Tuesday, September 20, 2016
Arcdiocesan Missionary Seminary Redemptoris MaterArchdiocese of Agana, Guam:Visitation ad hoc Committee Report
Yona missionary seminary
Overlooking Ylig Bay in Yona, one can view the spacious land and facilities that have become the Redemptoris Mater Archdiocesan Missionary Seminary of Guam. The name is Latin for “Mother of the Redeemer.” It was established on December 8, 1999, by Archbishop Anthony S. Apuron, OFM Cap, DD, Archbishop of Agana, for the purpose of training future priests for missionary work in the New Evangelization called for by the late Pope John Paul II. Recognizing the serious challenges Guam is facing today because of secularization and the serious shortage of priests, Apuron created the seminary – the first ever in Guam’s four-hundred years of Catholic history.
The first site of the Redemptoris Mater Seminary was at the prior Father Duenas Minor Seminary in Tai, which had been closed for some years. In December of 2002, the former Accion Hotel overlooking Ylig Bay became available for sale and the Archdiocese purchased the site for the seminary. Fortunately, the seminary began moving to its present location as, that same month, Supertyphoon Pongsona destroyed the Tai seminary building. The Yona seminary is now home to thirty-three seminarians from thirteen countries. On May 21, 2005, Alberto Salamanca, now pastor in Barrigada, was the first seminarian to be ordained a priest from this seminary.
Promotes world unity in Christ
The facilities at the seminary are used for functions of the Neo Catechumenal Way and also for periodic archdiocesan events. The seminary is in the process of establishing a theological institute. Both the seminary and the theological institute operate exclusively on volunteer help.
By Eric Forbes, OFM Cap.