TAGUM City, April 8, 2016–On his 75th birthday, Bishop of Tagum Wilfredo Manlapaz ordained eight deacons of the diocese, April 7.
In the Catholic Church, the mandatory retirement age of the bishop is 75.
But before his retirement, the prelate decided ordain eight deacons who are parishioners of different parishes in the diocese during a Holy Mass and rite of ordination held on his birthday at the Christ the King Cathedral here.
Archbishop of Davao Romulo G. Valles, who was a priest of the Diocese of Tagum before he became a bishop, served as the homilist during the Mass.
Valles said the gift of person of Manlapaz, his priesthood and his episcopacy are all gifts from God.
“We can appreciate the person of Bishop Willy because he is touched by the Lord,” said Valles, adding that people can learn more deeper about his person.
“We will continue to pray for him that he will continue to build mercy and compassion in this world,” Valles added.
Pure and celibate
Manlapaz reminded the new deacons to remain pure and celibate.
Five of the deacons are graduates of St. Francis Xavier Regional Major Seminary of Mindanao namely:
- Rev. Lou Jake Colarines;
- Rev. Niño Estebaya;
- Rev. Ianeil James Melendres;
- Rev. Rey Ringo;
- Rev. Rey Niño Rosal
While the rest are graduates of other seminaries:
- Rev. Adoni Buladaco from St. John the Evangelist in Palo, Leyte;
- Rev. Robert Legaspi from St. John Vianney Seminary in Cagayan de Oro; and
- Rev. John Kristoffer Nalam from the UST Central Seminary
The bishop thanked the seminaries for forming them to become good deacons and soon-to-be priests.
The prelate also expressed gratitude to the new deacons for offering themselves in the service of the Lord.
He said they will be assigned parishes so they can practice their ministry and also at the Bishop’s Residence so the bishop can get to know them more. (John Frances C. Fuentes/CBCP News)