GENERAL SANTOS CITY – University officials blessed the chapel of the UST General Santos (GenSan) Main Building on April 9, in preparation for the inauguration of the Mindanao campus and its first edifice.

The first-ever mass in the UST GenSan Main Building, led by UST Secretary General Fr. Louie Coronel, O.P. and Facilities Management Office Director Fr. Dexter Austria, O.P., was attended by University officials and employees of the Mindanao campus.

According to Austria, the chapel was the first area to be blessed on the premises.

The base of the altar table came from the trunk from a fallen tree in UST Manila, while the tabletop was repurposed from the desk used by Fr. Roberto Pinto, O.P. when he was director of the Facilities Management Office.

“This blessing of the altar and this first activity, we are gathered as a church… we are chartering a new beginning in UST GenSan,” he said in his homily. “The altar in this chapel connects GenSan with Manila.”

“When we were building this, I made sure that this chapel would be a very special one because it should be integrated with this building (main building). In Manila, we do not have a chapel in the main building,” he added.

The UST GenSan Main Building, the first edifice in the 82.2-hectare Mindanao campus, is set to be inaugurated on April 11.


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