Posts Tagged ‘Theological Seminary’
February 23, 2012
Memorial of Saint Polycarp, Bishop and Martyr
RE: Fund Drive for the Theology Seminary
My dear people of God:
We have officially laid the cornerstone for the future Mary Help of Christians Theology Seminary and the construction work has likewise started. The first phase of the construction will include two classrooms, the dining area with kitchen, seminarians’ dormitory with twenty cubicles, temporary oratory, toilets with bathrooms, three rooms for the priests, visitors’ receiving room and the corridors. This part of the seminary building will have three floor levels covering a floor area of 1,713 square meters.
The total cost of phase one will be PhP25, 873, 213.00. With the grace of God and your cooperation, we hope to receive our first batch of theology students when the academic year opens in June 2013.
As of February 15, 2012, the parishes and Catholic schools have remitted Ph P5, 342, 928. 40 to the Chancery while PhP1,842,266.00 have been donated by individual benefactors or corporations for the seminary fund. From abroad, we have total donations of US$ 1,663.00. Clearly, we are still a long way from our target of twenty five million pesos to complete the first phase of the construction.
The theology seminary construction is our tribute of gratitude to our forefathers in the faith, a proclamation of the presence of God amongst His flock and a legacy for future generations of Catholics in Pangasinan. Please allow the Lord to use you to make this happen. We will launch a vicarial fund raising campaign for the whole season of Lent and Easter this year under the direct supervision of our Vicars Forane. The vicarial collections will be remitted to the Chancery by Pentecost Sunday so that we can sustain the construction funds.
The completion of the theology seminary must be the vision of each and every priest, religious and lay faithful in our archdiocese. I plead with you please contribute to the seminary construction project. I extend my hands to you as a beggar in need of help. Our very own theology seminary will be the enduring sign of our maturity in faith.
+SOCRATES B. VILLEGAS
Archbishop of Lingayen Dagupan
16 February 2012 – San Fabian, Pangasinan. “The Theology seminary is an act of gratitude to those who have gone before us.” Archbishop Socrates B. Villegas said in his homily during the concelebrated mass held for the groundbreaking for the Mary Help of Christians Theology Seminary. Msgr. Renato P. Mayugba, Auxiliary Bishop of Lingayen-Dagupan, Msgr. Jesus A. Cabrera, Bishop Emeritus of Alaminos and more than seventy priests. The mass was held at the parish church of St. Fabian, Pope and Martyr at 8:00 in the morning.
Gratitude. Proclamation. Legacy
Archbishop Villegas further said, “The Theology seminary is a proclamation of Christ’s presence among us.” It is also a “legacy that we will leave behind long after we have left this world. It is a legacy that will transcend our lifetime.”
Hundreds of the lay faithful with the religious of the Archdiocese attended the mass. The thirty-five parishes and chaplaincies sent representatives to join the celebration. The Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan Catholic Schools also sent representatives from their faculty and student community.
Golden Year, Golden Offering
In his pastoral letter on the opening of the jubilee year marking the fiftieth anniversary of the elevation of the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Lingayen Dagupan in the year 2013,Archbishop Soc gratefully and with joy, wrote to the faithful of the Archdiocese, “The Church of Lingayen Dagupan is rich and wealthy in the golden graces of God! Indeed the true treasure of the Church is the Lord who is always present amongst His people. And God has always been with us.
“We entrust this year to Mary Help of Christians whose guiding hand has brought many of our young men to the altar as priests of her Son. As we now break the ground for the construction of the theology seminary, may our Mother guide us, give us courage and bring us to live for Jesus her Son.”
Motorcade to Palapad
A motorcade from the San Fabian Parish Church to the site of the future seminary in Barangay Palapad was held right after the Mass. The construction site was blessed and the names in the Libro na Panangaro Para Seminario were laid on the site of the future altar of the seminary chapel. A time capsule was also placed at the cornerstone of the future seminary.
A document “For Perpetual Memory” was also included in the time-capsule. It was signed by the Archbishop, his Auxiliary, the Bishop Emeritus of Alaminos, the members of the Archdiocesan Consultors, and the Mayor of San Fabian town.
