Pro-RH Bill crowd at Ateneo de Manila during the Anti-RH Bill prayer rally at EDSA

From Ateneo Guidon:

DESPITE THE heavy rains, students in favor of House Bill No. 4244, commonly known as the Reproductive Health (RH) Bill, gathered at Gate 2.5 to participate in the Pro-RH Bill noise barrage and prayer vigil last Monday, August 6.

Students chanted “Pass that bill!” and “Reproductive Health Bill, oras na ipasa!” while prompting passing vehicles to honk their horns in support of the measure.

Moses Albiento, one of the organizers of the prayer vigil and noise barrage, said that the mobilization was a response to the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines’ (CBCP) own prayer vigil….

Now this interesting: the Jesuits of Loyola House of Studies led by Fr. Quilongquilong and seminarians of San Jose Seminary who went to the Anti-RH Bill on Aug. 8 did not make it to the Guidon news.  Here is the note from the LHS website:

Loyola School of Theology, through the Social Involvement and Advocacy Committee of the LST Student Council, is inviting its students to attend the Prayer Power Rally Against the RH Bill this Saturday, 4 August 2012, 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the EDSA Shrine.

Religious communities and lay students joining the LST delegation are requested to bring their own vehicles. Assembly will be at 12:30 pm at the lobby of Loyola House of Studies. The delegation will depart in convoy for the EDSA Shrine at 1:00 pm. All participants are requested to wear red. Priests and seminarians should please bring also their soutane/habit. A Holy Mass will be offered at 5:00 pm.

I can’t see the overall extent of the crowd at Ateneo Gate 2.5, because the pictures are too close to the faces. My best guess is that it is about 20 people. In my estimate, the crowd in the EDSA Anti-RH Bill prayer rally is about 45,000-60,000.

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Atenista Ako, Kadiwa ni Ignacio: Ignatian Festival on 21 July 2012 at Ateneo de Manila University

Church of the Gesu in Ateneo de Manila University

Church of the Gesu in Ateneo de Manila University

The Ateneo de Manila, in cooperation with the Jesuit Communications Foundation Inc, will hold the Ignatian Festival entitled

ATENISTA AKO, KADIWA NI IGNACIO

here in the Loyola Heights Campus on 21 July 2012.

The Ignatian Festival aims to gather alumni and friends of the Ateneo to learn more about the spirit and tradition of Ignatius of Loyola. Specifically, we would like to celebrate the power and gift of this man’s legacy of Ignatian spirituality as it is and could be lived in our daily lives. Typical Ignatian themes such as discernment, ethics, prayer, leadership, social involvement, science, and art will be featured in this festival.

It will be a whole-day event composed of plenary talks, panel discussions, a Eucharistic celebration to be presided over by Archbishop Luis G Tagle DD STD, and a musical concert to be directed by Fr Manoling Francisco SJ.

We invite you to be part of this first Ignatian Festival. All activities are free of charge; seating capacity, however, is limited.  We therefore request you and your party to please confirm your attendance and headcount by Saturday, 14 July 2012, with the event secretariat, the Office of University Development and Alumni Relations:

Direct Line         (632) 426-6081 to 82

Lisa Maramag   (632) 426-6001 local 4081 amaramag@ateneo.edu

Ida Solis             (632) 426-6001 local 4086 isolis@ateneo.edu

Fax REPLY FORM to (632) 426-6080

For updates on this event, please visit the official Ateneo de Manila University Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ateneodemanila

We hope you can attend with your family, friends, batch mates, and colleagues to celebrate with the rest of the Ateneo community.

PROGRAM

9:45 – 10:30 AM    “The Identity and Mission of the Atenean”

Fr. Jose Ramon T. Villarin, SJ

President, Ateneo de Manila University
Former President, Xavier University

Venue: Henry Lee Irwin Theater

BREAK-OUT PANEL TALKS

10:45 AM – 12:30 PM

PANEL TALK 1    “Prayer and Our Busy Lives: The Ignatian Way of Contemplation and Action”

Venue: Henry Lee Irwin Theater

Speakers:

1.    Sr. Nerissa “Bubbles” Bandojo, RC

AB Interdisciplinary Studies, 1985
Regional Superior, Religious of the Cenacle

2.    Fr. Junjun Borres, SJ

AB Sociology, 1985
Former Director, Center for Ignatian Spirituality
Rector, San Jose Seminary

