(Picture from Manila Bulletin 03/27/07) President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo congratulates Bishop Leopoldo Jaucian,SVD DD of the Diocese of Bangued, Abra, following the Episcopal Orndination.

Last Monday March 26, 2007 at the Shrine of the Divine Word in Christ the King in Quezon City, Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales, ordained Most Rev. Leopoldo Corpuz Jaucian, SVD DD bishop of the Diocese of Bangued. The Archbishop of Manila was assisted by Papal Nuncio Fernando Filoni and San Fernando, La Union bishop Most Rev. Artemio L. Rillera, SVD DD who acted as co-consecrators.

Fr. Randy Flores, SVD shares to us about the celebration with some interesting details. Kindly click: divinewordseminaryblogspot for the full story and biography of the new bishop. Thank you Apo Randy for sharing to us the good news.








Mrs. Irene Ortiz

Diocesan Bible Coordinator

Diocese of Ilagan




The 26th Hearts on Fire – Abra Gospel Festival was celebrated yesterday February 11, 2007 at the Divine Word College of Bangued Gynasium in Bangued, Abra, Philippines attended by hundreds of youth, children, parents, teachers, religious congregations, minor and major seminarians, priests and guests. This yearly Gospel Festival is one of the most attended Gospel Festivals in Northernimg_1664.JPG Luzon. For 26 years now, the “Hearts on Fire” continue to burn our hearts like what the two disciples experienced on the road to Emmaus when Jesus journeyed with them and explained the Sacred Scriptures. After celebrating its Silver Jubilee Anniversary last year the festival is getting stronger than ever under the leadership of Mr. Charles Javier the lay biblical coordinator of the Diocese of Bangued and Fr. Efren Ambre the diocesan biblical apostolate director and at the same time the recently elected vice chairman of the board of directors of the Northern Luzon Commission for the Biblical Apostolate and the John Paul I Biblical Center for Northern Luzon.

The Gospel Festival started with the enthronement of the bible followed by the celebration of the word and the eucharist with Msgr. Nilo Peig (administrator of the diocese) as the main celebrant. Colorful Pop Dance and Philippine Dances introduced the program proper by the students of the Holy Spirit Academy of Bangued with the choral presentation of the Parents-Teachers Association of the same school. Competitions followed like: Bible Poster Making Contest, biblical rap, dance drama and bible quiz bee from 38 participating schools from the upland and lowland parishes. This year’s theme is in line with the National Bible Week Celebration “God’s Word: Standard of Justice and Right Living”. Constests were focused on the Gospels of John and Luke and the Old Testament’s 1 & 2 Samuel.

Biblical Rap was the most appreciated part of the contest when the youth displayed their talents and ability in singing and dancing together with their cyber-inspired body language the gospel stories they memorized by heart. Its amazing how biblical rap draw img_1671.JPGcrowds of youth these days using their language. The Youth evangelizing the Youth. The Sacred Scriptures entering into the language and culture of the youth is a phenomenon experienced during the celebration and one could only imagine the influence of the Word after the event. The biblical dance drama did some magnificent and varied reactions from the spectators as well as the participants. It was like “Lectio Divina” on stage where hundreds of people witnessed the gospel events unfolding right in front of their eyes. The biblical rap and the biblical dance drama are samples of the CREATIVE BIBLICAL ACTIVITIES FOR CHILDREN AND YOUTH developed by Mr. Charles Javier the director of the Hearts on Fire.

Congratulations to all those who were involved in the realization of the 26th Hearts on Fire… the Word is Alive….

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I hope you were able to receive my email containing pictures from the celebration of our Bible weeknbw-07-bolinao.jpg. What happened was the cd you sent through Joel was played over our radio station at 5:30-6:00 pm from Monday to Saturday. For our parish, there was a talk about the Bible 10 minutes before the start of the 6:00 am Mass and 7:30 am Mass. It was very consoling to note that the initiative about the drum and lyre corps from two schools which joined the procession of the Bible were free compliments taken care of by the lay leaders connected with those two schools. That’s why many were able to be aware of the Bible week celebration. I was able to follow it up through the homily in the Mass also.


Thank you for the support and may we have more power as we go about our role as ministers of the Word.


Fr. Aries Mina

BA Director – Diocese of Alaminos




“Moving Forward with the Word” was the battlecry of the 1st SVD-PHimg_1482.jpgN Cagayan District Bible Youth Camp celebrated on February 9-10, 2007 in Dana-ili, Abulug, Cagayan atteded by hundreds of youth from six private and public schools together: the Academy of St. Joseph of Claveria, the Claveria School of Arts and Trade, Divine Word High School of Sanchez-Mira, the Pamplona Institute, Libertad National High School and the host school the Divine Word High School of Dana-ili. The program includes the following:

(Feb.9 – Friday) 

Part I: Dance Drama

Part II: Original Gospel Music Composition

(Feb.10 – Saturday)

Part III: Celebration of the Word and the Eucharist

Part IV: Bible Parade

Part V: Poster Making Contest

Part VI: Bible Quiz Bee

Part VII: Announcement and Awarding of Winners

The Bible Youth Camp was organized by the Biblical Commission of the SVD Cagayan District headed by the district coordinator Fr. Nicandro Vergara, SVD with the director and staff of the John Paul I Biblical Center as panel of judges in all the contests. Fr. Jerome Adriatico the provincial superior of PHN challenged the youth participants to be instruments of God’s Word, companions of the Word moving forward towards total and integral development – the Dance Drama portrayed at first the desperate situation in the world of the youth who are victims of injustices, manipulation, atrocities, abuse… the feeling of helplessness is inevitable then comes the Word that gives hope, the life-giving power that inspires the youth to move forward.img_1509.JPG

In the Youth Bible Camp the Sacred Scripture is introduced to the youth in a most acceptable manner, like the mystery of incarnation happening again when the Word joins with them in their journey and struggle in life. Inspired with the Word they were able to compose original Gospel Songs the songs that led them to the streets in a bible parade waving flags and placards bearing their favorite bible passages. The Word is really Alive in the youth and with the youth when biblical posters come out from their young minds right before our eyes unfolding the beauty of God’s message in the form of art. The Bible Quiz Bee was the most exciting part of the Youth Bible Camp when the youth displayed their ability and mastery on the Sacred Scriptures specially on the Gospel of Mark and the Letter of Paul to the Ephesians, such knowledge that could challenge their teachers, parents, friends, guests and even the ministers who were present. One could observe during the bible camp on how the youth were evangelizing the youth… the most effective evangelizers of the youth indeed, are the youth themselves as they move forward with the Word!

Fr. Nick Vergara, SVD

District Bible Coordinator