CEBU City, July 6, 2013—The Redemptorist community in Cebu is commemorating the life of a confrere who disappeared during the dark days of dictatorship.
Redemptorist priest Fr. Rudy Romano was abducted 28 years ago at the height of martial law and was never seen again.
Cebu Archbishop Most Rev. Jose S. Palma in a statement has exhorted Cebu parishes, religious communities and schools to make the people aware of the life and advocacies of disappeared and abducted Fr. Rudy Romano, C.Ss.R.
He urged the local church to follow Romano’s example in addressing social concerns and legitimate human needs.
At Sunday Masses on July 7, all parishes are encouraged to read Archbishop Palma’s Statement on the Commemoration of the 28th Year of the Abduction/Disappearance of Fr. Rudy Romano, CSsR.
On July 11, the anniversary of Romano’s disappearance, the Redemptorist Province of Cebu will hold activities to relive his story and advocacy.
A wreath-laying ceremony at 8:30 a.m. led by the Redemptorists will be held in Brgy Tisa, Labangon, Cebu City, the site of Fr. Romano’s abduction by the armed men of the Marcos Martial Law Regime.
At 5:30 p.m. of the same day, a ‘Mass to Remember Fr. Rudy Romano’ will be celebrated in the Redemptorist Church, followed by a short program and awarding of prizes to the winners of the poster-making and essay-writing contests participated in by students of Catholic Schools. The contests’ theme is “How the youth can help build the Church of the Poor following the example of Fr. Rudy Romano,CSsR”.
The day’s anniversary commemoration will culminate with a candle-lighting ceremony at the Redemptorist Church rotunda.
A native of Samar, Romano was assigned and working in Cebu at the time of his disappearance in 1985.
In 1987, the Cebu government passed a resolution adopting him a “Son of the province of Cebu” for his contribution to the promotion of human rights, “rendering concrete assistance and social service to less-privileged Cebuanos and in making Cebu a strong bastion of the people’s successful fight for freedom and justice during the dark years of the deposed dictatorship.” (CBCPNews)