UST Installs New Rector
MANILA, Philippines --- The University of Santo Tomas (UST) on Monday installed Rev. Fr. Herminio V. Dagohoy, O.P., Ph.D. as its 96th Rector who will lead the expansion of the Catholic university in General Santos in Mindanao and Sta. Rosa, Laguna in Southern Tagalog.
The investiture rites followed the centuries-old UST traditional mass called Misa de Apertura presided over by Archbishop Giuseppe Pinto, Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines, at the opening of classes yesterday.
Also installed is Rev. Fr. Gerard Francisco Timoner III, O.P. as UST's Vice Chancellor.
In his inaugural address, Dagohoy urged the Thomasian community to "walk with him with courage in pursuing the projects of the university." On top of these would be its expansion to Mindanao and Southern Tagalog to better serve the student populations there. He also plans to reinforce and strengthen UST's research programs that will leave a lasting imprint on society.
In his homily, Archbishop Pinto relayed a message from His Holiness Pope Benedict IXVI: "The Pope greets all of you with affection and he entrusts that you will all find inspiration in the Holy Spirit. He also asks that you all trust the faith with renewed conviction."
On his first day as rector, a four-year term, Dagohoy, who is fondly called Fr. Jojo, said he was considering how to best celebrate his 25th year as a Dominican religious when the Holy See announced the confirmation of his nomination as the 96th Rector. …