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Summer Courses on Missiology January 30, 2017

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Summer Courses on Missiology

offered by the

Divine Word Institute of Mission Studies…

Credit: DWIMS

Credit: DWIMS

Mission Orientation Course for Outgoing Missionaries

 (Alis Bayan)

May 7- 20, 2017


Missiology Course on Interculturality and Prophetic Dialogue

(for Superiors, Formators, Mission Directors and Catechetical Coordinators)

May 22-27, 2017


Mission Orientation Course for Returning and Incoming Missionaries

(Balik Bayan/ Dating Bayan)

May 28 – June 11, 2017


New Evangelization in School Setting

June 19-25, 2017


Missiology Course for Indigenous Peoples’ Missionaries and Workers

July 2-9, 2017


DWST Grand Alumni Homecoming Schedule February 27, 2014

Posted by Fr. Felmar Castrodes Fiel, SVD in Diocese of Imus, Seminary Life, SVD, XVD.
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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

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Divine Word Seminary Sponsors ABS-CBN TV Mass February 7, 2014

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The Healing Eucharist

Text and Photo Credit: Frt. Kargel, SVD

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.




Posted by Fr. Felmar Castrodes Fiel, SVD in Perpetual Vows.
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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.1_109914488l

The Litany of Saints


1_358299311lRev. 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!!!

ST. JOSEPH IS IN THE PICTURE!!! March 19, 2009

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Happy Feast Day to St. Joseph!!!

A friend of mine shared in her blog as her special gift/treat to her dear readers a photo she took at the SVD Seminary in Tagaytay City, Philippines, on March 19, 2006 (take note of the date!) when the priests, seminarians and lay mission partners had a Lenten procession in their grounds…Look at the picture carefully. You may have to zoom in the photo so you can see the unmistakable hovering presence of St. Joseph..

DINNER FOR A CAUSE March 17, 2009

Posted by Fr. Felmar Castrodes Fiel, SVD in Mission Anecdotes, Seminary Life, SVD, SVD Philippines Centennial.
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Several SVD confreres, especially overseas, wanted to see the Dinner for a Cause held at the Divine Word Seminary of Tagaytay last February 13. It was initiated for the renovation of the seminary roof, especially the Holy Spirit chapel. Nag-le-leak na kasi kapag umuulan (doon pa banda sa Blessed Sacrament). So, ayan na, ito na po.

This is during our practices. Complete attendance.


That is Frt. Benedicto Awitin, SVD with our Prefect Fr. Meng Menguito, SVD. Very serious during practice, huh.


The seminary quadrangle was the venue of the Dinner for a Cause.


Actually, before the dinner, there was a Lucernarium or Evening Prayer which was greatly appreciated by the visitors. Then, the dinner followed.


That’s the community, full-force!


We also serenaded the visitors per table, actually…


That is Fr. Jaekel Solde, SVD together with his visitors from Batangas…


Posted by Fr. Felmar Castrodes Fiel, SVD in Ordination, Personal Message, SVD Philippines Centennial, Vocation Story.
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Five of us will solemnly embrace the gift of priestly ordination this coming December 6, 2008 at 9 in the morning in Divine Word Seminary of Tagaytay. Our ordaining prelate is Bishop Arturo Bastes, SVD.

We call our class, Pantas. This is a Tagalog word for “wise man.

If you have time, please do come. Please also include us always in your prayers…


Rev. Gil Rochar Pancho Dulay, SVD is from Irosin, Sorsogon. He will be assigned to the SVD Philippine Northern Province.


Rev. Felmar Castrodes Fiel, SVD. I am from Kiblawan, Davao del Sur. I will be assigned to the SVD Philippine Southern Province.


Rev. Jhonatan Alcantara Letada, SVD is from Claveria, Masbate. He will be assigned to the SVD Philippine Central Province.


Rev. Aris Pilapil Martin, SVD is from Solsona, Ilocos Norte. He will be assigned to the SVD Philippine Central Province.


Rev. Jakel Tocmo Solde, SVD is from Clarin, Misamis Oriental. He will be assigned to SVD Argentina East Province.






