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Sunday, February 18, 2018
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In a decree dated 9 November 2017 signed by Most Rev. Giuseppe Cardinal Versaldi, D.D., Prefect of the  Congregation for Catholic Education, and Most Rev. Archbishop Angelo Vincenzo Zani, D.D., Secretary of the same Congregation, the Holy See has approved the affiliation of the Theological Program of St. John Vianney Theological Seminary (SJVTS), Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines with the Ecclesiastical Faculty, Loyola School of Theology, Quezon City, Philippines.
The Vatican dicastery considered the request for affiliation submitted by Very Rev. Arturo Sosa Abascal, S.J., Superior General of the Society of Jesus and Grand Chancellor of Loyola School of Theology, carefully evaluated the Conventio or Agreement signed on 13 July 2015 by Most Rev. Antonio J. Ledesma, S.J., D.D., Archbishop of Cagayan de Oro and Chair of the SJVTS Episcopal Board, and Rev. Fr. Jose V.C. Quilongquilong, S.J., President of Loyola School of Theology, and thereby approved the said agreement.
The relationship of affiliation, approved for an experimental period of five years, grants LST “the power to confer the academic degree of Baccalaureate in Sacred Theology (STB) on those students of St. John Vianney Theological Seminary who, after having favorably completed the prescribed program of study (can. 250), have properly passed the special examinations under the guidance and authority of the same Faculty; the legal requirements will be observed, especially the particular norms in pursuance of the affiliation signed by both parties and approved by this Congregation, as well as the observations attached to this Decree, anything to the contrary notwithstanding” (Text of the Decree).

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