Christ is the Center of Apostolate
Most seminarians would say that apostolate is about bringing Christ and his Gospel to an assigned area. Sometimes we forget that the place is already filled with the presence of Christ and we are just there to observe the movement of the Spirit. I am confused as to the real meaning of my pastoral exposure, but different events helped reshape my thoughts on what a true apostolate actually is.
Recently, I had pastoral exposure that pushed me to rethink my view on the meaning of the apostolate. It happened during my parish exposure at San Roque Parish, Blumentritt, with my classmate Orllie Santos. Both of us accompanied the sisters of the Missionary Servants of the Word in their house-to-house visits around the parish area. Some days we taught catechism and other days we visited the sick.
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.