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HNU BEC: Rekindled the Flame

Through the years, the HNU BEC Program is observed in many and tremendous ways. There are clusters that are creative enough to initiate innovative ways to enhance the group’s relationship and thus, organize activities that enliven the group members.

The Basic Ecclesial Community (BEC) of Holy Name University existed for more than 12 years already. There are two prominent groups existing, namely the St. Arnold Janssen Community composed of the Academic employees and the St. Joseph Freinademetz Community consisted of Non-Academic and the Academic Non-Teaching Personnel. The BEC Freinademetz Community through its Head Servant and Coordinators finally and successfully realized its dream. After a series of meetings together with the CM Director on their common concern in enlivening/animating the BEC Groups. As a result of the Need Assessment Evaluation, activities were prioritized by the committee as identified by the members. A Launching of the BEC Formation Activities for the whole year was scheduled last February 7. Its renewal activity’s theme was: Rekindling the Flame. Indeed, it was a great success with an almost perfect attendance of the Non-Academic family. It was graced by Fr. Joel Ruyeras, as its keynote speaker. A Holy Mass culminate the affair held at the HNU Main Chapel with Fr. Joel and Fr. Andy as mass presiders.

Launching of the Centennial Deaths of St. Arnold and St. Joseph

A eucharistic celebration was held on February 12, 6:00 AM, at the Freinademetz Oval of Janssen Heights Campus to culminate the Diamond Jubilee of Holy Name University. It was integrated with a celebration of the Launching of the 100 Years Death Anniversary of our two saints, St. Arnold Janssen and St. Joseph Freinademetz.

The Arnoldus family in Bohol represented by the delegates from Holy Spirit School of Tagbilaran and from the Holy Trinity Academy in Loay, including the entire HNU family actively participated the affair. A grand motorcade along Tagbilaran City highways was done to let our two saints be known by the larger community and to encourage missionary consciousness among the people.

CM Himig Diwa in Concert for A Cause

A concert dubbed as "I Will Sing Forever" was held at the St. Joseph Cathedral, Tagbilaran City on February 16, 7:30 P.M. In consonance with HNU's 60 Years of Witnessing the Word, the group of CM volunteers came up with a Concert for a Cause. Their purpose was to assist the candle vendors at the sidewalk of the Cathedral for them to come up with an alternative occupation where they could augment their hand-to-mouth-existence.

The Himig Diwa Chorale was aided by their alumni performers who just came home with gratitude for their 18 years in the music ministry. The group was founded by Fr. Geronimo Cayetano, SVD during his time here as Chaplain, way back in 1990s. They were inspired by Fr. Jerome’s presence as well as the moral support of the then Father President and the other members of the SVD Community. Fr. Ramilo Mapaye, SVD was the choir's conductor. Indeed, they gave their best and received a lot of appreciation for the superb, splendid, and spectacular two-hour talent show for the support of the Cathedral sidewalk candle vendors.

Hearts on Fire 2008

After a thorough planning, the CM Staff together with its student volunteers came up with a final schedule for another youth camp this summer known as "Hearts on Fire." It was successfully held last March 26-30, 2008 with the theme: "Precious are the Lives Rooted in the Word for the World." This year, it was held at St. Isidore Quasi-Parish in Busao, Maribojoc our new SVD administered parish in Bohol. To ensure a more enriching and active participation, we fixed the number of delegates only to 50 young participants.

As a vehicle for youth formation, and a venue for vocation and mission animation, extended the invitation to other youths through this venue. The contents and direction of the program were geared towards Youth BEC formation and anchored on the SVD characteristic dimensions. This is the 12th "Hearts on Fire" organized by the University through its Campus Ministry Office.

Immersion of HNU CM Volunteers

As an offshoot of the Summer Youth Camp 2008 organized by the Campus Ministry, three students expressed their desire to experience its Immersion Program. An invitation and request from the parish priest of the Our Lady of Fatima Parish, La Union was responded and was fully supported by the HNU Administration. The three student volunteers are: Faith Angelie Pascual (CM Young Missionaries Club), Kathleen Luz Barcelona (CM Acolytes and Lectors), and Felix Villamor (CM Himig Diwa). Both ladies are students of College of Business and Accountancy while the guy is a computer science student. The three left last April 5 and will stay there until May 17, 2008.

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