Imus bishop to village chiefs: ‘Pray, sacrifice’

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Bishop Rey Evangelista

TRECE MARTIRES City, Feb. 22, 2014—Imus Bishop Reynaldo Evangelista urged local leaders to always seek Divine assistance in their of task of serving and to put the good of their constituents ahead of their own. 

He made the appeal during the signing of “Ugnayan ng Barangay at Simbahan” (UBAS), that seeks to foster stronger relations between the diocese and the various barangays of Cavite. 

The Diocese of Imus through its Ministri sa Pakikipag-ugnayan sa mga Lingkod-Bayan (Ministry for Public Servants’ Affairs) oversaw the covenant signing between Cavite’s Association of Barangay Captains (ABC), the representatives of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), and members of the Imus clergy on February 21, at the Provincial Gymnasium in Trece Martires City, Cavite. 

The occasion was graced by the presence of Imus Bishop Reynaldo G. Evangelista, DD who presided the concelebrated Mass.  

The 52-year old Evangelista chairs the CBCP’s Commission on Vocations and a member of the Commission on Seminaries. 

In his homily, Evangelista stressed the importance of the pact for the Imus Diocese and the Cavite local government. 

The unity and solidarity being shown by the Church and public servants in that occasion please God, he said. 

The bishop also urged the congregated local leaders never to hesitate to seek the help of God, in doing so they only have in mind the good of the constituencies they are serving. 

He encouraged these officials to always start and end every task at hand with a prayer. 

“Hindi madali ang inaasahan sa atin ng Panginoong Diyos” (“What God expects of us is not easy”), he reminded his congregation in Filipino. 

“Palagi kayong magsakripisyo para sa Diyos at para sa sambayanan” (“Always be selfless and prepared to give up everything for God and country), added Evangelista. 

The Batangueño Evangelista, who has been bishop of Imus Diocese since 2013, succeeded its then Bishop Luis Antonio G. Tagle. 

Evangelista was the first high-ranking official appointed by Pope Francis to the Philippine Roman Catholic Church hierarchy. 

Former Imus bishop Tagle, who has been elevated to the College of Cardinals in 2012, currently serves the Archdiocese of Manila (RCAM) as archbishop. 

The Imus Diocese, which covers the entire province of Cavite, is a suffragan of the Archdiocese of Manila and serves nearly two million Catholics. 

A suffragan diocese refers to a diocese being overseen not only by its own diocesan bishop, but also by a metropolitan bishop. (Raymond A. Sebastián)

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