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Bishop Oliveros laid to rest

Bishop Oliveros laid to rest

CBCP president and Davao Archbishop Romulo Valles blesses the remains of Malolos Bishop Jose Oliveros, May 17, 2018. MYRAINE POLICARPIO

By Myraine Joly Carluen – Policarpio

May 17, 2018

Malolos City, Bulacan

Malolos Bishop Jose Oliveros’ remains were buried in a crypt underneath the altar of the Cathedral-Basilica Minore of the Immaculate Conception in Malolos, Thursday, May 17, after a Requiem Mass at 9:00 a.m.

CBCP president and Davao Archbishop Romulo Valles presided over the concelebrated Mass with the newly-appointed apostolic administrator of Malolos diocese, Cubao Bishop Honesto Ongtioco, Iba bishop-elect Bartolome Santos, other prelates, members of the Malolos clergy, and other priests.

In his homily, Santos shared how Oliveros lived a life rooted in the presence of God like an olive tree planted in the temple.

“We all know Bishop Joey, his service to the poor as well as his generosity and concern to the needs of the underprivileged, are also known to us, though he did not brag about it, but this is his way of showing how he used the riches he received to become an instrument God’s love and salvation,” Santos explained.

“Love without mercy is nonsense. This is what our bishop stood for.”

The prelate also asked the faithful to continue thanking God and remember his goodness — proclaiming his love and mercy.

Meanwhile, Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle also sent his message of sympathy to the Diocese of Malolos and the family of Oliveros.

“Let us thank God for the times we’ve spent with Bishop Joey and for the good things we’ve experienced through his character and service. Thank you, Bishop Joey, for the faith, trust, and efforts that you’ve shown especially during your sickness,” he said in a letter read during the homily. “May you lie peacefully in the hands of the Lord.”

After bestowing the final rites, the body of the fourth bishop of Malolos was laid to rest beside the two other former bishops of the diocese, Bishop Manuel Del Rosario and Bishop Cirilo Almario.