message from the dean
June 14, 2017
Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,
Greetings. Welcome to SVST for the new school year. Please greet everyone a meaningful and pleasant academic year. Please make the newcomers feel at home. Guide them around. Give them assistance as they feel through the ins and outs of SVST. Make them feel this is their second home and we are here to help them grow.
The SVST administrators have chosen the following as the theme for the year: “Ministry in Community. Community in Ministry.” We now celebrate the Year of the Priests and Religious as chosen by CBCP for the 500 centennial of Philippine Christianity. On the one hand, we know that all kinds of ministries in the Church (the priesthood, consecrated life, lay ministries) are always done for and with the community. On the other hand, the Church community and its leaders do not merely exist for itself; they exist to serve, to minister, in the words of Pope Francis, to go to the peripheries. This
theme will be developed in all the conferences, activities and events of this year.
Three things I would like to mention three events as initial institutional activities. For institutional activities, your attendance is required.
1. We are all invited to attend the Mass of the Holy Spirit on June 21, 2017. Our Presider is Fr. Gregg Bañaga, C.M., the new Provincial Visitor of the Vincentians. The SVST General Assembly follows after. Please invite your superiors and formators to this activity so that they would also know what is going on in SVST.
2. In the afternoon of that same day, all newcomers in SVST from all levels are required to attend the orientation program. This activity will end at 5 PM.
3. There will be no classes on June 29 – July 1, 2017 in SVST. All students, faculty and staff are enjoined to attend the International Concilium Conference in Adamson University. This activity is mainly organized by SVST. You need to register in advance to avoid confusion on the day itself. The secretariat will post the details of your registration and attendance in this Conference.
Fr. Daniel Franklin Pilario, C.M.