MANILA, Oct. 11, 2011— Cited for his shared values and contribution to the community, Manila Archbishop Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales has been conferred Caritas Manila’s first ever Vincentian Leadership Award.
Fr. Anton Pascual, executive director of Caritas Manila, said they chose to give the special recognition to Rosales, also in appreciation of his great service to the Church.
“St. Vincent de Paul is the patron saint of organized charity and so in recognition of his service to the Archdiocese of Manila for the last seven years, we are giving him this token or gift [of] appreciation,” he said.
The award was given to Rosales Tuesday during the Caritas’ Thanksgiving lunch at the Arzobispado de Manila in Intramuros, Manila.
Pascual, however, admitted the event was also some sort of a “despedida” for the cardinal who is expected to retire this year.
“If you recall, the Cardinal already signified his intention to [Rome] to retire four years ago when he turned 75-years old but he was extended,” he said.
“He said he is just waiting for the new Archbishop of Manila to be announced by the Vatican because that will automatically make him retired,” added Pascual.
The church official further said the meeting of the Caritas Manila Board of Trustees and Management today may be the last time that Cardinal Rosales will join them.
Ramon Del Rosario, vice-chairman of the Caritas Board, also took the opportunity to thank the 79-year old Cardinal.
“We in the Board of Caritas Manila really appreciate His Eminence’s guidance, leadership, and most especially his inspiration for all the work that we had been carrying for Caritas,” he said.
“He has been with us for seven years. He has been our inspiration that led us to accomplish whatever Caritas has accomplished,” added Del Rosario. [CBCPNews]