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Talamayan marks 25 years as bishop

January 24, 2009

MANILA, Philippines—The silver Episcopal jubilee of Tuguegarao Archbishop Diosdado Talamayan was celebrated by 12 bishops, 60 priests and Cagayanons at St. Peter’s Cathedral in Tuguegarao on Jan. 12. The presence of Papal Nuncio Edward Joseph Adams as homilist made the event more special. The singing of Coro de San Jacinto, with Fr. Rahnie Aquino as musical director and accompanist, made the celebration solemn and glorious.

A priest for 52 years and a bishop for 25 years, Talamayan summed up the reason for the celebration: “building the Body of Christ for 25 years.” He said he was able to do this in Cagayan through faith and prayer.

He thanked God for having been able to create seven barrio parishes, build the Lyceum of Aparri into a top university in northern Luzon, and of late, build the retirement home of old and sick clergy in Solana, Cagayan, through the help of the Devotees of Nuestra Señora de Piat Foundation and other benefactors. The prelate has 45 parishes and 70 priests in his care.

The people’s affection for Archbishop Talamayan showed. Both rich and poor lined up during the offertory and gave him “love offerings” for his projects. Dame of St. Sylvester Petrona Bucad-Lim said the 76-year-old archbishop was obviously well-loved. Monsignor Adams observed during his homily that the presence of so many people was a sign of affection for the archbishop.

President Macapagal-Arroyo could not make it, but she sent Nena Valdes, undersecretary for religious affairs, to represent her.

Vocations are high in the archdiocese. Auxiliary Bishop Ric Baccay, rector of San Jacinto Seminary, said he has 117 minor seminarians studying in Tuguegarao and 18 major seminarians at St. Thomas Aquinas Major Seminary in Aparri.

During the Mass, Archbishop Talamayan said, “I am honored to have received a letter from Pope Benedict XVI on my silver jubilee. But it is not only for me, but it is also for all of you.”

After thanking the people, he said, “It is best to be faithful to God, but God has always been faithful to me. Thank you, God.”

New priest

Newly ordained priest Victor Emmanuel Quintos, 28, of Alcala, Cagayan, was ordained on Jan. 11 in the beautiful church of St. Philomena. Before hundreds of townmates, 45 priests of the archdiocese and from other places, and seminarians of the UST Central Seminary, Quintos prostrated himself before Archbishop Talamayan, while the Litany of the Saints was sung in Ilocano.

Father Quintos is the sixth son of Alcala to be ordained. He is the only son of Nelson Quintos and Teofila Collado.

Bulacan fiesta today

The people of Barrio Niugan, Angat, Bulacan, are devotees of St. Paul. Their church is named after the saint and was built 68 years ago.

Since it’s the Year of St. Paul, the fiesta today will be more solemn with Malolos Bishop José Oliveros officiating the concelebrated Mass at 9 a.m. The new Adoration Chapel will also be blessed.

Parish priest is Fr. Wilfredo A. Lucas, also the hermano mayor.

Conversion of St. Paul

Sorsogon Bishop Arturo Bastes, chair of the Commission on Biblical Apostolate, will be the homilist in today’s celebration of the feast of the Conversion of St. Paul at Araneta Coliseum starting 8 a.m. It will be an ecumenical celebration of people from all religious faiths. It is also in observance of National Bible Week and Ecumenical Week.

Cardinals Gaudencio Rosales and Ricardo Vidal; Archbishop Angel Lagdameo, CBCP president; Papal Nuncio Edward Joseph Adams and Bishop Bastes will celebrate Mass.

College of the Holy Spirit

The College of the Holy Spirit will celebrate its annual alumnae homecoming on Feb. 1. Batch ’59 Golden Jubilarians and ’74 Coral Jubilarians are co-hosts.

Registration is at 9 a.m., Thanksgiving Mass at 10 a.m. with Divine Word priests Fr. Jerry Orbos, Fr. Gerry Donato and Fr. Angel Magada as concelebrants.

Outstanding alumnae will be given awards. HS ’59 teachers will get a tribute.

The president of the CHS Alumni Foundation is Toni Gregory. Contact Tina Anzures Castañeda at 7165535 or 0917-6213941; or tinacastaneda@yahoo.com.

UST honors German cardinal

In solemn ceremonies last Friday, the University of Santo Tomas conferred on Cardinal Paul Josef Cordes, the president of the Pontifical Council Cor Unum, the Holy See’s charity agency, an honorary doctorate in sacred theology.

UST Rector Fr. Rolando V. de la Rosa, O.P. said Cordes has always shown the Holy See’s solicitude toward people in need, as when he visited Rwanda after the genocide and New Orleans after hurricane Katrina.

“Your Eminence,” De la Rosa told the cardinal, “the University is privileged to adopt you as its honorary alumnus. And it does so with great pride because you share the values [UST] imparts to its students—commitment, competence and compassion.”

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