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‘Thomasian’ priests gear up for alumni homecoming

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MANILA, Jan. 16, 2013— The Alumni Priests Association (ALPA) of the University of Santo Tomas will hold its 78th alumni homecoming at the UST on Jan. 28-30.

The activity will formally start with a Mass at 7 p.m. to be presided by Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle at the Santisimo Rosario Parish on January 28.

After the liturgical celebration, a dinner program as tribute for Jubilarians hosted by UST Rector Fr. Herminio Dagohoy follows at the Central Seminary Gym.

Five cleric alumni— three golden jubilarians and two silver jubilarians— will be honored for their services to the Church.

This year’s gathering will focus on the theme “Celebrating Life and Ministry with Steadfast Faith” – a celebration of their priesthood in the Year of Faith.

“We, alumni bishops and priests, will come together once again for fellowship, reflection and renewal in our beloved University of Santo Tomas,” Fr. Jesus Melvyn Bufete, UST-ALPA president, said.

It is said that majority of the country’s Catholic bishops, including retired ones, are Thomasians.

The ALPA of UST is an organization composed of alumni priests, that is, graduates of the UST who are ordained into the clerical order of the Catholic Church.

Interested alumni priests should contact the UST-ALPA at telephone number 731-0558 or 711-7732. (CBCPNews)


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