As practiced, the Basic Ecclesial Communities of our institution once again spearheaded the annual Flores de Mayo at the Grotto. This year, it started on May 4 with the celebration of the Holy Eucharist by our University Chaplain, Fr. Ruel S. Gado, SVD at 4:30 in the afternoon. The daily floral and candle offerings, and recitation of the Holy Rosary were assigned to BEC clusters. A theme each day captured the virtues of Mother Mary. The month devotion culminated on May 29 with a Holy Mass celebrated by our VP for Administration, Fr. Andres B. Guban, SVD. It was participated by the different clusters in the University.
"Filled with the Spirit, Be His Witnesses" was the theme of this new school year's Opening Masses which were held in four separate times. The Basic Education celebrated it on June 5 at 8:00 A.M. for the High School followed by the Grade School at 10:30 that same morning. The College had it on its first day of classes in June 15 at 8:00 in the morning at the Lesage Gym and at 4:00 in the afternoon at the Janssen Heights Gym. The Holy Spirit's gifts of wisdom, understanding, knowledge, counsel, courage, piety, and awe were implored by the Community as HNU's guide and foundation in the realization of everybody's dream.
The first Friday of July is the school's Votive Mass in honor of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Such religious zeal is imbibed from St. Arnold Janssen's first devotion which finds a distinct and central role in his spirituality. Held on July 3, at 8:00 A.M., the mass bannered the theme: A Heart with God, Beating in Love. Father President delivered a very enriching and heartwarming homily. Integrated with the Holy Eucharist was the renewal of commitments of HNU's Lay Liturgical Ministers as they consecrated themselves to the Sacred Heart with the Community.
Last May 22, 2009 (5:30 P.M.) at St. Gabriel Residence Chapel, a Holy Mass was done as HNU's final commendation to God for the soul of Fr. Romy. It was joined by the deans and heads of offices and some close friends. 40 floating candles were lighted with a belief that on the 40th day after the death of a person, his soul is lifted up to our heavenly abode. For all of us, our former VPAA was known as a highly Respected rector and administrator, Obedient in his priestly ministry, Melodious in his association with family, community and friends, and possessed a Youthful bearing heart and looks. For him, we glorify God for the gift of his person, God's chosen one, Fr. Romeo Pangan Bancale, SVD with whom we also owe much gratitude. Fr. Romy, we salute you and we thank you.
The Coordinator of Pope John Paul I Biblical Center of Northern Luzon. Fr. Jaimelito G. Gealan, SVD sent a letter to the office of the president requesting for assistance of their 1st Hearts on Fire, Summer Bible Youth Camp in Northern Luzon. Nanelyn D. Wate (CM Staff) was asked to be there as speaker/facilitator. She stayed there from April 6-19, 2009 to help its preparations done at the Divine Word College of Vigan, as well as its actual activities held at the St. Therese Parish, Peñarubia, Abra. Part of the Camp was an Exodus Walk at the parish of San Isidro, the Cradle of SVD mission in the Philippines. Indeed, it was such a happy mission for our Staff because inspite her limited knowledge of the Ilocano dialect, she was able to share and learned a lot from the people there especially as to how the SVDs brought the Catholic Faith to their native folks 100 years ago.
Upon the request of Fr. Flor Camacho, SVD, the CM sent volunteers to his parish (St. Isidore Quasi-parish, Busao, Maribojoc, Bohol) in preparation of the Holy Week activities. Frt. Louie Cris Gregorio, SVD (regent), Sem. Jay Tandog, SVD, Sr. Francisca, OSF (CM Staff), and YMs Angeli Faith Pascual (BSC-Management) and Jean Ruth Daquio (BS Psychology) stayed there from April 6-13, 2009.
