Six Filipino Jesuits to be Ordained as Priests on 4 April 2009 at the Church of Gesu in Ateneo de Manila University

As a priest is ordained he is entrusted with a chalice and a paten–the vessels he will use in the celebration of the Eucharist.  “Accept from the holy people of God the gifts to be offered to Him.  Know what you are doing, and imitate the mystery you celebrate: model your life on the mystery of the Lord’s cross.”

The Society of Jesus invites you to the Ordination to the Priesthood of Xavier C. Alpasa, S.J., Francis D. Alvarez, S.J.,  Jason K. Dy, S.J., Oliver G. Dy, S.J., Frank Dennis B.  Savadera, S.J., and Antonio Roberto de G. Sian S.J., on 4 April 2009 at 8:30 a.m. at the Church of the Gesu, Ateneo de Manila University, Loyola Heights, Quezon City, with Most Rev. Luis Antonio G. Tagle, D.D., Bishop of Imus, as Ordaining Prelate.

At present there are 72 young jesuits who are preparing for ordination.  If you would like to help support their priestly formation, write to Mission de la Compania de Jesus.


Thanks to Rev. Oliver Dy, S.J. for the invitation.  Ody and I were classmates in the B.S. in Physics program of the Ateneo de Manila University. When we were still in college working in the electronics laboratory, one person entered the lab and Ody said his most unforgettable line: “Welcome to Hell!”  Ody and I usually cross each other at the Ateneo and chat for a minute or two.  I attended his ordination as Deacon last year.  I am glad I can attend his ordination to the Priesthood this year.

I also know Rev. Francis Alvarez, S.J.  We were both members of the Ateneo Honor Guards.  Francis succeeded me as the Flight Leader of the Honor Guards Alpha.  Francis was also our Batch Valedictorian.  In his commencement speech, he talked about the “leap into the unknown” or in the Filipino translation of the venerable Padre Roque Ferriols, S.J., “Lundagin mo, baby!”  Into the unknown Fracis leaped and became a Jesuit.