‘Let your ministry be for Jesus’, Mass servers told

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Fr. Niptale Frogosa, RCJ, parish priest of St. Catherine of Siena Parish in Pangasinan celebrated the 25th anniversary of his priestly ordination. He is flanked by Fr. Jose Maria Ezpeleta, Vicar General of the Rogationists, and Fr. Herman Abcede, Provincial Superior of the St. Matthew Province. (Photo: Br. Christian Allan de Sagun, RCJ)

PARANAQUE City, Sept 9. 2016 – Let your ministry be for Jesus.

This was the core of Rogationist Vicar General Fr. Jose Maria Ezpeleta, RCJ’s homily on the institution of new members to the ministries of Lector and Acolyte. The Institution coincided with the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary as well as the celebration of the Rogationist Mission Day focusing on the project in Kitiwum, Cameroon.

It was also the occasion of Fr. Niptale Frogosa, RCJ’s 25th priestly anniversary and the renewal of vows of Br. Domenico Giannone, RCJ who belongs to the Rogationist St. Anthony Province (Italian Center-North).

Called by name

In his homily, Ezpeleta stressed the centrality of Jesus in their ministry, and in living their priestly and religious consecration. He added, “God calls you by name… Jesus must be the meaning of your ministry, your vows, and your religious consecration. Without Him, everything counts to nothing.”

Fr. Herman Abcede, RCJ, Provincial Superior of the St. Matthew Province, instituted ten 1st year Theology students and seven 2nd year Theology students into the ministries of Lector and Acolyte, respectively. He was also delegated by the St. Anthony Provincial Superior to receive the renewal of vows of Giannone, an Italian religious having his first year of practical training in the Philippines. Likewise, he also served as a witness to Niptale’s renewal of priestly commitment.

In his message, Niptale expressed his thanksgiving to the Lord, rejoicing for the graces he received. He assured everyone present of his prayers as well. Concluding on a Marian note, he said that everyone must learn also to follow Mary, docile and obedient to God’s Word.

Apostolic blessing

Before the Mass concluded, an Apostolic blessing from Pope Francis was presented and given to the silver jubilarian. Likewise, Abcede expressed his joy and appreciation for the silver jubilarian’s commitment. He assured Fr. Nip, as he is fondly called, of the whole community’s prayers.

The Theology students who were instituted to the ministries are currently studying at the Don Bosco Center of Studies in Better Living Subdivision, Parañaque City, and one assigned at St. Hannibal Mary Discernment Center in Iloilo. Meanwhile, Niptale is currently assigned as the parish priest of the St. Catherine of Siena Parish in Pangasinan.

The Holy Mass began at around 5:00 p.m at the Holy Spirit Chapel of Fr. Di Francia Center of Studies, Sucat, Parañaque City. Present at the Eucharistic celebration were confreres from the Rogationist St. Matthew Province, seminarians, relatives, friends, and benefactors. (John Francis Aberion / CBCPNews)

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