SAN PABLO City, August 25, 2014 – Laguna Bishop Buenaventura M. Famadico, DD recently ordained a priest and four deacons on Friday raising the number of the Laguna clergy from 124 to 129.
The Bishop ordained to the Order of Presbyter r. Bienvenido P. Acuno, Jr, on July 28 during the Solemn Ordination rite and holy mass in his home parish of St. Anthony de Padua in Barangay San Antonio, Kalayaan, Laguna.
Acuno completed his college studies at the St. Peter’s College Seminary in San Pablo City and finished theological studies at the St. Alphonsus de Liguori Theological Seminary in Lucena City last year.
In his homily, Bp. Famadico reminded Acuno abot the importance of preaching and living what the Gospel teaches; celebrating the Sacrament of reconciliation, the sacrament sometimes overlooked in the parish; and constant communion with Jesus.
The prelate ended his homily by requesting the congregation to pray for Fr. Acuno in his ministry and all the priests serving the Church.
The Bishop immediately appointed the new priest as the new parochial vicar of St. Peter Parish, San Pedro City.
Meanwhile, the prelate also ordained on Friday morning, August 22, to the Holy Order of Deacons the following:
- Rev. Anthony Raymond R. Apostol of San Lorenzo Ruiz Parish, City of San Pedro
- Rev. Christopher R. Baldemor of St. James the Apostle Parish, Paete, Laguna
- Rev. Mark Marlonne A. Lumbera of Our Lady of the Angels Parish, Sta. Maria, Laguna
- Rev. Raymond Owell M. Sadian of St. Augustine Parish, Bay, Laguna.
The Diaconate ordination took place at 9:30 a.m. at the St. Peter’s College Seminary Chapel in San Pablo City. It was attended by about 20 members of the San Pablo clergy, including a deacon from the Missionary of Faith Congregation and hundreds of relatives, friends, benefactors, parishioners and seminarians.
According to the Catholic Directory of the Philippines 2012-2013, there are already 124 ordained diocesan priests in the Diocese of San Pablo, Laguna. There are 80 Filipino and foreign religious priests; 66 college and theology seminarians; 237 Filipino and foreign nuns. (Fr. Romy O. Ponte)