SVD Provincialate

Pindangan, San Fernando City

La Union

On May 13, 2008, I arrived at the SVD Provincialate in San Fernando City, La Union where the Mission Office will be situated as it has been held at the Divine Word Formation House in Urdaneta with two years interval at the Divine Word Retreat House in Baguio City. It was on the 23rd of May when Fr. Jess del Rosario,SVD, the out-going Mission Secretary, handed over the care of the Mission Office to me. A BIG thanks to Fr. Jess for a job well done.

The newly set up Mission Office shares a space with the present Justice and Peace Office situated at the SVD Provincialate. Initial activity being undertaken and will continue for sometime is to resume/establish contacts with the key people who were/who will get involved in the mission apostolate. For instance, District Mission Animators/Campus ministers/Coordinators are being contacted and soon to meet.

Fr. Pablo Garay, SVD installed First Parish Priest of Sadsadan Parish

Fr. Pablo Garay, SVD installed First Parish Priest of Sadsadan Parish

As initial mission activities, I join Fr. Jerome Adriatico,SVD as he goes around the Province for a series of installation of Parish Priests and College Presidents and take it as an opportunity for meeting mission partners in the fields. So far, I have been to Sadsadan, Mt. Province, Divine Word College, Laoag City, San Quintin Parish, Abra.

June 11, 2008 in the morning is the opening Mass presided by Fr. Jerome Adriatico,SVD of our Chinese in the north Divine Word Academy in Dagupan city. During the Holy Mass, the new schoolDirector Fr. Edsel Demillo,SVD, Campus minister Fr. Joseph Tan,SVD and Br. Alfredo Corton, SVD, Finance Officer were introduced to the community. Heads of different departments were also recognized and confirmed. A sumptuous merienda ended the morning celebration.

From Dagupan, we join Fr. Provincial to his trip to the SVD district of Bontoc-Lagawe/Kalinga for the installation ceremonies of Fr. Benitez, SVD as parish priest of Mayoyao on June 12 and Fr. Agripino de la Cruz,SVD as parish priest of Aguinaldo on June 13, 2008. In these two celebrations, almost all the members of the Bontoc-Lagawe Vicariate were present to concelebrate with Bishop Rodolfo Beltran, DD, the local Ordinary. After the Mass a short but culturally charged program were held in each celebration.

Fr. Agripino de la Cruz, SVD receives the key of responsibility

Fr. Rodel Abanto, SVD receives the key of responsibility from Bishop Leopoldo Jaucian, SVD, DD

Fr. Cirilo Ortega, SVD, is installed as the new President of the Divine Word College of Bangued on June 16, 2008. Fr. Jerome Adriatico, SVD, PHN Provincial Superior presided over the ceremony within a Eucharistic celebration with the presence of Bishop Leopoldo Jaucian, SVD,DD, Bishop of Bangued, some Diocesan and SVD priests as concelebrants.

Installation of DWCU new President

Installation of DWCU new President

On June 18, 2008, during a Eucharistic celebration presided over by Fr. Jerome Adriatico, SVD, PHN Provincial Superior, installed Fr. Dominador Ramos, SVD as the new President of Divine Word College-Urdaneta. Some SVD confreres were around as witnesses of the event and as concelebrants in the mass.


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