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HOLY HOURS
At present, Theological Centrum organizes Holy Hours for priests in different venues to facilitate attendance. The first Holy Hour was held when the Chapel of Our Lady of Antipolo was blessed by His Eminence, Jaime L. Cardinal Sin. Subsequent Holy Hours were held every second Thursday of the month at the same chapel.
      This two-hour Eucharistic devotion begins with the exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, followed by two guided meditations on priestly spirituality, and then the Benediction. Sufficient time is allotted for personal reflection, confessions and spiritual direction in between the meditations, as well as before or after the Holy Hour. The activity is followed by lunch and an informal get-together, wherein the priests can share their pastoral experiences in the different areas of their ministry.

CLOSED RETREATS
Theological Centrum organizes at least one closed (stay-in) retreat for secular priests each year, starting on a Monday morning till the following Thursday after breakfast. The activities for each day include the celebration of the Holy Eucharist, several guided meditations, a talk on practical topics, personal examination of conscience, the Holy Rosary and the Benediction. Other priests come to help the main preacher by giving talks and meditations, and by being available for spiritual direction, confession and consultation. These retreats are usually held at the Makiling Conference Center (in Calamba, Laguna) or at the Tagaytay Conference Center (in Mendez, Cavite). 

CONFERENCES FOR SECULAR CLERGY
From time to time, Theological Centrum organizes specialized conferences for priests in different parts of the country and on different themes, such as Priestly Holiness (2000).

SEMINAR FOR SEMINARIANS
Theological Centrum has been organizing an annual three-day seminar for seminarians of different dioceses. The latest was held in April 2007 at St. Michael Retreat House in Antipolo City.

OTHER ACTIVITIES
Theological Centrum is regularly requested to send priests to give conferences or preach retreats and recollections for priests or seminarians in the different dioceses or regions of the Philippines. Priests and seminarians are also welcome to consult on the different topics related to their formation and ministry, as well as to avail of spiritual direction and Confession.

PUBLICATIONS
The first book launched by Theological Centrum was Basic Christian Doctrine, by Fr Jesus Cavanna, CM. Since then, Theological Centrum has always tried to provide basic books for seminaries and for the on-going formation of priests.
     Documentation Service is a monthly publication started by TC in 1988. It is basically a collection of excerpts from Magisterial documents on a certain topic, and of choice articles on the same topic written by well-known authors. This booklet of around 32 pages aims to spread Church teachings for the laity, religious and clergy alike, and offer resources for preaching.

FORMATION FOR SEMINARY FORMATORS
OF THE LOCAL CHURCH

The Church in general has been realizing the need to improve the quality of formation imparted in the seminaries. This is also true in the Philippine setting. In response to this need, Theological Centrum initiated a new project in 1985, called Formation for Seminary Formators of the Local Church. This was made possible through the collaboration with the Faculties of Theology of the University of Navarre (Pamplona, Spain ) and of the Holy Cross (Rome), with different international funding agencies, and above all, the prayers and generosity of thousands of persons from all levels of society in the country and abroad.

 

 

HOLY HOUR AT STO. NINO PARISH

Fr Greg Gaston conducted a Holy Hour at the Sto Nino Parish Church last October 8. During the get-together after lunch , Fr Greg talked to us about the proposed House Bill 5043 (Reproductive Health). Fr Omer Prieto, the parish priest, was the host for this event.

 

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