The construction of the Theology seminary will start after the groundbreaking ceremonies. It is expected that the first phase of the construction will be finished after eight months. By June 2013, the seminary will open its doors to the first batch of Theology seminarians.
The Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan has been campaign hard for the funds to build the Theology seminary.
Generous and loving God
Your blessings are beyond measure
And your love is constant and pure.
Bless our vision of a theology seminary
For the Church in Lingayen Dagupan,
Bless the work we have begun
Bless every priest and seminarian.
I promise to set aside everyday
An amount for the seminary
I will not get tired of giving
Until this vision is fulfilled
I will encourage others to give
I will beg others to pray.
I will not stop dreaming and hoping
That you loving God will make it happen.
Use me to make it happen.
May we have the new seminary,
When we celebrate our golden!
Pikakasi para Theology Seminary
O Dios a mabonlok tan maaro
ag-nasukat iray bendision Yo
mansiansia tan masuri so panangaro Yo.
Bendisionan Yo iyan pilalek mi ya sakey a seminario na theology
para say Simbaan na Lingayen-Dagupan.
Bendisionan Yo so kimey ya ingapo mi.
Bendisionan Yo so balang sakey a pari tan seminarista.
Isipan ko ya mangipireg ak ed inagew-agew
a kantidad para say seminario.
Ag ak nakesawan ya mangiter
anggad sayan pilalek mi so nagamuran.
Tanguyoren ko ray arum ya mangiter.
Mikasi ak ed arum ya mandasal ira.
Ag ak ontonda ya man-pilalek tan man-ilalo
ya Sikayo O Dios ko so manumpal ed saya.
Usar Yo ak pian nasumpal iya.
Oy la komon ta sayan seminario so nasumpal la
no sikami so masilibra na kuma-limamplon taon na arkidiosis mi.
9 December 2011 – Dagupan City. “We need priests because we need Christ.” Hundreds of parishioners from the different parishes of the Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan listened to the homily of Archbishop Socrates B. Villegas in a holy mass to launch the fund raising project for the construction of the theology seminary of the Archdiocese. The launching of the fund raising project was one of the three events celebrated by the whole archdiocese.
Libro na Panangaro para Seminario
The Fund Raising drive will provide for the initial fund for the construction of the Theology seminary. It will focus on the “Libro na Panangaro para Seminario”. The initial drive is also an awareness drive regarding the construction of the new Theologate. It will tap the majority of the faithful of ALL the parishes, chaplaincies, pastoral stations and schools of the Archdiocese.
Each parish/chaplaincy/pastoral station/school shall be given a common “book”, “Libro na Panangaro para Seminario”. The book will contain the names, address, amount given and signature of the donor. The book after the campaign will be placed in the cornerstone of the new building. There is no fixed amount to be donated. The book will be offered during the 16 February 2012 Eucharistic Celebration opening the Golden Jubilee celebration of ALD. The archdiocese will celebrate its golden jubilee on 16 February 2013.
It is an appeal to history and posterity: that each one with their donation shall become part of the history of the seminary. The donors will be enshrined in the cornerstone.
“It is not the amount that matters. It is the love we have for God, for the church that matters the most”, Archbishop Soc further said in his homily.
A further more widespread fund drive will follow after the initial drive, “Libro na Panangaro para Seminario”.
Why Theology Seminary?
Archbishop Soc said we need priests because we need Christ. We need the seminary to form priests who will give us Christ!
The Archbishop mentioned that 400 hundreds after the first Augustinian friars came to Pangasinan, the Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan will build the first theology seminary in Pangasinan. “We need to form priests from Pangasinan, for Pangasinan, in the culture of Pangasinan. We need to form priest with the clergy of Pangasinan, among the people of Pangasinan”.
A Legacy that will transcend our lifetime.
The Archbishop encouraged the people to share and to help build the theology seminary. “It is an opportunity given to you today to become part of the construction of the seminary. It is not always that we are given this opportunity. It is a legacy that will transcend our lifetime. We will all pass away, but the seminary will remain beyond our lifetime, forming priests of Pangasinan who will be ever ready to give Christ to you!”
