MANILA, March 3, 2017— The University of Santo Tomas-Central Seminary (UST-CS) will serve as host for this year’s “Kapatiran” (Brotherhood), an annual gathering of diocesan seminarians in theology from all over the country.
The event begins tomorrow, March 4, with an opening Mass to be led by Archbishop Socrates Villegas, president of the Catholic Bishop’s Conference of the Philippines.
With the theme: “Koinonia: Strengthening Our Communion After 25 Years,” the gathering hopes to gather the seminarians and collectively reflect on the importance of seminary formation and of the priesthood in the life of the Church and the society at large.
In a video posted in the official Facebook page of Kapatiran 2017, Sem. Dale Dakila said that it is important to look back at the memories of the past as well as strengthening and deepening the collective desire to be of service to God and country.
“It is binding for us to once again look back at our beginnings [and] to look forward and to reflect upon how we can aptly respond to the signs of the times,” the Senate President of UST-CS added.
Addressing the seminarians, he also posed the question: “How can we fulfill our mission to the Church and the society in the Philippines?”
The annual Kapatiran is an event which is part of the activities of Diocesan Seminarians’ Network of the Philippines (SEMNET). Founded in 1991, SEMNET is an organization of theology seminarians in the Philippines focused on socio-political awareness as well as the integral formation of seminarians in theology. (Roel Joe Abonal/CBCPNews)