Divine Word Seminary

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Divine Word Seminary Tagaytay
Tagaytay City
The Seminary Chapel
Motto Verbum divinum, fons sapientiae
Type Catholic, religious seminary
Established 1933, transferred to Tagaytay in 1963
Affiliation Society of the Divine Word, DWEA, CEAP, Pontifical Urbaniana University, Rome
Rector Fr. Michael Layugan, SVD, PhD and STD
Dean Fr. Randolf Flores, SVD, SSL, PhD and STD
Students 242 (SY 2016-2017)
Location Tagaytay City, Cavite, PhilippinesPhilippines
Campus 1
Colors blue
Nickname DWST
Website www.divinewordseminary.blogspot.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 Scholasticat and the Divine Word Institute of Mission Studies (DWIMS).

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, SSL, PhD and STD – Chairperson
  • Fr. Michael Layungan, SVD, PhD and STD – member
  • Sr. Miriam Alejandrino, OSB, SSL, STD – Secretary
  • Fr. Raul Caga, SVD, STL – member
  • Fr. Felix Ferrer, SVD, STD – member

Resident Professors[edit]

  • Sr. Miriam Alejandrino, OSB, STD – Scriptures
  • Fr. Ferdie Bajao, SVD, SLL - Liturgical Theology
  • Fr. Dante Barril, SVD, SSL - Scriptures
  • Fr. Raul Caga, SVD, STL – Moral Theology
  • Fr. Atilano Corcuera, Jr., SVD, SLL – Liturgy, Dogmatic Theology
  • Fr. Felix Ferrer, SVD, STD – Fundamental Theology, Dogmatic Theology
  • Fr. Randolf Flores, SVD, PhD and STD – Scriptures, Dogmatic Theology, Bib. Hebrew
  • Fr. Edgar Javier, SVD, STD – Missiology [DWIMS]
  • Fr. Michael Layugan, SVD, PhD and STD – Church History, Patrology Graduate Research
  • Fr. Gilberto Marqueses, SVD, STL - Missiology
  • Fr. Antonio Pernia, SVD, STD – Missionary Spirituality, Theology of Religious Pluralism [DWIMS]
  • Fr. Wilfredo Saniel, SVD, STL – Spiritual Theology [doctoral student, ICLA]
  • Fr. Antolin Uy, SVD, PhD – Church History

Guest and Invited Professors[edit]

  • Fr. Giovanni Biliran, SVD, JCL, Canon Law
  • Sr. Iloisa Cabantog, DSJC, JCD, - Canon Law
  • Fr. Vicente Castro, SVD, STL - Catechetics
  • Sr. Bernardita Dianzon, FSP, SThD, PhD - Scriptures, Biblical Greek
  • Fr. João Eleutério, SThD, PhD - Introduction to Theology and Dogma
  • Fr. Franz Gessner, SVD, PhD - Ethics
  • Fr. Andy Peter Lubi, DMin - Pastoral Theology
  • Fr. Den Mark Malabuyoc, OSJ, SSL - Scriptures
  • Fr. Alain Manalo, MA - Pastoral and Educational Management
  • Fr. Martin Mandin, STL - Moral Theology
  • Fr. Emmanuel Marfori, SThD - Dogmatic Theology
  • Fr. Emmanuel Menguito, SVD, MA - Pastoral Psychology
  • Dr. Arnold Monera, PhD - New Testament
  • Fr. Marcelino Nicasio, SVD, PhD - Homiletics
  • Dr. Rene Oliveros, PhD - Islam and Interreligious Dialogue
  • Fr. Andrew. Recepcion, SThD - Missiology/Mariology
  • Mr. Leo Renier - Sacred Music
  • Msgr. Gerardo Santos, SThL, EdD - Moral Theology
  • Fr. Danilo Tiong, SThL - Moral Theology

Affiliated Houses of Formation[edit]

  1. Divine Word Seminary Scholasticate (SVD) - Rector, Fr. Michael Layugan, SVD
  2. Fil-Mission Seminary MSP) - Fr. Jonathan N. Germinanda, 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. Sergio Arenga, 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. Randolf Flores, SVD, SSL, PhD and STD – 2014–present
  • 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

Divine Word School of Theology Students' Association (DWSTSA)[edit]

  • President: Felix Guiterrez (San Pablo)
  • Vice President: Agapito Lagrada (TMP)
  • Secretary: Buen Cruz (SSP)
  • Treasurer: Michael Flores (OFMCap)


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