Bishop Mayugba installs new rector of Badoc Basilica

Bishop Mayugba installs new rector of Badoc Basilica

Fr. Joel Reynold Castillo, the newly installed Rector of the Basilica of St. John the Baptist in Badoc, Ilocos Norte.

By Buena Luz

July 2, 2021

Laoag City

Bishop Renato Mayugba of Laoag installed Fr. Joel Reynold Castillo as the new rector of the Basilica of St. John the Baptist in Badoc, Ilocos Norte June 29, the feast of Saints Peter and Paul.

Castillo replaced Fr. Freddie Astudillo who served in the country’s 15th minor basilica for six years.

In his homily, Mayugba told Castillo that among his main responsibilities is to promote the teachings of the pope and inculcate to the people fidelity to the Church of Rome.

The bishop recalled that the Ilocandia was once the center of a schism that has shaken that fidelity.

He stressed that it was the very reason why the Diocese of Laoag was born, to ensure the continuing fidelity of the Ilocanos to the Roman Church.

The presence of Sts. Peter and Paul in the Basilica of Badoc underlines the need that in this particular parish, the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church are taught.

For this, Mayugba challenged Fr. Castillo to prepare programs for intense catechism.

Mayugba also emphasized the teaching of Pope Francis that among the expressions of Faith is “Caritas”.

According to him, the teachings received in the catechism must be seen concretely in doing charity.

The bishop desires that the Basilica of Badoc will serve as a fount of charity. Works of charity define a basilica, the prelate reminded.

Indulgences can be received when on pilgrimage or when on a visit to the basilica on designated days as stipulated in the document, “Domus Ecclesiæ.”

The church as a center for the celebration of exemplary liturgies is to promote its meaningful celebration.

The document also provides that the rector is given the privilege of wearing “in the exercise of his office — over the cassock or the religious habit and the surplice — a black mozetta with red piping, buttons, and button holes.”

Castillo was the rector of St. Mary’s Minor Seminary in Laoag before assuming the responsibility as caretaker of this important Church and pastor of the faithful in Badoc town.

As a seminarian, the new basilica rector finished his Theological Studies at the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome and was ordained for the Diocese of Laoag in 1997.

He also served in various diocesan ministries including Superintendent of Catholic Schools, and Parish Priest of Divine Mercy Parish in Laoag City, and St. Anne Parish in Piddig town.

Castillo is being aided by his parochial vicar, Fr. Metchell Valdepeña.

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