Manila – The Ven. Aurelio Bacciarini Theologate (VABT) in the Philippines under the supervision of Fr. Rajesh conducted its 1st Theological Symposium on October 13th. The topic was ‘The Childhood of Fr. Guanella’ 1842-1854. Br. Mark Lanuza, 1st year theology student, presented the story of the early life of young Louis, and it was followed by Br. Erwin Azurin, 2nd year theology student, with his theological perspective. Br. Christian Magdaong, 2nd year theology student, facilitated the simple panel discussion with Fr. Charles, Fr. Charlton and Br. Mauro as special guests. The VABT community is grateful for the active participation of the confreres and seminarians. This event prepared them for a solemn celebration of the feast of St. Louis Guanella this year.
Manila – On January 21st, the Guanellian theological seminary in Quezon City celebrated the centennial anniversary of the episcopal consecration of Ven. Aurelio Bacciarini. Following his devotion to Our Lady, they went on pilgrimage to the Shrine of Regina Rosarii in Tanay, Rizal. Fr. Battista Omodei, SdC, the formator of the brothers, concelebrated Holy Mass in the morning. After Mass, they prayed the Rosary while climbing the hill where the biggest statue of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary is located. When they reached the top, they made an offering to the Blessed Sacrament, the first copy of their project and programs for a fruitful outcome in the life of the community.
Manila – Vacation is an opportunity to renew the bond of fraternity that unites all for the common good. At the end of the first semester of the 2016–2017 academic year, the temporary professed brothers of Venerable Aurelio Bacciarini Theologate spent their vacation in Baguio City, Philippines January 2nd-7th. This place is also known as the ‘Summer Capital’ of the Philippines because of its cool temperature.
It was a time to strengthen the fraternity and to deepen the brotherly love among the confreres. Each day began with the Eucharist, spiritual reading particularly on “Formation to Priesthood.” Then after breakfast, they visited various places in Baguio. In the evening, they gathered for Vespers, and after the Night Prayer they planned for the next day. It was gratifying to celebrate the joys and happiness with one another: times of prayer, preparing the meals, visiting various tourist spots and helping each other in all their activities.