This year, the Director of Pastoral Formation of the Dominican Studentate, Rev. Fr. Marcelino Saria, OP, took heed of the request of Rev. Fr. John Stephen Besa, OP, to send some student-brothers to teach at Lyceum of Camiguin in the island of Camiguin Norte. That is why, last June 1-26, 2017, six student-brothers went to Camiguin. Each of them taught one subject. For Grade 12 students; Br. Francis Borre, OP, taught Media Literacy; Br. Sandy Alerta, OP, taught Social Teachings of the Church; Br. Alexander Constantine Seño, OP, taught Philippine Constitution and Br. Jeffrey Pagaduan, OP, taught Introduction to Philosophy. For Grade 11 students, Br. Mark Philip Goroza, OP, taught Personal Development and Br. Jaymar Godalle, OP, taught Salvation History. The brothers taught for two straight weeks from June 5-23 to meet the required number of hours intended for each subject. Thus, the intensive classes were held from 8:00am to 5:00pm every Monday to Friday for Grade 11 and Monday to Saturday for Grade 12.
Aside from teaching, the student-brothers also facilitated the recollections of Grades 7-10 and vocation promotion to Grades 11 and 12. This program for the student-brothers is hoped to be carried out in the years to come. Lyceum of Camiguin is looking forward for more brothers to be sent in order to help in the education of its students. This program is also inspired by the integration which is actually the direction of the educational apostolate in the Dominican Province of the Philippines. Actually, Lyceum of Camiguin is now affiliated to Letran Manila. Moreover, the program is in adherence to one of the thrusts of the recent provincial chapter which is missions. Meanwhile, the apostolate of six brothers in Camiguin was graced by the canonical visitation of Rev. Fr. Napoleon Sipalay, Jr., OP, the Prior Provincial who was accompanied by Rev. Fr. Jose Martin Sibug, OP, the Provincial Promoter of the Missions. Fr. Sipalay presided over the Mass of the Holy Spirit for the opening of the academic year 20172018. Moreover, Rev. Fr. Cyr Stephen Magbanua, OP, was installed as the new Parish Priest of St. Vincent Ferrer Parish and appointed as the new Principal of Lyceum of Camiguin.
The summer exposure of the six student-brothers on educational apostolate helped them see and experience the apostolate of the province in the areas of mission and education. To be able to meet and teach the students of Lyceum of Camiguin was an opportunity for the brothers to have a foretaste of being missionaries.
Br. Sandy C. Alerta, OP