Significant Dates

November 5, 1837 Arnold Janssen was born in Goch
1848-1855 Primary school in Goch and minor seminary Gaesdonck
July 11, 1855 School leaving examination, Muenster
1855-1859 Studies in mathematics, natural sciences, and philosophy in Muenster and Bonn
1859-1861 Theology studies in Bonn and Muenster
June 16, 1859 High school teaching qualification
August 15, 1861 Ordained priest in Muenster cathedral
1861-1873 Teacher at Bocholt public school
1866 Member of Apostleship of Prayer. Start of intensive promotion, traveling and publishing in German speaking areas of Europe
1873-1875 Chaplain to the Ursulines in Kempen
1874 Mission magazine Little Messenger of the Sacred Heart
December 3, 1874 Permission to found a mission house in Roermond diocese (Netherlands)
September 8, 1875 Inauguration of St. Michael’s Mission House in Steyl
January 27, 1876 Inauguration of the Steyl Mission Press
1878 Periodical Die heilige Stadt Gottes
1878 Acceptance of the first lay brother postulants
March 2, 1878 First missionaries sent to China: Joseph Freinademetz and John B. Anzer
1884-1886 First General Chapter and establishment of the Society of the Divine Word (SVD) Arnold Janssen Superior General for life Successive acceptance of mission territories on all continents
December 8, 1889 Foundation of the Missionary Sisters
December 8, 1896 Foundation of the Sisters of Perpetual Adoration
January 15, 1909 Death of Arnold Janssen in Steyl
October 19, 1975 Beatification of Arnold Janssen and Joseph Freinademetz by Pope Paul VI
October 5, 2003 Canonization of A. Janssen and J. Freinademetz by John Paul II



Happy Christmas and a Prosperous New Year! Through songs, dances, drama presentations, christmas programs, christmas decorations and Simbang Gabi, are means to articulate these two phrases to convey our greetings these days.  We will or we had already received lots of material gifts but such need not stop but a point of departure to learn how to give more to the less fortunate in our communities and families. For Christmas is not just receiving but it is learning how to give more to the people who cannot repay us due to their unfavorable situation.

Christmas is not just receiving material things but learning how to receive the Divine Word – the Emmanuel – God is with us – alive not only in our prayers & devotions and communities but also present in the needy people.

With this spirit of Christmas, DWCU extends its sincere greetings to all of you.  May the Divine Word who has “pitched” His tent on our families inspire us to reach our dreams and aspirations in life.  And may the Word Incarnate bless our families, relatives and friends and may He be visible in the way we relate, educate, learn and perform the tasks entrusted to us.

Happy Christmas and a Bountiful New Year!




By: Claro Monsanto, Grade 10 – St. Arnold

23432891_1955776811349773_1113762349_oThe Urdaneta City Private Schools Athletic Meet 2017 (UCPSAM 2017) was held at Divine Word College of Urdaneta, from November 9 to 11, 2017. The three-day sports event was participated by twenty one (21) private schools in the Urdaneta District.

An opening program commenced at the St. Michael Gymnasium. It began with a song of prayer entitled “I See You” by Aiza Seguerra followed by the singing of the Philippine National Anthem and the Urdaneta Hymn. A welcome address was delivered by Rev. Fr. Roberto J. Ibay, SVD, the school president of DWCU.


Lighting of the Torch and Urn by Brian Aviles, a student from the Lyceum Northern Luzon.

UCPSA secretary Dr. Danna Manding presented the participating schools in the said event. A dance performance was given by the pre-school pupils from the different participating schools and by the school heads and sports coordinators. The athlete’ oath of amateurism was recited by all the athletes led by Francheska Asuncion, a student from Mother Goose Special Science High School Inc. as a long-held tradition and symbol of the event, the lighting of the Torch and Urn was exercised by Brian Aviles, a student from the Lyceum Northern Luzon. After this, the UCPSA president, Mrs. Rhodelia M. Ulanday, officially declared the start of UCPSAM 2017.

