Bishop Marquez marks 60 years of priesthood

Bishop Marquez marks 60 years of priesthood

Bishop Emeritus Emilio Marquez of Lucena celebrates Mass in thanksgiving for his 60th anniversary of priestly ordination at the at the St. Ferdinand Cathedral in Lucena City on June 6, 2024. SCREENSHOT/DIOCESE OF LUCENA VIDEO

By CBCP News

June 10, 2024

Manila, Philippines

At 83, Bishop Emeritus Emilio Marquez of Lucena could be enjoying a quiet retirement, but the diamond jubilee of his priesthood ordination has not gone unnoticed.

On June 6, it was exactly 60 years since Marquez’s priestly ordination, highlighted with a Mass he presided over at the St. Ferdinand Cathedral in Lucena City.

He also marked the anniversary surrounded by the diocese’s clergy and some of his fellow bishops, including Archbishop Socrates Villegas of Lingayen-Dagupan, and Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara of Pasig, CBCP vice president.

In his homily, Villegas said that a jubilee is a time of thanksgiving for the past 60 years of Marquez’s priestly ministry.

But he emphasized that the occasion is also a reminder for the people “to choose what is right and not what is easy”.

“An easy life is a worthless teacher,” Villegas said. “The most important lessons in our lives are found in the hardships of life.”

“Don’t rush… be faithful to Christ because Christ is faithful forever,” the archbishop added.

Marquez was ordained priest at the age of 23 in his hometown of Lopez in Quezon province.

In December 1984, he was appointed the first residential bishop of Gumaca. He was ordained to the episcopate and formally assumed his new role on Jan. 29, 1985.

In May 2002, he was named coadjutor bishop of Lucena. He assumed the pastoral governance of the diocese with the resignation of Bishop Ruben Tolentino Profugo on Sept. 13, 2003.

At 76, Marquez retired from the episcopal ministry on July 29, 2017.

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