Moderator:

Fr. Joe Quilong-quilong, SJ

MA Theology 1996
Rector, Loyola House of Studies

PANEL TALK 2    “Jesuit Legacy and Role in the Church: Past, Present, Future”

Venue: Escaler Hall

Speakers:

1.  Fr. Catalino Arevalo, SJ

Grade School ’37, High School ’41, PhD Humanities ’98
Professor Emeritus, Loyola School of Theology

2.  Fr. Manoling Francisco, SJ

AB Philosophy, 1987
Professor in Theology, Loyola School of Theology

Moderator:

Fr. Tony de Castro, SJ

AB Philosophy, 1980
Professor in Church History, Loyola School of Theology and
Ateneo de Manila University

Lunch Break

II.    AFTERNOON TALKS

1:45 – 3:30 PM

PANEL TALK 3    “The Atenean in Politics, Public Service, and Development”
Venue: Henry Lee Irwin Theater

Speakers:

1.  Associate Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno

Economics 1980
Supreme Court of the Philippines

2. Fr. Joel Tabora, SJ
High School 1964
President, Ateneo de Davao University
Former President, Ateneo de Naga
University

Moderator:

Atty. Jimmy Hofilena

Grade School ’74, High School ’78, AB Philosophy 1982
Vice-President for Social Development,
Ateneo de Manila University

PANEL TALK 4    “The Atenean in Business and Development”

Venue: Escaler Hall

Speakers:

1.  Mr. Edward Go

Grade School ’53, High School ’57, AB Natural Sciences ’61
Chair, Ateneo de Manila Board of Trustees

2.  Mr. Ernesto Tanmantiong

BS Management 1979
COO, Jollibee Foods Corporation

3. Mr. Bam Aquino

Hapinoy
Grade School ’91, High School ’95, BSME ’99

Moderator:

Mr. Rapa Lopa
Grade School ’77, High School ’81, AB Interdisciplinary Studies 1985
President, Philippine Business for Social Progress

PANEL TALK 5    “The Atenean in Media, Music, Arts, and Culture”

Venue: CTC201

Speakers:

1.  Fr. Rene Javellana, SJ

Grade School ’61, High School ’65, AB Philosophy ’71
MA Theology 1981
Professor, Fine Arts Program, Ateneo de Manila University

2.  Mr. Jim Paredes

Grade School ’65, High School ’69,
AB Communication Arts 1973
Artist and Musician

Moderator:

Mr. Sev Sarmenta

High School 1974, AB Communication Arts 1978
Professor, Communication Arts Department, Ateneo de Manila University

PLENARY TALK

Venue: Henry Lee Irwin Theater

4:00 – 5:30 PM    “Ignatian Discernment in a Complex World”

Fr. Karel San Juan, SJ

BS Math, 1986
Director, Emmaus Center for Psycho-Spiritual Formation
Faculty, PhD in Leadership Studies Program, Ateneo de Manila University

5:45 PM to 7:00 PM         Eucharistic Celebration

Manila Archbishop Luis “Chito” G Tagle DD STD

Main Celebrant
Church of the Gesu

7:00 PM to 8:45 PM         Ignatian Concert.

Directed by Fr Manuel “Manoling” V Francisco SJ
with Ateneo student and alumni performers
Church of the Gesu

Loyola School of Theology: Theological Hour on Blessed Pedro Calungsod by Fr. Jose Quilongquilong, SJ

Loyola School of Theology

presents a Theological Hour on

Blessed Pedro Calungsod

Lay Missionary Catechist

Prospective Filipino Saint

In anticipation of the canonization of Bl Pedro Calungsod

with Fr Jose VC Quilongquilong, SJ, STD

Assistant Professor of Spirituality, LST

Rector, Loyola House of Studies

Chairman, Commission on National Pilgrims for the Canonization of Bl Pedro Calungsod

22 February  2012, Wednesday

10:30am-12nn

Cardinal Sin Center, Loyola School of Theology, Ateneo de Manila University

Admission is free.

