Thursday, March 06, 2014


Awarding Ceremonies:  7:00 PM, March 11, 2014
Covered Court, Divine Word Seminary, Tagaytay City

On the occasion of the DWST Semicentennial, the members of the academic and formation community of the Divine Word Seminary, Tagaytay City, have chosen the following alumni as awardees:

Category 1: Distinguished Alumnus Award
The Distinguished Alumnus Award recognizes a former student of DWST who has made a significant contribution to the Church and country in doing prophetic dialogue with the poor and marginalized, faith-seekers or those with no faith community, other religious traditions or secular ideologies, and local or other cultures (cf. DWST Mission Statement).

Awardee: FR. ED PANLILIO (DWST 1981, SASMA)—former director of the Social Action Center of Pampanga (SACOP) and former governor of the province of Pampanga. He was named "Filipino of the Year" for 2007 by the Philippine Daily Inquirer.
Among Ed receives from the Rector
of DWST, Fr. Fred Saniel, SVD,
a statue of St. Arnold Janssen
after his keynote address
before DWST graduates in 2008

[The First Distinguished Alumnus Award was given to Fr. Antonio M. Pernia, then the SVD Superior General, in 2009 (Centennial of the Philippine SVD)].

Category 2: Ad Gentes Mission Award
The Ad Gentes Mission Award recognizes an alumnus of DWST who has shown extraordinary efforts in doing prophetic dialogue as a missionary priest outside the Philippines.
– pioneer Filipino missionary in Ghana (1973- present).

Filipino Missionaries in Ghana in 1975

Category 3: Magister Award
The Magister Award recognizes a professor who has shown an exemplary commitment as a teacher at DWST.
Awardee: FR. ANTOLIN UY, SVD – Church historian and teacher at DWST since 1979.
Fr. Uy together with his relatives and friends
during the celebration of his 50th year
as priest (ordained in Rome, Feb 1964)

Category 4: Filipino Theology Award
The Filipino Theology Award recognizes an alumnus of DWST who has made significant contribution to the inculturation of theology and to the development of Filipino Theology.

Awardee: FR. DIONISIO MIRANDA (DWST  1972, SVD) – moral theologian; has authored six books dealing on the inculturation of moral theology; his last book, Kaloob ni Kristo: A Filipino Christian Account of Conscience (Logos Publications, Manila 2003) won the Gintong Aklat Award 2004, Religious Books category, of the National Book Development Association of the Philippines.

Category 5: Diakonia Award
The Diakonia Award recognizes a former member of the staff of DWST who has shown an exemplary service at DWST.
Awardee: MRS. SOCORRO BELARDO – has served the Dean’s Office and Rector’s Office from 1970-2009
Ate Cory giving her testimonial to the golden jubilarian

Category 6: Special Recognition
Keynote Speakers, Respondents, and Preachers
1) Archbishop John Hung, SVD
2) Fr. Herbert Scholz, SVD
3) Fr. Antonio Pernia, SVD
4) Fr. John Fuellenbach, SVD
5) Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle
6) John L. Allen, Jr.

 Alumni Bishops
1) Bastes, Arturo (DWST 1971, SVD), Bishop of Sorsogon
2) Baylon, Joel Z. (DWST 1979, TMP), Bishop of Legazpi
3) de la Peña, Edwin (DWST 1981, MSP), Bishop of Marawi
4) Du, John F. (DWST 1979, SASMA, Archbishop of Palo
5) Famadico, Buenaventura M. (DWST1984, SASMA), Bishop of San Pablo
6) Hung, John (DWST 1973, SVD), Archbishop of Taipei, Taiwan
7) Jaucian, Leopoldo (DWST 1982 [Philo], SVD), Bishop of Bangued
8) Manuel, Vicente +(DWST 1969, SVD), Bishop of the Apostolic Vicariate of San Jose
9) Palang, Antonio (DWST 1973, SVD), Bishop of the Apostolic Vicariate of San Jose
10) Rillera, Artemio+ (DWST 1971, SVD),  Bishop of the Diocese of San Ferdando, La Union
11) Solis, Oscar (DWST 1978, SASMA), Auxiliary Bishop of Los Angeles, CA, USA
12) Varquez, Crispin B. (DWST 1989, SASMA), Bishop of Borongan

