Sorsogon’s seminarians reach out to out-of-school youth

Sorsogon’s seminarians reach out to out-of-school youth

PAG-OROPOD, the official organization of major seminarians of the Diocese of Sorsogon gave gifts to out to out-of-school youth in support of the Philippine bishops’ declaration of 2019 as the “Year of the Youth,” Dec. 27, 2018. PAG-OROPOD

By Sem. Michael Ceazar Mestiola with Fr. Philippe A. B. Gallanosa

Jan. 13, 2019

Bibincahan, Sorsogon City

In celebration of Jesus’ birth, PAG-OROPOD, the official organization of major seminarians of the Diocese of Sorsogon reached out to out-of-school youth on Dec. 27, in support of the Philippine bishops’ declaration of 2019 as the “Year of the Youth.”

52 theology and philosophy seminarians as well as those in the pre-diaconal program gave gifts to several young people of Seebreeze Homes, Brgy. Cabid-an in this city.

“…this Christmas celebration that we’re having today and for the next day is not only for us, seminarians; this gift-giving activity only shows that in this special occasion we’ve come to share their presence among us here. It’s also timely … that joining with us here as receivers of our simple gifts are youth, especially as we celebrate this year, the Year of the Youth that they may be able to feel that they are beloved, gifted, and empowered,” said PAG-OROPOD president Sem. Faisal Rey Borja.

The seminarians also prepared a short program and entertained the special guests with presentations and games.

‘Holy priests of Sorsogon’

Earlier in the day, Sorsogon Bishop Arturo M. Bastes, S.V.D., D.D., reminded the seminarians of St. John the Apostle’s witness as “a faithful disciple of Jesus.” According to the prelate, St. John is special role model for priests and seminarians. The 74-year old bishop also encouraged the seminarians to do well in the ministry as “good and holy priests of Sorsogon” in the future.

The following day, Dec. 28, Feast of the Holy Innocents, participants discussed the Constitution and by-Laws of the organization at the OLPS Auditorium for the said documents’ ratification. Soon, PAG-OROPOD will release a finalized Constitution and by-laws.

Being grateful

To conclude the event, Fr. Edmon Benzo, Fr. Pangilinan, and Fr. Philipe Andrew Gallanosa, concelebrated Mass at the Our Lady of Peñafrancia Seinary Chapel. Benzo stressed the value of being grateful for the gifts of vocation and communion among the members of the organization. He also exhorted everyone present to “stay courageous” amid issues involving the clergy.