Seminarians told: ‘Develop sense of mission’

Seminarians told: ‘Develop sense of mission’
Starting the new academic year right, the St. Francis Xavier Regional Major Seminary of Mindanao asks the Holy Spirit to guide them in their journey of forming the future priests of Mindanao, June 12, 2017. BRENDA MILAN

DAVAO CITY— At the start of the school year, seminarians at a major seminary in Mindanao are urged to deepen their missionary spirit.

During the annual Holy Spirit Mass on June 12, Archbishop of Davao Romulo G. Valles told seminarians at the St. Francis Xavier Regional Major Seminary of Mindanao (REMASE) to develop a sense of mission so they may have “a healthy love and loyalty to the Church.”

According to the prelate, the seminarians should have an intimate relationship with the Lord who sent them, likening the relationship to how God the Father sent His Son.

‘Sense of wonder’

Aside from this, Valles also stressed that the seminarians should cultivate a “sense of wonder” in order to keep their hearts “forever young.”

“Each day is new and it is led by the Holy Spirit,” he added.

The prelate has also urged the seminarians to develop a “sense of being,” asking them to discover themselves and their talents that will help them in their journey towards the priesthood.

156 seminarians

Valles, a product of the REMASE himself, lauded the big number of seminarians this year, 156 in all.

“Many areas of the Church today have no seminaries. The Lord did not abandon us in the presence of our future priests,” Valles said.

The archbishop also asked the seminarians to pray for their formators who have been accompanying them during their formation.

“They are not perfect, but the Spirit of the Lord will be upon them,” Valles said, citing the grace of office they received as priest-formators.

“This gives us confidence that the seminary is not run by us. The spirit of the Lord is upon us,” added the prelate. CBCPNews