The Feast of
St. Arnold Janssen (Jan.15)
President’s Day (Jan.18)
St. Josef Freinademetz (Jan.29)
The DWCU Family celebrated last January 18 the Feast of St. Arnold Janssen the Founder of the Society of the Divine Word, the Natal Day of the DWCU President and the Feast of St. Josef Freinademetz in a solemn mass at the St. Michael’s Gymnasium. The thanksgiving mass was prepared and sponsored by the College Department headed by Dean Leonida Javillo with the assistance of the Campus Minister Fr. Servasius Tethun, SVD.
Fr. President gave emphasis on the Power of the Word that inspired St. Arnold to begin a worldwide mission by founding the Society of the Divine Word (SVD), the Sisters Servants of the Holy Spirit (SSpS) and the Sisters Servants of the Holy Spirit of Perpetual Adoration (SSpSAP). The Word is Life-giving, creative, dynamic and powerful. The driving force of the whole creation as everything was created because of Him. The Word was made flesh, the Divine Word. The prologue of St. John, the favorite passage of St. Arnold was the moving force of the celebration. St. Josef is a faithful believer of the Word, a lover of the Word and herald of the Word as the first SVD Missionary to China.
We are privileged to be called Divinians…Witness to the Word. “May the darkness of sin and the night of unbelief vanish before the light of the Word and the spirit of grace, and may the heart of Jesus live in the hearts of all.
After the mass a tribute to Fr. President was rendered by the whole community. Mr. Reynald Mamasig moved by the spirit with the words DRIVING FORCE boldly printed in his shirt masterfully motivated the presentations from the Elementary Department with their dance rendition, a song from the nightingales of the High School Department, the intertaining ballroom dance of the Collegians, a mini concert of the Seminarians and the Hit-Back Medley of the members of the Campus Pastoral Council. Fr. President expressed his heartfelt gratitude to the whole community for the display of their thoughtfulness and expression of love inspiring him to reciprocate in many ways. He then officially declaired the day a “holiday” for the DWCU. A simple meal prepared by Fr. Finance Officer and shared by everyone made the day complete.