Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Mass and Rosary for Cory Aquino in Tagaytay City

From: Fr. Randy Flores, SVD (TRA Chairperson)
What: Thursday Mass and Rosary for President Cory in Tagaytay
Mass Presider: Bishop Chito Tagle

To: Members of the Tagaytay Religious Association (TRA) and Consecrated Life Association in Imus (CLAIM); rectors and mother superiors of seminaries and convents in Tagaytay and its environs; seminarians, brothers and sisters in Christ.

The Tagaytay Religious Association and the Divine Word School of Theology Students’ Association (DWSTSA) are organizing a mass and rosary for our beloved Madame Cory Aquino, former President of the Philippines and wife of Ninoy. This mass with rosary is offered to thank God for the gift of Cory, the freedom she helped brought back to our country, and the witness of a Christian life. We also hope that our gathering would remind our leaders—in Tagaytay City—their duty of selfless and honest service to the people, to the poor most especially; and at the same time inspire the youth to emulate Cory’s examples of courage, fear of God, and simplicity.

The details of the day are as follows:
Date: July 30, 2009 – Thursday
Place: Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Silang Crossing, Tagaytay City (for the Mass) and Ninoy Aquino Statue at Rotunda (for the Rosary)
Time: 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm.
Mass Celebrant: Bishop Chito Tagle
What to bring: rosary, umbrella, and candle
After the mass, we shall have a procession to the Ninoy Aquino statue at the Rotunda then pray the rosary there. The gathering ends with Salve Regina and blessing.

This is our collective way to thank Cory and the pray for her at the most critical moment of her life. So, please come. Thank you for your presence.

Fr. Randy Flores, SVD - TRA Chairperson

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Catholic Biblical Association of the Philippines Holds Annual Convention with Leading Biblical Scholar

The Catholic Biblical Association of the Philippines (CBAP) will hold its 9th annual convention at PHINMA Convention Center, Tagaytay City from July 17-19 2009. The convention gathers together around 60 biblical scholars, professors, and observers from all over the country.

CBAP is also celebrating its 10th year foundation anniversary and thus chose the theme for this convention: "Return with tenfold zeal" (Baruch 4:28).

The keynote speakers are Prof. James H. Charlesworth of Princeton Theological Seminary and Sr. Miriam Alendrino, OSB, Dean of Studies of the Redemptorist Seminary in Davao City and invited professor of Old Testament and Hebrew at Divine Word Seminary Tagaytay City.

Prof. Charlesworth will deliver a paper with the title: "Did the Serpent Deceive Eve?" The Princeton scholar has just published The Good and Evil Serpent: How a Universal Symbol Became Christianized (The Anchor Yale Bible Reference Library, 2009). Charlesworth is, of course, the famous editor of the the two-volume Old Testmanent Pseudepigrapha and an authority of the Dead Sea Scrolls. For further information on him, please click here.

Sr. Miriam's paper is on the Prologue of the Gospel of John. She holds a licentiate in Sacred Scripture (SSL) from the Biblicum in Rome and doctorate (on the Book of Judges) from the Gregorian University (Rome). Besides teaching, she is also very much involved in the biblical apostolate and much sought-after speaker on biblical themes.

The workshop speakers are (1) Pastor Noli Mendoza, faculty member of Asian Theological Seminary, who will talk on the Prophet Jeremiah; (2) Fr. Freddie Billanes (SSL Rome) of St. Pius X Seminary (Capiz) -- on the penitent criminal in Luke; and (3) Mr. Mike Lapid, a banker from Pampanga and graduate student of Divine Word Seminary (Tagaytay)--on Paul's Letter to the Philippians.

At the opening mass, Ms. Chin Chin Gutierrez (actress) will sing "Whispers of the New World" composed by Fr. Nicolas Sengson, SVD and lyrics written by well-loved former member of CBAP, the late Fr. Anthony Ceresko, OSFS.

The Papal Nuncio, Archbishop Edward Joseph Adams, will be the main celebrant and homilist at the concluding mass on Sunday (19 July) at 11:00 am.

CBAP executive director is Fr. Herb Schneider, SJ; head of organizing committee is Fr. Leander Barrot, OAR; and the current president is Fr. Randy Flores, SVD.

Monday, July 13, 2009

SVD MISSION AWARDS PRESS STATEMENT

SVD MISSION AWARDS PRESS STATEMENT
JULY 13, 2009
Launching of the
Nationwide SEARCH FOR SVD MISSION AWARDEES

As a part of the SVD Philippines’ 100 year celebration this year, a number of Centennial Awards called the “SVD MISSIONS AWARD” will be given. The SVD Philippine Central Province and St. Jude Catholic School are currently working on a “nationwide search” giving special awards the SVD Mission Awards, to individuals, groups or institutions who have shared our SVD mission in the country in the last 100 years, directly or indirectly.

These awards are meant to recognize, honor and thank those who, over the past century, have most embodied the tremendous spirit of the "Christian Mission Commitment" to what the SVDs call "prophetic dialogue" spelled out as: "dialogue with the poor and marginalized, faith seekers or no faith community, other religious traditions or secular ideologies, and local culture." The SVD MISSION AWARDS was created to highlight and perpetuate shining examples of exceptional commitment, dedication and contributed extraordinary living witness to the Divine Word of God.

