The day brimmed with rhythm and music as the Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Seminary (OLMHRS) staged ‘Padz: the Musical’ in celebration of the seminary’s 20th year and in culmination of the 67th founding anniversary of the Diocese of Lucena and celebration of Year of the Parish last September 8.
‘Padz: the Musical’ was a tear-jerking musical play on priesthood and vocation that moved the hearts of thousands of spectators, it depicted the joys and sorrows of priesthood according to playwright Niles Jordan Breis.
The musical directed by Ruben Jasareno told the story of Samuel Salvador, a parish priest in his 20th sacerdotal anniversary, or his 20th year in the priestly ministry.
Salvador’s story unfolds as he looks back to the joys and trials he encountered in response to his calling. The musical also portrayed that choosing the vocation does not guarantee a life on cloud nine, but rather depicted that priests, too, have their fair share of times of sadness.
Coinciding with the 20th anniversary of the Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Seminary, the musical cast consisted of college seminarians from OLMHRS.
Padz: the Musical is the second installment of the ‘Sacerdotal trilogy, “a vocation campaign set into drama and music” described Breis in an interview.
“Sacerdotal is the first musical which deals with the discernment on the calling and the actual seminary life, it remains to be a timeless narrative” Breis added.
“I wrote it in 1990, when I was still a college seminarian in Lipa and nine years before I won my first Palanca,” he recollected. The playwright also said he hopes to stage the prequel at the Cultural Center of the Philippines next year.
Breis is currently working on the third and final installment of the trilogy. On the other hand, Padz will be toured in the Diocese of Lucena after its first couple of runs.
Over 8,000 delegates from the 41 parishes under the Diocese of Lucena gathered at the Quezon Convention Center to take part in the event that is in celebration of the Year of the Parish.
Delegates wore color-coded shirts to represent their districts—red, green, blue, and yellow for the districts of St. John, St. Luke, St. Matthew, and St. Mark, respectively.
The day-long double celebration commenced with the Holy Mass presided by Most. Rev. Emilio Z. Marquez, D.D. together with the priests of the Diocese. In his Homily, Bishop Marquez stressed the significance of strengthening the parish spirit that is centered in the celebration of the Eucharist.
Rev. Msgr. Leandro N. Castro, P.C. also delivered a talk and pointed out the importance of an informed head, a formed heart, and forming hands among the faithful.
Performances were also given by the Our Lady of the Angels Academy representing the Lucena Diocesan Catholic Schools Association (LUDICSA) and St. Jude Thaddeus Parish from the District of St. John. (Pamela Mendez)