Five new Filipino priests are added to the list of the Divine Word Missionaries (SVD) last December 2, 2017 at the Divine Word Seminary in Tagaytay City. They call themselves the “Communio Class,” a Latin word which means “Communion.” Their mission assignments are the following:
Fr. Marlon Atendido, SVD (Missionary to Central America Province)
Fr. Jhun Joel Templa, SVD (Missionary to Philippine Northern Province)
Fr. Dennis Ryan Varquez, SVD (Missionary to Zimbabwe Region)
Fr. Godofredo Abaya, SVD (Missionary to Germany Province)
Fr. Ronie Baleli, SVD (Missionary to Ghana Province)
The ordaining prelate was Bishop Socrates Mesiona of the Mission Society of the Philippines, himself an alumnus of the Divine Word Seminary Tagaytay. Among the ninety priests present were the three Philippine provincial superiors: Fr. Romeo Fajardo, SVD of the Philippine Northern Province, Fr. Jingjong Rocha, SVD of the Philippine Southern Province and Fr. Raymun Festin, SVD of the Philippine Central Province.