JARO, Iloilo City, Dec. 16, 2015 – As an act of thanksgiving for the graciousness and mercy of God to His people this local church launched a memorabilia of a milestone in its history on the same day as it ushered in the Jubilee of Mercy.
At the conclusion of the Holy Mass on Dec. 14 to celebrate the opening of the “Door of Mercy” in the National Shrine of Our Lady of Candles, the archbishop, the clergy, and the rest of the faithful present in the ceremony witnessed the launching of “Ecclesiogenesis: the local Church of Jaro 1865-2015”, a book written by Fr. Midyphil B. Billones, SThD, rector of St. Joseph Regional Seminary, to commemorate Jaro’s 150 years of existence as a diocese.
As chairman of the History Committee for the 150th Anniversary, Fr. Renato Cuadras, introduced the book to the public highlighting the double motives of thanksgiving for the archdiocese: the Jubilee of Mercy and the Jubilee of Jaro in its 150th year since its creation as a diocese by Pope Pius IX through the Papal Bull “Qui ab Initio” (“From the beginning’) in 1865.
As the book’s author, Billones explained that, more than just a “recording of historical facts for the sake of giving knowledge”, the book is “an invitation to the reader to rediscover Jaro as a local Church”.
Three-fold process of rediscovery
Billones elaborated that this rediscovery “takes place through a three-fold process: first, of remembering and making present again the story of our past; second, of contemplating its impact on the present; and third, of harvesting lessons that propel us forward to the future with hope.”
“And in the process of ‘gazing in love’, recover focus on a timeless spiritual truth: that in the birthing of the local Church of Jaro is attached the birthing of our own Ilonggo Catholic identity,” concluded the priest.
In his message for the book’s introduction, Jaro Archbishop Angel N. Lagdameo, invited the faithful to “use this little book as a doorway of gazing in love.”
More than a sentimental book
“More than a sentimental trip down memory lane (the book) can hopefully lead to the renewed sense of embracing our identity and generate fresh intensification of commitment as Christian disciples in the local Church of Jaro,” added the prelate.
The book “Ecclesiogenesis: the local Church of Jaro 1865-2015” is now available to the public in Jaro’s Archbishop’s Office as part of the Archdiocese’s 150th year Jubilee. (Fr. Mickey Cardenas / CBCP News)