More than 30 ex-Vincentian seminarians who are also alumni of Adamson University gathered for a reunion in Artesia, California last June 19-22, 2008. With their families in tow, the ex-sems held their welcome dinner and reception at the St. Vincent’s Church Parish Rectory; the parish itself is run by three Filipino Vincentian priests. A business-cum-pleasure affair, the more serious part included meetings, reporting, planning, election of officers, and fund-raising; dinners, socials, a day at Sunset Beach, a trip to the Getty Museum, Sta. Monica Pier, Rodeo Drive, and Hollywood Walk of the Stars made up the lighter side.
Now organized as “Vincentian Alumni International-Congregation of the Mission” (VAI-CM, Inc.), the U.S.-based ex-sems are still very much in touch with their Vincentian roots. Their fund-raising activity for instance was meant to support the ongoing construction of the Santuario de San Vicente de Paul in Tandang Sora, Quezon City. Two of them, Atty. Manny Aguja and Marc Aguja, donated last year Adamson University’s Jubilee Statue, which includes St. Vincent de Paul in the four-figure artwork.
It will be recalled that from the ‘70s up to around 2002, seminarians from the Vincentian Hills Seminary in Angono, Rizal—and much later from St. Vincent Seminary in Tandang Sora, Quezon City—had been attending Adamson University for their college studies. This was part of their exposure process to life outside the four walls of the seminary. Nearly all members of the VAI-CM were part of this arrangement. Those who became priests would later work as top administrators of the University.
The VAI-CM’s new Board and Officers are: Gem Mella - President, Manuel Agner - Vice-President, Rev. Dale Almenario - Secretary, Manny Aguja, Esq. - Treasurer, Norman Razal - Auditor, Vann Castro - Director, Joebalt Evidente - Director. The next VAI-CM reunion will be held in New Jersey but in 2012, the members have decided this early that it will be in Manila.