WITH THE Jesuit fathers as hosts, about 50 priests and nuns, including Archbishop Angel Lagdameo, shared bread together in Ateneo de Iloilo-SMCS in celebration of the Feast of St. Ignatius of Loyola, July 31.
The dinner, also attended by ADI-SMCS administrators and Santa Maria Parish faithfuls, started 7 p.m. and was set near the backdrop of the newly unveiled St. Ignatius statue in the school lawn.
After the feast, the priests and nuns were escorted to the school’s Oratory of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Sacristy where they were able to see the Chinese-inspired prayer hall that the school use for daily afternoon masses for its students.
This is first time that such thanksgiving banquet for St. Ignatius, patron saint of soldiers and of Ateneo de Iloilo, was held in school. Most of similar Jesuit-hosted feasts are usually done early September during the anniversary of the Chinese-Filipino Santa Maria Parish in Gen. Blanco St., Iloilo City.
To note, a number of priests in Iloilo happen to be alumni of Jesuit-managed San Jose Seminary based in Ateneo de Manila University. Same with other Ateneo schools in the country, ADMU also marks the day of St. Ignatius, the founder of the Society of Jesus order. Some of the Jesuit-trained clerics are Arch. Lagdameo and Fr. Philipp Neil Anternor Cruz, diocese committee head on Finance and Temporalities. (Herman Lagon/Magis)