Reflection of a 12-day Extern
For 12 days I was able to experience part of the life of Manila. The struggles of fatigue, rushing from place to place, lack of time, car emissions being blown in my face, being packed into a vehicle like sardines…things like that.
San Carlos Seminary
San Carlos Seminary is the Archdiocesan Seminary of the Archdiocese of Manila, and the first ever diocesan seminary to be established in the Philippines. For more than three hundred years, it has formed men who contributed much to the growth of the Church in the Philippines and the faith of the Filipino people. Standing on the shoulders of giants – Rufino Cardinal Santos, Ricardo Cardinal Vidal, Bishop Socrates Villegas – Karlistas are proud of the heritage they have inherited from hundreds of years of Filipino diocesan priestly formation, yet remaining humble in the spirit of its patron San Carlos Borromeo’s motto, humilitas.
Karlistas, as the San Carlos Alumni are called, are well known for their deep pastoral formation that they acquired from their Seminary. As future pastors in the diocese, San Carlos Seminary offers a formation that is deeply rooted in the faith, contextualized within the signs of the times, fostered through unity with the Bishop and the local church. Karlistas are also renowned in their love for the liturgy and music. For a San Carlos graduate, a beautiful and orderly liturgical celebration should be part and parcel of the parish community life. It is therefore not uncommon to see Karlistas in different dioceses working in the seminary, diocesan offices and commissions, and even in the remotest area doing their duties as pastors of souls.
At present, San Carlos Seminary has evolved from a small school for the native clergy, to a premier institution for the training of future priests for the whole Philippines and even overseas. Seminarians from as far as Abra, Palawan, and Daet are formed in this seminary. Recent graduates from Vietnam and Burma are now serving as priests throughout parts of Asia. Religious congregations also send their members to San Carlos for their Academic training.
San Carlos Seminary continues its legacy of forming pastors patterned after the heart of Jesus the Good Shepherd.