Archbishop Anthony was honored for his tireless dedication to our people, his constant sacrificial service to the Church, and his Christ-like zeal for evangelization.
All proceeds of the Gala Dinner 2015 are to benefit the Redemptoris Mater Archdiocesan Missionary Seminary of Guam in Yona, the St. John Paul the Great Archdiocesan Seminary of Guam in Malojloj and our mother church, the Dulce Nombre de Maria Cathedral-Basilica in Hagatna.
An abundant crowd filled the Hyatt's Grand Ballroom and foyer to capacity, which included the archbishop's family, friends, and benefactors of the seminaries and Cathedral-Basilica as well as members of the archdiocese's clergy and religious.
The Gala Dinner was indeed a display of true beauty and joy from the people present. The seminarians welcomed the guests at the entrance and escorted them to their tables. The Gala began at 6 p.m. with a social hour during which the guests mingled and enjoyed a nice cocktail and delicious canapes in an atmosphere of friendship and fraternity. A silent auction also took place throughout the night.
The entertainment during the night was remarkable. Archbishop Anthony surprised the crowd many times singing his favorite songs with accompaniment by Mrs. Melannie San Agustin, actually walking around the whole ballroom and foyer as he serenaded the crowd.
Local musician and educator Mrs. Bernadette Camacho shared her melodies at the piano. Young and remarkable mucisian Mr. Michael Min, who has performed many times at previous years Gala Dinners, sang and played the cello, to everyone's delight.
Together, seminarians from the Redemptoris Mater and St. John Paul the Great wowed the guests with their harmonius and uplifting musical pieces in various languages from throughout the world. A special number was done by the "Singing Priests" of our archdiocese who entertained with melodious musical pieces from various countries as well. Archbishop Anthony joined in with the seminarians and priests as they performed.
There were so many moments throughout the evening, which made the Gala dinner very special. One particular hightlight ws when Archbishop Anthony received the "Maria Porta Caeli" (Mary Gate of Heaven) award, which Redemptoris Mater Seminary Rector F. Pius Sammut, OCD presented to him in appreciation for all his contributions he had selflessly provided for our Church and society.
Along with the award, a certificate was also presented to Archbishop Anthony from Pedro "Sonny" Ada, Chairman of the Gala Dinner 2015; Monsignor David C. Quitugua, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Agana and Rector of the Dulce Nombre de Maria Cathedral; Fr. Pius, Rector of the Redemptoris Mater Seminary of Guam; and Fr. Romeo Convocar, Rector of the St. John Paul the Great Archdiocesan Seinary of Guam and Pastor of the San Isidro Catholic Church in Malojloj.
Archbishop Anthony accepted the honor with joy and humility and everyone present applauded continuously.
It was evident that the providence of God was exceptionally experienced during the Gala Dinner. Both seminaries and the Cathedral community thank all the numerous sponsors, collaborators, benefactors and friends, who participated in one way or another to make the Gala Dinner 2015 an incredible success. May our Almighty Father reward you a hundredfold!
The Gala Dinner 2015 Committee would like to thank especially the following:
Platinum Sponsors: Ada's Trust and Investment, Bank of Guam, Agana 2 NeoCatechumenal Community and the Law Office of Jacqueline Taitano Terlaje; Gold Sponsors: Jones & Guerrero Co, Inc.; Silver Sponsors: San Vicente Frerrer-San Roke Catholic Church in Barrigada and First Hawaiian Bank; Bronze Sonsors: Chalan Pago 1 NeoCatechumenal Community, Title Guarantee of Guam, Inc., Catholic Daughters of the Americas Courts #2047, #2450, and #2055 and all those donors who wish to remain unknown.