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). In 2022 we had one held at the Tepeyac Residences in Baguio City.
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). The two last Conferences were held in Vietnam (July 4-9, 2022) and Masbate (November 21-25, 2022) headed by the Priestly Society of the Holy Cross.
Seminar for Seminarians
Theological Centrum has been organizing an annual three-day seminar for seminarians of different dioceses. The latest was held in June 2022 at Epic Parc in Tanay, Rizal.
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.
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.
At present, the Holy Hours are organized in different venues.
Holy Hour for Priests held at the Our Lady of Beautiful Love Parish (Diocese of Paranaque) last Octo…
The Holy Hour at TC for the month of April was held on April 24, 2014. Fr. Luis Felipe Navarro, Dean…