New parish priest’s dream ‘comes true’

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First-time parish priest Fr. Macías Wency D. Seráfica of San Isidro de Pasay is all smiles as he greets well-wishers composed of his family, relatives, friends, and old and new parishioners. (Photo: Raymond A. Sebastián)

PASAY City, July 18, 2015—Fr. Macías Wency D. Seráfica was officially installed into his new office on Friday, July 17, as chief pastor of San Isidro Labrador Parish in Pasay City by no less than Manila Archbishop Luís Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle, finally fulfilling his dream to become a parish priest.

God’s answer

“My appointment as parish priest is God’s answer to my heart’s desire. I had long secretly wished to become the head priest of a parish outside Manila, where nobody knows me,” he said in a speech in Filipino, explaining how he spent all 12 years since his ordination in parishes within Manila proper.

“I thank God that my dream has come true,” he added.

Before his assignment to San Isidro de Pasay—his first as parish priest—Seráfica served, respectively, as parochial vicar of St. John the Baptist Parish in Quiapo, Balic-Balic Parish, the Archdiocesan Shrine of Our Lady of Guidance in Ermita, and Assumption Parish in Leveriza, Malate.

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3 cardinals, 6 priests

Moreover, the priest was appointed campus minister of St. Anthony of Padua Catholic School in Singalong, and chaplain of Philippine Women’s University.

“All in all, I have served three cardinals, and six parish priests,” he said.

Seráfica was ordained a deacon by then Bishop Socrates B. Villegas in 2003, and a priest by then Manila Archbishop Gaudencio B. Cardinal Rosales in 2004.

He is expected to serve as parish priest of San Isidro de Pasay for six years or until Tagle (or his successor) decides to discontinue his term. (Raymond A. Sebastián/CBCP News)

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