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‘Be one with Christ’ – prelate to seminarians

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“Communio” concluded with the celebration of the Holy Mass on Oc. 10 at the ICMAS-GST Chapel. (Photo: Kevin Mendoza/Ian Dollentas)

GUIGUINTO, Bulacan, Oct. 18, 2015 – “Be one with Christ in his mission.”

This is what Malolos Bishop Jose F. Oliveros, DD told diocesan seminarians of the Immaculate Conception Major Seminary-Graduate School of Theology (ICMAS-GST) and the religious brothers of Recoleto School of Theology during the celebration of the Holy Mass at the National Shrine and Parish of the Divine Mercy (NSPDM) in Marilao, Bulacan on Oct. 10.

The seminarians of ICMAS-GST and RST gathered at NSPDM for “Communio”. the annual inter-seminary meet of the two schools of Theology.

Referring to the event that gathered 107 diocesan and religious seminarians and priests, Oliveros explained that “communio” is to be one with Jesus.

The seminarians of ICMAS-GST and RST recently gathered at NSPDM for “Communio”. the annual inter-seminary meet of the two schools of Theology. (Photo: Kevin Mendoza/Ian Dollentas)

Not for grades

“We must be in union with Jesus our Lord,” he said.

“As theology seminarians, it is not enough that your studies remain only in your intellect. It [studying theology] should lead you to be one at heart with Jesus and one with Him in your life,” Oliveros added.

He also asked the seminarians to have the right intention as they study theology. He said, “Study not only to learn and not only for grades because if you lack love for Jesus and fall short in living out the faith, there is no ‘communio.’ You only satisfy your curiosity.”

“Your studies should bend your knees,” Oliveros stressed.

St. John Leonardi

He set St. John Leonardi as an example for the seminarians, saying: “I give you St. John Leonardi as an example of someone who devoted himself to the mission of Jesus. St. John Leonardi lived in unity with Jesus, not only in love for Him, but in communion with His mission of propagating the faith,” he explained.

“You should also dedicate yourself to the mission of Christ,” said Oliveros.

Lastly, Oliveros pointed out that in every celebration of the Holy Eucharist everyone becomes united with Jesus. “We experience communion with Jesus in the Eucharist, Jesus is present in every Eucharistic celebration. As we gathered in the name of Jesus, we are united with Him,” he said. (Arvin Ray C. Jimenez / CBCP News)


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