Don Bosco Center of Studies opens new school year
Don Bosco Center of Studies (DBCS) in Parañaque City, opened a new school year, 2018-2019 with a votive Mass, July 13, 2018. BR. PETRUS MARIANUS. RCJ
By Fr. John Francis Aberion
July 17, 2018
An affiliate of the Pontifical Salesian University in Rome, Don Bosco Center of Studies (DBCS) in Parañaque City, opened a new school year, 2018-2019, with a votive Mass of the Holy Spirit on July 13.
With over 120 students coming from various religious congregations, the DBCS’ Institute of Theological Formation (ITF) celebrated a Mass presided over by the new president and Dean of Studies, Fr. Renan Michael La Guardia, SDB, together with concelebrating priests who are formators and professors in the said institution.
In his homily, the priest stressed the importance of nurturing a relationship with the Lord as students who study theology.
‘The same Lord’
“The Lord you meet in the chapel is the same Lord you meet in your studies,” said the new dean. “Your studies must be personalized; learning is a personal affair.”
La Guardia also emphasized every student’s need to recognize the “indwelling of the Trinity in their hearts,” as they study. “Theology is not just an academic enterprise or exercise but a loving relationship with God. This perspective will motivate you to study more diligently.”
Hailing from Mandaluyong, La Guardia, who holds a Doctorate in Philosophy, succeeded Fr. Rafael Dela Cruz, SDB, as dean and president of the institution.
40 years of commitment
The professors, who made their oath of fidelity and profession of faith during the liturgy, were formally introduced, together with the roster of students, after the Mass.
The students had their student council election right after the Mass, while the professors and formators had a meeting with the Dean.
With over 40 years of commitment to theological and pastoral formation, the Don Bosco Center of Studies offers courses in theology, catechetics and youth ministry, and consecrated life.
It also holds a preparatory course for those religious preparing for perpetual profession, as well as a program of studies of theology for the lay and religious.