OUR LADY OF THE ANGELS SEMINARY – COLLEGE

Evangelization and mission through critical, scientific, progressive, practical, transformative, and enculturated education and formation towards justice, peace, reconciliation, and integrity of creation.

BRIEF HISTORY

Founded in 1962 by the Order of Friars Minor (OFM), the OLAS opened in 1963 as the Our Lady of the Angels Franciscan Seminary. The OLAS is the first major seminary of the OFM, and it was named after the Basilica of Saint Mary of the Angels.

The Order of Friars Minor (OFM) Franciscans arrived in the Philippines in 1578. However, it was only in the late 1950s when the OFM entity in the country decided to establish a major seminary.

In 1959, the then Minister Provincial Fr. Augustine Sepinski, OFM appointed Fr. Aloysius-Ma. Contreras, OFM as the General Delegate to the OFM entity in the Philippines. Fr. Contreras, because of the need to establish a major seminary asked the General Curia in Rome for permission to purchase a piece of land in view of putting up a major house of studies. The General Curia in Rome gave its permission. Land was bought in Novaliches area, about fifteen kilometers away from the center of Manila.

On October 20, 1961, there was a groundbreaking for the establishment of a major seminary, which was eventually named Our Lady of the Angels Seminary (OLAS). The name was taken from the chapel in Assisi dedicated to the Mary of the Angels and from where the OFM began to grow as an Order founded by St. Francis of Assisi. Fr. Sepinski, the OFM Minister General came to bless the then newly established seminary on February 12, 1963. On January 6, 1964, the construction of another building began, which Most Reverend Rufino-Cardinal Santos of the Archdiocese of Manila blessed on December 8, 1964. This building became the place to house Faculty members and theology students.

In August 1964, the Bureau of Private Schools formally recognized the offering of Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy. Classrooms were established and used for the first time in November of that same year. Many religious congregations sent their candidates to study at OLAS.

In 1973, as part of the decisions made in the Plenary Council Meeting of the OFM entity in the Philippines, the status of OLAS as a College was advanced. Behavioral Sciences, Sociology and Comparative Religion were consequently offered. In June 1974, the Theology Department was reestablished. The theology students, who were formerly sent to study at Divine Word Seminary in Tagaytay, came back to OLAS. On May 30 of that same year, the then Department of Education granted the Government Recognition of the Degree of Bachelor of Arts (A.B. Classical) to OLAS.

In 1982, the Philippine Province of San Pedro Bautista was established out of five different OFM entities. In 1987 OLAS celebrated the 25th Year of its foundation. In 1989, the Province of San Pedro Bautista began to enter into a consortium with other religious congregations to establish the Inter-Congregational Theological Center (ICTC) in terms of Theological studies.

In 1993, the Our Lady of the Angels Seminary opened up M. A. courses in Pastoral Ministry and in Theology, of which the Department of Education Culture and Sports officially granted respective Government Recognitions on April 15, 1993. On the one hand, the M. A. in Pastoral Ministry became the M. A. Program of Our Lady of the Angels Seminary – Inter-Congregational Theological Center (OLAS – ICTC). The M. A. in Theology, on the other hand, became the M. A. Program of Our Lady of the Angels Seminary – Franciscan School of Theology (OLAS – FST). In the 1990s, several dioceses began to send their candidates to study at OLAS.

In the Academic Year 2010-2011, the Our Lady of the Angels Seminary opened up for the lay student-catechists of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Novaliches through its Council of the Laity of Novaliches (CLAN), offering them A. B. Theology in view of eventually establishing education-related courses. There is an ongoing initiative on the part of the Our Lady of the Angels Seminary–College to expand in terms of programs to continue to cater to the needs of the training and education of catechists of the nearby dioceses.

In the Academic Year 2010-2011, St. Francis School–Quezon City, through the assistance of St. Francis School–Sta. Ana, began to offer programs for Nursery and Kinder within the compound of the Our Lady of the Angels Seminary. The following Academic Year 2011-2012, St. Francis School–Quezon City started offering program for Grade I. Then St. Francis School–Quezon City began offering Grades II, III, IV, V and VI for the succeeding Academic Years. There was a groundbreaking of the K to 12 Building on October 7, 2016. At present there is an ongoing process to have St. Francis School–Quezon City be integrated to the OLAS–College.

In 2012 the Our Lady of the Angels celebrated the 50th Year of its foundation. With new vigor, it aimed to expand in terms of its educational programs in order to respond with relevance to the challenges of the Philippine society. In 2013, the R. A. 10533 or the K to 12 Law was enacted. In 2015, the ASEAN nations began the ASEAN Integration. These two important events, which are now changing the Philippine educational landscape, became part of the impetus that is now moving the Our Lady of the Angels Seminary, as an educational institution, to transform itself into a self-sustaining academic institution.

On July 28, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission of the Republic of the Philippines granted the certification to Our Lady of the Angles Seminary, through its newly amended Articles of Incorporation and By-Laws (amended on February 14, 2015), under the legal name OUR LADY OF THE ANGELS SEMINARY–COLLEGE (Formerly: SUPERIOR OF THE FRANCISCAN FILIPINO SEMINARY, INC.).

Responding to the mandate of the East Asia Conference of the OFM in Asia with the end-view of fostering English as the common language within the East Asian region, the Our Lady of the Angels Seminary–College began to offer summer English Program (English as Second Language/ ESL) in 2016 in order to cater to the needs of Asian friars who want to learn the English Language.

At the beginning of educational practice, a tradition developed by the Franciscan thinkers like Alexander of Hales, Bonaventure of Bagnoregio and John Duns Scotus, the Friars Minor share the Church’s commitment for social promotion as encountered “in the mystery of the incarnation” carried out with Gospel Spirit. Education is to progress all men and women to go beyond their limits and inconsistencies towards Jesus, the new humanity.

The learner is person with relations, unique, integral and historical.

A. Person is a core of relations with:

a. Creation. A person sharing many physical and chemical laws with nature, the vital elements of existence.

b. Others. Being brothers in the revealed truth that all are children of the same Father and being minors in the attitude of Jesus who, being the Master and Lord, took the form of a slave and put himself to the service of his brothers.

c. God. A sense of mystery of his/her existence in search for the ultimate meaning of life in a relationship that transcends beyond the limits of time and space.

d. Oneself. In the image and likeness of God, a person of feelings, desires, dreams, decisions, values, beliefs and with his/her body attracted towards the beauty of life.

B. Person is unique and unrepeatable mystery manifesting particular manner of thinking, feeling, choosing and acting – fostering growth through self-knowledge and the search for the will of God.

C. Person is an integral harmony of the heart (freedom and decision), the mind (Knowledge), the hands (action) and the feet (reality) in interrelationship and of self-involvement in the physical, psychological, existential and spiritual dimensions – a microcosm or a perfect summary of the spiritual and material world.

D. Person is a historical event of freedom and experiences in the concrete reality of time and culture.

Education is integration of person’s relationship with creation, God, others and oneself. It is task and social responsibility profoundly exemplified in the “Pax Et Bonum” of Saint Francis of Assisi. The greetings immensely radiating the harmonious dynamism of evangelization which is basis of the real and actual Christian humanism, is an educational platform reaching out to all people of goodwill in advancing our common good. Therefore, Franciscan education is self-realization of persons in all dimensions of human life as experienced by Saint Francis of Assisi. Schools are evangelizing avenues for all agents of education – the learners, the parents/guardians, the alumni, workers and staffs, teachers and administrators and friar-schoolmen.

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