Wesley Divinity School holds first alumni homecoming

February 23, 2018

For the first time since the Wesley Divinity School (WDS) was founded, a Grand Alumni Homecoming was held last February 23 at the University Auditorium.

Gracing the gathering was Bishop Pedro M. Torio, Jr. of the Baguio Episcopal Area, who led the celebration of the Holy Communion.

The bishop reminded the alumni to live simply as their ministry requires them to sacrifice for the sake of the people.

“Hindi nahihiya ang WDS alumni na ipahayag ang Salita ng Diyos,” he added.

Torio prayed for the previous and current WDS administrators that they may be agents for social transformation, reminding that the school was born for the sake of the mission.

“Everything is seen in the lens of God’s mission,” Torio said.

Dr. Rodel Acdal, chairperson of the WDS Alumni Homecoming Steering Committee said that the greatness of an institution lies in its graduates.

“WDS has produced a good number of graduates. Many of these graduates are good in person as well,” Acdal added.

Wesleyan University-Philippines President Emeritus Emmanuel Cleto expressed his hope to the alumni, saying, “The world is changing. The politics are changing. Enemies do not anymore ignore each other; they collaborate instead. We look up to you to answer the challenge towards social transformation.”

Dr. Eugene Mendillo, dean emeritus of WDS, reminiscing the past, said, “It’s nice to be with you again. This is deeply nostalgic. During my time, public speaking ang pina-practice, wala pang homiletics. A good speaker can sell a piece of stone as a piece of gold.”

Meanwhile, on the proposed building for the WDS, University President Pacifico Aniag said that he has already found a solution

Pwede namang ipagawa yung building, on the condition, nai-implement lang yung one per cent contribution ng local churches sa WDS. That’s my challenge to all of you. Maipapatayo natin yan. We are committed to that. May plano na. May location na. Just be faithful in allocating one per cent of the budget of the local churches as mandated by the Philippine Central Conference,” Aniag explained.

On the other hand, Dr. Homer Wesley Refuerzo, dean of WDS, announced that this coming academic year, the school will reoffer Bachelor of Arts in Theology minor in Christian Education. ###