Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Rector's Circular 3-2012

Feast of St. James, Apostle
25 July 2012
Circular Letter 03-2012

Dear Fathers, Parents, Guardians, Seminarians and Friends,

We praise and thank our Good God for the many blessings we have received this month of July 2012.  Today, for instance, is the first anniversary of the priestly ordination of our beloved brother, Fr. Dexter Z. Cariño, our Dean of Seminarians.  We also welcomed this month the Congregation of the Disciples of the Divine Master (PDDM) in the persons of Sr. Mary Kristine Legaspi and Sr. Maria Cecilia Payawal, who will help us especially in our spiritual and liturgical formation.

I thank you again for being with us in the Prayer Session this month.  The Rationalists Team won the coveted cheering contest at the Pandaragupan.  With this Circular is our Archbishop’s Letter encouraging our lay faithful to pray and promote vocations to the priesthood.  Please continue to bring along your family, relatives and friends to pray for the vocation of your seminarian-sons.  Our next date is August 19.  We shall begin with the usual Holy Hour at 9:30AM.  Fr. Jasper Hebron, our Spiritual Director, will be the presider and the First Year Class is the host.  The Freshmen will also take the helm in the celebration of the “Linggo ng Wika” in the afternoon.  If you enjoyed the Pandaragupan, I assure you that the Linggo ng Wika will be equally filled with fun!

We have recently finished the repairs and improvements of the seminary facilities.  We did all these in response to our dear Father Soc’s encouragement and support.  For your information, we spent more than three million pesos.  Thanks to the Lay Formation Center and the ALD-CS for the funds.  But more than the facilities, our team of formators has also worked very hard to create a good formation program for the College Seminary.  We are trying to give our seminarians the best so that they can be at their best for the Lord and the Church.  In Bonuan, there is no room for complacency, mediocrity and laziness.  Let us therefore work together to bring out the best in our seminarians.  Yes, the mid-term examinations are next month (August 13-16).

By the way, this coming week our seminary community will be on Spiritual Retreat (July 30 to August 2).  The Marian Missionaries of the Sacred Heart (MMHC) will facilitate the retreat in the spirit of Mary.  We priest-formators will also be on retreat that same week.  Prayers are requested from you.  Prayers are also promised for you.

As your seminarian-sons go home for their monthly break (July 27-29), I wish to inform or remind you of the following:
·         Check their health condition.  It is advisable for parents to have PhilHealth, just in case your seminarian-sons would have need for it.
·         Understand that the subscription for the Link (MHCCS magazine) is important to support because the school publication has an irreplaceable part in the formation of future priests.
Mary, Help of Christians, pray for us.

Very truly yours in Christ,

Fr. Mario Dominic C. Sanchez

Tuesday, July 3, 2012


July 4, 2012

Memorial of Saint Anthony Zaccaria, priest

Circular 2012-20

RE: Promoting Priestly Vocations

My dear brother priests:

One of the special graces that we ask from the good Lord as we celebrate our golden jubilee as a Metropolitan See in 2013 is that He will bless us with a new springtime for vocations to the diocesan priesthood in the archdiocese. Hence, we have made available the 30day retreat program for all our priests and the opening of a new theology seminary, God willing by June 2013. Indeed all renewal eras in Church history were always preceded by the sanctification of priests.

Along the same spirit, we shall have monthly Prayer Sessions for Vocations at the Mary Help of Christians College Seminary in Bonuan Gueset according to this schedule: July 22, August 19, September 23, November 18, December 16, January 20, February 17 and March 23 the whole morning. We hope these prayer sessions will lead to an increased awareness of the need to pray for vocations.

Please encourage your youth leaders and the members of various parish organizations and ministries to attend. All the mandated organizations must make it a priority to pray for vocations and contribute to the burse for the poor seminarians on a regular basis.

The young men who wish to pursue the priesthood may also take the entrance examinations in the afternoon of these dates. This year, the archdiocese is blessed with forty four college seminarians and eighteen theology seminarians. The Lord of the harvest answers our prayers.

I entrust this matter to you for your personal attention and action. Thank you for your usual fraternal cooperation.

Sincerely yours,


Archbishop of Lingayen Dagupan

Monday, July 2, 2012

Rector's Circular 2-2012

 Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul
29 June 2012
Circular Letter 02-2012

Dear Fathers, Parents, Guardians, Seminarians and Friends,

Praise the Lord Jesus Christ and greetings from Bonuan Seminary!  Thank you very much for being with us during the first general assembly of parents and guardians last Sunday, June 24, 2012 on the occasion of our first Prayer Session for Vocations.

