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AUGUST 2014

THE GIFTS OF ORDINATIONS(current update)

We are very grateful to the Lord for giving us more ordinations to the ministry. Last July 8, 2014, Rev. Gilbert Ytac, CP received the Order of Deacons at the hands of Most Rev. Dinualdo Gutierrez, DD, the Ordinary of Marbel, at Holy Cross Spiritual Center, Calumpang, General Santos City. On the following day, July 9, 2014, Rev. Fr. Andrew Gumboc, CP received the Order of Presbyters, at the hands of Most Rev. Dinualdo Gutierrez, DD at Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage Parish, General Santos City. Our heartfelt congratulations to both Rev. Gilbert, CP and Fr. Andrew, CP. May you have the further grace to celebrate your Silver or Golden Jubilees of Ordinations. READ MORE

SILVER JUBILARIAN

This year's lone Silver Jubilarian is FR. VICENTE "VIC" SUPRANES, CP. He was ordained as priest on July 17, 1989. To observe this important milestone of his priestly life, he was given the privilege of visiting our Founder's places in Italy. In a particular way, Fr. Vic was so blessed to be able to stay for more than a month at our Congregation's first house in Monte Argentario, where our beloved founder St. Paul of the Cross used to live. He was also so privileged to be able to witness the recent canonization of the two great Popes - John XXIII and John Paul II at St. Peter's Basilica. Then a month-long side trip to Sweden enabled him to experience the priestly ministry of our other Filipino Passionists there. Refreshed from all these exposures, Fr Vic is now back in the Philippines, ready to face the next 25 years of priestly service. CONGRATULATIONS, FR. VIC! DEO GRATIAS!

RECENT ORDINATIONS

The Lord of the Harvest has recently sent two laborers to his field. We thank Him for the gift of vocation to the priestly ministry of these two fine men. Last July 8, 2014, at the chapel of the Holy Cross Spiritual Center in Calumpang, General Santos City, Rev. Gilbert Ytac was ordained to the Deaconate by his Excellency Dinualdo Gutierrez, DD, Bishop of Marbel. The following day, at the Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage Parish, Dadiangas, General Santos City, the same beloved bishop ordained Fr. Andrew Gumboc to the Presbyterate. CONGRATULATIONS, REV. BERT AND FR. ANDREW! DEO GRATIAS!!!

The following lines are lifted from the book: Amazing Grace A Vocabulary of Faith by Kathleen Norris (pp96-97):

Much of the fabled wrath of God in the Hebrew scriptures is directed against those who preserve their own wealth and power at the expense of the lowly; someone who won’t pay a fair wage, for example, or mistreats an immigrant worker. Psalm 94 is a good example of the way in which biblical prayers for justice reflect a keen awareness of the systemic evils that lead to injustice:

They crush your people, Lord, they afflict the ones you have chosen. They kill the widow and the stranger and murder the orphaned child. And they say, “The Lord does not see; the God of Jacob pays no heed.” Mark this, most senseless of people; fools, when will you understand? Can the one who made the ear, not hear? Can the one who formed the eye, not see?... (vv.5-9, Grail)

The psalm concludes with an image of a God who acts as a refuge for the innocent, the righteous, but who will one day destroy those who “do injustice under cover of law” (v.20), who hide behind legalism in order to “condemn innocent blood”(v.21)

In solidarity with the workers who were unjustly terminated, our CP priests – Frs. Rey Ondap, Edwin Flor, William Pondo and Vivien Nuera officiated a protest mass at the gate of Citra Mina, the seafood company who has been accused of union busting.


Fr. Pol Plaza, CP

Provincial


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