Musical brings ‘joys, tears’ of priesthood to center stage

Musical brings ‘joys, tears’ of priesthood to center stage

Written by Niles Jordan Breis, Padz: the Musical revolves around the life of Samuel Salvador, a parish priest on his 20th year as a priest. FR. EJAY JARAPA

LUCBAN, Quezon – The Diocese of Lucena marked its 67th founding anniversary by bringing the joys and travails of the priesthood to life through Padz: the Musical on Sept. 8.

Written by Niles Jordan Breis, Padz: the Musical revolves around the life of Samuel Salvador, a parish priest on his 20th year as a priest.

According to the playwright, Padz: the Musical is the second installment of the Sacerdotal trilogy, “a vocation campaign set to drama and music.”

The other side of priesthood

“Saserdotal is the first musical which deals with the discernment on the calling and the actual seminary life, it remains … a timeless narrative,” added Breis.

Directed by Ruben Jasareno, Salvador’s story unfolds as he looks back to the joys and trials he encountered in response to his calling. The musical also shows that responding to a vocation does not guarantee constant happiness but rather depicts priests having their fair share of sadness and disappointments.

“I wrote it in 1990, when I was still a college seminarian in Lipa and nine years before I won my first Palanca,” noted Breis. The playwright also said he hopes to stage the prequel at the Cultural Center of the Philippines in 2018.

Coinciding with the 20th anniversary of the Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Seminary (OLMHRS), OLMHRS seminarians make up the musical cast.

Breis is currently working on the third and final installment of the trilogy. Padz will tour the Diocese of Lucena after its first couple of runs.

‘The parish spirit’

Over 8,000 delegates from the 41 parishes under the Diocese of Lucena gathered at the Quezon Convention Center to take part in the event that also celebrated the Year of the Parish.

Bishop Emilio Z. Marquez, D.D. together with priests of the diocese presided over the opening Mass. In his homily, the prelate stressed the significance of strengthening “the parish spirit” that is centered on the celebration of the Eucharist.

Msgr. Leandro N. Castro, P.C. also gave a talk, pointing out the importance of “an informed head, a formed heart, and forming hands” among the faithful.

Attendees also enjoyed performances from Our Lady of the Angels Academy, representing the Lucena Diocesan Catholic Schools Association (LUDICSA) and St. Jude Thaddeus Parish from the District of St. John. Pamela Mendez/CBCPNews