KIDAPAWAN City, May 28, 2015—In the midst of their sadness over losing their bishop to the Archdiocese of Zamboanga, the people of the Diocese of Kidapawan have a reason to be happy as they have three new priests and a deacon to serve the local church of Kidapawan.
Former bishop of Kidapawan and now the Archbishop of Zamboanga Romulo T. Dela Cruz presided over the rite of ordination of Fr. Remejun Dagon, Fr. Rex Douglas Sungcad, and Fr. Armando Labora at the Mary Mediatrix of All Grace Cathedral in Kidapawan City on May 25.
Along with the three, a deacon named Rev. Vicney Jalico was also ordained. They are all graduates of St. Francis Xavier Regional Major Seminary of Mindanao in Catalunan Grande, Davao City.
Prior to the rite of ordination, the archbishop gave them a minute to decide whether they should pursue the ordination or not, asking them to be sure of their decision.
The archbishop told the newly-ordained to follow the example of St. John Vianney, patron saint of diocesan priests, telling them to do the following: celebrate Mass everyday even if there’s nobody attending, pray the breviary or Liturgy of the Hours, and submit themselves to confession at least once a month.
“Pray for your priests because it’s difficult to remain in the priesthood during these times,” Dela Cruz said.
After the ordination, the new priests and deacon received their respective assignments. Dagon is now the parochial vicar of Sto. Niño de Cebu Parish in Makilala in North Cotabato, Labora is the parochial vicar of Christ the King in Kabacan, North Cotabato, while Fr. Sungcad is the new vice rector and dean of seminarians of Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary in Kidapawan City.
Rev. Jalico is now in his diaconal program where he will be residing in the Bishop’s Residence of Kidapawan while assisting the parishes in their needs. (John Frances C. Fuentes/CBCP News)