JARO, Iloilo City, May 30, 2016 – On the joyful occasion in which new priests were welcomed into this local Church, the Archbishop took the opportunity to give some practical advice for a happy priesthood.
“What are the 10 habits of a happy priest? After 52 years in the priesthood, I advise 10 habits.” asked Jaro Archbishop Angel N. Lagdameo as he delivered the homily during the rite of sacred ordination of five new priests.
Then, with simplicity and good humor, and to the delight of the concelebrating priests, the ordinands, and the rest of the faithful attending the ceremony, the archbishop listed down some practical and down-to-earth tips for a happy priesthood.
Words to live by
- “Find a set time for prayer every day. That includes the breviary.”
- “Follow the set schedule of Masses in the church.”
- “The care for the dying and the sick must be your priority. The priest should always be available for this.”
- “Follow the approved rates of salaries and stipends.”
- “Advise chapel owners and caretakers to acquire a complete set of vessels and vestments for Mass, so that you will not have to carry them with you all the time.”
- “See to it that the vestments and sacred vessels are kept clean and orderly. If nobody else can do this, then do it yourself.”
- “Advise and inform the bishop when you take a vacation. Yes, take a vacation, now and then. But make sure that a priest takes your place when you are out.”
- “Have some savings for urgent needs as well as for works of charity for the poor.”
- “See to it that the church, the sacristy, the convent and the surroundings, even the comfort rooms, are clean; not only when the bishop is about to visit.”
But, foremost among the “tips” given to his priests, the Archbishop stressed, “First, seek the presence of God in your life.”
“My motto throughout the 52 years as a priest is “Faciem tuam, Domine, Requiram” (“Your presence, O Lord, I seek”, Ps. 27:8).”
“If you make the parishioners happy, you will surely be happy,” the prelate assured his priests.
Lagdameo ordained the following priests at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Candles (Jaro Metropolitan Cathedral) on May 27:
- Rev. Ronnie Gonzales of St. Nicholas of Tolentino Parish, Guimbal;
- Rev. Arwin Largado of St. Isidore the Worker Parish, Navalas, Buenavista, Guimaras;
- Rev. Victor Emmanuel Pendon of St. Anne Parish; Molo, Iloilo City;
- Rev. Mark Joseph Hormigoso;
- Rev. Christopher Villa of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Candles, Jaro, Iloilo City. (Fr. Mickey Cardenas / CBCP News)