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posted Jun 14, 2017, 5:50 PM by MOIC SMSC   [ updated Jun 14, 2017, 6:51 PM ]

The Cover page of the Lingganay November 2016 Issue

posted Nov 7, 2016, 6:42 PM by MOIC SMSC

Tree Planting

posted Nov 6, 2016, 5:50 PM by MOIC SMSC   [ updated Jun 14, 2017, 5:54 PM ]

The Seminary Rector Msgr. Vicente Rey Penagunda led the SMSC community in Tree Planting. This is a drive to restore trees that had been cut during the preparation for the IEC Pavilion construction last 2014.

Priests and Laity Towards Koinonia

posted May 29, 2016, 10:17 PM by MOIC SMSC

(This article was published in the Lingganay, the seminary’s official publication, last November 2015. The contributor writes his experiences in the apostolate areas where the active help of the laity is very notable and how he makes sense of such involvement.)

When I was not yet a seminarian, I had this notion that when someone speaks about the Church the first thing that comes to my mind aside from the Church as a building is the Church hierarchy, the ordained and the consecrated ones, and the last persons in line are the lay faithful. The laity appears to me as passive recipients of the Church’s ministry. I don’t know about other seminarians’ experience, but I believe most of us, even just once in our life fell into this wrong notion about the laity. For this reason, during my first few months in the seminary, I felt so proud to have this “higher dignity” compared to the laity. When I conversed with the lay faithful in the parish where I belong to, I unconsciously start bragging about my little knowledge on Church doctrines and about my new identity as a seminarian. But all these ideas were proven wrong when I was sent to different parish exposures. The laity whom I consider to be just passive recipients of the Church’s ministry is, in reality, active collaborators in fulfilling our Church’s mission.

As I observe closely during my parish exposures, most especially in the pastoral weekend exposures, I realized that without the laity as active collaborators the parish will not be as vibrant as they are. The collaboration between clergy and laity is urged by our Church’s Magisterium. In Apostolicam Actuositate, we read: “As far as possible the laity ought to provide helpful collaboration for every apostolic and missionary undertaking sponsored by their local parish.” It’s very obvious in every parish that in its physical set-up, in catechetical seminars, in liturgical activities and in the apostolate works the laity plays an active role. Figuratively, they are the auxiliary hands and feet to priests who are busy administering the sacraments in the parishes. These lay volunteers go to remote places to distribute communion to the sick persons. Some also offer themselves as catechists, sharing their basic knowledge about the Church’s teachings and even extending the threshold of their patience to the hyperactive children and youth of today’s generation. They don’t just spare their precious time; they even risk their lives for the sake of this undertaking. These are just few of the many endeavors they take as members of the Church.
Charles' fondness to basketball adds color to his preparation to the ministry.

Last summer I had a great experience as I joined the Mission for the first time in my life as a seminarian. The missionaries are divided into groups; each group is composed of priests, seminarians and some selected lay missionary volunteers from Bohol. The active collaboration was manifested when each one of us was given our own task that would be essential for the success of the group’s missionary work. Though it was really difficult and tiresome, it was also very inspiring knowing that the lay faithful are also doing their best for the fulfillment of our Church’s mission. Together with the priest companion of each group we endure the heat of the sun for several days as we do the house visitations. We celebrate the Eucharist everyday together with the people in the mission area. We assist in the process of offering free sacraments like baptism, confirmation and matrimony without payment provided that the recipients present to us the basic requirements for the said sacraments. The lay missionary volunteers serves as our mentors on basic things we need to do as neophyte in the Mission. Some lay faithful in the mission station were also there to ensure our safety.

I realize after the mission that we didn’t just participated in the mission of Christ, it also gave us a very good experience and knowledge on the situation of the faithful who lives distant from the center of the parishes. We may not be ordained or consecrated person but we can contribute something for our Church. Let us all remember the royal priesthood that is conferred in our baptism and sealed in our confirmation. Every individual talent that we have has a room in the Church and every effort that we take is useful in fulfilling God’s mission. As what they say, “For the Christian vocation by its very nature is also a vocation to the apostolate. No part of the structure of a living body is merely passive.” Each person who belongs to our Mother Church is a precious piece that makes up the whole picture of communion in continuing God’s Mission here on Earth.

SEM. CHARLES L. CUIZON (Chance Cuizon)
Theology II
Liloan, Cebu

Unity Amidst Diversity by Sem. Francis Anthony F. Abaquita

posted May 29, 2016, 10:11 PM by MOIC SMSC

(This article was published in the Lingganay, the seminary’s official publication, last November 2015. The contributor is a first year theology seminarian from the Diocese of Butuan. A neophyte in the community of Caloy, he writes his story of adjusting to a new culture and how he is able to cope with it.)

