In the spirit of fraternal charity, the Theology seminarians of the Diocese of Bacolod gathered at the Bishop’s Residence last July 10, 2020 for the induction of the new Bacolod Union of Diocesan Seminarians (BUDS) Officers, as well to pay a visit to the Bishop before the start of the new formation year 2020-2021.
The new officers are: Sem. Kent Jerson Casiano ¬– President; Sem. Cris Simon Abadilla – Secretary-General, and Manila Cluster representative; Sem. Ian Lim – Treasurer; Sem. Erly John Tayco – Jaro Cluster representative; and Sem. Aljon Bedrijo – Philosophy Cluster representative.
The new officers were selected via an online election, a first in the history of BUDS due to the constraints posted by Covid-19, held on June 26-27, 2020. All aforementioned seminarians shall serve for a term of one year except for the Treasurer who shall serve for two years. Sem. Lim is now on his second year as Treasurer.
The bishop, in his message to the seminarians, reiterated the importance of leadership for “the group is only as good as its leaders”. He also emphasized that everyone in the group has a leadership role to fulfill.
Meanwhile, Sem. Casiano took cue from the Bishop’s idea of “returning to the original normal” which he said for BUDS means strengthening the fraternal bonds and spiritual connection between every member.
A total of 25 seminarians — 24 Theology and 1 Philosophy ¬— were present for the induction.
BUDS is clustered into three groups based on the location of their respective schools and formation houses – the Philosophy, Jaro, and Manila clusters. The first cluster is composed of Philosophy seminarians residing at the Sacred Heart Seminary. The Jaro Cluster is comprised of the seminarians studying at the St. Joseph Regional Seminary in Jaro, Iloilo. The Manila cluster consists of seminarians sent to the University of Santo Tomas Central Seminary and to the San Jose Seminary of the Ateneo de Manila University.