MANILA, Nov. 12, 2012— The Augustinians in the Philippines has marked another milestone with the establishment of its first-ever community and Quasi-parish in Northern Luzon.
The St. Augustine of Hippo Quasi-parish is located in Saguday, Quirino with Fr. Sesenio Paderog as the first parish priest and Fr. Tarquin Gamao as the parochial vicar.
The two missionaries were installed into their posts during a ceremony presided by Bayombong Bishop Ramon Villena recently.
Included in the introductory rite was the signing of the memorandum of agreement (MOA) between the Province of Sto. Niño de Cebu – Philippines and the Diocese of Bayombong.
The agreement indicates 25 years of their collaboration in administering the Sacraments and spreading the Gospel to the faithful in Saguday, a 53-year old town.
The MOA was signed by Bishop Villena and Fr. Eusebio Berdon, Prior Provincial of the Province of Sto. Niño de Cebu-Philippines.
In his homily, the bishop thanked the Augustinian Friars for their commitment to work in his diocese— a presence that he considers to be a gift and a realization of a long-held dream.
3 new priests
The Province has also ordained three new priests at the Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño de Cebu, Cebu City last October 13.
With Cebu Auxiliary Bishop Emilio Bataclan as the ordaining prelate, the new priests include Fr. Harold Langahin, Fr. Nestor Bandalan, Jr., and Fr. Romeo Coronel.
Coronel hails from San Fernando, Cebu and is presently assigned in the Augustinian community in Mati, Davao Oriental as the procurator of the House.
Bandalan is from Baybay, Leyte. He is finishing his studies and at the same time working in the library of the Augustinianum as Assistant Librarian, in Rome, Italy.
Langahin, on the other hand, is from Basak, Mandaue City and is now serving as assistant procurator of the San Agustin Center of Studies (SACS) community in Quezon City. (CBCPNews)