MUNTINLUPA City, Dec. 9, 2015 – Four ordinary men who have extraordinary devotion to Mary officially became priests on Tuesday, Dec. 8, at St. Peregrine Diocesan Shrine, Tunasan, Muntinlupa City on an occasion special to the Blessed Mother, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception,
“I feel elated and in a moment of awe because God has been so generous to me. Thanks to His grace, I am now what I have become. I am happy because God is so faithful and kind in sharing His love, and in awe that I have received the office of a presbyter,” Fr. Leonardo Ma. Guiang, one of the new priests of the Order the Servants of Mary (OSM), told CBCP News in an interview.
While he knows being a priest entails responsibility, he looks at the privilege more as a “gift of love.”
According to Guiang, who hails from Infanta, Pangasinan, what prompted him to decide to enter the prebyterate is nothing short of his desire to serve God in a “special, radical way.”
In love with and inspired by the Blessed Virgin, he sees in the order named in honor of Mary what Pope Francis affectionately refers to as “Evangelii Gaudium,” or Joy of the Good News.
The other three priests who were ordained by Balanga Bishop Ruperto C. Santos alongside Guiang are as follows:
- Fr. Waren Ma. Campilan, OSM
- Fr. Edgard Ma. Benedi-an, OSM
- Fr. Jumen Ma. Arcelo, OSM
(Raymond A. Sebastián / CBCP News with Ana Perucho)