Palawan’s ‘theo school for lay’ graduates 1st batch

Palawan’s ‘theo school for lay’ graduates 1st batch

Bishop Socrates Mesiona blesses the pioneering graduates of PASONAID: Institute of Faith, Values & Mission of the Vicariate of Puerto Princesa at the Immaculate Conception Cathedral, Feb. 27, 2019. KATYA SANTOS

By Katya A. Santos

March 3, 3019

Puerto Princesa City

Fifty lay faithful formally completed the first Catholic theological institute in Palawan’s basic formation course on Feb. 27, following a Holy Mass at the Immaculate Conception Cathedral.

“We started from zero, no templates on the mode of teaching and now here we are, able to produced and inspired more lay faithful to be part of growing Church workforce,” said Bishop Socrates Mesiona, chairman of the Board of Trustees of PASONAID, during his address to the pioneering graduates.

The prelate, who led the graduation rites together with PASONAID institute director Fr. Eugene Elivera, expressed pride over the pioneering graduates, noting that the result “surpassed his expectations.”

‘Hunger for the truth’

Meanwhile Emmanuel Villon, one of the graduates, said taking the Basic Formation on Catholic Teachings course increased his appreciation for “our Church.”

“The more I learned about the Catholic Church teachings, the more I hunger for more knowledge about it,” he explained.

The four-month program covers the following subjects:

  • Faith & Revelation;
  • Biblical Studies;
  • Sacraments;
  • Ecclesiology;
  • Apologetics;
  • Christology;
  • Canon Law & Marriage;
  • Ecumenism and Inter-religious Dialogue;
  • and Mission and Prayers

Next batch

Selected members of the clergy serve as lecturers with Mesiona himself leading the discussions on “Mission and Prayers.”

According to Elivera, The next batch is set to have their special summer class in May.