Seminarian’s mom: Parents’ presence strengthens vocation
“Be present to your children” was the central theme of the impromptu message given by Parents of the Seminarians of Novaliches Diocese (PASEND) outgoing coordinator Tess Bagos during the group’s Christmas party held at the Visitation of Our Lady Parish in Lagro, Quezon City, Dec. 27, 2018. MINNIE AGDEPPA
By Minnie Agdeppa
Jan. 1, 2019
Lagro, Quezon City
In a somewhat timely reminder during the Year of the Youth, a mother of a seminarian being groomed for the diaconate stressed the importance of the presence of parents in their children’s vocation journey, during a diocesan celebration held on Dec. 27, 2018.
“As with the adage of old, the inner strength–when they see us their parents, they become inspired,” explained Tess Bagos during the Seminarians of Novaliches Diocese (SEND) and Parents of the Seminarians of Novaliches (PASEND) Christmas Party held at the Visitation of Our Lady Parish in this city.
The mother of seminarian who has been in formation for more than a decade said this is especially true when their children undergo difficulties.
“…When they see the presence of their parents, they become okay! … Let us not hesitate giving our children the support they need,” she said.
The outgoing PASEND coordinator stressed the need for parents to be present during every major milestone of their children’s lives.
Speaking to other parents of seminarians, more than twenty seminarians, and Novaliches Bishop Antonio R. Tobias, DD., Bagos asked those present to support the incoming PASEND coordinator Mon Nicdao by regularly attending the parents’ monthly meetings.
‘Hope of the diocese’
Mrs. Bagos is the mother of Sem. John Harvey Bagos who is set to be ordained in 2019. She said her son has been very open to her and, thus, she has been a part of her son’s difficult but worthwhile journey in priestly formation. Part of this journey was almost losing Mrs. Bagos to illness two years ago had it not been for the generosity of the late . Fr. Jose Eliseo Buenviaje who provided funding for her operation and medical needs days before his death.
The SEND and PASEND Christmas Party aims to be a venue for parents to bond with their seminarian sons who have been mostly away during the year as well as with the bishop.
Bishop Tobias began the celebration with a Holy Mass where he highlighted the presence of the youngest seminarian, a 12-year old whom he calls the “hope of the diocese.”