Saturday, November 26, 2016

Friday, November 25, 2016

DWST extends its best wishes to Fr. Vic Castro, SVD on his birthday

Father Vic is DWST professor of Catechetics. As he is not in good health right now, as we greet him on his birthday, we also pray for his fast recovery. Below is write-up of him from the XVD FB wall and shared bt Fr. Fiel, SVD.

Birthday: November 25
Missionary to the SVD Central Province
Former Missionary to Philippines Southern Province and Rome

Happy Birthday, Fr. Vic!

“I had the opportunity to talk to Fr. Vic Castro after around 50 years. He is the same warm personality of old, and told me that he spent most of his life in the missions. I knew his brother, the late Fr. Tony Castro, and his family in Calapan. It was a nostalgic moment for me. Happy Birthday, Fr. Vic, and God bless!” – Samuel Yap


Fr. Vic is a Mindoreno from Calapan, Or. Mindoro, born on November 25, 1940. He joined the SVD, and pronounced his religious vows in 1960. He was ordained in 1966 in Rome.

Fr. Vic studied also in Rome for his Licentiate in Theology.

He was assigned to mission work in Mindoro and Surigao.

His main mission work in the pastoral field centered in the pioneering stage of the SVD missions in Surigao. The SVD Surigao missions started in 1973, upon the invitation of the new Bishop, Miguel B. Cinches, SVD. The Divine Word missionaries came and took over the whole of Siargao Island. Fr. Redempto Maniwang, SVD, was the first SVD priest assigned to the Parish and the rest of Siargao Island until more SVDs arrived to take care the latter. Fr. Vic was among the pioneering SVDs who joined Fr. Maniwang. The others were Fr. Max Abalos, Fr. John Rutgers, Bro. Efren Elogon, Fr. Isagani Tecson, Fr. Eduardo Rocha, Fr. Gil Espuelas, Fr. Salvador Conrado, and many SVD regents who meanwhile were ordained priests.

He also worked in Baguio based at the Retreat house, as director of the school in Pacdal.

The Generalate tapped him to work in Rome and he served as the Editor of the Arnoldus Nota, the SVD publication of the Generalate (Rome).

Fr. Vic also taught Catechetics at the Divine Word Seminary in Tagaytay.

For now, he resides at the Villa Cristo Rey in Christ the King Seminary, Quezon City.

Fr. Vic has served the Society well, in the remotest mission fields and in the circles in the Generalate.
May the Lord bless you with more years, as you enter your 76th year.

Happy birthday, Fr.Vic!

Text Credits: Steve Villarosa / The SVD Mission Philippines, Inc.

P.S. If you have interesting anecdotes about our birthday celebrator, please feel free to share. For corrections, suggestions, additions, please pm: Felmar Castrodes Fiel, SVD

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

DWST Daygon Christmas Carol Competition

Come and listen to the "angelic" voices of our seminarians and students as they sing Christmas Carols ushering in the spirit of Advent and Christmas before they go home for the Christmas break. The DWST Daygon Christmas Carol 2016 is being organized by the students' association DWSTSA.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Starting time for Dogma Compre Written Exam

Message from the Dean: Due to our morning liturgy schedule, the starting time for the Dogma Compre Written Exam on Monday, Nov. 14, 2016 is at 8:10 am instead of 7:00 am as it was previously announced.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Dr. Rene Oliveros talks about Bud Dajo on CNN's The Source with Miss Pinky Webb

Dr. Rene Oliveros, DWST Professor (he'll be teaching Religion and Terror in the Second Semester) talks about Bud Dajo on CNN Philippines aired last Oct 4, 2016).


Monday, September 19, 2016

Schedule of Classes and Enrollment Schedule

Schedule of Classes for the Second Sem

Enrollment Week - September 26-30
Note: Other Students (not on the list; please set your schedule with the Registrar).

T1 Schedule (Sept 26, Mon)

T2 Schedule (Sept 29, Thu)
T3 Schedule (Sept 28, Wed)

T4 Schedule (Sept 27, Tue)

Saturday, September 10, 2016

DWST greets Fr. Corks Corcuera, SVD, on his birthday.

DWST sends its best wishes to its Liturgical Theology professor, Fr. Corks Corcuera, SVD, on his birthday (9/10/16).

