GUIGUINTO, Bulacan, August 6, 2014 – In honor of the patron saint of priests, St. John Mary Vianney, a seminary hosted a “Meet the Diocesan Priests” (MDP) event on August 5 where priests got the chance to talk about their personal stories.
A yearly event organized by the Immaculate Conception Major Seminary (ICMAS), the MDP is where seminarians hear invited priests share about their own journey to the priesthood.
Fr. Emmanuel Cruz, who thanked the invited priests for their motivating words, said St. John Mary Vianney revealed the secret to the priestly life.
“St. John Mary Vianney’s holiness overflows until now…the key to the holiness of priests is Christ-centeredness,” he said.
One of the invited priests, Fr. Cenon Dennis Santos, Parish Priest of San Ildefonso Parish in San Ildefonso, Bulacan said priests make Christ present. “The Lord is present through us and we are the presence of Christ [in the Church],” he said. He further explained that the priests are tasked to build the Church, the people of God.
In his opening words, Fr. Noel Jetajobe, Chancellor of the Diocese of Cabanatuan and Rector of Maria Assumpta Seminary quoted St. Paul in his letter to the Corinthians saying “Think of us in this way, as servants of Christ and stewards of God’s mysteries” (1 Cor 4:1). He said that priesthood is instituted by Christ for the Church.
The MDP was just one of the activities for the week-long celebration themed “Diocesan Priests; Stewards and Servant Leaders of the Church” in honor of St. John Mary Vianney.
On August 4, the sain’ts feast day, a concelebrated holy mass was presided over by Msgr. Sabino Vengco for the ICMAS community. Msgr. Vengco, in his homily, told the seminarians that priesthood entails “reliance on God.”
From August 1 to 3, a triduum was conducted in the seminary, including the Prepadeutic Year, Philosophy and Theology Departments. Activities included communal prayers like the Liturgy of the Hours and the Holy Eucharist. Sharing was also held during the triduum wherein a seminarian was tasked each day to share his thoughts and experiences about the values of St. John Mary Vianney, namely prayer, sacrifice and charity.
The relics of St. John Mary Vianney were venerated after the holy mass. (ARCJ)