“DWCU… One With The Nation
In The Stewardship Of Creation”
Urdaneta City. Today the Divine Word College of Urdaneta celebrates her 44th Foundation Anniversary that started with the blessing of the new Home Economics Room (Laboratory) of the Elementary Department. Fr. President blessed the newly constructed room attached to the Elementary Building with the presence of the president of the PTA Prosecutor Redemptor Ridao representing the Parents-Teachers’ Association that financed the said noble project. Fr. Noel Ferrer, SVD who managed the construction of the room prepared everything for the occasion with the Principal Mrs. Elizabeth Domingo and elementary teachers. A number of parents, non-academic personnel, faculty and the Principal of the High School Department Mrs. Marlyn Laroco also attended to grace the simple para-liturgical ceremony.
The Eucharist as the highest form of sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving of the DWCU community in thanking the Lord for the 44 years of existence of the institution was celebrated at exactly 8:00 o’clock in the morning. Rev. Fr. John Paul C. Miranda, OC a newly ordained priest of the Opifices Christi was the main celebrant and homilist. The celebration started at the concrete pavement in front of the gymnasium where all the members of the academic community gathered while a group of the high school department rendered a welcoming liturgical dance. The singing of the “Gloria” signaled the symbolic releasing of balloons into the sky bearing the resolutions of the students being One with the Nation in the Stewardship of Creation. The DWCU’s commitments as steward of creation then in a symbolic manner were realeased as the whole community looked upon the skies following the dancing liberated balloons. The academic community then proceeded inside the St. Michael’s Gymnasium in a solemn procession for the celebration of the Word and the breaking of the bread. Fr. John Paul in his homily gave emphasis on remembering God’s blessings to the DWCU for the past 44 years and her her solemn commitment to Mother Earth as expressed by this year’s theme. The entire celebration was immersed with the spirit of THANKSGIVING.
Congratulations to the High School Department for sponsoring the Thanksgiving mass. To the members of the Campus Pastoral Council, our gratitude for the planning and implementation of the liturgical logistics. Our gratitude too goes to the Campus Minister Fr. Servas Tethun and his staff with the DWFC seminarians. To all who made this celebration meaningful, memorable and blissful – our heartfelt gratitude!
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