Thursday, September 08, 2016

DWST greets the SVDs on their Foundation Day

On the Feast of the Birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the academic community of DWST sends good wishes to the members of the Society of the Divine Word (SVD) on their foundation day (Sept. 8).  Saint Arnold Janssen founded the SVD on Sept 8,1875 in Steyl, Holland. After 141 years, the SVD  to date consists of 5,989 members (priests and brothers).
Arnold Janssen, 28 years old. He
founded the SVD when
he was only 38 years old,
First SVD house in Steyl, Holland, 1875

Wednesday, September 07, 2016

Sept 8 - SVD Foundation Day - Schola Vacat

Sept 8 Thursday - SVD Foundation Day -   Schola Vacat.

DWST Schedule for the Urbaniana Visitation

In view of the coming of the visitator from Urbaniana University in Rome to which our STB program is affiliated, please take note of the the following changes in our schedule:

September 29 (Thursday) - Classes in the morning are suspended.

  • 8:30 AM  Holy Mass (All students are invited).
  •  Coffee-break right after the mass (snacks will be served).
  • 10:00 AM - Students' Audience with the Visitor (Fr. Maurizio Gronchi).
    • Venue: Aula Magna
  • Afternoon classes go on as usual.
September 30 (Friday) - The visitator will observe some of our classes.
  • 5:00 pm - Professors' Audience with the Visitator.
  • Testimonial Dinner follows.

Monday, August 29, 2016

DWST greets Fr. Van Biliran, SVD on his birthday

DWST greets its Canon Law professor, Fr. Van Biliran, SVD on his birthday. Fr. Biliran also serves as chaplain for the Philippine Coast Guards.

DWST greets SASMA on the Feast of Saint Augustine

DWST greets Saint Agustine Major Seminary (SASMA) on their feast day (8/28/16)!

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

DWST welcomes three new professors

DWST welcomes three new professors:

Fr. Raymun Festin, SVD,  former Rector of Christ the King Seminary in Quezon City, and author of two books on Philosophy. Fr. Festin who was a missionary in Angola for sixteen years obtained his doctorate in Philosophy from the Catholic University of Louvain (Belgium, 2006). He will be handling Graduate Research and Hermeneutics.

Fr. Gilberto Marqueses, SVD, who just finished his Licentiate in Sacred Theology (STL Missiology) from the Gregorian University in Rome, will be director for the  AB in Theology Pastoral Ministry Program and the coordinator for the M.A. in Theology (Missiology)--thesis and non-thesis programs.

Fr. Dante Barril, SVD  recently obtained his Licentiate in Sacred Scripture (SSL) from the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome. He will be teaching New Testament courses and is assigned as DWST registrar.

Fr. Raymun Festin (center) with two SVDs
in TV ministry Fr. Glenn Paul Gomez and Fr. Jerry Orbos
Fr. Tups Marqueses (first from left) and
Fr. Dante Barril (fourth from left) with
two more DWST-SVD students in Rome:
Fr. JP Marquez (STL Systematic Theology, Gregorian)
and Fr. Sam Agcaracar (STD Missiology, Gregorian)

Friday, August 19, 2016

DWST expresses condolences to Jeric Advincula (T4, San Pablo) on the death of his father

DWST expresses its condolences to Jeric Advincula (T4, San Pablo) and to the rest of the Advincula family on the death of their father, Mr. Pedro Advincula, Sr, 66. Requiescat in pace (8/19/16).

Thursday, August 11, 2016

DWST wishes well DWSTSA on Students' Day

DWST wishes well the officers and members of the Divine Word School of Theology Students' Association (DWSTSA) on Students' Day (Aug 11-12, 2016). Please click below to see the schedule.

