On the sunny afternoon of September 7, 2023, the Don Bosco School of Theology (DBST) ushered in the Season of Creation with an enlightening and inspiring event at the DBST Mary Garden. The occasion brought together students from the Institute of Theological Formation and DBST Lay Mission Partners in a harmonious celebration of faith and environmental stewardship.
The event, was organized by the Student Council in collaboration with the Office of Student Affairs, began at 1:00 PM with a heartfelt Prayer Session led by Rev. Antonio Velarde, SDB. His guidance and words invoked blessings and guidance for the Season of Creation, a global movement that encourages reflection and action on environmental issues within the context of faith.
Following the serene prayer session, attendees were treated to the wisdom and insights of two distinguished speakers, Jossel Blanco and Fidian Ples, who shared their experiences and perspectives on Caring for our Common Home.
Jossel Blanco, representing the Asin at Ilaw Community, captivated the audience with her heartfelt address. As a street evangelizer, Jossel discussed the significance of their mission, emphasizing that “There is no Mission if we do not care for creation.” Her words resonated deeply with those present, highlighting the inseparable connection between faith and environmental responsibility.
Fidian Ples, a wild bird photographer, shifted the focus to the beauty of nature and the urgent need to preserve it. Ples shared his love for wild birds and his remarkable journey of capturing their essence through his lens. He articulated, “Ecology is not just doing something about the environmental crisis, but more importantly, it’s about appreciating and conserving the beauty of nature that we still can preserve.” Don Bosco School of Theology is hosting an exhibit of his photos for the whole duration of the Season of Creation.
Both speakers left a lasting impact on the audience, reminding everyone that safeguarding our planet is a shared responsibility that transcends boundaries and beliefs.
Fr. Francis Gustilo, the President of DBST, expressed his gratitude for the meaningful event and stressed the importance of integrating environmental awareness into theological education. He stated, “At DBST, we are committed to nurturing not only the minds but also the hearts of our students. Our faith calls us to be caretakers of God’s creation, and events like these help us deepen our understanding of this sacred duty.”
The Season of Creation is a global initiative that spans from September 1 to October 4, during which Christians around the world are encouraged to reflect on environmental issues, engage in sustainable practices, and renew their commitment to protecting the Earth.
The afternoon event at the DBST Mary Garden served as a poignant reminder of the profound connection between faith, ecology, and the need for collective action. It was a testament to the school’s dedication to molding future theologians and mission partners who are not only spiritually rooted but also passionately committed to preserving the environment.
As the Season of Creation unfolds, the DBST community and attendees are inspired to continue their journey towards a more sustainable and harmonious world, where faith and nature coexist in perfect balance.