Rectors of DWST
1) Fr. Alois Lehberger, SVD, 1964–1969+
2) Fr. Wenceslao Fernan, SVD, 1965–1966+
3) Fr. Amante Castillo, SVD, 1968–1970
4) Msgr. Miguel Cinches, SVD, 1970–1973+
5) Fr. Florante Camacho, SVD, 1973–1974
6) Fr. Herminio Ricafort, SVD, 1974–1979
7) Fr. Antolin Uy, SVD, 1979–1987
8) Fr. Herman Mueller, SVD, 1979–1980+
9) Fr. Florencio Lagura, SVD, 1987–1990
10) Fr. Robert Orig, SVD, 1990–1993
11) Fr. Herbert Scholz, SVD, 1993–1995
12) Fr. Lino Nicasio, SVD, 1995–1996
13) Fr. Dionisio Miranda, SVD, 1996–1999
14) Fr. Antolin Uy, SVD, 1999–2002
15) Fr. Joseph Miras, SVD, 2002–2005
16) Fr. Wilfredo Saniel, SVD, 2005 – present

Deans of DWST
1) Fr. Frederick Scharpf, SVD+, 1969–1972+
2) Fr. Macario Magboo, SVD, 1972–1975
3) Fr. Reiner Franke, SVD, 1975–1981
4) Fr. Herbert Scholz, SVD, 1981–1985
5) Fr. Florencio Lagura, SVD,- 1985–1987
6) Fr. Antolin Uy, SVD - 1987–1990
7) Fr. Constante Floresca, SVD+, 1988-1990+
8) Fr. Guillermo Villegas, SV, 1990–1992
9) Fr. Lino Nicasio, SVD, 1992-1995
10) Fr. Antolin Uy, SVD, 1995–1996
11) Fr. Lino Nicasio, SVD, 1996–1999
12) Fr. Felix Ferrer, SVD, 1999–2004
13) Fr. Michael Layugan, SVD, 2004–2008
14) Fr. Alexander Muaña, SVD, 2008–2012
15) Fr. Felix Ferrer, SVD, 2012- present

Affiliated Seminaries
1) Clerics Regular of Somasca (Somascans)
2) Clerics Regular of St. Paul (Barnabites)
3) Fil-Mission Seminary (Mission Society of the Philippines)
4) Missionaries of St. Francis de Sales (MSFS)
5) Oblates of St. Joseph (OSJ)
6) Pontifical Institute for Foreign Mission (PIME)
7) Religious Tertiary Capuchins of Our Lady of Sorrows (Amigonians)
8) San Pablo Theological Formation House
9) Servants of the Paraclete (SP)
10) St. Augustine Major Seminary (SASMA)
11) St. Lawrence of Brindisi House of Studies (OFM Capuchins)
12) Tahanan ng Mabuting Pastol

Friday, February 28, 2014

DWST Alumni Homecoming: All Alumni Invited to Join


The Divine Word Seminary Tagaytay, in celebration of its 50th year, will be having a grand alumni homecoming this March 11-12, 2014. Both days will begin with the holy mass at 8 am, followed by theological symposia, sports activities, and vespers. To cap each day there will be a recognition and awards night and musical presentations.

Former SVD Superior General, Fr. Antonio M. Pernia, will be the speaker for the first theological symposium on March 11, while CNN Vatican Correspondent, John L. Allen, Jr. will be the speaker on March 12. Mass will be presided by Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle on Day 2.

All alumni are invited to join the festivities. Registration for the two-day event is PhP 2,000. For inquiries and accommodations, please contact Fr. Raul (0917 519 0382), Fr. Menguito (09179952275) or Fr. Cron (0917 5038295). SEE YOU THERE!
Alma Mater Song of Divine Word Seminary | Muziboo

Thursday, February 20, 2014

DWST Semicentennial Lectures by Four Distinguished Speakers

DWST Semicentennial Lectures by Four Distinguished Speakers:
Divine Word Seminary
SVD Road, Tagaytay City Philippines

February 21, 2014 – Fr. Dionisio M. Miranda, SVD*
Title: Moral Theology and New Evangelization
Place: Aula Magna
Time: 10:15 AM – 12:00 PM
*D. M. Miranda obtained his Doctorate from the Alfonsianum ni Rome (1984) and worked as a missionary in Paraguay from 1978-1981 before joining the faculty of the Divine Word Seminary (1984-2006). He wrote five books, all pioneering studies in Inculturation and Filipino Moral Theology He is the President of the University of San Carlos in Cebu, City.

