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“Making disciples of all nations”

By Mr. Mark Escalada

To constantly respond to the call of Jesus Christ to “make disciples of all nations” despite the pandemic, the Holy Rosary Minor Seminary developed the Formation-at-Home Program. The seminary providedthe holistic priestly formation of the seminarians while at home with the active participation of their respective parishes and families.

Now that the culmination of the Formation Year 2020-2021 has come, it is with great joy that the Holy Rosary Minor Seminary celebrates the hard work and accomplishments of its seminarians through the Moving Up and Graduation Ceremonies.

Instead of the Virtual Rites, the Seminary Fathers, with the approval of the Most Rev. Rolando J. Tria Tirona, OCD, DD, Archbishop of Caceres, decided to celebrate within the Sunday Masses (from May 23 onwards) the Culminating Rites in the respective parishes of the seminarians where the parish community and their families can celebrate more meaningfully not only the gift of education but more importantly the gift of vocation.

On May 23, the Moving Up Rites of the Grade 10 students from Immaculate Conception Parish (Naga and Quipayo), Holy Cross Parish (Nabua) and Saint Bernard Abbot Parish (Ocampo) were conducted. The other seminarians are schedule on the following Sundays until June 20.

The very distinctive element in the Graduation Ceremonies is that of the Senior High School students. Within the Holy Mass, after the Homily, is the Rite of the Solemn Investiture wherein they shall receive and wear their respective Cassock for the first time - aninitial step in their journey to the priesthood. This is done in the presence of the parish community and their parents, who willingly offered their sons for the love and service of Christ and the Mother Church.

Do you also have the desire to respond to the invitation of Christ to be one of his priests? Contact us or visit our Facebook Page: Holy Rosary Minor Seminary.


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