Saint Ignatius of Loyola: Soldier of Christ

Text and Photos by Jonathan S. Lacson, Assistant for Formation, FPTI РERDA Tech, Additional Photos by Rowena B. Dela Cruz, Sponsorship Program Coordinator, FPTI РERDA Tech and Christian J. Bumatayo, Assistant for Academics, FPTI РERDA Tech

Fr. Pierre Tritz Institute – ERDA Tech held its first-ever Jesuit Heritage Days event to honor the founder of the Society of Jesus, St. Ignatius of Loyola. The activities included the Memory Walk wherein tarpaulins about St. Ignatius and the Jesuits were placed all around the campus, the Spot Iggy contest which is about Ignatius’s life and works and whose winners had the privilege of having lunch with Jesuits, a talk by Brother Leonard Mah, SJ from the Arrupe House at the Ateneo de Manila University campus, and an Ignatius wall in every classroom which featured a chosen Jesuit character and each class’s expression and interpretation of the character.

The highlights of the celebration were an institutional mass at FPTI – ERDA Tech on Wednesday, July 26 and an even bigger mass at the Ateneo de Manila University on Sunday, July 30.

The school-wide mass was concelebrated by Fr. Aristotle Dy, SJ, Fr. Arturo Borja, SJ, Fr. Munching De Guzman, SJ, and newly-ordained priest Fr. Martin Licup who is currently assigned to the Philippine General Hospital Apostolate. After the mass came the turnover and oath-taking ceremonies of past and new officers of the Student Body Organization (SBO) and the Parents’ Auxiliary, which was followed by a very lively and interactive jamming with Jesuit Brothers from Singapore, China, and Sri Lanka. Joining the brothers was former French volunteer Miss Valentine de Druille.

On July 30, the FPTI – ERDA Tech students, faculty, and staff joined other Jesuit schools, organizations, apostolates, friends, and supporters in the annual feast day mass for Saint Ignatius by the Jesuits held at the covered courts of the Ateneo High School. ERDA Tech had a booth showcasing handheld crosses made by students themselves and promoting the school to possible donors and benefactors. The Jesuits, led by its outgoing provincial Fr. Antonio Moreno, SJ came in full force. After the mass, everyone was treated to free meals and ice cream.