“Decision is the beginning of all things.” – Paolo Coelho (The Alchemist)

Six years ago, I made a decision, a decision that was to shape my life: I took an entrance examination at to Saint Peter College Seminary in Butuan City. It was there where I spent my four years of Philosophical studies. When I was in my fourth year college of the said seminary, I decided to continue my chosen vocation which led me to Cebu City – here in Seminario Mayor de San Carlos. Those decisions were the results of who I am today: a neophyte again in this new (foreign?) home. Nonetheless, these decisions are the initial steps of actualizing my dream. My goal!

As a neophyte both here in this seminary community and here in Cebu, there are many things that are new to me. Somehow I have had an experience (a little bit) of culture shock. I remember this kind of feeling way back when I was still in pre-college at Saint Peter’s. There are lots of adjustments in culture differences, variations of language, variety of seminary traditions, an array of personalities, environmental divergences, and the schedule in this seminary.

The fact that all of us came from different diocesan orientations might sometimes create divisions and dissimilarities. I remember those first days in this institution when, we, first year theology seminarians, were grouped together according to our dioceses of origin like the Archdiocese of Cebu, and the Dioceses of Butuan, Dumaguete, Tagbilaran, Talibon, and others.

There was an instance where I was able to join with some seminarians, coming from another diocese, who were cracking jokes. I really felt out of place because I was the only one who did not laugh. However, when it was my turn to share a joke, I felt awkward and somehow ashamed because nobody laughed. I thought, since we’re all seminarians, they would understand that joke – but apparently, I was wrong.
Sem. Francis Anthony F. Abaquita on a Tuesday vespers in the seminary chapel.
It’s true, sometimes our language differs. Take the word ‘ngilngig’ for example. In our place, it is commonly used as ‘hadlok’, ‘lu-od’ or ‘bidli’; often, it connotes negative presuppositions. Here in Cebu, people around me use it to mean ‘abtik’, ‘bright’, ‘maayo’ or ‘unique’; they take it positively. Even so, no matter how we differ in language, there is a language that existed before the world began which unites us, the language of love – the language of God. He created the world out of love and saved us through His Son out of love. Likewise, culture also somehow divides us but there’s a culture that we all share with – the culture of brotherhood. We may have distinct personalities but we have shared unique personalities, a personality towards service as we strive to imitate Christ as he says, “I am not here to be served but to serve.”

Above all, there is one beautiful thing that unites us, the summit and foundation of our unity – the Eucharist. “Eucharist is the efficacious sign and sublime cause of that communion in the divine life and that unity of the People of God” (CCC 1325), for it is the “sum and summary of our faith” (CCC 1327). Here in SMSC, everyday and especially on Tuesday evening, all of us gather together (priests, seminarians, guests, and workers) for the invitation of Jesus Christ, “Come and follow me”. “Let them come to me” (Mt. 19: 14) so we hear Christ inviting us. Pope Francis, in Evangelii Gaudium, tells us that “no one should think that this invitation is not meant for him/her, since no one is excluded from the Joy brought by the Lord”. Thus, unity amidst diversity is materialized in the mystery of the Eucharist.

Sem. Francis Anthony Abaquita
Theology I
Kitcharao, Agusan del Norte


posted Sep 25, 2015, 7:07 PM by MOIC SMSC   [ updated Sep 25, 2015, 7:23 PM ]


Misa Pasalamat sa Seminario Mayor de San Carlos

Homily, SMSC Community Mass
September 22, 2015
Tuesday of the Twenty-fifth Week in Ordinary Time
Luke 8:19-21

May’ng gabie natong tanan!

Tingali nakurat mo nganong nag-Misa Pasalamat ko dinihi sa Balaang Seminario Mayor de San Carlos. Ug tingali ang uban wala lang nakurat, nagbagolbol usab pagkahibawo niining akong Misa Pasalamat dinhi karon. Ayaw lang kaayo mo padala sa inyong gibati nga kakurat kay the feeling is mutual. Nakurat sad ko nga gi-inivite ko nga mag-Misa Pasalamat dinhi. Nakapamalandong lang nuon ko nga hapit na gyud diay matapos ang kalibutan kay gipasulod na man ang usa ka hentil dinhi sa gipanalanginan nga padir.

Bitaw, concern kaayo ta og affiliation kay issue kaayo nato na ma-belong. Belongingness is a need all of us human beings have in common. Nahilakip gyud gani sa listahan sa hierarchy of need ni Abraham Maslow ang belongingness. Mao gani nga one of the most devastating experiences is to be rejected, to be disowned, to be told that you do not belong kay lagi sama sa oxygen, sa tubig ug sa pagkaon, kinahanglan nato ang belongingness para mabuhi.

