MANILA, July 27, 2014 – To remember priests’ invaluable contribution to the Church and society, the University of Santo Tomas will hold a Week of Prayer and Gratitude for Priests that will include talks and a visit to retired priests from July 28 to August 4.
Through the event, the Thomasian community will express its appreciationof the priestly vocation of shepherding the Church, increase its love of priests by praying for them to be authentic witnesses of Jesus, and for students to discover their own vocation.
On the feast of St. John Mary Vianney, the patron of priests on August 4,the STB 3 class of the Faculty of Sacred Theology will visit old priests as part of their apostolate for the occasion. The retired priestsare part of the Kadiwa sa Pagkapari, Inc., located in Quezon City. There will also be a testimonial lunch for the said beneficiaries on July 31.
College Regents Fr. Joseto N. Bernadas, Jr. O.P., Fr. Senen R. Ecleo, O.P., Fr. Franklin F. Beltran, O.P. will deliver talks on the “beauty of their priestly life and ministry” for students, teachers, and staff of the different faculty and colleges. Fr. Filemon I. dela Cruz, Jr., O.P., Vice-Rector for Religious Affairs will also expound on the same topic to the Center for Campus Ministry, Institute of Religion, Simbahayan, and religious organizations of the university on the first day of the week-long event.
A procession of the relic of St. John Mary Vianney and his image will proceed from the UST parish to the Tan Yan Kee Bldg on the first day of the occasion, to be led by the Secretary General, Fr. Winston Cabading, O.P. The said relic and image will be transferred to the Medicine Bldg. lobby on the second day of the affair to be directed by Fr. Raymund Fernando P. Jose, O.P. It will then be brought to the Main Bldg. at the Civil Law lobby, to be led by Fr. Isidro C. Abano, O.P. on Thursday. After a university-wide vigil on Friday, the relic and image of the saint will be carried back in procession to the UST parish, to be led by the Central Seminary Rector, Fr. Quirico T. Pedregosa, Jr. O.P.
To encourage vocations among the young people, a resource speaker will also talk on the theme “Ikaw ay Pari ni Kristo: A Ministry of Charity, A Vocation to Love” in the perspective of a lay, as part of the culminating activity, which will be followed by a Eucharistic celebration to be presided over by Bishop Buenaventura Famadico of the Diocese of San Pablo, Laguna on August 1 at the UST Parish.
On July 30, seminarians of STB3 will alsogive a short vocations promotions talk, to be followed by a film showing of the movie titled “Maging Akin Muli” in coordination with Jesuit Communications at the UST Martyrs’ Hall.
The university-wide annual celebration was organized by the UST Theological Society; STB 3 Class of the Faculty of Sacred Theology; Office of the Rector; Office of the Vice-Rector for Religious Affairs (Center for Campus Ministry, Institute of Religion); Office of the Secretary General; Office for Student Affairs; UST Museum; UST Santissimo Rosario Parish; UST Central Seminary; Faculty of Philosophy Students’ Forum; Deans of Regents of the different Faculties, and Colleges; Central Student Council; Local Student Councils; Jesuit Communications; CBCP General Secretariat; Episcopal Commission on the Clergy; and Kadiwa sa Pagkapari Inc. (Vanessa M. Puno)