Bicol’s seminarians have ‘Year of the Clergy’-themed Christmas party

Bicol’s seminarians have ‘Year of the Clergy’-themed Christmas party

Attendees of PAG-OROPOD’s Annual Christmas Gathering in Pilar, Sorsogon, Dec. 27, 2017

PILAR, Sorsogon – In celebration of Jesus’ birth, PAG-OROPOD, an autonomous body of seminarians, gathered on Dec. 27, 2017 for its annual Christmas gathering, which carried a “Year of the Clergy and Consecrated Persons” flavor.

After a Mass celebrated by Sorsogon Bishop Arturo M. Bastes SVD, D.D. at the Our Lady of the Pillar Parish, Fr. Frederick A. Naga, director of the Theology Formation House of the Diocese of Legaspi at Caceres, delivered a spiritual conference regarding the Year of the Clergy and Consecrated Persons. In his lecture, he stressed that a seminarian should always have “a heart for the least, the last, and the lost,” as Jesus did.

The priest also called for renewal in the life of the priests and seminarians, “renunciation of worldly vanities,” and “a burning heart for the poor.”

PAG-OROPOD comprises major seminarians studying philosophy and theology and those under the pre-diaconate program, with the diocesan vocation director and seminary priests as its board of advisers. The group addresses specific concerns, needs, and interests of the formation of the seminarians under the light of the diocesan vision, mission and structure.

For the second session, Fr. Odine L. Areola, parish priest of St. Joseph Parish, Gabao, Irosin, presented the history of PAG-OROPOD: its roots, struggles, and present status.

The first president of PAG-OROPOD also shared how seminarians should survive and develop in the modern age as “natives of the 21st century.”

Attendees gathered at 6:00 p.m. for a solemn benediction with Fr. Jupe L. Garalde, parochial vicar of Pilar Parish. Afterwards, a plenary assembly convened to discuss several sections of the PAG-OROPOD Constitution and by-laws.

Diocesan vocation director, Fr. Edmon G. Benzon, a member of the Seminarian Board, celebrated a 8:30 a.m. Mass the following day, Dec.28 to conclude the gathering.

The PAG-OROPOD expressed gratitude to the host parish of Pilar, especially to its parish priest, Msgr. Gerardo del Prado, and his assistants, Rev. Garalde, and Br. Mark Eldon Panelo. Fr. Philippe A. B. Gallanosa/Sem. Faisal Rey Borja/CBCPNews