BAGUIO CITY--Thirty-nine seminarians (28 neophytes and 11 oldphytes) arrived at Casiciaco Recoletos Seminary last July 8, two full weeks ahead of the scheduled arrival of the rest of the community, to begin an enhancement program in their academic formation.
Mira-Nila Homes, Quezon City – August 12, 2016, the celebration of the Mass of the Holy Spirit solemnly opened the academic year, 2016-2017, at Recoletos School of Theology.
The Holy Mass was celebrated in the St. Thomas of Villanova community chapel at 8:30 AM. Very Rev. Fr. Dionisio Q. Selma, OAR, prior provincial, was the main celebrant and homilist. He was joined by other OAR priests — Rev. Fray Lauro V. Larlar, OAR, RST rector, Rev. Fray Leander V. Barrot, OAR, vice-rector, Rev. Fray Emilio E. A. Quilatan, OAR, RST Dean, Rev. Fray Jonathan Caballero, OAR, school treasurer, and Rev. Fray Larry Garces, OAR, liturgy professor. Other priests from other congregations whose seminarians are enrolled in RST concelebrated Holy Mass. Rev. Fr. Jose Antonio Aureada, OP, representative of the Ecclesiastical Faculty of UST of which RST is affiliated, was also present.
After the homily all priest professors of the RST faculty made their “Professio Fidei.” As required by the Holy See all professors teaching in seminaries are required to make the “Professio Fidei” (Profession of Faith). This act is a manifestation that all priest professors are to be faithful and obedient to the Church’s universal and local “magisterium.”
To date there are fifty seminarians from ten different religious congregations who are now candidates for the degree of Bachelor of Sacred Theology. And four students are now finishing their Master of Arts in Theology. Below are the religious Orders and Congregations whose seminarians are studying theology in RST:
OAR – Order of Augustinian Recollects
OSA – Order of St. Augustine
OP Miss. – Order of Preachers, Missionaries for the Deaf
OMV – Oblates of the Virgin Mary
OATH – Oblates Apostles of the Two Hearts
SCJ – Priests of the Sacred Heart
SdC – Servants of Charity
PACEM – Pastoral Assistance and Community Education Mission
ESHT – Emmanuel Servants of the Holy Trinity
CFIC – Congregation of the Sons of the Immaculate Conception