The Awardees will be honored in St. Jude Catholic School with a banquet on Wednesday Nov 13, 2009 and be presented with a framed certificate of recognition, an SVD Missions Awards Plaque, and a P50,00.00 cash reward.
SVD Mission Awards are given in six categories:

1. The Divine Word Award is presented to an individual who has made an exemplary mission contribution.
2. The Communio Award is presented to a group, institution or community which made an outstanding mission contribution.
3. The Abra Mission Award is presented to an individual, group or institution that made a significant contribution for the Province of Abra where the SVD began its mission 100 years ago.
4. The Father Peter Yang Award is presented to an individual, group or institution that has significantly contributed to the mission for the Chinese community in the Philippines.
5. The Vivat Cor Iesu Award is presented to an SVD-initiated, led or administered group, community or institution that has made a significant contribution for mission.
6. The Saint Arnold Janssen Award is presented to an SVD missionary priest or brother who has made a significant contribution for mission.

For a copy of the Nomination Form and more information on the Nomination Process, please visit www.svd-awards.org

Submission Deadline of SVD MISSION AWARDS Nomination is on August 30, 2009.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

SVD Mission Awards

Former classmates in the SVD, Fathers Jerome Marquez and Joey Sepe; SVD confreres Fathers Bobby Ebisa and Aris Martin; and I (Fr. Randy Flores, SVD) are currently working on giving special awards--the SVD Mission Awards--to individuals, groups or institutions who have shared our SVD mission in the country in the last 100 years, directly or indirectly. In the name of the SVD Philippine Central Province and St. Jude Catholic School (near Malacanang), we would like to thank these people or groups who have shown exemplary "mission commitment" to what we call "prophetic dialogue" spelled out as: "dialogue with the poor and marginalized, faith seekers or no faith community, other religious traditions or secular ideologies, and local culture."

The awardees will be honored in St. Jude Catholic School with a banquet on Nov 13, 2009 and be presented with a framed certificate of recognition, an SVD Missions Awards Plaque, and a P50,00.00 cash reward.

SVD Mission Awards Categories are the following:

  1. The Divine Word Award is presented to an individual who has made an exemplary mission contribution.
  2. The Communio Award is presented to a group, institution or community which made an outstanding mission contribution.
  3. The Abra Mission Award is presented to an individual, group or institution that made a significant contribution for the Province of Abra where SVD began its misson 100 years ago.
  4. The Father Peter Yang Award is presented to an individual, group or institution that has significantly contributed to the mission for the Chinese in the Philippines.
  5. The Vivat Cor Iesu Award is presented to an SVD-initiated, led or administered group, community or institution that has made a significant contribution for mission.
  6. The Saint Arnold Janssen Award is presented to an SVD missionary priest or brother who has made a significant contribution for mission.
You can download here the nomination form. Deadline of submission is on August 30, 2009.
For more information on the nomination process. please visit www,svd-awards.org

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

CD Album - SVD Night Prayers and Vespers


Soon to come out from Divine Word Seminary, - on the occasion of the 100 years of SVD Philippines. Limited copies, please place your order to Fr. Raul 09282756270 / raulsvd@yahoo.com. The following are sample tracks:
Track 04 - Day is Done
Track 09 - Nunc Dimittis
Track 12 - Hail, Holy Queen
Track 37 - O Loving Mother
Track 40 - Blest be the Lord
Choir includes the Provincial (Fr. Nielo), the Rector of DWST (Fr. Fred), and other SVDs. Recorded at ARCOM Tagaytay, executive producer--Fr. Raul under Logos Publications, musical director--Nez Marcelo.
Click here SVD Night Prayers and Vespers

Professor James H. Charlesworth lectures at Divine Word Seminary


Should the Gospel of John be used in Reconstructing Jesus’ Life and Thought?
A Theological Symposium with Professor James H. Charlesworth

Venue: Divine Word Seminary
SVD Road, Tagaytay City, Philippines
Date: July 17, 2009 (Friday)
Time: 9:00 am – 11:00 am Tel. no: 046-4131253 // Text: 09273909863
Email: rrandy33@yahoo.com


Professor James H. Charlesworth is Princeton Theological Seminary’s George L. Collord Professor of New Testament Language and Literature and director and editor of the Seminary’s Dead Sea Scrolls Project. He holds a B.D. from Duke Divinity School, a Ph.D. from Duke University Graduate School, and an E.T. (Elève Titulaire) from the Ecole Biblique de Jerusalem. He is a Fellow of the Norwegian Royal Academy. An ordained Methodist minister, Charlesworth is active in the United Methodist Church Greek Orthodox and Methodist Symposia and directs the Syrus Sinaiticus Project at St. Catherine’s Monastery in the Sinai. His academic interests include the Dead Sea Scrolls, apocryphal works, the historical Jesus, the Gospel of John, and the Revelation of John. He teaches courses on the relationship between the Jesus traditions in the gospels and the theologies of the Dead Sea Scrolls, the life and thought of Jesus of Nazareth, the Old Testament in the New, the Gospel and Epistles of John, and the Hebrew and Theology of the Dead Sea Scrolls.

Major Publications

The Old Testament Pseudepigrapha, 2 vols. (1984–1985)
Jesus and the Dead Sea Scrolls (Doubleday, 1992, 1995)
The Beloved Disciple (Trinity Press International, 1995)
The Bible and the Dead Sea Scrolls, 3 vols. (Baylor University Press, 2006)
The Serpent: A Symbol of Life or Death? (Anchor Bible Reference Library, 2006)
The Historical Jesus (Abingdon Press Essential Guides, 2008)
The Good and Evil Serpent: How a Universal Symbol Became Christianized (Yale University, 2009)

The symposium is hosted by Divine Word Seminary-Tagaytay City in honor of the 100 years of the Society of the Divine Word (SVD) in the Philippines and sponsored by the Catholic Biblical Association of the Philippines (CBAP) which is celebrating its 10th foundation anniversary.


Fr. Randolf C. Flores, SVD
President, Catholic Biblical Association of the Philippines