Palapad, San Fabian, Pangasinan
The Archdiocese of Lingayen Dagupan has assigned a lot in Barangay Palapad, San Fabian, Pangasinan measuring twenty seven thousand square meters as the future site of the theology seminary.
A pious lady architect who has been a recipient of the papal award Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice, Architect Susana Castillo, has made the design for the future seminary. Once completed, it will be able to accommodate eighty seminarians who can also take their classes in theology within the same compound.
The Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan has already two formation houses for future priests: the Mary Help of Christians High School Seminary in Binmaley, Pangasinan and the Mary Help of Christians College Seminary in Bonuan Gueset, Dagupan City.
The Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan comprises sixteen municipalities and two cities including the capital town of the Province of Pangasinan. It has a Catholic population of one million two hundred thousand composed of thirty three parishes. There are only fifty nine diocesan priests and twelve religious priests ministering to the huge Catholic population.
As of the year 2011, there are one hundred three high school seminarians, thirty-two seminarians in philosophy and eighteen seminarians in theology. The nearest theology seminary is three hundred kilometers away from the archdiocese in Vigan City, the Immaculate Conception School of Theology.
Blessing of patronal statues
The blessing of the statues of the patron saints of the different parishes of the Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan took place before the eucharistic celebration. The slight drizzle could not hold back the enthusiasm of the parishioners from the different parishes to witness the blessing of the statues of their patron saints. The statues were put on the perimeter fence of the St John Cathedral. The Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan has 36 parishes, chaplainces and pastoral stations.
Launching of Archbishop Soc’s Book
After the mass, the book of Archbishop Soc entitled “Stewards of Jesus” was launched. The book is a collection of homilies, talks and conferences he has given since he arrived in the Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan in 2009. The Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan has embarked on a Stewardship Program since then involving the different parishes, chaplainces, pastoral stations and schools of the archdiocese. Archbishop Soc has consistently been giving stewardship talks to groups of lay leaders who were formed to become the “School of Lay Leaders”. These lay leaders have been attending lectures and conferences given by Archbishop Soc himself since 2010.
Archbishop Soc personally signed the books bought after the mass. The sale of the books will go to the construction of the theology seminary.
Target Cost: PhP 50 Million
The Archdiocese is raising the seed funds necessary for the start of the seminary construction project from the Catholic lay faithful and clergy of the Archdiocese of Lingayen Dagupan. There is a remarkable enthusiasm among of the Catholic faithful with regard to the project. The fund drive hopes to raise five million pesos (PhP5M) from the Catholic faithful as the initial fund for the project. Obviously and understandably, this seed money will not be enough. The fund drive will need to raise fifty million pesos (PhP50M) for the completion of the project. Archbishop Soc said, “Every donation no matter how small is a gift for the future of the Church. “
To kick off the fund drive, the clergy of the Archdiocese led by the Archbishop were the first to sign the “Libro na Panangaro para Seminario”. The Olupan na Laiko na Arkidiosis na Lingayen-Dagupan (ONLA) facilitated the initial signing and collection of donations after the mass.
August 31, 2011
Tenth Anniversary of Episcopal Ordination
My brothers in the priesthood:
Time and again in informal discussions and fraternal gathering, the matter of opening a theological seminary for the formation of our own future priests within our ecclesiastical province has been brought forward. The time has come for us to seriously consider this proposal in the context of prayerful discernment and fraternal consultation.
As an initial step in the process, we have constituted an ad hoc commission to study extensively the advantages and disadvantages of opening an archdiocesan theological seminary under the chairmanship of Bishop Renato Mayugba with the following priests as members: Father Mario Morales, Father Jeremias Cera, Father Oliver Mendoza and Father Nicasio Villamil.
You are kindly requested to bring forth to any member of the ad hoc commission your valued opinions on this very important matter for the archdiocese so that we can arrive at a decision in the context of prayer and communal discernment.
I plead with you to offer prayers and sacrifices so that the will of God may be clearly shown to us on such an important Church concern that will certainly affect the future of the Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan.
Oremus pro invicem.
+SOCRATES B. VILLEGAS
Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan