BORONGAN City, Oct. 26, 2011— Around 1,000 participants attended the Diocese of Borongan’s 1st Vocation Jamboree held at the Seminario De Jesus Nazareno on October 21 to 22.
Organizers said the gathering was a “success” because from the 800 expected delegates, the number went up to 1,000 participants coming from different parishes and schools in the diocese.
Fr. Jan Michael Gadicho, Borongan’s Vocation Director said he was overwhelmed by the response of the schools and parishes as it reflected the number of delegates.
“We never thought that we would reach the 1000 mark, we even exceeded [it].”
But the number of participants is just a bonus point, for Gadicho.
For him, the important thing is that the diocese was “successful enough to enlighten the youth that when we say vocation, it doesn’t mean vocation to the priesthood or religious life alone.”
“Vocation is about God calling us to a life of service and love. Thus, whether you are a priest or not, you can be of service to God as long as what you are doing is centered on Him,” he added.
With the theme “Vocation: a call to serve life and environment,” the jamboree was filled with music, laughter and prayer.
Contained in the schedule were animations, dances, songs, a production number from the priests and seminarians and nuns. Talks were also given as well as sharing of vocation stories from a nun and a priest.
Andrian Barbo, a 4th year college student said that the vocation jamboree was “very unique.” He further said that the relationship of the youth sector of the diocese became more intimate.
“It was a good experience because it’s the first time that an activity was held to reawaken the hearts and minds of the youth,” said Cresty Tomenio, a member of the Singles for Christ.
“It was a unique experience to know God,” she added.
In the closing Mass, Borongan Bishop Crispin Varquez lauded the organizers, the Commission on Vocations and the participants.
He also suggested that the vocation jamboree be held every year. [Roel Joe Abonal]