Perpetual Vows: A Promise for Life

The Communio Class together with Fr. Raymund Festin, SVD (fourth from left), the Provincial Superior of the Philippine Central Province (Photo Credits: Juni Amora Alexander)

 

Congratulations to the Communio Class for their religious profession of Perpetual Vows in the Society of the Divine Word!!!
Frt. Jhun Joel Templa, SVD
Frt. Godofredo Guddie Abaya, SVD
Frt. Ronie Baleli, SVD
Frt. Dennis Ryan Varquez SVD
Frt. Marlon Atenido,SVD

 

“By religious profession members make a public vow to observe the three evangelical counsels. Through the ministry of the Church they are consecrated to God, and are incorporated into the institute, with the rights and duties defined by law.” (Code of Canon Law, par. 654)

As members of a religious institute, the Missionaries of the Divine Word embrace the evangelical counsels, taking the three traditional religious vows of poverty, chastity and obedience.

The SVD Missionaries who were also there for the event.

Poverty means that all possessions are held in common and that no member may accumulate wealth. Chastity means more than abstaining from sexual activity and its purpose is to make the religious totally available for service; it is also a sign that only God can completely fill the human heart. For a member of a religious congregation, obedience is not slavishly doing what one is told by the superior but being attentive to God’s will by prayerfully listening to the voice of the person in charge. Ultimately, these vows are lived out within a community and bolstered by a relationship with God.

 

Throwback: Seminary Family Feast 2006

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.

 

The third year class who served as COORDs preparing the venue

The third year class who served as COORDs preparing the venue

 

Steylers Team

Steylers Team

 

Gigsters Team

Gigsters Team

 

Crusaders Team

Crusaders Team

 

Geistsucht Team

Geistsucht Team

 

World Cup Vibe: Brother Jo cheers for his team

World Cup Vibe: Brother Jo cheers for his team

 

Milk Drinking Contest

Milk Drinking Contest

 

Flour Blowing Contest

Flour Blowing Contest

 

Grand Night

Grand Night

 

Fr. Christopher Ramirez, SVD with the Coordinators and the Regent

Fr. Christopher Ramirez, SVD with the Coordinators and the Regent

 

CHAMPION - GIGSTERS TEAM

CHAMPION – GIGSTERS TEAM

 

Coordinators

The Champion Team with the Regent

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)

Christ the King Mission Seminary

Christ the King Mission Seminary

 

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. 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.
SVD Missionaries

SVD Missionaries

  1. 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!

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. 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.
Garden of the Divine Word (Photo Credit: Crearis.com.h

Garden of the Divine Word (Photo Credit: Crearis.com.h

  1. 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 Buttenbruch Building

The Buttenbruch Building

 

  1. 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.
Divine Word Shrine

Divine Word Shrine

  1. 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.

 

  1. For the schedule of Holy Masses, check out the info below:

 

DAYS MORNING AFTERNOON
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)
6:20am Mass
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
6:20am 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
10:00 am
11:30 am
CONFESSIONS:
·        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

San Carlos Seminary College choir

San Carlos Seminary College choir

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.

San Carlos Seminary College choir

San Carlos Seminary College choir

San Carlos Seminary College choir

San Carlos Seminary College choir

Fr. Cha-cha Jayme, Guest Singer

Fr. Cha-cha Jayme, Guest Singer

San Carlos Seminary College choir

San Carlos Seminary College choir

San Carlos Seminary College choir

San Carlos Seminary College choir

Play of Lights

Play of Lights

Fr. Ver Pedrano, Parish Priest

Fr. Ver Pedrano, Parish Priest

 

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DWST Grand Alumni Homecoming Schedule

How Many SVDs Do You Know in the Picture? (Photo Credit: PHN Website)

How Many SVDs Do You Know in the Picture?
(Photo Credit: PHN Website)

 

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:

https://www.facebook.com/divinewordseminary50years

FIRST VOWS

The Communio Class

The Communio Class

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+