COTABATO City, August 29, 2014 – Orlando B. Cardinal Quevedo, OMI prepares to welcome two new priests to the archdiocese of Cotabato after their ordination on September 2, 2014 at 9:30 a.m. at the Immaculate Conception Cathedral, Cotabato City.
“The light has shone in our hearts and we make known the glory of God shining on the face of Christ” (2 Cor 4:6) is the theme chosen by two deacons to be ordained to the priesthood, Rev. John Angelo Gordillo Gamino and Rev. Andrean Paruhinog Francisco.
After their ordination, Rev. Fr. John Angelo Gamino will have his thanksgiving mass on September 3, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at the San Isidro Labrador Parish, Nuro, Upi, Maguindanao, while Rev. Fr. Andrean Francisco will celebrate his on September 7, 2014 at 8:00 a.m. at the San Blas Parish, Pigcawayan, Cotabato.
Rev. John Gamino is from Nuro Upi, Maguindanao. He finished his elementary years at Nuro Central Elementary School, and graduated from high school from Notre Dame of Upi in 2004, eventually entering the Notre Dame Archdiocesan Seminary. Gamino studied philosophy at the Notre Dame University, Cotabato City, then proceeded to study at the St. John Vianney Theological Seminary in Cagayan de Oro City. He was ordained to the Diaconate at San Agustin Metropolitan Cathedral in Cagayan de Oro City on November 19, 2013.
As deacon, he served at the Immaculate Conception Parish in Jasaan, Misamis Oriental. In the Archdiocese of Cotabato, he served in parishes in Lebak, Banisilan, and in Libungan, his current diaconal assignment. He also took up a teaching ministry at the Fr. Saturnine Urios University where he was assigned as a teacher for Christian Living and as a high school adviser.
Born to Noel Norman Gamino and Gina Gamino on August 1, 1987 and the eldest among his siblings, Gamino shared he is “determined” to become a priest because his real interest is theology.
A mother’s inspiration
Rev. Andrean Francisco who is from San Blas Parish of Pigcawayan, Cotabato, is the youngest son of Angelo and Nilda Francisco. He said his mother was the one who “inspired” him to become a priest.
Born on November 3, 1984 at Lebak, Sultan Kudarat, Francisco took up his elementary education at the Salaman Central Elementary School and his secondary education at Lebak Legislated National High School. He entered the Notre Dame Archdiocesan Seminary and started studying Philosophy at the Notre Dame University in 2001. He then proceeded to the Regional Major Seminary in Davao City for his theological studies. After graduating from the major seminary, he started teaching at the Notre Dame of Parang, Inc. He was ordained to the Diaconate on May 27, 2013.
As deacon, Francisco served in several parishes in Rosary Heights, Lambayong, Banisilan, Alamada and Tacurong. (Rachel F. Ayupan)