BAGUIO CITY – Casiciaco Recoletos Seminary holds 2nd Formators’ Appreciation Day last October 5, 2020.
The celebration, which is in harmony with the World Teachers’ Day, was a tribute for the lay formators for their service to the seminary throughout the years.
“Giving the opening remarks for such an occasion is not difficult,” said Rev. Fr. Bernard Amparado, OAR, Seminary Rector. “This is because my mother was also a teacher and to give tribute to teachers is the same as giving tribute to my mother,” he added.
Despite the exhausting job of his mother, her mother persevered because “teaching is not only a profession, or a livelihood. Teaching is a vocation, a mission and passion,” and the same goes for the lay formators of Casiciaco Recoletos Seminary Fr. Amparado said.
Fr. Amparado also stressed the indispensability of the lay formators’ help to the tedious process of the seminarians’ formation.
“The extensive formation to priesthood of the seminarians should not be left only to the care of the religious formators, hence the help of the lay formators is indispensable,” Fr. Amparado said.
The seminarians offered various performances during dinner replete with a video presentation prepared by the Academics and Documentation Committees.
After the program, the religious and lay formators witnessed the inauguration and blessing of the new faculty lounge administered by Rev. Fr. Joseph Phillip Trayvilla, OAR.
Rev. Fr. Anthony P. Irineo, OAR, Seminary Dean of Studies, also extended his gratitude to the teachers in his closing remarks.
“This program is our simple and humble way to show how much we are grateful to you,”
More than just a manifestation of a bond, Fr. Irineo said that the formator’s day is also a compensation for all the shortcomings the seminary has incurred.
The distribution of the tokens of appreciation led by Rev. Fr. Bernard Amparado, OAR followed.
“I am super happy and I appreciated the program,” Ms. Kristine Avecilla, First Year college instructor said.
Ms. Avecilla said that teaching in the seminary is a stress reliever because of the engaging classes and the cooperativeness of the seminarians.
“I always look forward whenever I come to the seminary to teach,” Ms. Avecilla said. “I am now aware of the Religious activities in the Church and I am thankful for that since it encouraged me to know more,” she added.