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FR. JUVELAN SAMIA, SDB

Inspiring the Youth to Live Pure by Clyde Ericson Nolasco


Fr. Juvelan is one of the younger priests in Manila. He is only 34 years old as of writing.


Ordained in 2016, the 34-year old Salesian juggles his time as spiritual moderator of the Elementary Unit of Don Bosco Makati, animator of the Salesian Youth Movement of Luzon, member of the Salesian Commission on Social Communication and Vocation Promotion Team and a supporter of the Live Pure Movement.


Young Juvelan wasn’t a sacristan or part of any organization in his parish but his family’s regular attendance in liturgical services inspired him to become a devout Catholic.


FAMILY-INSPIRED VOCATION

Young Juvelan wasn’t a sacristan or part of any organization in his parish but his family’s regular attendance in liturgical services at Sts. Peter and Paul Parish in Poblacion, Makati inspired him to become a devout Catholic. Knowing that his father is a Bosconian and his uncles active in the Don Bosco Youth Center in the 1960s as well as being a student of San Felipe Parochial School, Boni, Mandaluyong for Grade School and Don Bosco Mandaluyong for High School also helped in making him consider entering the priesthood.


After fulfilling his father’s wish, Juvelan entered the seminary, joining the Salesians of Don Bosco.

INSPIRING IMMERSION The summer before his fourth year of high school, the aspiration to become a priest became more explicit. After joining a week-long immersion camp in Mambukal, Negros Island where he lived in a community of sugarcane farmers, he was overwhelmed with the experience he gained from living in a rural set up, having lived all his life in an urban area. Aboard the ship on his way back home, he approached their group’s priest and expressed his desire to become a priest, to serve the marginalized. OBEDIENT SON In spite of his arduous aspiration to be a priest, his parents, especially his father, did not agree with him. His father, being practical, suggested that it might be a better idea to finish a degree first before entering the seminary. His father thought that it might be wise to have a backup plan in case Juvelan would realize that priesthood isn’t his vocation. All along, Juvelan knew that this was his father’s way to change his mind, because he was their only child and the sole bearer of their family’s name. The young Juvelan knew that his father thought he would lose interest in entering the seminary if he went to college instead. Being an obedient son, Juvelan enrolled in the University of the Philippines (U.P. DIliman). Although his father died while he was in his 2nd year in UP, he graduated with a degree in Speech Communications.

“Be happy! Young people are captivated by the joy of the evangelizer.”


INDEFATIGABLE SALESIAN After fulfilling his father’s wish, Juvelan