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Faithful pay last respects to Bishop Almario

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Seminarians pray the Liturgy of the Hours at the Chapel of the Graduate School of Theology of the Immaculate Conception Major Seminary (ICMAS) in Guiguinto, Bulacan where the body of Malolos Bishop Emeritus Cirilo Reyes Almario, Jr., D.D., the second bishop of the diocese, lie in state. (Photo:John Paul Jickain)

GUIGUINTO, Bulacan, Oct. 16, 2016 – After his passing away on Friday, Oct. 14, the body of Malolos Bishop Emeritus Cirilo Reyes Almario, Jr., D.D., the second bishop of the diocese, will continue to lie in state at the Chapel of the Graduate School of Theology of the Immaculate Conception Major Seminary (ICMAS) in Guiguinto, Bulacan where the faithful may have a last glimpse of the beloved bishop until Oct. 17, Monday.

The founder of ICMAS’ remains will then be transferred to the Immaculate Conception Parish – Cathedral and Minor Basilica in Malolos City for public viewing as well as last rites. The Requiem Mass and internment in the cathedral’s crypt will be on Oct. 19, Wednesday, 2:00 p.m., to be led by Malolos Bishop Jose F. Oliveros, D.D., other bishops, and the Malolos clergy.

Almario’s remains were brought to the seminary from the Religious Catechists of Mary (RCM) Mother House in Sta. Isabel, Malolos City where it was dressed in episcopal robes after its stay in Graman Medical and Maternity Hospital, also in Malolos. Msgr. Pablo S. Legaspi, Jr., P.C., Diocesan Chancellor headed the delegation that brought the seminary’s founder’s body to ICMAS.

Upon arrival, the seminary fathers, led by Fr. Fernando B. Cenon, Prefect of Discipline of ICMAS’ Graduate School of Theology, held a Eucharistic celebration in Almario’s memory. Since yesterday morning, the faithful have been queueing to pay their last respects and to pray for his eternal repose.

According to Fr. Romualdo C. Go, Assistant Procurator and coordinator for the wake, the seminary had been Almario’s “true love” as the prelate poured much of his time and effort into the realization of having a major seminary in Bulacan to cater to the needs of the Church.

Among the first ones to visit the wake were Bishop Oliveros, Msgr. Bartolome G. Santos, Jr., P.C., Vicar General, Fathers Dennis Cruz, Celerino Gregorio, Vicente Robles, Francisco Vistan, among others. Together with the bishop’s relatives, friends, and his priest-sons among the Malolos clergy, a majority of whom he ordained to the priesthood, the seminary community has been offering Masses and prayers for the deceased prelate’s intentions.

Almario, who passed away last week at around 5:30 p.m., founded ICMAS in 1983 as a realization to a dream of having a house of formation for the growing number of Bulakeño seminarians as well as those from neighboring dioceses. (Kendrick Ivan B. Panganiban | CBCP News)


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