The parish of San Isidro Labrador, Loreto, Surigao del Norte hosted this year's Sacred Heart Congress held last June 4-6, 2009. Fr. Mike M. Mahinay, SVD (parish priest) sent a letter request to Father President to send four CM Student Volunteers to be of help especially on the youth activities. Denisa Naparuta (BSC-Management), Shiella Mae Gequillo (BSC-Banking & Finance students and are Young Missionaries), Gilbert Langamen, and Edward Limbaro (both BS Psychology students and are respectively from Acolec and Himig Diwa) left May 12 to the Island of Dinagat and came back home last June 8, 2009. Such was a great challenge for them because aside from the reason that the parish is surrounded with 12 other religious sects, many are involved in occult known as "singsingan" who called themselves as PBMA or Philippine Benevolent Missionaries in the Philippines. Daily they encounter these kinds of people, sharing and listening to them. In fact, they learned the history of Dinagat Islands through a Protestant folk whom the group met and conversed with during a four-hour sea travel by an "oversized-lantsa" from Surigao City going to Loreto, Dinagat Islands on their first day of immersion. As they journeyed with the parish priest daily saying Masses in the nearby Catholic chapels in different towns, the big waves were their struggles. Nevertheless, they were able to serve their purpose with zeal and dedication believing that they were sent by no less than by the Divine Word Himself.
CM Staff Mr. Loreto Auxtero attended a three-day seminar workshop for Campus Ministers last May 22-24, 2009 at St. Philip Neri Retreat House, Albur, Bohol. Participants were the different youth directors, coordinators, leaders and ministers of the schools and universities in the Central-Eastern Visayas Region. Ms. Nanelyn Wate (our CM Staff) was one of the distinguished speakers on May 23 with the topic, Components of Effective Campus Ministering. The theme of the affair was Building Faith Communities in the Campus: Our Mission.
Two departments underwent AJS Reflection Sessions early this semester. The College of Computer Science had it last July 3-4 at the Janssen Hilltop, Divine Word Centrum, (Banat-i Hills). The module was revised for the College of Business and Accountancy who had it as Arnold Janssen Spirituality: Witness to the Word Retreat. It was held at the Missionary Sisters of Christ the King Retreat House, Bagacay, Talibon. Both departments actively participated led by their respective deans. The Grade and High School faculty who underwent the AJS two years ago, requested for follow-up of the Spiritual formation. Last April 22-23 (GS at St. Philip Neri Retreat House, Albur) and on May 27-28 (HS at Sr. Milvida's House of Prayer House, Loon). Fr. Flor Camacho, SVD was the invited retreat master of both departments. He gave emphasis on the Witness to the Word identity.
Celebrating with the SVDs on its 100th years presence in Philippines, the Arnold Janssen Family (Bohol), had its 10th gathering known as the AJF Panagtapok. Panagtapok is a biennial reunion of the Boholano SVD (Priests, Brothers, and Seminarians), SSpS (Blue Sisters), SSpSAP (Pink Sisters) with their parents, brothers, sisters, relatives and friends. Its main objective is to express gratitude to the families who offered their sons and daughters to the Arnoldus Family. It was held on August 16, 2009 at the HNU Janssen Heights Gymnasium, Dampas Campus. The whole day affair commenced with a Eucharistic Celebration officiated by SVD Superior General Antonio Pernia with other Boholano SVDs. Songs, dances, and picture-taking colored the day. Another highlight was the video presentation as to how the SVDs arrived in Bohol. On the said event, a tribute to the pillars of the Panagtapok since its birth in 1990 was made. The following were given plaque of recognition: Fr. Jerome Cayetano as the first chaplain, Fr. Bernard Teneza and Fr. Eusebio Manangbao as the regents that time who organized the first SVD Panagtapok, Fr. Jaimelito Gealan who made the Panagtapok as Arnoldus family gathering in 1996 hence, now AJF Panagtapok, Fr. Florante Camacho as the first spiritual adviser of the AJF Panagtapok, and Mr. Jose Ma. Rocha as the first AJF Panagtapok president. Fr. Marlito Alingasa was also recognized as the first Boholano SVD and Fr. Antonio Pernia as the biggest pride of the AJF Kadugong Bol-anon.
The Campus Ministry organized a Bible Enrichment program participated by the different representatives of each CM organizations, with the youth leaders and cluster leaders of the different barangays under the parochial administration of Fr. Flor Camacho, SVD. It was held May 8-10 at St. Isidore Quasi-parish Church, Busao, Maribojoc. Team who facilitated the seminar were Mr. Loreto Auxtero, Ms. Nanelyn Wate, and Br. Jayneil Artiaga (a CM Alumni who now joined the Piarist Congregation). Catholic Faith Defender, Mr. Rufino Ocon was also invited as one of the speakers on Sacred Scriptures.
