BORONGAN, January 11, 2017—The minor seminary of the Diocese of Borongan celebrated its annual seminary day on the feast of the Black Nazarene.
Seminario de Jesus Nazareno (SJN) celebrated its annual seminary on January 9, 2017, on the theme, “SJN lives and shares as a community.”
Triduum masses were held from January 6 to 8, in the run up to the feast day. Daily sports competitions and cultural presentations were held by seminarians who were grouped into Family 1 (St. Francis), Family 2 (St. Anthony), Family 3 (St. Michael) and Family 4 (St. Ignatius de Loyola).
After the procession on culmination day, a Eucharistic celebration was held at the seminary chapel presided by Borongan Bishop Crispin Varquez and concelebrated by Seminary Fathers Marlon Gacho, Dale Perez, Dindo Catalo and several priests who graduated from SJN.
In his homily Bishop Varquez stressed the important role of the family in shaping the values of children.
“God is not pleased with Filipinos living with full of contradictions. Families live a life of contradictions, teaching bribery and dishonesty. What the children can see in parents are followed and imitated. Inculcate the virtue of honesty, morality and sincerity to transform our society. It must start from the family,” Vasquez said.
The image of the Black Nazarene that was used during the procession is an exact replica of the Black Nazarene of Quiapo that has drawn millions of devotees especially during its feast day on January 9.
The Nazareno image was donated in January 2012 by then Rector of the Quiapo Church, Msgr. Clemente Ignacio to SJN through Rev. Michael Gadicho who was then the rector. Since then, SJN’s seminary day was celebrated coinciding with the feast of the Black Nazarene of Quiapo.
Seminario de Jesus Nazareno was established in 1965 and named after the Black Nazarene of Quiapo by Most Rev. Vicente Reyes, the first bishop of the Diocese of Borongan.
Reyes was the parish priest of Quiapo church when he was appointed Bishop of Borongan. (Sarah M. Puno / Este News)