SIGLO, SIGLA, SAKSI September 10, 2008

Posted by Fr. Felmar Castrodes Fiel, SVD in Family Feast, Seminary Life, SVD Philippines Centennial.
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No, the title is not the theme of this year’s Family Feast in Divine Word Seminary of Tagaytay. It is the team to where I belong, the SSS. Siglo stands for 100 years, Sigla for Enthusiasm, and Saksi for Witness – that is, 100 years of SVD’s Enthusiastic Witnessing in the Philippine shores.

And our community in Tagaytay celebrates that in this year’s Family Feast.

Family Feast can be traced back to our founder, St. Arnold Janssen. Whenever someone is having his birthday, he would invite him for a one-on-one talk, sometimes over a bottle of beer to celebrate. Later on, when the members grew, they chose a certain day of the year to have a common birthday celebration. Thus, SVDs not only celebrate our foundation day on September 8 but also the birthdays of all confreres.

In the Philippines, Family Feast is one of the highlights of the seminary community for the school year. Usually, the community is divided into four or three competing groups. Some of the contests include cheerdance or cheering competition, ball games, parlor games, cultural presentations, indoor and outdoor games.

This year’s theme is Sentenaryo ng Misyonerong SVD sa Perlas ng Silangan. Frt. John Paul Marquez, SVD gives the theme a very beautiful rationale. Part of it says,

Sa taong ito, ang tema ng ating pagdiriwang
Ay nakatuon sa kasalukuyang larawan
Ng SVD sa buong Pilipinas,
Isang larawang binubuo ng
Panalangin, pagpapagal, sakripisyo,
Tuwa, pananampalataya at pagmimisyon
Ng mga naunang SVD
Mag-iisang taon na ang nakalipas.
Ito ang SVD ngayon!
Kung anuman TAYO ngayon ay
Dahil may mga SVD na
Nangarap, umawit, nanindigan, nanalangin.
Isa itong malaking pagdiriwang sa buong Simbahan,
Isang biyayang buong pusong
Ipagpapasalamat sa ating
Poong Maykapal.

This year’s coordinators settled for street dancing competition. The four teams had to present their street dancing in three different stations, with the third station being the grand showdown at the seminary gymnasium. It was very colorful! I decided to join my group because I was inspired with their energy and their dedication. I was at first only trying to play it safe and informed them I am going to the parish but I also underwent change of heart and made up my mind that I should not miss their company. My group mates were great! As usual, I had a very special participation: Nakasakay ako sa kawayan (I was carried on a bamboo raft). Hehehe. We won.

We also had action song competition. It was actually suggested by our vocation promoter Fr. Redz Domino, SVD for vocation campaign as well as animation song for the Philippine SVD Centennial. Ah, it was performance level for our team! Grabe! They were all very enthusiastic. We won.

This year, we did not go for beach outing on September 8 and I believed it was a good idea. We were all together in the seminary gym celebrating our foundation day with bingo, videoke, parlor games and championship in ballgames. Remember, last year when we went to the beach and naiwan si Ate Susan pag-uwi namin? At least this year, all were in. Walang naiwan. Lahat sabay sa saya. Indeed, Siglo, Sigla, Saksi!

All in all, our team won first runner-up. I would like to thank my groupmates! You were the best team I ever had in my eleven years of Family Feast. Thank you to the coordinators, you did very well. Solid collegian talaga kayo! I am proud of you: Sherwin, Ronrey, JP, Elliot, Reniel, Sedfrey, Sergz, Gilbert, Ritchelle, and Siega.

Next year, I will be celebrating my Family Feast in a totally different community. But you guys have touched me in a very special way and I would to assure you that we will always be one in prayers. Mabuhay tayong lahat! Mabuhay ang SVD!

May the heart of Jesus live in the hearts of all.






Posted by Fr. Felmar Castrodes Fiel, SVD in Ordination.
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Grace and peace in the Lord!

Last month, Fr. Wilfredo Saniel, SVD, our Rector here in Divine Word Seminary of Tagaytay issued a circular letter regarding SVD priestly ordinations. Part of the letter says, “The SVD-DWST community after evaluation of the priestly ordinations in DWST, and after having consulted my Council twice (17 July 2008 and 07 August 2008), I hereby approve, that effective immediately in the current school year 2008-2009, priestly ordinations of the SVD-T4 candidates shall be held on the first Saturday of December.”

Therefore, our class ordination this year will be December 6, 2008. Please mark it. This is posted for your guidance this year and in the coming years.

Felmar 🙂