by Dean Marshall
Mount Angel, Ore. – On Saturday, January 16, 2016, the Mount Angel Seminary community hosted a celebration in honor of Santo Niño de Cebú, one of the titles of Jesus Christ which sees particular devotion in the Philippines and in Filipino communities worldwide.
The main celebrant of the Mass was Fr. Terrence Tompkins of the Diocese of Oakland and Vice-Rector for the College at Mount Angel Seminary. Deacon Tetzel Umingli, a seminarian for the Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon, preached the homily. During his homily, Deacon Umingli reminded those gathered that when we search for meaning in life, “we often fail to notice that the one person who will fulfill us is always there.” He reiterated that “we find what we are searching for in Jesus Christ our Lord and God.”
The Mount Angel Seminary Filipino community, led by Gerard Juan from the Diocese of Juneau, organized the celebration, which included a reception consisting of traditional food and music, following the Mass. Mount Angel Seminary boasts a diverse community of seminarians studying for dioceses in the Western United States, Canada, the Pacific Islands, and Hungary, in addition to seminarians from various religious communities and several lay students as well.