After the retirement of Fr. Teodoro Gapuz, SVD as the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences in Holy Name University, a new SVD priest took his oath as the next dean of CAS, following in the footsteps of those before him.
Fr. Loreto Arboleras-Estomo Jr., SVD, or simply "Fr. Lors," is a Boholano, a native from Tinago, Dauis. Born on July 22, 1979 and is the fourth of five children in his family, Fr. Lors is an achiever. He became Class Valedictorian in Tinago Elementary School and graduated high school from the Divine World College of Tagbilaran in 1995.
From 1995 - 2007, he entered the seminary and studied at the Divine Word Formation Cebu, where he had his Philosophy in 1999. He was officially ordained as a priest on March 3, 2007, and since then, he had been assigned in many places, even those outside the country.
Fr. Lor's first assignment was in Taipei, Taiwan, where he studied Language for two years and became the assistant parish priest for the Holy Trinity Parish. Later, he was transferred to the Philippine Southern Province in Cebu, and chose to be assigned in Calusan, Zamboanga Sibugay for seven months. Shortly after, he became the parish priest of Alicia, also in Zamboanga, for three years.
Before finally settling in Holy Name University for this school year, Fr. Lors experienced being Fr. Ted's Assistant Dean back in 2014. It was cut short to seven months as he pursued his PhD in Environmental Science at the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) in Laguna.
Currently, he is still writing his dissertation, hopeful that by June of 2019, he would finally graduate and earn his post graduate degree. This endeavour poses a challenge to him as juggles his several responsibilities. He says it is a huge adjustment – learning many things quickly like people's backgrounds and the university's standards, and time management like spending time with those under him and evaluating concerns presented to him.
Even with that, Fr. Lors positively accounts that the CAS is a dynamic group of efficient people, to whom he commends for he is one to get things done and solve problems as soon as possible. He aims to let the college operate as it should, in terms of accreditation.
He also wishes that the faculty would be one with him in his goal to level up the standards of CHED both in instruction and in research, so that our future graduates would acquire the competency to be in-contact with big companies in the industry. He aspires that Holy Name University's involvement in the community will really be felt; through research endeavours that would help solve the problems in our province.
Fr. Lors is greatly influenced by the Theory of Knowledge, quoting philosopher Karl Popper: "Knowledge grows because of problems." He believes that "the moment we solve our problems, our knowledge grows", he ends.
He hopes that those with him in the academe, they are able to address this – as professors, researchers, students and even surely as graduates of the College of Arts and Sciences, Holy Name University.
*in an interview by Vanessa Jane Jumoc, a BA Communication Intern