Forming Shepherds for Mindanao and beyond...
St. John Vianney Theological Seminary (SJVTS) is a regional theological seminary owned by the Ecclesiastical Province of Cagayan de Oro. It can be recalled that it was the church’s response to the increasing vocation to the priesthood which prompted the Northern Mindanao bishops to open a theological seminary in Cagayan de Oro City. This seminary would cover the Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro and the Dioceses of Butuan, Surigao, Tandag, and Malaybalay (CaBuSTaM). It was named after the Curé d’ Ars, St. John Marie Baptist Vianney – the Patron Saint of All Priests.
a regional theological seminary owned by the Ecclesiastical Province of Cagayan de Oro [CaBuSTaM].
The bishops of CaBuSTaM appealed to the Province of the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits), whose missionaries served as pioneering evangelizers of these parts of Mindanao, to administer the St. John Vianney Theological Seminary. In spite of the shortage of personnel, the Jesuits accepted the task to operate and maintain the seminary according to the need of the Mindanao church. Undoubtedly, this crucial ministry is the Jesuits’ very important particular contribution to the southern Philippine church.
Our Viannista Charism and Spirituality
Formed as they are in seamless fusion of Ignatian and diocesan spiritualities, SJVTS seminarians, as they consciously and intentionally cooperate with the SJVTS formation, cultivate in themselves the distinctive charism and spirituality of a Viannista.
This Viannista charism and spirituality brings together the core values of St. John Vianney, our patron saint, and the foundational principles of St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuits. Inspired by St. John Vianney, Viannistas are imbued with a Eucharistic spirituality that bears fruit in pastoral zeal for souls and charity towards the poor. Schooled in Ignatian spirituality, Viannistas constantly discern God’s presence in all things, that in all things, they may love and serve God. This spirituality is authenticated by a simple, even austere lifestyle, especially in the Philippine setting where “preferential love for the poor” is the acid test of a truly poor Church for and of the poor.