New Rector Fr. Marquez Welcomed
Posted on June 24, 2015
The Letran Bataan community gathered today in a Eucharistic celebration for the Solemnity of the Birth of St. John the Baptist.
The said Mass was celebrated by the new rector and president of Letran, Fr. Clarence Marquez, OP, making it his first appearance in the school since his installation.
"We have to speak in behalf of God, just like St. John the Baptist. The words we should say should come from our life as Christians, from our faith, because that's the purpose of our voice as Christians and as Letranites." Fr. Marquez said in his Homily.
This was also the celebration of the Mass of the Holy Spirit, a tradition of Catholic schools in the beginning of the academic year.
The Mass was concelebrated by Dominican priest administrators from Manila and Bataan.
Preceding the Mass was the recognition for academic and extra-curricular achievements of students.
A program was prepared by the community to welcome Fr. Marquez.
The high school students performed a dance presentation highlighting Bataan festivals while faculty and staff presented gifts consisting of local delicacies and produce.
In response, Fr. Marquez expressed his gratitude for the warm welcome and emphasized to the community the importance of doing what's right, doing good and doing better for the realization of the strategic plan of the Colegio laid out by the outgoing administration.
A LETRANITE AT HEART
Fr. Raymund Jose, OP, executive vice-president, read the profile of the new rector as introduction to the community.
Fr. Marquez completed his basic education in Letran from 1974 – 1985 and graduated summa cum laude in the Philippine Dominican Center of Institutional Studies.
He was cum laude when he finished his bachelor degree in Sacred Theology at the University of Santo Tomas (UST) in 1994, which was followed by a master's degree in Literature at the Ateneo de Manila University.
Fr. Marquez acquired his Licentiate in Sacred Scriptures, also cum laude, from the Pontificio Instituto Biblico in Jerusalem.
Some of the positions he held are Provincial Promoter of Justice and Peace (1996 – 1999) and the Regional Copromoter of Justice and Peace for Asia – Pacific (2003 – 2006).
In the University of San Tomas, he served as the Regent of Studies, Director of the Institute of Religion, Vice Rector for Finance, and acting Vice Rector of UST.H.E.
He was also the Master of Students of the Convent of Santo Domingo from 2008 – 2012.
He is currently part of the Board of Trustees of the Catholic Biblical Association of the Philippines and the director of the Institute of Preaching.