The Divine Word College of Urdaneta academic community celebrated last Friday, January 16 the Centennial Year of the birth of St. Arnold Janssen to eternal life, the birthday celebration of the President which falls on January 18 and the kick off of the Bible Week Celebration. The glorious event opened with a solemn celebration of the word and the breaking of the bread at 8:00 o’clock in the morning at the St. Michael Gymnasium of the said institution.
These triple celebrations were marked by the presentations from the three departments namely; the College with their dance numbers, the Highschool with their Choral renditions (Glee Club) and the Elementary with their modern dances.
St. Arnold Janssen, the pillar of the society, founded the congregation, the Society of the Divine Word. The congregation sends continuously religious missionary to all parts of the globe to spread God’s word.
13th DWCU President Installed
“I thank you Fr. Provincial for your confidence and trust in me. Aware of my limitations, I promise to fulfill my responsibilities faithfully to the best of my abilities. I ask God and also you, my brothers and sisters to help me in this difficult task.” These were the words of promise made by Fr. Dominador O. Ramos, SVD during his installation rites as new President of Divine Word College of Urdaneta, June 18, 2008 at the school gymnasium.
Fr. Jerome Adriatico, SVD, Provincial Superior of the Northern Province installed and handed over a great responsibility to the new President. He entrusted him the students, administrators, faculty and personnel. Father Adriatico, who was the presider during the celebration of the Holy Eucharist, stressed in his homily the importance of the Holy Bible in our modern world and how it could help each member of the DWCU community in the pursuit of excellence as individuals and as Divinians. “As a Catholic institution, the Divine Word College seeks to form persons, who, following the teachings of Christ, will devote their lives to the service of their fellowmen and through the promotion of justice, peace and integrity of God’s creation,” Father Adriatico added. With these, he expounded the theme, “In Witness to the Word in Pursuit of Excellence.”
Gracing the occasion were the SVD Priests and Brothers coming from their different missionary stations from the SVD Northern Province, the school administration, the teaching staff, parents, pupils, students and guests of the New President.
Before his appointment as President of DWCU, Fr. Dominador O. Ramos, SVD was assigned as the Director of John Paul I Biblical Center, Vigan, Ilocos Sur. The day after the installation the new president left for Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, Africa to represent the SVD-PHN and JPIBC – Northern Luzon to the 7th Plenary Assembly of the Catholic Biblical Federation held on June 22 to July 3, 2008 with the theme: “Word of God – Source of Justice, Reconciliation and Peace.”
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