CONTINUED from LHS
Since 1991, the seminary has begun accepting young men from the other two Samar dioceses (Borongan and Calbayog), as was agreed upon by Samar bishops. The highest recorded enrollment was in school year 1994-1995 with fifty-four seminarians. The Diocese of Catarman alone averages 7-10 aspirants annually; the number steadily increasing as years go by.
During breaks in their year-long formation, the seminarians are sent to help out in the pastoral work. This too is designed to provide a holistic formation of the seminarians. In turn, their presence in the communities has helped develop awareness and involvement among our people who are traditionally passive about the formation of future priests.
On September 27, 1992, a new imposing edifice atop the hill of Sitio Alisyao in Mondragon, Northern Samar, was blessed and inaugurated by no less than the Metropolitan of the Achdiocese of Palo, Archbishop Pedro R. Dean, and the Bishops of the suffragan dioceses. Maximiano Cruz of Calbayog, Leonardo Medroso of Borongan, Felomino Bactol of Naval, and Angel Hobayan of Catarman. Due to the erection of house of formation in the diocese of Borongan approximately at the start of the year 2000, JPS now only caters aspirants coming from its own diocese, Catarman and its neighboring diocese, Calbayog.
Several years have passed since its erection as an ecclesiastically recognized institution, it has already produced a number of priests who at present are actively executing their ministries in the three dioceses of Samar and are filed with vigor to perpetuate the vocation they have initially responded to and honed at the house of Formation.
(Excerpts from North of Samar Island 400 Years of Christianization Commemorative Book)"