Monday, August 08, 2016

DWST expresses its condolences to Anthony Pobar (T1, SVD) on the death of his mother

DWST expresses its condolences to Anthony Pobar (T1, SVD) and to his family on the death of Mrs. Gloria Pobar, 63. Anthony's mother succumbed to cancer yesterday (Aug. 7, 2016). May she rest in peace.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

DWST greets Fr. Antolin Uy, SVD on his birthday

Fr. Uy, in his younger days, leads
the cheering squad at a
Family Feast's competition
DWST greets Fr. Antolin Uy, SVD, on his birthday (July 28), his 81st. Twice the dean and and twice the rector of DWST, Fr. Uy continues to teach Church History courses at DWST.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

DWST greets its professor, Sister Miriam Alejandrino, OSB, on her birthday

DWST greets its professor,Sister Miriam Alejandrino, OSB, on her birthday!
Sr. Miriam with other participants of  recently
concluded annual convention
of the Catholic Biblical Association
of the Philippines (keynote speaker
was Cardinal Chito Tagle

DWST greets its professor Sister Miriam Alejandrino, OSB on her birthday

DWST greets its professor, Sister Miriam Alejandrino, OSB, on her birthday (7/24/16).
Sr. Miriam with other participants of  recently
concluded annual convention
of the Catholic Biblical Association
of the Philippines (keynote speaker
was Cardinal Chito Tagle

Friday, July 22, 2016

Annual Research (Term) Paper: Areas and Advisers

For T1 and T2 Students (alphabetically arranged)

For Advisers (alphabetically arranged)


For the Mechanics of the Term Paper, click here.

July 18 (Monday):  Submission of the Three Areas (Desiderata) for Research (Dean’s Office, before 5:00 pm).

August 10 (Tue): Submission of Term Paper Proposal (e-mail submission before 11:59 pm).

December 15 (Thursday): Submission of the Term Paper (one printed copy only and must be submitted to the Dean’s Office on or before 5:00 p.m.). Note that there is an official Title Page of our school. Download a sample form here (under no. 6)

February 20 (Tuesday): Submission of the Corrected Term Paper (one printed copy to be submitted to the Dean’s Office with attachment of the approval sheet from the moderator; and the soft or electronic copy in PDF submitted to the email address: The form of the approval sheet can be downloaded here (Under 6.3)

Grading System
Copy of the Term Paper (Dec 15 submission) – 60%
Corrected Term Paper (Feb 20 submission) – 40 %

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Oath-Taking of DWSTA Officers for 2016-2017

From left: Felix Gutierrez (San Pablo)-President;
Agapita Lagrada (SASMA) - Vice President;
Buen Cruz (Saint Paul) - Secretary
Michael Flores (Capuchin) - Treasurer
The DWSTSA has now a blogsite

For the schedule of the DWSTSA Day:

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

DWSTSA Oath-Taking of Officers for 2016-2017

President - Feliciano Gutierrez
Vice President - Agapito Lagrada
Secretary - Buen Cruz
Treasurer - Michael Flores

Monday, July 18, 2016

Dean's Meeting with T2 - July 20 (Wed)

Dean's Meeting with T2
Date: July 20 (Wednesday)
Time: 2:30 pm
Place: T2 Classroom

Agenda (click the links, printed handouts will be provided):

1. Term Paper

2. AB Theology Pastoral Ministry Program

3. T2 Comprehensive Exams

Monday, July 04, 2016

July 6 Wednesday - schola vacat

Wednesday, July 6, is a non-working holiday to celebrate Eid al-Fitr, MalacaƱang announced Monday, July 4.
News here.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

FASTER Meeting 1 (2016-2017)

FASTER Meeting 1
Date: July 4, 2016 - Monday
Time: 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Venue: Dean's Board Room

DWST also greets the SSP on its Feast Day (Saints Peter and Paul).

Monday, June 27, 2016

DWST expresses condolences to Frt. Gerome Tugadi, SVD (T1) on the death of his father

DWST expresses its condolences to Frt. Gerome Tugadi, SVD (T1) and to the rest of the Tugadi family on the death of their father, Mr. Romulo Tugadi (1954-2016).

Born in Tayum, Abra, Mr. Tugadi succumbed to the liver cancer last night (6/26/16). He was 61. Requiescat in pace.

Wednesday, June 08, 2016

R.I.P. Eduardo Esposo, 66

DWST expresses its sincere condolences to the Esposo family on the death of Mr. Eduaro Esposo, 66, father of Francis Esposo (TMP, T1). Requiescat in pace.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

R.I.P. Fr. Roger Alasan, SVD (1945-2016)

Fr. Roger Alasan, SVD (1945-2016)
DWST mourns the death of Fr. Roger Alasan, SVD, DWST alumnus 1975. He was 71 years old. Fr. Roger died this morning (5/17/16) at the UST hospital. He was for many years a missionary in Indonesia.