Fr. Roberto J. Ibay, SVD New DWCU President

June 22, 2017- the DWCU Community gathered to celebrate the installation of Fr. Roberto J. Ibay, SVD as the DWCU President, in a Eucharistic Celebration with the theme “Witness to the Word: Forming Communion of Communities with Social Responsibility.” The said mass also served as the opening mass for the School Year 2017-2018. Fr. Leonardo P. Hiquiana, SVD, House Praeses, gave a short introduction as he welcomed everyone to the celebration. He also introduced Fr. Venerando J. Yator, SVD as the new Campus Minister of DWCU. Few guests attended including the Diocesan and SVD Priests to celebrate with the new DWCU President. Fr. Edwin Fernandez, SVD, the representative of Fr. Provincial and Chairman of the DWCU Board of Trustees, was the Mass Presider and Homilist.

During the Rite of Installation, Fr. Edwin Fernandez, SVD entrusted the great responsibility of being the President of the Divine Word College of Urdaneta to Fr. Robert.

Symbolic items were handed to Fr. Robert that will guide him in his leadership – the Bible, which will be the source of inspiration and spiritual nourishment for him personally and for the school Community; the toga, hood and robe, as symbols of academic excellence and authority; the DWCU Mace depicting the School Motto – Verbo Veritatis, Verbo Vitae (Word of Truth, Word of Life) and the DWCU flag with its colors of golden yellow and blue.

Fr. Robert J. Ibay, SVD in his response, filled with gratitude, thanked Fr. Vice Provincial for his trust and confidence in him. He said that the Rite of Installation done within the mass affirms and reminds that a leader is a shepherd, a steward and a servant. As a shepherd, he journeys consistently with the people he serves; as a steward, a leader has the authority and power to uplift others and not himself and as a servant leader, the joy and fulfillment lie in doing well for others – the good of DWCU!

Fr. Robert also mentioned his sincere gratitude to the Society of the Divine Word, the DWCU Board of Trustees, for entrusting him the responsibility as the first Alumnus President of DWCU. He also expressed his gratitude to the DWCU Community, Alumni and his Batch mates, his former Basketball Coach and former Educators in DWCU for they have inspired and prepared him to become a Shepherd, a Steward and a Servant Leader.



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