March 11, 2014 – Fr. Antonio M. Pernia, SVD*
Title: The State of Mission Today
Place: Covered Court
Time: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
*A. M. Pernia is the former Superior General of the Society of the Divine Word (2000-2012). He holds a doctorate in Fundamental Theology from the Gregorian University (Rome). A recipient of the Divine Word Seminary Distinguished Alumnus Award (2009), Pernia is now a member of the faculty of the seminary’s school of theology.

March 12, 2014 – John L. Allen, Jr.*
Title: The Catholic Church on the World Stage in the Twenty-First Century
Place: Covered Court
Time: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
*J. L. Allen, Jr. Allen is a world-renowned Vatican expert and journalist. He was a senior correspondent for the National Catholic Reporter in which his column, “All Things Catholic,” was widely-read. He is now an associate editor for The Boston Globe and continues to serve as analyst of Vatican affairs for the CNN. He authored ten books including The Future Church: How Ten Trends are Revolutionizing the Catholic Church (2009) and two biographies of Benedict XVI.

March 13, 2014 – Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle*
Title: Conversation Between Tagle and Allen
Place: Elements Eton Centris, EDSA corner Quezon Ave, QC.
Time: 7:00 PM  - Dinner for the Missions
*Cardinal Tagle is the Archbishop of Manila. He taught Systematic Theology and Theology of the Priesthood at the Divine Word Seminary-Tagaytay.

For more information, please write:
Or text or call: Fr. Raul Caga, SVD 09175190382 (mobile)

Monday, February 10, 2014

Conversation between Cardinal Tagle and John L. Allen, Jr.

Join a rare public conversation between Cardinal Chito Tagle and world-renowned Vatican expert and journalist John L. Allen, Jr at the Dinner for the Missions!

The Divine Word Seminary has invited JOHN L. ALLEN, JR. to be the keynote speaker at the conclusion of the semicentennial of the SVD seminary in Tagaytay City (1963-2013) and the homecoming of its more than 3,000 alumni on March 12, 2014.

Allen is a world-renowned Vatican expert and journalist. He was a senior correspondent for the National Catholic Reporter in which his column, “All Things Catholic,” was widely-read. He is now an associate editor for The Boston Globe and continues to serve as analyst of Vatican affairs for the CNN.

The author of ten books including The Future Church: How Ten Trends are Revolutionizing the Catholic Church (2009) and two biographies of Benedict XVI, and a journalist “other reporters—and not a few cardinals—look to for the inside story on how all the pope's men direct the world's largest church” (Kenneth L. Woodward, Newsweek, 2005), Allen is therefore one of the most authoritative analysts of Vatican affairs.

After his keynote address at the Divine Word Seminary in Tagaytay City on March 12, Allen is willing to sit down with fellow journalists and media practitioners for a press conference: the papacy of Francis, the reform of the Curia, the sex abuse scandal plaguing the Roman Catholic Church, the ordination of women, same-sex marriage, and a possible visit of the Pope to the Philippines—these are just some of the burning issues concerning the Vatican that can be asked from the floor.

On March 13, Allen and Cardinal Tagle will have special "conversation" at the Dinner for the Missions in Quezon City.

For more information about the press conference and Dinner for the Missions, please contact Fr. Raul Caga, SVD,  mobile number: 0932-8725188.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

DWST Semicentennial Lecture Series 2: The Eucharistic Theology of Vatican II as a Recovery from the Early Church, Prospect in Mission, by Fr. Aris Martin, SVD

Lecture Date: July 19, 2013
Venue: Aula Magna, Divine Word Seminary, Tagaytay City
Photos: Eline Santos
Speaker: Fr. Aris Martin, SVD (SThL Gregorian University)


Fr. Sam Agcaracar, SVD (SThL Gregorian University) introduces the speaker

Fr. Manny Marfori (SThD  Navarre University)--reactor

Question from the floor-Fr. Raul Caga, SVD (SThL Alfonsianum)

Lecture moderator - Fr. Emmanuel Menguito, SVD (MS in Guidance Counselling)

Part of the audience, with Sister Teresa, RVM, currently a student
in the Certificate in Mission Studies (CMS), newest program of DWST.