After the opening celebration held at the St. Michael’s gymnasium of DWCU, all the players and coaches went to their designated sports assignments.

All the games started at 10 in the morning. Although there were conflicts in regards with the schedule, everything went smoothly thanks to the cooperation of everyone. While the games are ongoing, everyone- coaches, players, staff and even the heads of each school are participating for the success of the first day of the UCPSAM 2017.

There were times today that the weather was not participating, but the games must go on for the players. With this attitude, we can see and feel the passion they have for the games that they are playing as well as their dedication to win for their respective schools.



Withstood Cross


DWCU Employees

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. Blood shed; salvation becomes the gift for everyone.

Everything started as He withstood the cross, overcome the grave. We are loved. And this day we find ourselves running at the back of the cross where we are redeemed and upon the coming of the Holy Spirit from the heaven, our flesh rejoices for He, eternally, will be with us.


Mr. Julian A. Quinabo – Retreat Master

October 26-27, 2017, DWCU Retreat was successfully conducted at Divine Word Retreat House, Sunnyside, Baguio City. The High School Faculty, Elementary Faculty, College Faculty, and staffs of the Divine Word College of Urdaneta attended the annual retreat. An excellent speaker named Julian A. Quinabo facilitated the discussion and sharing of topics which correct human misinterpretations and malpractices in life. We are not human until we learn how to become one. Thru the speaker it was a rite of passage that the children of God are now human becoming. Anointed, he is the anointed. Sir Julian has the gift of tongues-a humble prophet of God. He speaks through the heart and soul of listeners which classifies him as an excellent speaker. It was teachers learning from a teacher of all walks in life, who exemplifies humor wiping moments of silence and boredom.

The attendees had been through a lot this last semester. Preoccupied, weary, scared, and tired but now renewed in the word of the Lord; guided by the overflowing Holy Spirit; rekindled by the love of God pouring down from the heaven. Their little crosses that pain them are destroyed- now withstood crosses. This Retreat was the time for the DWCU faculty and staff to get away, focus on the theme, build friendship, create memories, and welcome the new faculty and staffs of the institution.

Psychology tells us that taking breaks actually enhances the development of strength. Perfect timing that there is an annual retreat to help us all. Hearts are at peace.

“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.” –Colossians 3:15


Kulminasyon ng Buwan ng Wika sa DWCU

Kulminasyon ng Buwan ng Wika sa DWCU

DSC_0063Ang mga mag-aaral, guro, mga relihiyoso at mga magulang ng DWCU ay nagbuklod sa loob ng St. Michael Gymnasium noong Agosto 31, 2017 sa ganap na 8:15 ng umaga para bigyan ng kulminasyon ang lahat ng actividades na ginanap sa Buwan ng Wika. Ang programa ay sinimulan ng panalangin ni Marjorie Gonzales, ang SSG Religion Coordinator.  Sumunod ang pagpugay sa bandila ng Pilipinas na isinagawa ng mga opisyales ng C.A.T.  Ang Pambansang Awit ay naisagawa sa pamumuno ng Saint Arnold Class – Grade 10.  Ang Punong Guro ng Elementary na si Bb. Carolina T. Sayapen ay nagbigay ng Pambungad na Salita.  Binigyan diin nya na ang DWCU ay binibigyan ng kahalagahan ang Pambansang Wika at ito ay ipinapakita sa ibat-ibang pamamaraan gaya ng pagsayaw, tula, awit, dula-dulaan, masining na pagkukwento, sabayang pagbigkas, patimpalak sa pagsayaw at awit kundiman. Sinabi rin nya na “sa pamamagitan ng programa sa Buwan ng Wika, bilang isang komunidad, ipinapakita natin ang pagmamahal natin sa Filipino bilang Pambansang Wika.”  Si Padre Roberto Ibay, SVD, ang pinuno ng DWCU ay tinawag din para magbigay ng kanyang mensahe.  Sinabi nya na ang Wika ay  ugat ng pagbabago kapag ginagamit natin ng wasto, kapag ang wika at gawa o buhay ay may pagkakaisa at maaabot ang pagbabago kapag tinatangkilik ang wikang Filipino.

