Palo clergy’s major reshuffle

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PALO, Leyte, Feb. 7, 2015 — A major reshuffling in clerical duties, an administrative procedure that was stalled by super typhoon Yolanda and later on by the visit of Pope Francis to the Archdiocese of Palo, has finally come to fruition.

Fr. Chris Arthur Militante, the newly appointed coordinator for Commission on Social Communications and Mass Media, said Palo Archbishop John Forrosuelo Du has already announced changing of the guards in the majority of parishes in the entire archdiocese.

First major change 

The announcement of new assignments was held in a presbyterium meeting at the Palo Chancery this week preceded by a Holy Hour led by the bishop.

The major reshuffle, Militante informed, is based on the Chapter VI provision of the Code of Canon Law.

This is the first major movement that took place in the stewardship of 78 parishes in the region in recent memory, although a few started in 2014. This revamp should have been implemented sooner, on Jan.14 yet had it not been for super typhoon Yolanda.

Fr. Ric Marpa, Chancellor of the Archdiocese of Palo, said there are few parish priests and moderators who are vicars forane or with limited jurisdictions in their new assignments.

Like soldiers

He noted that the new assignments included changes in the board of consultors, as well as the Archdiocesan Curia, including that of Militante’s. Militante will also serve as secretary of the presbyterium meeting, besides acting as secretary of Archbishop Du, a position previously held by Fr. Engelbert “Bongkie” Tiu, who is now a parish priest in St. Anne Parish in Sta. Fe.

An insider source said all the clergy with new assignments will be installed before the start of Lent this year, which is on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 18.

He added that priests, like soldiers, should always be ready for any change in their place of assignment, thus should not harbour excessive feelings of attachment to their current jurisdiction and duties in the archdiocese. (Eileen Nazareno-Ballesteros/CBCPNews)

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