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New bishop installed in Antique

New bishop installed in Antique

Bishop Marvyn Maceda (center) enters the Saint Joseph Cathedral during his installation as the new head of the Diocese of San Jose de Antique April 9. SCREENSHOT/DIOCESE OF SAN JOSE DE ANTIQUE FACEBOOK PAGE

By CBCP News

April 9, 2019

Manila, Philippines

A choir burst into a Karay-a liturgical song as Bishop Marvyn Maceda emerged from San Joseph Cathedral on Tuesday.

In a solemn ceremony, the Diocese of San Jose de Antique celebrated the installation of Maceda as its new bishop.

“I come to you here not as an important person, as the world sees it, but the least of all,” he said.

“I come as your servant, and not even as a servant, but as your slave,” said Maceda, whose episcopal motto is “Servant of Jesus Christ”.

The installation comes a week after he was ordained to the episcopate at the Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Cathedral in Naval, Biliran on April 2.

At 50, Maceda will guide the 53-year-old diocese with around 63 priests, 83 men and women religious in 25 parishes.

The diocese also runs a radio station, some schools, a hospital, and a college seminary.

In Kenya’s Lodwar diocese, San Jose de Antique has a missionary parish administered by its two priests.

Antique has been without a bishop since early 2018 after its former local ordinary, Jose Romeo Lazo, was appointed archbishop of Jaro.

The ceremony was attended by around 20 bishops including Kenyan Bishop Dominic Kimengich of Lodwar.

In his message, Bishop Maceda also asked the faithful for prayers in his new mission.

“If one day you see and you realize that I am not anymore your servant, your slave, please see me, please correct me, please pray for me,” he said.

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