Priests given 4 reflection points at ‘Year of Clergy’ closing
The clergy and religious communities of the Diocese of Malolos began the diocesan celebration of the culmination of the Year of the Clergy and of Consecrated Persons with a Holy Mass led by Cubao Bishop and Malolos Apostolic Administrator Honesto Ongtioco at the Malolos Sports and Convention Center in Malolos City, Nov. 23, 2018. JONALYN VILLAFUERTE
By Kendrick Ivan B. Panganiban and Jonalyn M. Villafuerte
Dec. 5, 2018
In a spiritual conference given to the priests and religious by Fr. Dave T. Concepcion, parish priest of St. Maria Gorretti Parish, Manila, gave the priests and religious four points to ponder on, during the official closing of the Year of the Clergy and Consecrated Persons in the Diocese of Malolos on Nov. 23.
He mentioned four things priests and religious need to reflect on to continue imitating Jesus as a Church. He asked, “How do we continue Christ’s work?” According to Concepcion, this is can be done by meditating on the following points:
- What do we need to do?;
- What we do, we do out of love;
- When we do out of love, we increase our faith in God; and
- When we act out of love, we always think of what we should hope for.
Tribute to the clergy and religious
The clergy and religious communities of the Diocese of Malolos began the celebration with a Holy Mass led by Cubao Bishop and Malolos Apostolic Administrator Honesto Ongtioco at the Malolos Sports and Convention Center in this city. The faithful attended various activities to honor the priests and religious serving the local communities in the diocese.
The Diocesan Council of the Laity (affiliated to the Sangguniang Layko ng Pilipinas), under Br. Amorsolo Urrutia, gave a thanksgiving message to the clergy and religious for their service to the community.
200 priests for Bulacan, Valenzuela City
The Diocese of Malolos has more than 200 priests serving in 110 parishes in the Province of Bulacan and Valenzuela City. It also has a large number of religious communities under the Association of Consecrated Persons of the Diocese.
Fr. Danilo S. Bermudo, from the Levites Priest Band sang as the lay faithful gave gifts to the priests.
Ongtioco and Episcopal Vicar Msgr. Andres S. Valera also gave the religious communities special tokens of bas reliefs of the La Virgen de Inmaculada Concepcion de Malolos.