VIDEO: Rome Bishop Enrico dal Covolo Makes His First Official Visit to Guam

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Guam – Bishop Enrico dal Covolo, Rector of the Pontifical Lateran University, commonly known as “The Pope’s University” in Rome visits the island just in time for the holidays.

During his visit on Guam, Bishop dal Covolo will be meeting with the students, faculty and academic authorities of the Blessed Diego Luis de San Vitores Catholic Theological Institue for Oceania in Yona.

He will also be spending Christmas on island, which he says will be his most interesting Christmas yet. “I am very very happy to be here. In fact, in my 4 years as Bishop this is probably the most interesting Christmas I would spend in a beautiful island,” said Bishop dal Covolo. “I take this message precisely from the message of the Holy Father Pope Francis for the Day of Peace which will take place January 1, 2014. It is the way of peace that I wish all the people of Guam this Christmas to become also a pathway to peace in their own homes and for everyone.”

Bishop dal Covolo said he is very happy with the direction that the Catholic faith is going with the new pope and agrees to the changes that Pope Francis is doing because he said it corresponds directly to the challanges we face today.

“I believe that Pope Francis is a figure of discontinuity with the previous bontificate but a very very good discontinuity because he’s pushing the church, he’s exercising the church from all its fears that he had in the past,” he explained. “I agree totally with these changes that Pope Francis is doing because they correspond precisely to the challenges we face today.”

READ the release from the Seminary below: 

Most Rev. Bishop Enrico dal Covolo, SDB, rector of the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome is on Guam making his first official visit to the Blessed Diego Luis de San Vitores Catholic Theological Institute for Oceania located at the Redemptoris Mater Archdiocesan Missionary Seminary of Guam in Yona from December 21-29.

Accompanying Bishop dal Covolo is Secretary, Professor Father Mirko Integlia.

Bishop dal Covolo is a Theologian; a Member of the Pontifical Committee for Historical Sciences; a Consultor of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith; a Consultor of the Congregation for the Clergy; and was a papal preacher for Pope Benedict.

His most recent publications include: Forme di vita spirituale nei Padri della Chiesa (Forms of Spiritual Life in the Fathers of the Church) and Luce nella sera (Light in the night). 

[(L-R) Fr. Julio Cesar Sanchez, Vice-Rector of Redemptoris Mater Seminary of Guam, Monsignor David C. Quitugua, JCD, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Agana and Academic Dean of the Blessed Diego Luis de San Vitores Catholic Theological Institute for Oceania, Most Rev. Bishop Enrico dal Covolo, SDB, Rector of the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome, Most Rev. Archbishop Anthony Sablan Apuron, OFM, Cap., D.D., Metropolitan Archbishop of Guam and Fr. Pablo Ponce Rodriguez, Rector of the Redemptoris Mater Seminary of Guam are pictured outside of the Governor’s House in Agana Heights during a Welcoming Brunch in honor of Bishop dal Covolo’s first official visit to Guam on Sunday, December 22].

Bishop dal Covolo concelebrated Sunday Mass at the Dulce Nombre de Maria Cathedral Basilica in Hagatna with Most Rev. Archbishop Anthony Sablan Apuron, OFM, Cap., D.D. on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 9:30 a.m.  Following the Mass, a welcoming brunch was held at the Governor’s House in Agana Heights. It was a special day for Bishop dal Covolo as he celebrated his 34thanniversary as a priest.

During his visit on Guam, Bishop dal Covolo will be meeting with the students, faculty and academic authorities of the Theological Institute.

Most Rev. Archbishop Anthony Sablan Apuron, OFM, Cap., D.D. erected the first ever Major Seminary on Guam in 1999 entitled, “Redemptoris Mater” in response to the late Holy Father Blessed Pope John Paul II’s call to the New Evangelization.  In 2007, the Blessed Diego Luis de San Vitores Catholic Theological Institute for Oceania received its affiliation to the Pontifical Lateran University, commonly known as “The Pope’s University” in Rome. The decrees conferred by the Institute in Yona come from the Lateran University. The candidates receive a Bachelor’s degree in Theology.  

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[Most Rev. Bishop Enrico dal Covolo, SDB, Rector of the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome (pictured left of Most Rev. Archbishop Anthony Sablan Apuron, OFM, Cap., D.D., Metropolitan Archbishop of Guam) is surrounded by formators and seminarians of the Redemptoris Mater Seminary of Guam and Blessed Diego Luis de San Vitores Catholic Theological Institute for Oceania at the Dulce Nombre de Maria Cathedral Basilica in Hagatna on Sunday, December 22, 2013. It was a special day for Bishop dal Covolo as he celebrated his 34thanniversary as a priest. ]

There are forty-two (42) seminarians from twenty (20) nations training for the Sacred Priesthood at the Seminary in Yoña, and all their studies are completed at the Blessed Diego Luis de San Vitores Catholic Theological Institute for Oceania which functions on the grounds of the seminary. Since the Institute was affiliated with Rome, 12 seminarians have received a bachelor’s degree in Sacred Theology.

Currently, Fr. Miguel Angel Cervantes, a priest of the Archdiocese of Agana is studying at the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome pursuing his doctorate in Theology. Newly installed pastor of Our Lady of Peace and Safe Journey Fr. Edivaldo da Silva Oliveira had completed his license degree in moral Theology from the John Paul II Institute for Marriage and the Family in Rome.  

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[On Monday, December 23, 2013, Most Rev. Bishop Enrico dal Covolo, SDB, Rector of the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome met with the students, faculty and academic authorities of the Blessed Diego Luis de San Vitores Catholic Theological Institute for Oceania in Yona. They are pictured in the Redemptoris Mater Seminary’s Library]