AB Regent to Artlets: Bring life, hope to the world

Artlets attend the mass opening AB Month on Feb. 5 at the Santisimo Rosario Parish church.
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ARTLETS SHOULD cultivate their faith through their academic and creative endeavors as they carry a “transformative power” that can heal the world, Faculty of Arts and Letters (AB) regent Fr. George Phe Mang, O.P. said.

In his homily for this academic year’s AB Month on Monday, Feb. 5, Phe Mang urged Artlets to use their talents for a higher purpose.

He likened AB students, educators and staff members to King Solomon, the king of Israel who was promised with wisdom and honor to serve his people.

“As faculty [members] and students, your creativity, scholarship, and exploration of human expression are all avenues to preach the divine presence. Your work [has] the power to reflect the divine and constitute to the flourishing of the holy spirit,” the AB regent said.

“In your pursuit of knowledge and creativity, you are not only contributing in the academic [field], but you are also participating in the proclamation of bringing light and hope to the world,” he added.

The Dominican priest reminded Artlets to stay rooted in God and their community as they seek artistic and intellectual growth. Such callings should be undertaken with gratitude for the presence of God who “unites, motivates and sanctifies” the community, he added.

“As you engage in your search for truth through the Faculty of Arts and Letters, remember, you have a transformative power from your study or your activities. Your works, your creations, your ideas have the potential to bring healing, understanding and beauty into society,” Phe Mang said.

The mass, held at the Santisimo Rosario Parish church, marked the start of AB Month.

The Faculty of Arts and Letters was established in 1896 as Facultad de Filosofia y Letras. It was renamed the College of Liberal Arts in 1926 but was dissolved into the Faculty of Philosophy and Letters the following year. It later merged with the College of Liberal Arts and was given its present name in 1964.

The celebration coincided with the feast of St. Agatha of Sicily, one of the virgin martyrs of the Catholic Church. F – with reports from Carlo Jose Ruga

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