Seminar for seminarians tackles youth issues

Seminar for seminarians tackles youth issues

Participants of this year’s National Seminar for Seminarians organized by Theological Centrum and the Diocese of Masbate on May 19 to 23, 2019. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

By. Sem. Jemuel B. Gepiga

May 27, 2019

Masbate City

Some 34 seminarians from eight dioceses attended this year’s National Seminar for Seminarians organized by the Theological Centrum in Masbate City on May 19 to 23.

Hosted by the Diocese of Masbate, the seminar with the theme “Seminarians in the Year of the Youth” discussed issues on seminary formation, particularly for the millennials.

Among the topics discussed include the message of Pope Francis to the youth, and integration of the Ratio Fundamentalis Institutio Sacerdotalis (RFIS), a Vatican document on priestly formation.

Quoting Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation “Christus vivit”, Theological Centrun executive direcor Fr. Victor Santos said that the youth are now of the world and sanctity is prepared by having friendship with Christ.

In addition, Fr. Rolan Panesa of the Diocese of Legazpi shared about the message of Pope Francis to the young people.

Fr. Philippe Gallanosa of the Diocese of Sorsogon also mentioned some crises of the youth regarding pornography and the preservation of chastity.

Fr. Raymun Sotto, Spiritual Director of St. John the Evangelist Major Seminary in Palo, Leyte, challenged the seminarians to discern and integrate the instruction of RFIS.

Fr. Ian de la Cruz, Director of Sedes Sapientiae Formation House of the Diocese of Masbate in Naga City, tackled the understanding of the millennials and generation Z.

Participants were later asked to take their intellectual formation seriously and at the same time harmonize it with their spiritual life.

Speakers also stressed to put Christ in the pinnacle of their activities.

The five-day seminar was also spent in the atmosphere of meditations, talks, conferences, pilgrimage and excursions. WITH REPORTS FROM REV. PHILIPPE A. B. GALLANOSA