To commemorate the birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary which is also the 134th foundation anniversary of the Society of the Divine Word, a Holy Mass was celebrated at the Lesage Gymnasium last September 8, at 8:00 in the morning. The VP for Academic Affairs, Fr. Ted Gapuz was the main celebrant and homilist with the other SVD priests as co-celebrants. Fr. Kito Estepa read the Gospel, Fr. Boboy Sarabia led the General Intercessions, Fr. Andy Guban read the Preface, while Fr. Ansel Nicasio and Fr. Milo Mapaye shared the Doxology of the Eucharistic Prayer. After the solemn floral offering to the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Memorare was led by Fr. Flor Camacho and the Prayer for Missionaries by Fr. Ondoy Espuelas. Fr. Ruel Gado acted as the Liturgist while Frt. Ron Rey Espartinez was the Commentator. The theme of the Celebration was: "Living Witness to the Word: His Mission, Our Mission".
Despite the threatening news of a bad weather, HNU kept its values and tradition of giving honor to the Blessed Virgin Mary. To open the month of the Rosary, a Pilgrimage to the Our Lady of Assumption Shrine in Dauis was done by the College Department on October 1 at 5:30 in the morning. After a more than an hour walk to the Shrine, a Holy Mass was celebrated by Msgr. Jeff Malanog who gave a very heartwarming homily. Meanwhile the High School and its Grade School Departments had their prayerful walk to the Birhen sa Barangay Parish in Cogon, Tagbilaran. It was held on October 2 and 3 respectively. It bannered the theme: "Mary, Mother of the Pilgrim Church".
On the occasion of the 105th Commencement Exercises last October 18, 276 graduates received their mission crosses during the Baccalaureate Mass at 1:30 in the afternoon. Such is a practice of this institution to remind its young professionals of their participation in the three-fold ministry of Jesus. They were commissioned by the University President to be true disciples of Jesus and be living witnesses to the Word in the world. Thirteen of the graduates were active in the Campus Ministry and were given tribute and certificates of appreciation. Six of them were given medals as Campus Ministry Awardees in recognition of their untiring support and free services to the CM activities. From them, three got the honors as Cum Laude plus other Academic Awards. Parents of the Immersionists (Mr. and Mrs. Augusto Pascual - parents of Faith, and Mr. and Mrs. Felipe Gequillo - parents of Sheila) received special honors as they went upstage to get their Plaques of Appreciation during the Tribute to Parents for the unselfish support they extended to the CM Program by allowing their children to be sent to a month exposure at the SVD parishes in Luzon and Mindanao. "Moving Forward to a New Horizon" was the theme of this year's first semester graduation.
Mr. Kevin Damalerio, the CM-SCA Vice President for External Affairs represented the SCA-HNU Chapter in the gathering of SCA student leaders and animators in Visayas. It was held at the Christ the King Retreat House, Bagacay, Talibon, Bohol last September 3-6. They gathered for reflections, study sessions, and celebrations hingingon theme: Mission Possible. It is hoped that the movement's passion and deeper sense of commitment be strengthened.
The Student Catechists together with their club adviser, Sr. Emma Lin Monton, MSM attended the launching of the Catechetical Month. It was held last September 22, at Clarin Municipal Gymnasium participated by the catechists in the parishes under the Diocese of Tagbilaran. The celebration started with a talk on Juvenile Delinquency which is one of the problems encountered. Laws and provisions protecting the rights of the children were also tackled. After the talk, a Holy Mass was celebrated by Bishop Leonardo Medroso. In the afternoon, was a short program hosted by Fr. Leonil Grado and Ms. Julie Murcia. The theme was: "Faithfulness of Christ, Faithfulness of the Catechists".
Aside from the Holy Mass scheduled last September 8, other activities for the month were: letter writing to Filipino SVD Missionaries abroad done by the Young Missionaries Club, lobby display of banners and tarpaulins, and the usual bell for the class was changed to SVD composed songs. The total collection from the envelope distribution was P81,115.95. The Grade School collected P13,827.00, the High School got P49,035.40 and the College gathered P18,253.55. All the amount was handled to the SVD Mission office as our financial support to the mission in frontier areas outside the country. Prior to the foundation day, Triduum Masses were offered for the success of the whole month celebration. Masses were sponsored by the different departments in both chapels (Lesage and St. Arnold). Sponsors were the readers and offerers of the day. Themes were captured from the SVD Centennial: day 1 - We Remember, day 2 - We Rejoice and day 3 - We Renew. Another Batches of Witnesses to the Word
The new school year's set of officers in the Campus Ministry Student Organizations is the 14th batch who underwent the Arnold Janssen Spirituality Reflection Seminar. Each of the six organizations was represented. It was held last October 22-23, 2009 at Sr. Milvida's House of Prayer, Moto Sur, Loon. The other one is to be given to the Working Scholars. They are divided into 6 batches and the first group will be on November 28-29 to be held at the Viewing Room of the College of Education, Bates Building.
In partnership with the Diocese of Tagbilaran, HNU celebrates its annual Vocation Week. As scheduled by the Diocesan Vocation Director, promoters of the different Religious Congregations from all over the country are free to visit Bohol on November 9-13 for Vocation Campaign. They are permitted to enter schools and parishes within the week celebration. HNU welcomed the group for a symposium at the Alumni AVR on November 13 at 7:30 A.M. to 5:30 P.M. Religious Education classes actively participate the affair organized by the Campus Ministry Office in collaboration with the ReEd Department. The diocesan theme was "Bokasyon: Ang Tawag ni Kristo".
Don Bosco Formation Center in Lawaan, Talisay was the venue of the three-day Formation for Youth Animators and Catechists last October 26-28, 2009. Campus Ministers from Visayas and Mindanao actively participated in the Seminar Workshop. Mr. Loreto Auxtero and Sr. M. Francisca Cerbito, OSF represented the University. Fr. Fidel Orendain, SDB shared the Holy Father's message for the 43rd World Communication day: "New Technologies, New Relationships: Promoting a Culture of Respect, Dialogue and Friendship." He explained the fundamental shifts in patterns of communication and human relationships brought by the new digital technologies and the changes that are particularly evident among the young people. Bishop Patrick Buzon, SDB, DD shared his thoughts on the theme, "Promoting a Culture of Respect, Dialogue and Friendship" and the efforts of the church in the Philippines to actualize this challenge. Fr. Carmelo Diola brought with him his experience in communicating God's Word, particularly his work in "promoting social consciousness and participation in different sectors in the society".
Ms. Jessat Cathy Duce, the president of the CM-Acolytes and Lectors Club and the Treasurer of the CM Student Volunteers' Council, will represent the school in the 5th Asian Youth Days. She will join the other nine active youth ministers from our Diocese to the big event. The celebration will be hosted by the Episcopal Commission on Youth comes November 20-27, 2009. The activity aims to renew one's faith and love for the Word of God and the Eucharist; celebrate youthfully the Word and the Eucharist in our contexts, cultures and communities; and be agents of transformation by living out the Word and the Eucharist in our realities in Asia. It will be held at the Diocese of Imus, Cavite with the theme "Yasia Fiesta: Young Asians: Come Together, Share the Word, Live the Eucharist."