Fr. Salvador G. Agualada Jr., CMF—Fr. Buddy to many of us who know him personally—was President of Saint Anthony Mary Claret College (Claret Seminary) from October 2011 to April 2015, where he taught courses in theology. He was also professor of the Institute for Consecrated Life in Asia (ICLA) for three years from 2012 up until last semester. He will fly to Rome this coming August to pursue his doctorate in Systematic Theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University, where he also did his Licentiate in theology in 2009-2011. Last June 8, 2015, ICLA invited him to preside over the Mass of the Holy Spirit in his capacity as former President of SAMCC. Thank you, Fr. Buddy! Kudos to your doctorate in Rome!
Here is an excerpt from the first part of Fr. Buddy's homily:
While the Church and the world were preparing for the coming of the Great Jubilee in 2000, for the coming of the third millenium, Pope John Paul II came up with an apostolic letter entitled Tertio Millenio Adveniente and in that apostolic letter he declared 1998 as the year of the Holy Spirit – the year of a renewed appreciation of the presence and activity of the Holy Spirit in the Church and in the world on our human families and our human communities. And because it was a year of renewed appreciation of the presence and activity of the Holy Spirit, the pope also declared that 1998 was a year of appreciation of the theological virtue of hope. On that year, Pope John Paul II invited Christians all over the world never to submit to cynicism. The question I would like to pose to all of us, as we begin this new academic year in ICLA with the Mass of the Holy Spirit is this: Why does a renewed appreciation of the presence and activity of the Holy Spirit in the Church and in the world lead to hope?
You can read the whole talk he gave entitled THE HOLY SPIRIT AND RELIGIOUS LIFE from which Fr. Buddy substantially derived his homily.