Five Opening Masses of the Holy Spirit were celebrated at the St. Vincent de Paul Parish Church to officially open the school year and fill the Adamson community with the gifts of the Holy Spirit. For the Basic Education Department, a Mass was said on June 30 and for the college level, two Masses were concelebrated on July 9 by Fr. Bernie Diaz, C.M. and Fr. Francisco Nicolas Magnaye, Jr., C.M. (VP Academic Affairs) in the morning and by Fr. Maximino Rendon, C.M. (VP Finance) in the afternoon. Another two were officiated by University President Fr. Gregg Bañaga, Jr., C.M. on July 10. All masses were attended by students, faculty, employees and administrators.
“The Holy Spirit puts everything in order, in the right direction, and in the right perspective,” thus explained Fr. Bernie Diaz, C.M., Campus Ministry Office director, referring to the Masses meant to put students in the right frame of mind in order to have a head start for the new school year. He considers the holding of the Mass of the Holy Spirit, a beautiful tradition in Adamson, as the university’s way of moving towards Christ-like perfection in all its endeavors.
The homilies dwelled on the theme “Moving Together towards Excellence,” the same theme used during the Annual General Assembly. In the second Mass, Fr. Magnaye, the main celebrant, reminded the students to develop their talents, their capabilities, and their whole persons, grounding his homily on the saying “The eye of the master fattens the horse.” In ancient times, the horse was considered a very valuable asset and the owner always took good care it so that it remained strong and productive.