Pagkatapos ng iba’t-ibang patimpalak, si Bb. Marilyn E. Abenes ay tinawag para ipaalamat ipakilala ang mga nagwagi sa Sekondarya. Si Gng. Mae Liza Cabrilles ay ang nagbigay ng pagkilala sa mga nagwagi na estudyante sa Departamento ng Kolehiyo at si Bb. Chiara B. Baltazar ang nagpakilala sa mga nagwagi sa Elementarya.

Ang paligsahan ay nagtapos sa isang panalangin na pinamunuan ni Mariel Ysabel Cando, Kalihim ng Legion of Mary. Ang mga tagapagkilala ng programa na si Maria Cassandra Pre at Rhonald Vandrin Lugo ay nagpasalamat sa lahat ng nakilahok sa programa dahil sa kanilang aktibong kooperasyon nakamit ang adhikain ng Programa ng Buwan ng Wika ngayong taon 2017.  Sinabi nila na tunay nga, na ang Wikang Filipino ay Wikang Mapagbago.

Pinning of Ranks of DWCU CAT Officers



The 2017 DWCU C.A.T. Officers

The DWCU Citizenship Advancement Training (CAT) Officers for school year 2017 – 2108 had the Pinning of Ranks together with their Parents last August 25, 2017 at 10:00 o’clock in the morning. The said activity had the theme “DWCU CAT Officers: Duty Before Honor, Honor Before Power.” It was started with a prayer led by Hanna Beanca V. Corpuz, S3 Intelligence Officer and a welcome remarks given by Jansen Carl O. Bautista, the Corps Executive Officer.

After the pinning of ranks, Maria Adelaida T. Gerola, the Corps Commander addressed the students, teachers and parents and her fellow officers. She said that, “To be an officer connotes discipline, responsibility and service. We assure you to help the school to spread discipline and to work for the welfare of the community.”

Fr. Roberto J. Ibay, SVD, also gave his message, congratulating and thanking the C.A.T. Officers. He said, “Rank is not just power and authority. It is about service, duty and honor. The more you serve, the more you protect the common good, the more you earn authority and credibility.”

The program continued with a presentation prepared by the CAT Officers and it was ended by a prayer and blessing.





Mr. Jay-R Soriano, Grade 9-Leviticus Class Adviser who spearheaded the Feeding Program sponsored by the Grade 9 Students

Feast day has been an annual celebration of every class in Divine Word College of Urdaneta. This is the day the students have been waiting for; to have a break with their academic stuff, to prepare foods and games, and to have a good time with their classmates.

This is not just a day of having fun, but also a day students, together with their adviser, shared their blessings with the children of Brgy. Bayaoas, Urdaneta City, Pangasinan.

The Leviticus class celebrated their feast day, together with their adviser, Mr. Jay- R D. Soriano last August 24, 2017. The celebration commenced with a mass at 8:45 AM presided by Fr. Roberto J. Ibay, SVD, the President of Divine Word College of Urdaneta, to give them a blessing for the whole day activities for the feeding program. There were 30 children accompanied by their guardians from Brgy. Bayaoas and each received gifts from different sponsors. The program was hosted by Paulin Mae Manzano, a grade 9 student. The feeding program started with the prayer led by Nadine Lucero followed by a welcome remark by Mr. Louise Lorian. In that program, there were games prepared by the students. The kids were very happy with their experience though some did not win the game. After the games, the food was served by the students of Grade 9 – Exodus, Genesis and Levitus Class It was a happy snack with sandwich, spaghetti, juice, yoghurt, biscuits, and hotdog with marshmallows.

It was such a good feeling to see those children with a big smile on their faces. They appreciated the foods and simple gifts they received given by the students and other sponsors. Truly, feast day is a breakthrough; the students not only enjoyed but also learned from the experience.