The presence of Fr. Manoling Francisco in SJVTS as visiting professor of Christology became an opportunity for the community to respond to the Marawi crisis. With donations made through the Tanging Yaman Foundation continuously coming in, the seminary served as a repacking center for relief good intended for Marawi. On July 5, instead of having BEC sharing by group, the seminarians ritualized the spiritual activity through repacking hundreds of goods for the soldiers who are assigned as front liners in Marawi. The next wave of repacking was done on July 12. This time, the items for repacking consisted of school supplies for the hundreds of primary and secondary student evacuees.
The monthly recollection was held on July 7-8, 2017. Fr. Raul Dael facilitated the recollection which focused on “Vocation: Call to Communion.” It ended at lunch time of July 8 upon the giving of “Deo Gratias.” After lunch, the community resumed repacking the goods which was later collected by the soldiers. On July 11, the soft opening of this year’s Intramurals was held. The theme for this year is “Communion through Sports.” On the same day, the most competition for the most-coveted Vianney’s Biggest Loser was also launched.
On the feast day of Mt. Carmel, the seminarians of SJVTS performed their annual service as choir and altar servers for the afternoon feastday Mass. Fr. Rector Norlan Julia was the presider and homilist, while Fr. Renato Repole and Fr. Raul Dael were concelebrants.
The main event for this month, aside from the series of repacking sessions for the Marawi evacuees and soldiers, was the benefit dinner and musical concert, Ignacio de Loyola the Musical, held last July 22 at Grand Caprice Restaurant. It was started with an anticipated Mass at 5:30 PM before the showcasing of talents. For a month, the Koro Viannista rehearsed diligently with Fr. Manoling Francisco. The huge turn-out of guests made the show a real success. The seminarians were all joyful and amazed at being able to stage a musical concert despite all the other activities in the seminary. The event started with a Mass presided by Fr. Norlan Julia. Present as concelebrants were Frs. Raul Dael, Robert Selecios, Neil Joy Molion, and Matt Sanchez. Then a sumptuous dinner followed the Mass. As the audience were having dessert, the musical concert started. The moving performance of the actors and singers was well received by the guests. Among those who played key roles were Jed Santamena as Igancio, Geovanie Baco as Xavier, the Koro Viannista, Robert Angelo Alesna and Marlon Jardin as technical coordinators. Fr. Manoling Francisco was the musical director. The script and direction was done by Edwin Piedad, Jr. A roadshow is being planned, and the first stop would be Valencia City, Bukidnon, in November.
On July 24, the first year and second year theologians were instituted to the ministries of lectorate and acolytate last. Our very own alumnus, Bp. Abet Uy of Tagbilaran, was the officiating bishop. The month was capped by a festive celebration of the feast of St. Ignatius of Loyola. In the morning of the 31st, seminarians gathered by BECs to share their reflections on the Marawi involvement as well as on the Ignacio musical. In the afternoon, a friendship game was played between the soldiers from Camp Evangelista and the seminary team. In the evening, a festive dinner was served, with draft beer available on hand, and acoustic music to complete the celebration.