official100logo[1]The delegation of the Divine Word College of Urdaneta – SVD community, seminarians, administrators, faculty, non-academic personnel and students attended the 3-day Grand Culmination of the SVD Centennial Celebration that started with a “PANGILI” a welcome ceremony at St. Therese of the Child of Jesus Parish in Penarubia, Abra last August 21, Friday.

Thanksgiving Mass at St. James the Elder Cathedral in Bangued

Thanksgiving Mass at St. James the Elder Cathedral in Bangued

On the second day, August 22, Saturday the Solemn Thanksgiving Mass was celebrated at the St. James the Elder Cathedral in Bangued. The holy mass was officiated by the Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines His Excellency Archbishop Joseph Adams, D.D. with Father Superior General Antonio M. Pernia concelebrated by twenty other Archbishops and bishops and about 250 SVDs and Diocesan Clergy.

President Arroyo attended the mass after inaugurating the   Abra Ugnayan Center at the Provincial Capitol. She was joined in the mass by Abra Representative Cecilia Seares-Luna, Governor Eustaquio Bersamin and Bangued Mayor Dominic Valera.

Thanksgiving MassAn estimated crowd of 3,000 attended the mass composed of priests, nuns, parishioners from 21 parishes of the Diocese of Abra, guests from Taiwan and other faithful from nearby provinces.

The two-hour mass was marked by the blowing of carabao horns to remember the grace-filled history of the SVD in the Philippines. An ethnic dance was also performed during the mass as part of the cultural history of SVD in Abra.

The scriptural readings were also read in Ilokano, Ayug Tingguian, Tagalog and English.

Adams said that one hundred years after the SVD arrived in the Philippines, they came back to Abra to celebrate the beginnings of their roots in the country.

At night was a CULTURAL CENTENNIAL PRESENTATION Cultural Dancewhere our participants from the DWCU went on stage with other Divine Word Colleges here in the Northern Philippines. The presentation was simply entitled THE PHOTOGRAPH which narrates the glorious history of the SVDs for a hundred years of mission in songs, dances, speech choirs and drama presentations.

DWCU Performers

Fr. Antonio Pernia, SVD - Superior General

Fr. Antonio Pernia, SVD - Superior General

The third day started with a long and colorful motorcade from the SVD District House in Ubbog to San Isidro (Cagutongan) the cradle of the Philippine SVD.  A prayer service on the tomb of Fr. Juan Scheirmann, SVD was held before entering the town. The CENTENNIAL MASS then was held presided by no other than the SUPERIOR GENERAL ANTONIO M. PERNIA, SVD at the Our Lady of the Pillar Parish Church in San Isidro together with the three provincials: Fr. Jerome Adriatico, SVD (PHN), Fr. Nielo Cantilado, SVD (PHC) and Vice Provincial Fr. Eduardo Rocha, SVD (PHS) with more than a hundred SVDs from all over the world. The celebration ended with an AGAPE where everybody shared the food prepared for the occassion.

The DWCU delegation brought with them the intentions of the whole academic community in two Grand Thanksgiving Masses and a Pilgrimage to San Isidro – the cradle of the Philippine SVD. The Lord the Divine Word showered His Blessings making the grand celebration a great success as we remember the way we were, we rejoice the present blessings and we renew our MISSION.


The DWCU Delegation

The DWCU Delegation

DWCU Staff w/ Fr. Pernia

Some DWCU Staff with Superior General Fr. Antonio Pernia, SVD


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