KORONADAL, South Cotabato, April 22, 2016—A prelate known for his active stance on the protection of the environmenturged newly-ordained deacons to also advocate for the same cause for the people of the diocese.
Bishop of Marbel Dinualdo Gutierrez told three new deacons to become not only preachers of the Word but also servants of justice, especially for the environment.
Rev. Ludy Baldonado, Rev. Carlo Glenn Dela Cruz, and Rev. Dennis Gamo received the sacrament of ordination with the bishop’s laying on of hands of the bishop during the rite of ordination held at the Christ the King Cathedral in Koronadal City, March 21.
Gutierrez noted that society right now is morally corrupt, ecologically destructive, economically inclusive, and culturally indifferent.
He cited the existing coal-fired power plant in Maasin, Sarangani that distributes power to the South Cotabato Province, the use of aerial sprays in plantations and mining in South Cotabato that destroy the environment and cause ecological imbalance.
Not just preachers
The bishop added that the priests, including the newly-ordained deacons should not only preach the Gospel and celebrate the sacraments but also fight for development that not only benefits a few but the whole country.
For years, the Marbel Diocese through their Social Action Center has been fighting the battle against mining and displacement of Indigenous Peoples (Ips) as in the Tampakan Mining site in South Cotabato.
Meanwhile, the three deacons are taking up theological studies and seminary formation at the St. Francis Xavier Regional Major Seminary of Mindanao (REMASE) located in Catalunan Grande in Davao City. (John Frances C. Fuentes / CBCP News)