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Cebu City, Philippines— On the eve of the 30th of May 2013,  ten SSP seminarians were formally admitted to the Postulancy Program of the Society of Saint Paul in a Eucharistic celebration presided by the Formator of the Postulants, Fr. Pals Ellezar, SSP with by Frs. Joel Baguna, SSP and Cesar Violenta, SSP.

These new postulants are: Post. Henrol C. Cabanag, Post. Edward Anthony A. Cometa, Post. Darren Louie G. Estomo, Post. Michael Recinto, Post. Ian Lucky P. Sumbilla, Post. Reycard S. Tomulto, Post. Armando D. Vizcarra, Jr., Post. Ren Vincent Villanueva, Post. Buen Andrew dC. Cruz, and Post Mark Lawrence F. Fabregas.

In a simple rite, they were called, confirmed and were given the emblem of the Society of Saint Paul and were asked to sign their admittance documents. After the rite, the group had a simple salu-salo at the refectory. They were joined by the very supportive and ever joyous cooperators and staff of the SSP house of Cebu headed by Ms. Belen Casipong.  

In preparation for their entrance to the Postulancy Program of the Society of St. Paul, ten seminarians  had a three-day retreat and orientation from May 28 – 30, 2013 in the Society of St. Paul house, Lapu Lapu City, Cebu.  Under the direction and guidance of their retreat facilitator, Bro. Dennis Figueres, SSP these ten gentlemen reflected on the stages, levels and even present day challenges of vocation. Fr. Leonardo “Pals” Ellezar, SSP, Formator of the Postulants, introduced the Postulancy Program to them and discussed its rationale and the objectives reading from the constitution of the congregation and the brief handout from the SSP Iter Formationis. Fresh from his Pauline Charism course from Rome, Fr. Joel Baguna, SSP shared to the postulants his personal encounter with the life of the Blessed Founder and how he was inspired again seeing how the Primo Maestro lived his life. All three facilitators shared their advice and reminders for the postulants during the sessions and constantly challenged them to remain steadfast and be faithful to their God given call.