It is a reality nga sa atong clergy aduna’s cluster-cluster, aduna’y nagkadaiyang pundok. Naa ang pundok sa mga elitist, ang pundok sa mga atleta, ang pundok sa nga socialista, ang pundok sa mga hangol sa gahum, ang pundok sa mga reklamador ug mga kritiko, ang pundok sa mga negosyante ug ang pundok sa mga walay pakabana. Naa usab ang pundok sa mga conservative, ang pundok sa mga progressive ug ang pundok sa mga moderate. Ambot asa kaha ko ma-affiliate niining mga grupoha. Kini nagsugod sa cluster-cluster se seminario nga naa ang pundok sa mga seryoso, ang pundok sa mga maldito, ang pundok sa mga ambisyoso, ang pundok sa mga babayn-ong ulitawo ug ang pundok sa mga collectors ug benefactors. And whether we like it or not, we have to choose to which group we have to be affiliated kay lagi we want to belong. Sakit sa buot kanang ingnon ka nga wala kay labot.

Tinuod aduna’y daghang pundok-pundok ang clergy o kaha diha sa seminario, apan there is only one vocation, one ministry that binds us all. Ug kana mao ang ministry of service. Ang kinabuhi sa pangalagad ang maghugpong sa tanang kaparian – pangalagad nga dili lang kutob sa prinsipyo kun dili makita sa akto. Ug ang maong kinabuhi sa pagpangalagad mao ang kinauyukan sa pagsunod ni Kristo kinsa mianhi dili aron alagaran kun dili aron moalagad. That is why the bottom line of sacramental brotherhood is no other than the bond to serve. We are brothers by the virtue of ordination, yes. But such brotherhood has no meaning without that unified vision and mission to serve.

Mao nga ayaw na mo kakugang ngano’ng naa ko dinhi karon kay I belong  here kay sama kaninyo aduna pod ko’y pangandoy nga andam ug tagana nga mangalagad nga mao’y gitudlo dili lang sa seminario mayor kun dili sa tanang seminaryo. Sila lamang nga mga wala mangandoy nga mangalagad ang walay labot dinhih.

Mao nga we build up and pray for rather scrutinize one another aron magmabungahon ang atong pangalagad. Ug labaw sa tanan atong iampo ang mga kaparian nga nawagtangan ssa kadasig sa pagpangalagad aron makaamgo sila sa kanindot sa pagbati nga ikaw ma-belong.

"Brotherhood" by Sem. Mac Jason N. Bacalla

posted Sep 22, 2015, 2:01 AM by MOIC SMSC

Usa sa mga importanteng elemento aron ang usa ka seminaryo matawag nga seminaryo mao ang panag-inigsoonay sa mga seminarista o sa Iningles pa “brotherhood among seminarians”.  Importante kaayo ni siya nga kamatuoran sa seminaryo. Tinuod, kaming mga seminarista nagagikan sa mga nagka lain laing dapit ug probinsya, lain laing mga gigikanan ug batasan; apan diha sa seminaryo kami gi umol aron sa pagkighigala sa among kaubang mga seminarista. Kining maong panaghigalaay mas molawom pa ni siya sa pagdagan sa mga katuigan, dili lamang kami mga amigo kundi mga igsoon na sa usag-usa ilabi na gayud ang manag klasmeyts.

Bisan kung nangapari na, makita gayud gihapon kining kamatuorana. Adunay lahi nga klase sa panag amigohay ang matukod diha sa seminaryo ug kani madala pa ngadto sa pagkapari. Matod pa sa among mga formators sa seminaryo nga importante gayud kaayo ang among relasyon sa among mga klasmeyts kay sila ang mamahimo namong kadangpan panahon nga aduna kami’y mga panginahanglan ug mga kalisud diha sa among pagpangalagad pohon. Tinuod ug tataw kaayo kini sa mga kaparian nga hangtud karon kanunay gihapong maghugop sa ilang sa ilang mga batchmates sa seminario.

Niadtong Agosto 18, 2015, pagkahuman sa ordinasyon sa 14 ka mga bag-ong pari, gipahigayon pud ang ikaduhang Homecoming sa Seminario Mayor de San Carlos. Ubay ubay usab nga mga kaparian ug mga laygo ang nanambong sa maong kalihokan ug makadasig kaayo tan-awon ang panagsood nga nabuhi pag usab. Ang panag ambitay sa mga kasinatian, ang pagbalik tantaw sa kagahapon, ang mga katawa mao ang mga naghari sa maong selebrasyon. Usa gayud kato ka mabulokon ug mahinugdanon nga panagtipon.

Ang pagka seminarista “walang forever”.  Ang uban mangapari, ang uban maminyo, ug ang uban nag explore pa. Apan bisan pa niini, ang panaghigalaay ug panag-inigsoonay nga natukod diha sulod sa paril sa seminario maoy magpabilin sa kanunay.

PS...dili lang diay “brotherhood” oy, hasta pud diay “sisterhood” kay daghan pud nga mga extern students nga mga madre ug mga inahan nga nagtoon sa teoholiya.  So pwede ra gayud ang mga babaye nga motungha sa seminario, so welcome gayud sa seminario ang tanan!

