Kumbaga sa love, “narinig ko ang music” touching me in a very different way.
So, there and then I made a decision to enter the seminary. I always look back on that particular experience kasi yon ang flame na nagpapatibay sa akin. This is important to me kasi sa totoo lang, walang pumasok sa seminaryo with 100% certainty na tutuluy-tuloy sila until the end of the journey. Walang guarantee (parang kasal din di ba). You just need a certain amount of faith and commitment to keep you going. Basta sa akin lang, Lord, bahala na po kayo sa akin, kayo ang tumawag sa akin, wag nyo po akong pababayaan. I believe that works.
3. Nagka-girlfriend ka rin ba?
Oo naman! Haleer! Di rin ako nabasted. (I am very reserved when it comes to questions like this. Some selected bloggers knew about my love story, though. I prefer to talk about it face to face.)
4. Did you also entertain the thought of having a family, career, etc.?
Oo naman! I spent 11 memorable years in the seminary. Ganyan ako katagal nagdiscern, but in the end, I chose the priestly, religious, missionary vocation pa rin.
5. Malungkot ba sa loob ng seminaryo Father?
Hindi! Subukan mong pumasok! Ang saya-saya sa loob.
6. Sinong nagbabayad sa mga expenses mo Father?
Noong seminarista ako, family ko (first four years). Pero simula noong ako ay nag-temporary vows na, lahat ng kailangan ko as well as travel expenses ko, shouldered ng community. Dahil sa SVD, nalibot ko ang Pinas from A(bra) to Z(amboanga).
7. Mayroon ka ring stalkers Father?
Dati. Paminsan-minsan meron talaga yan. But now, I know how to deal with them.
8. Father, naalala mo ako?
Tanong ito ng mga tanong may matinding treasured experience sa akin. Pero God knows, meron talagang mga tanong di ko maalala saan ko sila nakilala. Madali lang sagutin kong nakilala ko pa. Pag hindi, banatan agad ng sunud-sunud na tanong: “Oy, kumusta ka na? Saan ka na ngayon nakatira? Ahaha, bigtime ka na ah! Pa-burger ka naman!”
9. Anong gamit mong bath soap Father?
Hahaha, isa lang nakakaalam ng bath soap ko. Usually ang mga nagtatanong ng ganito ay either (a) magbibigay ng sabon, or (2) gustong gayahin ang gamit ko. Ngiti lang sagot ko dito, at isang “bakit?”
10. Father, anong height mo?
Sagot ko lagi: “Di ko alam!” Hahaha.
SPARKS OF FAITH February 18, 2010Posted by Fr. Felmar Castrodes Fiel, SVD in Seminary Life, SVD, Vocation Story.
Tags: Christ the King Mission Seminary, Frt. Paul Boi SVD, Mindoro, Villa Cristo Rey
(THIS IS ONE OF MY BLOG POSTS WHEN I WAS STILL FRIENDSTER-BLOGGING)
I remember Paul. He was my classmate in the Novitiate (stage of priestly formation where we only “pray and work” for one year inside a cloistered compound in Calapan, Mindoro). He usually cracked jokes while chopping logs for the kitchen.
After our Novitiate in May 2004, he stayed in Calapan for six months. After December, he left for Papua New Guinea to continue his studies there.
One day, he woke up and noticed everything was in total darkness. He could no longer see.
He was sent to the Philippines for check-up. One week became one month, one month became three months…three months became six months. It was really a case of hoping against hope…the once cheerful classmate of mine became a groping young man in his isolated room in the Villa Cristo Rey (this is our old priests’ home) in Christ the King, Quezon City. He could no longer see the ice cream na hinahanda ko para sa kanya. He could no longer read the inspiring text messages sent by our common friends. He could no longer see my smile habang nagche-cheer ako sa kanyang pagbe-belly dancing!
Seeing him in that condition worried me a lot. What will happen to him? Will he be returned to his family? Will the SVD take care of him?
“Dont worry brother,” he told me. “I will be alright. I can no longer see but still in my heart, I see sparks of faith and that’s more than enough to make me see that God loves me. The Lord gives, the Lord takes away. Blessed be the Lord.”
Ah! that was beautiful…!
One day, I visited him in the Villa Cristo Rey. I told him that we will be having the Family Feast (foundation day ito ng SVD) and there are many activities. I cracked a joke that “bunong braso” will be one of the games. His face lighted up. He remembered very well how he won that game when we were novices and now, he wanted to participate in our Family Feast and to volunteer for his team to be their candidate.
He was very excited.
Then, one day, I received a text. He is leaving earlier than expected.
We had a very painful parting. I helped him pack his things. I could only say, “Paul, i am praying for you…” to assure him that even when we are miles apart, I am one with him in prayers.
“Thank you Brother,” he responded.
That was the last time. I miss my dear brother. I remember Paul and his sparks of faith…
God bless him.