The “Prayer Session” in the seminary is a very important event in our program of formation.  It is the occasion when families gather together to pray for the precious vocations of their seminarian-sons and celebrate Holy Eucharist together.  I invite you again to bring your family and even your relatives and friends who would like to support your seminarian-son in his vocation to join our Prayer Session this coming July 22, 2012 at 9:00 AM.

During our assembly, I promised to include in this letter the most important details of our meeting.  Here are the ten (10) points which I discussed with you:

1.       The priestly vocation is a beautiful mystery of God’s love.  The seminary is the locus of priestly formation.  Only those who are aspiring to be priests are admitted to the seminary.
2.       Growth to holiness, i.e., in intimacy with the Lord Jesus Christ and the perfection of charity, is the goal of spiritual formation.
3.       Human formation has to develop well-integrated persons characterized by maturity in terms of self-discipline and obedience.
4.       Academic formation gives emphasis to the cultivation of one’s philosophical thinking
in a Christian way.
5.       Being a “Church of the Poor,” the seminary lifestyle should be SIMPLE, only equipped with what is necessary.
6.       Accompaniment is our way of doing formation in the seminary.
7.       The college period in the seminary formation is characterized by freedom and responsibility.
8.       Bonuan Seminary considers as goal the development of the mind and the heart.  The drive for excellence and the creative use of one’s talents are encouraged.
9.       The Family, especially the parents, should support their family member in all areas of formation.
10.   Bonuan Seminary is our Home. We are a Family.  You are always welcome in the seminary.

These details are based on the Mary Help of Christians College Seminary “Rule of Life.”  We hope and pray that you will continue your role as our companions in the formation of these sons of yours.

Also for your information and guidance, here is our seminary schedule from June 29 to November 4, 2012.  Please understand that we also have changes depending on certain circumstances:

June 29-July1                            (Fri-Sun)     Home Visit
July 6-7                                        (Fri-Sat)      Formation Sessions with Ate Eda
July 13-14                                  (Fri-Sat)      Apostolate Days
July 20-21                                  (Fri-Sat)      Apostolate Days
July 22                                         (Sunday)     Second Prayer Session for Vocations * Fr. Dexter Cariño, presider
                                                        Pandaragupan (Sportsfest)
July 27-29                                  (Fri-Sun)     Home Visit
July 29-Aug 2 (Sun-Thu)     Spiritual Retreat with Marian Missionaries of the Sacred Heart
Aug 3-4                                        (Fri-Sat)      Formation Sessions with Ate Eda
Aug 8    (Wednesday)            Rector’s Day
Aug 10-11                                   (Fri-Sat)      Apostolate Days
Aug 13-16                                   (Mon-Thu) Mid-term Exams
Aug 17-18                                   (Fri-Sat)      Apostolate Days
Aug 19  (Sunday)                     Third Prayer Session for Vocations * Fr. Jasper Hebron, presider
                                                        Linggo ng Wika 2012
Aug 24-26                                   (Fri-Sun)     Home Visit
Aug 27-30                                   (Mon-Thurs)             Research Week for Seniors
Aug 31-Sept 1                           (Fri-Sat)      Formation Sessions with Ate Eda
Sept 7-8                                       (Fri-Sat)      Marian Fest and Outing
Sept 14-15                                  (Fri-Sat)      Apostolate Days
Sept 21-22                                  (Fri-Sat)      Recollection of Sophomores
                                                        Recollection Days for the Community
Sept 23 (Sunday)                     Fourth Prayer Session for Vocations
                                                        Investiture of Sophomores
                                                        Archbishop Socrates Villegas, presider
                                                        (Fr. Dexter’s Birthday)
Sept 28-30                                  (Fri-Sat)      Home Visit
Oct 5-6 (Fri-Sat)                      Formation Sessions with Ate Eda
Oct 8-11                                      (Mon-Thurs)             Final Exams
Oct 12  (Friday)                      Evaluation Day
Oct 13  (Saturday)                 Semestral Break begins
Nov 4    (Sunday)                     Return to the Seminary for the Second Semester

Other things we discussed and decided on during our assembly are the following:

1.       Contribution for community lunch for every person during Prayer Session.
2.       Fund-raising:  Collar pins, keychains, song books and t-shirts.
3.       Solicitation Letters for B.I.G.A.S. and for the maintenance of the seminary.
4.       Visiting day schedule:  FRIDAYS lunch time and from 4PM to 5:30PM.
5.       During office hours, you may call the seminary via landline: 075 515 5720.  We also have cellphone with dual sim:  0915 885 5151 (globe) and 0943 641 9970.  You may call or text us anytime.
Mary, Help of Christians, pray for us.

Very truly yours in Christ,

Fr. Mario Dominic C. Sanchez