IBA, HAGONOY, Bulacan, March 28, 2016 – One of the Diocese of Malolos’ five newest priests celebrated his Primera Misa Solemne (First Solemn Mass) earlier today at the Parish of San Antonio de Padua in Iba in this town.
Fr. Divino Albrin Miranda Cayanan, an adopted son of the parish, presided over his first Eucharistic celebration with close friends and guests, members of the clergy of the diocese and the laity in attendance.
In his homily for the celebration, Fr. Von V. Tetangco, the assigned preacher for the Mass and parish priest of San Antonio de Padua said, “One of the earliest prayers taught to us when we were still in the seminary goes like this, ‘Jesus, Mary and Joseph, help me to become a good, holy and humble priest.”
Good, holy, humble priests
He expressed the hope that this be the prayer as well of Divino and his batch-mates.
Tetangco explained: “By being good, holy and humble priests it does not mean that we have to be best, most holy and most humble of priests. What we are called to be is not to be the best, but to give our best. By giving our best, we become gradually more effective as ministers to the people. And it allows us to understand that everything we have is from God and can only come from His grace.”
In his thanksgiving address, Cayanan thanked the community of the Parish of San Antonio de Padua for accepting him despite his being a non-native of Bulacan.
The new priest said, “If it were not for the love and favorable reception given to me by all of you present here, I would not be standing here in front of you as a priest from this parish. It has been a blessing of this small but relevant community that after five years, you have another priest-son through the grace of God and the benevolence of His people.”
After the Mass, a reception was held at the parish convent for all the relatives, friends, and guests with Hagonoy’s local folk dance troupe performing dances for the guests.
Malolos’ 5 new priests
Cayanan is a native of Bamban, Tarlac of the Diocese of Tarlac. He entered the Order of the Servants of Mary (Servites) where he finished his philosophical studies.
He entered the Immaculate Conception Major Seminary in Tabe, Guiguinto, Bulacan, the seminary of the Diocese of Malolos where he finished his Master’s degrees in Pastoral Ministry and Theology major in Systematic Theology.
While a seminarian of the Diocese of Malolos, the Parish of San Antonio de Padua in Hagonoy adopted him as a son of the parish under the tenure of Fr. Prospero V. Tenorio.
He continued to stay in the parish to assist Tetangco when he became parish priest in 2013.
Cayanan was one of five new presbyters from the Diocese of Malolos ordained by the Malolos Bishop Jose F. Oliveros, D.D., on March 17 at Immaculate Conception Parish-Cathedral and Minor Basilica in Malolos City.
The four others are:
Fr. Herbert Agustine Nocum Bacani (City of Valenzuela)
Fr. Rhandy Mendoza Canchino (Baliuag, Bulacan)
Fr. Lou Salvador Jess Anzures de Silva (City of San Jose del Monte, Bulacan)
Fr. Sean Marcelo Tiongson (Baliuag, Bulacan).
(Kendrick Ivan Panganiban / CBCP News)