FR. ROBERTO J. IBAY, SVD – INSTALLED AS THE NEW DWCU PRESIDENT


FR. ROBERTO J. IBAY, SVD – INSTALLED AS THE NEW DWCU PRESIDENT

Fr. Roberto J. Ibay, SVD New DWCU President

The DWCU Community gathered on June 22, 2017 to celebrate a very significant event – the Installation of the New President, Fr. Roberto J. Ibay, SVD which was incorporated in a Eucharistic Celebration with the theme “Witness to the Word: Forming Communion of Communities with Social Responsibility.” The Eucharistic Celebration also commemorates the official opening of School Year 2017-2018. It is also to give thanks to God for all the graces received for the past school year. Before the mass started, Fr. Leonardo P. Hiquiana, SVD, House Praeses, gave a short introduction as he welcomed everyone for the celebration. He also introduced Fr. Venerando J. Yator, SVD as the new Campus Minister of DWCU, the SVD and Diocesan Priests who came to celebrate with the new DWCU President and Fr. Edwin Fernandez, SVD, the representative of Fr. Provincial and Chairman of the DWCU Board of Trustees, as the Mass Presider and Homilist.

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Fr. Edwin Fernadez, SVD and Fr. Roberto J. Ibay, SVD, holding the DWCU Mace and flag

During the Rite of Installation, Fr. Edwin Fernandez, SVD entrusted to Fr. Robert the great responsibility of being the President of the Divine Word College of Urdaneta. Fr. Robert was also handed symbolic items 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 good 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 – his Alma Mater. He also expressed his gratitude to the DWCU Community, Alumni and his Batchmates, his former Basketball Coach and former Educators in DWCU for they have inspired and prepared him to become a Shepherd, Steward and a Servant Leader! Congratulations Fr. Roberto J. Ibay, SVD! Goodluck and Godspeed!

 

 

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