The Campus Ministry held its annual Enhancement Week last July 20-26. During the week, they had their recruitment for new membership in the different organizations under the umbrella of the CM office. They distributed forms to the applicants and put up exhibits featuring the CM Student volunteers' program of activities. It ended with a whole day Orientation on July 26 when the different organizations presented each charism and apostolate. It was their sort of Acquaintance when the old and aspiring members met. Office policies were also given to the volunteers. A Holy Mass was celebrated by the CM Director at 4:30 P.M. integrated with the Oath-taking of the new set of officers. Felix Villamor, an AB Philosophy student is now the newly elected president of the Campus Ministry Student Volunteers' Council.
This school year, the CM has seven new staff members in replacement of those who left for other mission assignments by their respective congregations. One is assigned to the Grade School Department, two at the High School and the four at the College. They are the following:
Like the previous years, SVD Regents sent in Bohol used to be exposed in the Campus Ministry. This year, we are blessed with a 26 years young Bicolano who hails from Legaspi City, Albay. He is Frt. Ronald Rey P. Espartinez, SVD. Aside from his special skill in public speaking, he is also hardworking, diplomatic and a diligent teacher. He teaches Christian Living and Religious Education Classes. Frt. Ronrey is likewise described as hyper-visional, speculative and imaginative. As Staff in the CM High School, he facilitates recollections and retreats to our students. He completed his Philosophy at Christ the King Mission Seminary and now a second year Theologian at Divine Word School of Theology in Tagaytay City.
Sr. M. Francisca T. Cerbito, OSF is cute and chubby in person. She finished her degree in Education in 1997 at an institution run by their congregation. A pure "waray-waray" who is a native of Tacloban City. Her birthday falls on May 12 and is now 35 years of age. She is now 12 years in the religious life. At present, she is assigned at the CM Grade School Department.
One of the staff in the High School department hails from Dagupan City. Now 34 years old, born on February 19, 1975. Before she entered the religious life, she served as an active volunteer of the youth ministry and worked in a Motorcycle Corporation with a decent position. Two months ago, just before she came here, she made her Perpetual Profession to the Order of St. Francis. Her name is Sr. M. Annabelle S. Lamsen, OSF.
The most senior among the CM Staff yet very energetic and dynamic as you can see her personally wearing a sweet smile has been in different places and apostolate being a Religious Sister for more than 25 years. The ministerial work in the CM is not new to her since she was assigned here 7 years ago. She handles the CM Acolytes and Lectors Club and the BEC Coordinator of the College of Computer Science. She is Sr. M. Bernardine M. Jayma, OSF, 63 years of age from Baybay, Leyte.
Another new staff in the College department is Sr. Elena C. Reloba, MSM, cute and small but terrible. A Boholana from Maribojoc, born on August 13, 1957. She is an alumna of this institution, Divine Word College of Tagbilaran during her time. Now, she is back to fulfill the mission entrusted to her by the Missionary Sisters of Mary (MSM). She is the adviser of the CM Student Catholic Action and the BEC in-charge of the College of Arts and Sciences.
Sr. Doyet M. Luarca, SSpS is new in our University. She is a Junior professed of the Sisters Servants of the Holy Spirit also known as the Blue Sisters - one of the three congregations founded by St. Arnold Janssen. Prior to her assignment here, she worked with the Indigenous People of the Diocese of Surigao. Sr. Doyet is a native from Dangkalan, Bulalacao, Oriental Mindoro and finished her studies at Divine Word College of Calapan. You can easily identify her youthful looks at age 35, born on February 16. Presently, she is the companion of the Young Missionaries Club and the BEC moderator of the College of Business and Accountancy.
Sr. Gingging as fondly called in the campus is a "balikbayan" in our school. She was with us way back year 2000 and is now happy to work again with us at here HNU. She was born on the 8th of December, feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. She grew up in the province of Surigao del Norte and joined the Missionary Sisters of Mary (MSM) after her college graduation. Her real name is Sr. Emma Lin G. Monton, MSM, the CM Catechetical Organization's adviser and the BEC in-charge of the College of Engineering.