Titled “No Mas Amor” the concert will feature the Musician Friends of the Jesuits, the San Jose seminarians and the Ateneo Chamber Singers together with two respected Jesuit liturgical song composers, Fr. Manoling Francisco, S.J. and Fr. Arnel Aquino, S.J.
“The [audience] can look forward to a night of sacred music, a prayerful experience to say the least,” said Fr. Silvino Borres, S.J., seminary Rector and head of the concert organizing team.
Borres said the concert has three-fold objectives: “first, to celebrate the Year of the Faith, featuring Eucharistic and Marian songs that have been intimately linked with the history of San Jose Seminary and its seminarians, nourishing their vocations and sustaining them in their ministry; second, to introduce San Jose Seminary to a larger community, thereby expanding its network of benefactors; and third, to raise funds for the needs of the seminary.”
While admission is free, the organizers hope to gather more friends who are willing to support the formation of San Jose Seminarians.
Borres urged supporters and collaborators to help in the formation of future church leaders.
Asked about the significance of helping form future Josefino ministers, Borres said: “San Jose alumni, both lay and ordained, distinguish themselves in their respective ministries as leaders and formators in whatever community they are assigned to. On a more personal note, our graduates leave San Jose with a certain ‘at homeness’ and familiarity with God, a certain ‘at homeness’ with their own humanity and a deep love for the Church.”
The concert is slated on February 23, at 7 p.m. at the Church of the Gesu inside the Ateneo de Manila University campus.
The CD Album “No Mas Amor,” a collection of well-loved prayerful songs arranged in chamber music will also be launched on that evening.
Established in 1601, San Jose Seminary is a national seminary under the care of the Philippine Province of the Society of Jesus. The 411-year-old institution continues to form men in virtue, learning, spirit, and service. (Edmel Raagas/CBCPNews)