MANILA, June 27, 2015—As some parishes prepare to receive their newly assigned shepherds, members of the laity in the Archdiocese of Manila (RCAM) look forward to the new development as another “opportunity of encountering the Lord” through these “chosen few” who are privileged to act in His Person.
“[This is] a fresh start for those parishes which will be placed under a new administration. It will also be an opportunity for us in the archdiocese to experience another encounter with God through our new parish priests, as well as those priests assigned in the respective ministries in RCAM,” Manila resident Harold Eugenio Marcelino told CBCP News in an interview.
On this note, Marcelino, who attends daily Mass at San Roque Parish Church near Blumentritt, Manila, and who formerly served as secretary to then Manila Auxiliary Bishop Bernardino Cortez, urged all RCAM faithful to take on a more active role in their capacity as laity by volunteering in their parishes.
“Lay parishioners are called upon to get themselves involved in the different programs in the.Archdiocese, to help priests in their various ministries,” he added.
For Prof. Nestor Limqueco of the Company of St. Dominic (CSD), one of the several approved secular institutes under RCAM, it is welcome news that their priests are about to take on other assignments given that many, if not most, of them have been in the same parishes since the time of retired Manila Archbishop Gaudencio B. Rosales.
“It’s about time this happens. As the saying goes, ‘Too much familiarity leads to contempt.’ Moreover, I believe the newly ordained young priests who have the right qualifications should also be given the chance to run parishes,” explained Limqueco, who is connected to the Nuestra Señora del Perpetuo Socorro Parish in Sampaloc, Manila.
Effective July 1
The priests are expected to be installed in their new parishes on July 1, 2015. They are as follows:
- Holy Cross Parish, Terejos, Makati City
Parish Priest: Fr. David T. Concepcion
- Holy Family Parish, San Isidro, Makati City
Parish Priest: Fr. Nestor M. Gungon
- Immaculate Conception Parish, Tayuman, Tondo, Manila
Parish Priest: Msgr. Geronimo F. Reyes
- Mary, Comforter of the Afflicted Parish, Maricaban, Pasay City
Parish Priest: Fr. Russel G. Ocampo
- Mary, Mirror of Justice Parish, Comembo, Makati City
Parish Priest: Fr. Joel O. Jason
- Nuestra Señora de Salvacion Parish, Sta. Mesa, Manila
Parish Priest: Fr. Alfonso B. Valenza
- Our Lady of Fatima Parish, Mandaluyong City
Parish Priest: Fr. Carlos V. Reyes
- Our Lady of Fatima Parish, Sta. Mesa, Manila
Parish Priest: Fr. Primitivo T. Lopez
- Parokya ng Ina ng Laging Saklolo, Punta, Sta. Ana, Manila
Parish Priest: Fr. Richard James M. Babao
- Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish, Sta. Mesa, Manila
Parish Priest: Fr. Jason H. Laguerta
- Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish, Mandaluyong City
Parish Priest: Fr. Rey Anthony I. Yatco
- Saint Alphonsus Mary De Liguori Parish, Magallanes, Makati City
Parish Priest: Msgr. Claro Matt M. Garcia
- Saint John of the Cross Parish, Pembo, Makati City
Parish Priest: Fr. Benildo M. Pilande, Jr.
- Saint John the Baptist Parish, San Juan City
Parish Priest: Msgr. Nestor C. Cerbo
- Saint Joseph Parish, Gagalangin, Tondo, Manila
Parish Priest: Fr. Joselino B. Tuazon
- Saint Pius X Parish, Paco, Manila
Parish Priest: Fr. Alvin A. Fullon
- San Felipe Neri Parish, Mandaluyong City
Parish Priest: Fr. Ramon U. Merino
- San Isidro Parish, Pasay City
Parish Priest: Fr. Macias Wency D. Serafica
- San Jose Manggagawa Parish, Manuguit, Tondo, Manila
Parish Priest: Fr. Artemio P. Fabros
- San Juan Nepomuceno Parish, Malibay, Pasay City
Parish Priest: Fr. Edgardo C. Coroza
- San Rafael Parish, Balut, Tondo
Parish Priest: Fr. Prudencio T. Solomon, Jr.
- San Roque de Manila Parish, Blumentritt, Sta. Cruz, Manila
Parish Priest: Fr. Antonio B. Navarrete, Jr.
- San Roque de Sampaloc Parish, Sampaloc, Manila
Parish Priest: Fr. Leo Nilo C. Mangussad
- San Roque Parish, Barangka, Mandaluyong City
Parish Priest: Fr. Aries C. Reyes
- Santo Niño Parish, Pandacan, Manila
Parish Priest: Fr. Sanny C. de Claro
Attached Priest: Fr. Jose P. Miranda
(Raymond A. Sebastián/CBCP News)