Thomasian priest among 2019 Bar passers

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A THOMASIAN priest based in La Union was among the law graduates who passed the 2019 Bar examinations.

Fr. Victor de Guzman, who is taking up his licentiate in canon law, said he had mixed feelings after knowing that he passed the 2019 Bar exams.

“Passing the Bar is like hurdling a formidable obstacle. [There] are mixed feelings of triumphant joy and elation, but at the same time, sadness because some friends that I know and expected to pass did not make it,” de Guzman said in an online interview with the Varsitarian.

De Guzman, 55, said he took a leave of absence to review for the exams in August 2019. He also enrolled in canon law at the University.

He finished law at St. Louis College of La Union in 2018.

The priest-turned-lawyer is also a civil engineer. De Guzman obtained his bachelor’s degree in engineering in 1987 and passed the civil engineering licensure examinations in the same year.

De Guzman was parochial vicar of the San Nicolas de Tolentino Parish in Balaoan, La Union from 2018 to 2019.

He was spiritual director of the minor seminary in San Fernando City, La Union from 2015 to 2018, and served as a private secretary to the late Bishop Rodolfo Beltran of the Diocese of San Fernando from 2013 to 2017.

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