An article published in Ang Bag-ong Lungsoranon

on September 13, 2015

under the heading "Sa Ibabaw ning Paril"

by Sem. Mac Jason N. Bacalla

“Seminaryo diay ka dong?” by Sem. Mac Jason N. Bacalla

posted Aug 6, 2015, 8:40 PM by MOIC SMSC

“Seminaryo diay ka dong?” Sigurado ko nga tanan nga seminarista nakasugat na aning mga pulonga ilabi na kung ang seminarista naa sa parokya o sa ilang pastoral assignments. Ambot og ngano nga daghan man sa mga tawo ang mangangha o sa Iningles pa ma “amazed” inig kahibalo nila nga seminarista diay ang ilang ka estorya. Tungod niini, ma-aan nalang intawon kami og building nga hinimo sa semento ug kabilya. Aron lang sa pagpa tin-aw, ang seminaryo mao ang among balay kun diin kami namuyo sa among pag-eskwela sa pagkapari. Kami nga namuyo sa seminaryo mao ang mga seminarista; mga batan-ong lalaki nga nangandoy nga mamahimong mga pari pohon.

Kadaghanan usab sa mga pangutana nga among masugatan ilabi na sa mga kabatan-onan mao nga unsa man ang among gipangbuhat sulod sa seminario; sige lang ba ming nag-ampo o nagmisa, etc.? Niining atong basahon, atong hinay-hinayan og tan-aw ang kinabuhi sulod sa mga paril sa seminaryo. Atong sud-ongon o lilion ang mga panghitabo; dili lang ang mga panghitabo hasta napud ang klase sa kinabuhi nga among gipuy-an sulod sa among ikaduhang panimalay.

Unsa, report diay ni? Basin siguro, apan para nako ang mas lawom nga hinungdan niini mao ang kamatuoran nga kaming mga seminarista dili mga espesyal nga mga batan-on nga tuyong gipalayo sa kalibutan. Sa pagkatinuod, gi-umol mi sa sulod aron sa pag-andam kanamo sa pagpangalagad sa mga katawhan ilabi na gayud ang mga kabus, dinaog-daog ug mga sinalikway sa katilingban. Nganung sila man gayud? Tungod kay nisunod raman mi sa among teacher. Kinsa man ang among teacher? Matod pa sa among motto sa seminario “Christus Magister Noster” o sa Cebuano- Cristo Among Magtutudlo. Ang among kinabuhi naka sentro sa iyang pagkatawo ug sa iyang mga pagtulun-an. Tungod sa among gugma kaniya, among saulogon ang iyang kapyestahan sa seminario.  Ug sa iyang ka pyestahan pohon, announcement nalang usab, sa kadtong mga naka tungha sa Seminario Mayor de San Carlos, graduate o dili, aduna kitay 2nd Homecoming karong Agosto 18, 2015, Feast of Christus Magister Noster. Ang venue sa Seminario Mayor ug mag sugod ang registration sa ala una sa hapon (1pm) ug adunay 500 nga registration fee. Magkita-kita kita didto mga seminario, ay sorry seminarista diay. Atong himamaton pag-usab ang atong Magtutudlo. Viva Christus Magister Noster!

An article published in Ang Bag-ong Lungsoranon

on August 2, 2015

under the heading "Sa Ibabaw ning Paril"

by  Sem. Mac Jason N. Bacalla

Mass of the Holy Spirit

posted Jul 14, 2015, 12:36 AM by MOIC SMSC

June 30, 2015

                The Mass of the Holy Spirit is held, yearly, at the chapel of San Carlos Seminary College in which the servers for the said mass are the first year theology students who are Hes Mailo Capangpangan, Mark Ortega, Christian Damiel Baldado, Jovanie Bautista, Creighton Guiseppe Cabuguas, Chayle Sawey and Danilo Rabe Jr. The mass is presided by Archbishop of Cebu Jose Palma. The most populated seminarians is the Blessed John XXIII Seminary and the least is the Seminario Mayor de San Carlos. The mass ended with the announcement of paseo by the Archbishop as it is practiced annually. 

Hes Mailo Capangpangan, SMSC Chronicler

Inter-Diocesan League

posted Jul 14, 2015, 12:30 AM by MOIC SMSC   [ updated Jul 14, 2015, 12:32 AM ]

June 24-26, 2015

                The Sports Ministry has organized an interdiocesan basketball league. The 24th and 26th are held at Blessed John XXIII Seminary gym because of the bad weather- rain and the 25th is in its own court. The champion is the Cebu South . Also June 26, 2015 is the class fiesta of the 4th years in which their patron saint is St. Pope John Paul II. 

Hes Mailo Capangpangan, SMSC Chronicler

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