QUEZON City, Nov. 24, 2014 – “Bayani at Banal: Liwanag at Anino sa Buhay ng Josefino” was this year’s theme for the 85th Alumni Homecoming of San Jose Seminary held on Nov. 20 – 21 at the Ateneo de Manila University campus.
“It is our fervent prayer that every Josefino may receive from this encounter the gift of a renewed passion for the mission” Fr. Cruz, moreover, shared what he aspires to be the fruit of this yearly gathering,” Fr. Jeronimo Ma. Cruz, the Alumni President, said in his message during the inter-diocesan seminary’s event, which gathered some 200 priest and lay alumni from all over the country.
Ups and downs
Josefinos, as the seminary’s priests and lay alumni are called, reflected on the “light and shadows” of their lives and ministry, reminding them of their common vocation to love God and others, especially the poor.
“Our theme speaks of the life every Josefino. We all have our share of lights and shadows, hopes and struggles in the ministry and even in our own personal life. The Alumni homecoming is a blessed opportunity for the sharing of our experiences for the edification and inspiration of each brother,” Cruz added.
To help the alumni deepen their reflection on the theme, Fr. Joel Tabora, SJ, former Rector of the seminary and currently the President of Ateneo de Davao University, asked them in his talk: “What makes you tick? What keeps you moving? What inspires you?”
The seminarians staged a theatrical play, entitled Liwanag at Anino, focusing on the ups and downs in the lives of the ordained and the married.
Fr. Catalino Arevalo, SJ also received the Gawad Dakilang Guro award from the Alumni Association during the said event.
“Fr. Arevalo has with inspiring diligence and competence taught by word, work, and example many generations of Josefinos. He has helped us grow in knowledge (scientia) by his teaching, and has led us to virtue (virtus) by his witness,” Bishop Teodoro Bacani, DD, also a Josefino, said in the citation he wrote for Arevalo.
Bishop Federcico Escaler, SJ and Fr. Jesus Diaz, SJ were also recipients of Gawad Mabuting Pastol award. Both Jesuits were cited for their dedication and selfless service to San Jose Seminary and to the Church as a whole.
During the evening program, the Alumni association paid tribute, as well, to the Golden and Silver Jubilarians.
San Jose Seminary, founded in year 1601, continues to form future priests according to the “four pillars of formation”: Virtue, Learning, Spirit and Service.
Among the products of the 413 year-old institution are three of the four living Filipino cardinals namely: Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle, Archbishop of Manila; Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales, Archbishop Emeritus of Manila; and Orlando Cardinal Quevedo, Archbishop of Cotabato. (Edmel M. Raagas/CBCPNews)