Divine Word Seminary

Coordinates: 14°07′38″N 120°57′57″E / 14.12731°N 120.96586°E / 14.12731; 120.96586
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Divine Word Seminary Tagaytay
The Seminary Chapel
Other name
MottoLatin: Verbum divinum, fons sapientiae
Motto in English
The word of God is the fount of knowledge
  • 1933; 90 years ago (1933)
  • Transferred to Tagaytay in 1963
Religious affiliation
Academic affiliation
Pontifical Urbaniana University, DWEA, CEAP
RectorFr. Michael Layugan, SVD
DeanFr. Gilberto Marqueses, SVD
Academic staff
22 (12 Resident Professors)
Students242 (SY 2016 - 2017)

14°07′38″N 120°57′57″E / 14.12731°N 120.96586°E / 14.12731; 120.96586
Colors  Blue
Divine Word Seminary is located in Luzon
Divine Word Seminary
Location in Luzon
Divine Word Seminary is located in Philippines
Divine Word Seminary
Divine Word Seminary (Philippines)

The Divine Word Seminary Tagaytay (DWST) is a Roman Catholic mission seminary located in Tagaytay, Cavite, Philippines. Established in 1933, the seminary is owned and administered by the Society of the Divine Word (Latin: Societas Verbi Divini, or SVD). The primary purpose of the seminary 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.

Academic programs[edit]

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 Scholasticat and the Divine Word Institute of Mission Studies (DWIMS).

Included in its academic programs are the following courses/subjects:

  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 – 2020
 Fr. Samuel Agcaracar, SVD, 2020–present

Affiliated houses of formation[edit]

  1. Divine Word Seminary Scholasticate (SVD) - Rector, Fr. Samuel Agcaracar, SVD
  2. Mission Society of the Philippines (MSP) - Fr. Roberto Ruben Elago, MSP
  3. Missionaries of St. Francis de Sales (MSFS)- Rector, Fr. Binoy, MSFS
  4. Oblates of Saint Joseph (OSJ) - Fr. Randy dela Rosa, OSJ
  5. Religious Tertiary Capuchins of Our Lady of Sorrows (Amigonians) - Fr. Renz Canuto, TC
  6. Saint Augustine Major Seminary (SASMA)- Rector, Fr. Andy Lubi
  7. Saint Lawrence of Brindisi House of Studies (OFM Capuchins) - Rector, Fr. Arnold M. Montealto, OFMCap
  8. Saint Paul Seminary Foundation (SSP)- Rector, Fr. Norman Pena, SSP
  9. Saint Paul Scholasticate (Barnabites) - Rector, Fr. Jesus Allado, CRSP
  10. San Pablo Theological Formation House - Rector, Fr. Jose Segudo
  11. Servants of the Paraclete (sP)- Rector, Fr. Peter Khan
  12. Somascan Major Seminary (Somascans)- Fr. Gabriele Scotti, CRS
  13. Tahanan ng Mabuting Pastol (TMP)- Rector, Fr. Michael Cron
  14. Two Hearts (OATH and SMITH)- Superior, Bishop Leopoldo Jaucian


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. Antonio Pernia, SVD, STD 2020–present
  • Fr. Guilberto Marqueses, SVD, STL 2017-2020
  • Fr. Randolf Flores, SVD, SSL, PhD and STD – 2014–2017
  • Fr. Felix Ferrer, SVD, STD – 2013–2014
  • Fr. Alexander Muaña, SVD, STL – 2008–2013
  • Fr. Michael Layugan, SVD, PhD and STD – 2004–2008
  • Fr. Felix Ferrer, SVD, STD- 1999–2004
  • Fr. Lino Nicasio, SVD, PhD – 1996–1999
  • Fr. Antolin Uy, SVD, PhD – 1995–1996
  • Fr. Lino Nicasio, SVD, PhD – 1992–1995
  • Fr. Guillermo Villegas, SVD, SSL, STD – 1990–1992
  • Fr. Constante Floresca, SVD, MA – 1988
  • Fr. Antolin Uy, SVD, PhD – 1987–1990
  • Fr. Florencio Lagura, SVD, STD – 1985–1987
  • Fr. Herbert Scholz, SVD, STD – 1981–1985
  • Fr. Reiner Franke, SVD, SSL – 1975–1981
  • Fr. Macario Magboo, SVD, STL – 1972–1975
  • Fr. Frederick Scharpf, SVD, SSL – 1969–1972


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