Divine Word Seminary

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Divine Word Seminary
Tagaytay City
the Seminary's Chapel
Motto Witness to the Word!
Established 1933, transferred to Tagaytay in 1963
Type Catholic, religious seminary
Affiliation Society of the Divine Word, DWEA, CEAP, Pontifical Urbaniana University, Rome
Rector Fr. Michael Layugan, SVD
Dean Fr. Randolf Flores, SVD
Students 233
Location Tagaytay City, Cavite, PhilippinesPhilippines
Campus 1
Colors blue
Nickname DWST
Website www.divinewordseminary.com
locator map of Tagaytay City

The Divine Word Seminary-Tagaytay (DWST) is a school of theology owned and administered by the Society of the Divine Word (Latin, Societas Verbi Divini or SVD) in Tagaytay, Cavite, the Philippines. It is a mission seminary whose primary purpose is to prepare missionaries for both the Philippine and foreign missions. Its students are mostly seminarians preparing for the Priesthood, and come from a cluster of around 14 autonomous affiliated houses of formation.

DWST offers the following degrees: (1) a four-year Theology course; (2) Sacrae Theologiae Baccalaureus or S.T.B. – diploma comes from Pontifical Urbaniana University in Rome; (3) M. A. in Theology; (4) A.B. in Theology; and (5) Certificate in Theological Studies directed mainly to the laity.

DWST also hosts a house of formation for the SVD-Philippines—the SVD Scholasticate.

Academic programs[edit]

  1. Ecclesiastical Course (course for candidates for the priesthood)
  2. Licentiate in Mission Theology (run by the Divine Word Institute of Mission Studies)
  3. Baccalaureate in Sacred Theology (degree conferred by the Pontifical Urbaniana University, Rome)
  4. AB Theology Degree (recognized by CHED)
  5. M.A. in Theology, Major in Moral Theology
  6. M.A. in Theology, Major in Missiology
  7. M.A. in Theology, Major in Sacred Scriptures
  8. M.A. in Theology Major in Systematic Theology
  9. M. A. in Theology: Major in Pastoral Ministry (non-thesis)
  10. M. A. in Theology Major in Mission Studies (Non-thesis)
  11. Certificate in Theological Studies (CTS)
  12. SVD-Alternative Learning System (SVD-ALS)


Rectors of the
Divine Word Seminary
Fr. Alois Lehberger, SVD, 1964–1969
Fr. Wenceslao Fernan, SVD, 1965–1966
Fr. Amante Castillo, SVD, 1968–1970
Msgr. Miguel Cinches, SVD, 1970–1973
Fr. Florante Camacho, SVD, 1973–1974
Fr. Herminio Ricafort, SVD, 1974–1979
Fr. Antolin Uy, SVD, 1979–1987
Fr. Herman Mueller, SVD, 1979–1980
Fr. Florencio Lagura, SVD, 1987–1990
Fr. Robert Orig, SVD, 1990–1993
Fr. Herbert Scholz, SVD, 1993–1995
Fr. Lino Nicasio, SVD, 1995–1996
Fr. Dionisio Miranda, SVD, 1996–1999
Fr. Antolin Uy, SVD, 1999–2002
Fr. Joseph Miras, SVD, 2002–2005
Fr. Wilfredo Saniel, SVD, 2005 – 2014
Fr. Michael Layugan SVD, 2014 – present

Board of Trustees (SY 2014–present)[edit]

Academic Council (SY 2014–present)[edit]

  • Fr. Randolf Flores, SVD – Chairperson
  • Fr. Michael Layungan, SVD – member
  • Sr. Miriam Alejandrino, OSB – member
  • Fr. Raul Caga, SVD – member
  • Fr. Felix Ferrer, SVD – member

Resident Professors[edit]

  • Sr. Alejandrino, Miriam, OSB, S.S.L., S.Th.D. – Scriptures
  • Fr. Caga, Raul, SVD, S.T.L. – Moral Theology
  • Fr. Corcuera, Atilano, Jr., SVD, S.L.L. – Liturgy
  • Fr. Crisostomo, Ronnie, SVD, S.L.L. – Liturgy, Dogmatic Theology
  • Fr. Ferrer, Felix, SVD, S.Th.D. – Fundamental Theology
  • Fr. Flores, Randolf, SVD, S.S.L., S.Th.D., Ph.D. – Scriptures, Dogmatic Theology
  • Fr. Heruela, Ross, SVD, S.Th.L. – Pastoral Ministry, Fundamental Theology
  • Fr. Javier, Edgar, SVD, S.Th.D. – Missiology
  • Fr. Layugan, Michael, SVD, S.Th.D., Ph.D. – Church History, Missiology
  • Fr. Pernia, Antonio, SVD, S.Th. D. – Spirituality
  • Fr. Saniel, Wilfredo, SVD, S.T.L. – Spiritual Theology
  • Fr. Uy, Antolin, SVD, Ph.D. – Church History

Affiliated Houses of Formation[edit]

  1. Divine Word Seminary Scholasticate (SVD)
  2. Fil-Mission Seminary (Mission Society of the Philippines)
  3. Missionaries of Our Lady of La Sallete (MS)
  4. Missionaries of St. Francis de Sales (MSFS)
  5. Oblates of St. Joseph (OSJ)
  6. Religious Tertiary Capuchins of Our Lady of Sorrows (Amigonians)
  7. St. Augustine Major Seminary (SASMA)
  8. St. Lawrence of Brindisi House of Studies (OFM Capuchins)
  9. Saint Paul Scholasticate (Barnabites)
  10. San Pablo Theological Formation House
  11. Servants of the Paraclete
  12. Somascan Major Seminary (Somascans)
  13. Tahanan ng Mabuting Pastol


The School of Theology had graduates already from the school years 1964–1969, but there was no official appointment of a dean for the school. The school’s entity was closely associated with the rector, thus there was no official appointment for a dean until the start of the school-year 1969.

  • Fr. Randolf Flores, SVD – 2014–present
  • Fr. Felix Ferrer, SVD – 2013–2014
  • Fr. Alexander Muaña, SVD – 2008–2013
  • Fr. Michael Layugan, SVD – 2004–2008
  • Fr. Felix Ferrer, SVD- 1999–2004
  • Fr. Lino Nicasio, SVD – 1996–1999
  • Fr. Antolin Uy, SVD – 1995–1996
  • Fr. Lino Nicasio, SVD – 1992–1995
  • Fr. Guillermo Villegas, SVD – 1990–1992
  • Fr. Constante Floresca, SVD – 1988
  • Fr. Antolin Uy, SVD – 1987–1990
  • Fr. Florencio Lagura, SVD – 1985–1987
  • Fr. Herbert Scholz, SVD – 1981–1985
  • Fr. Reiner Franke, SVD – 1975–1981
  • Fr. Macario Magboo, SVD – 1972–1975
  • Fr. Frederick Scharpf, SVD – 1969–1972


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