SVD Characteristic Dimensions (CD) Youth Camp



“The Love of Christ’s Impels Us. – 2 Cor. 5:14” The theme song for this year’s 6-day SVD 4CD Camp held at Divine Word College Laoag, Laoag City, Ilocos Norte last May 26- June 1, 2019. It was the first time that the camp move after 7 years from the SVD Philippines Central Province to SVD Philippines Northern Province. The Divine Word College of Urdaneta was not isolated from this camp. Fr. Venerando Yator, SVD, the Campus Minister, Ms. Angela Marizze D. Rafanan, English High School Teacher, and Ms. Yra Maru Esperanza, St. Arnold- Gr. 10 Student attended and participated actively in the said camp.

#SVD4CDCamp8 was a fruitful event to all the campers who came from different provinces in Central and Northern Luzon, as well as provinces in the South. The national camp seeks to harness the Filipino youth’s passion in helping the society by stimulating in them the SVD Mission spirit through the SVD Characteristic Dimensions: Bible, Communication, Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation (JPIC) and Mission Animation.

The theme “Filipino Youth: Rooted in the Word, Committed in His Mission” is the main theme this year. The 6-day camp was divided into three agenda: Mind (Understanding the WORD,) Body and Spirit (Living the Word,) and Heart and Spirit (Doing the WORD.)

Day 1 focuses with the arrival of the participant from all over the country. The welcome program or the Sarabo Time started at 3:00 PM. Orientation was held as well as the Bible Enthronement. It was followed by the Pamulinawen Meal and the Ray-Aw Night or the Merry Making Night.

Day 2 and 3 embodies the SVD Characteristic Dimensions through talks and discussions by the SVD Priests. The opening mass was presided by Rev. Fr. Romeo S. Fajardo, SVD. It was followed by the Prophetic Dialogue started by Fr. Edwin Fernandez, SVD with the four characteristic Dimensions. Followed by Rev.Fr. Romeo Benitez, SVD with Bible Apostolate, Rev. Fr. Roberto J. Ibay, SVD with Communication, Rev. Fr. Reynaldo B. Jimenez, SVD with JPIC and Rev. Fr. Oscar Alunday, SVD with Mission Animation.

In day 4, the campers went to Adams, Ilocos Norte for the Pannakipagnaed or staying in with their respective foster families. The mass was presided by Fr. Louie Cris Gregorio, SVD the resident SVD priest of Adams.

Day 5 and 6 were the most memorable and emotional as the campers countdown on going back to their respective places. The closing mass was presided by the DWCU President, Fr. Roberto J. Ibay, SVD.

Truly a great experience spiritually, emotionally and socially to all the participants as Christ love’s impels us.


DWCU Participants with Fr. Edwin Fernandez, SVD, DWCL Campus Minister


DWCU delegates with the DWCU President, Fr. Roberto J. Ibay, SVD, and the DWCU Campus Minister, Fr. Venerando J. Yator, SVD


Arnoldus family at Adams, Ilocos Norte


DWCU President Fr. Roberto J. Ibay, SVD as the mass presider for the closing mass of SVD 4CD Camp Year 8



The participants from Divine Word College of Urdaneta, Ms. Angela Marizze Rafanan, DWCU High School Teacher, Ms. Yra Maru Esperanza, Grade 10 St-Arnold Student, and Fr. Venerando J. Yator, SVD, DWCU Campus Minister


DWCU delegates with the delegates from Divine Word College of Legazpi


Group 2 – Communication

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