BORONGAN CITY, March 1, 2017–The Nativity of Our Lady College Seminary (NLCS) sported a new look as its renovations culminated with the solemn blessing officiated by Borongan Bishop Crispin B. Varquez last February 28.
The bishop expressed his utmost gratitude to Caritas Germany who financed the renovation of the seminary building. “I am very grateful to Caritas Germany for granting funds for the repair and renovation of our college seminary in Borongan,” the Bishop said.
Caritas Germany, known for its relief and rehabilitation work in Borongan since Supertyphoon Yolanda, granted the assistance to the college seminary “because [it] was made a warehouse and relief center [after the supertyphoon],” Bishop Varquez added.
The Bishop also assured everyone that “It will still be available to be used if necessary as evacuation center, warehouse and relief operations center in case big calamities hit our diocese.”
It may be recalled that when Supertyphoon Yolanda and Ruby hit Eastern Samar in 2013 and 2014 respectively, NLCS welcomed evacuees and accommodated loads of relief items coming in from the different parts of the country and the world.
The college seminarians also provided time and effort serving as relief volunteers packing items and distributing them to the different parishes of the Diocese.
For his part, Fr. Leroy R. Geli, Rector of NLCS, expressed his hope that the seminarians find inspiration in giving more of themselves in their integral formation as a way of thanking the donors.
“Gintatalinguha namon nga mga kapadi-an dinhi ha seminaryo ngan han damo nga mga tawo nga maging maupay ngan kumportable iton ira kinabuhi dinhi sanglit kunta maniguro liwat hira hiton ira pag-aram ngan pormasyon.”
In a phone interview, Fr. Geli also expressed his gratitude to Bishop Varquez and the Diocesan Social Action Commission headed by Fr Juderick Paul Calumpiano for assisting them in looking for donors.
Likewise he thanked Caritas Germany and all their donors for making the renovation possible. For more than 20 years, NLCS has been serving the Diocese as it forms the seminarians of Borongan who are studying philosophy.
With the implementation of the K-12 program of the Department of Education, it also serves as the residence of Grade 11 seminarians. (RJ Abonal / Este News)