A visit to the Oratory of St. Ignatius of Loyola at the Loyola House of Studies

Main entrance of the Oratory of St. Ignatius of Loyola

Main entrance of the Oratory of St. Ignatius of Loyola at the Loyola House of Studies

I went to the Loyola House of Studies this afternoon to meet with Fr. Jose Quilongquilong, SJ. It was difficult to catch him. I went to LHS a few days ago and the porter told me that Fr. Joe will be back this Friday. So I prepared my letter of request and decided to meet him at about 5 pm. I waited at the lobby and sat on one of the sofas.

The porter called. He is not around in his office.

“Paging Fr. Quilongquilong.”

After a while Fr. Quilongquilong came. Fr. Quilongquilong is the Rector of the Loyola House of Studies. He was ordained priest in 1993 and finished his Doctorate in Spirituality in the Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome. He worked as regional secretary for Asia-Pacific at the Jesuit General Curia. For his dissertation, he wrote about the grace of vocation in the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola with Fr. Anton Witwer, S.J. as mentor. (Loyola School of Theology)

“Father, Dr. Sugon of the Latin Mass Society would like to meet you. Oh, there he is.”

So I stood up and went forward.

“Father, I am Dr. Quirino Sugon of the Ateneo Latin Mass Society.”

Fr. Quilongquilong signed me to sit down.

“Our priest is Fr. Tim Ofrasio, SJ.” I continued. “We would like to request the use of the Oratory of St. Ignatius of Loyola for a Traditional Latin Mass.”

“When would that be?” Fr. Quilongquilong asked.

“November 24, 6:30-8:00 p.m.”

“Do you have a letter?”

“Yes,” I said and I handed him my letter.

“Would you like to visit the oratory?” he asked.

“That would be great, Father.”

“How many are you in the mass?”

“About 20 to 30, Father.”

“The oratory is too big for you.”

“I think we can double the attendees.”

On the far end of the lobby is a spiral staircase. Beneath it is a white statue of our Lady. Behind the staircase is a glass wall with a view of a green field of grass with a statue of St. Ignatius looking at an empty pond. A corridor to the right leads to the Cardinal Sin Center where the LHS Theological Hour is usually held. In normal days the center functions as a cafeteria.

We went up the staircase. On the second floor is the Oratory. We genuflected upon passing by the altar.

Oratory of St. Ignatius of Loyola (North side) at the Loyola House of Studies

Oratory of St. Ignatius of Loyola (North side) at the Loyola House of Studies

It is an empty church, but unrivaled in architectural design. It is the most fitting for the Traditional Latin Mass. I think it can fit about 200 to 300 persons. There are still enough space at the overhanging second level. On the far side near the entrance is the choir loft–truly aloft. I can’t still make out of the Altar. It is dark. The sun is setting and light streamed through the stained glass windows. Then I recall the words of Pope Benedict XVI in his homily at St. Patrick’s Cathedral:

The first has to do with the stained glass windows, which flood the interior with mystic light. From the outside, those windows are dark, heavy, even dreary. But once one enters the church, they suddenly come alive; reflecting the light passing through them, they reveal all their splendor. Many writers — here in America we can think of Nathaniel Hawthorne — have used the image of stained glass to illustrate the mystery of the Church herself. It is only from the inside, from the experience of faith and ecclesial life, that we see the Church as she truly is: flooded with grace, resplendent in beauty, adorned by the manifold gifts of the Spirit. It follows that we, who live the life of grace within the Church’s communion, are called to draw all people into this mystery of light.

(New York Times)

We went farther to the main entrance. It’s the crossroads.

“That’s the refectory,” Fr. Quilongquilong said as he pointed towards the West. “People would be coming from there (the North wing) and pass by this corridor. I don’t want a religious activity going on while the community is having supper from 7:00-8:00 p.m.”

“Ok, Father. I understand.”

“I shall first check with the community.”

“Thank you, Father.” And I raised his fingers to my forehead for blessing. Then we parted.

When I arrived at my office at Manila Observatory, I received a text from Fr. Quilongquilong. He confirmed that there is no scheduled activity at the Oratory on the 24th of November. But he suggested that we move the time to 5:30-7:00 pm.

“If Latin Mass is earlier then I would like our Jesuit scholastics to attend it,” he said.

I replied that the schedule is ok with me, but I shall first confer with Fr. Tim and my group in ALMS.

God works in wondrous ways.

Please pray for the Philippine Jesuits and the Ateneo Latin Mass Society.