Priesthood vocations a dire need in Palawan
Fr. Roy Vasquez, Rector of Seminario de San Jose in the Apostolic Vicariate of Puerto Princesa. AVPP
By Katya A. Santos
February 4, 2020
Puerto Princesa City
After years of declining numbers of priestly ordinations, a church official stressed the need to increase vocations if they are to replace the number of retiring priests.
Fr. Roy Vasquez, Rector of Seminario de San Jose in the Apostolic Vicariate of Puerto Princesa, said that they are now facing a situation where vocation to the priesthood is a dire need.
“We really lack priests in terms of numbers, we need more workers in the vineyards,” Fr. Vasquez said during a Mass at the Immaculate Conception Cathedral on Feb. 2.
He stressed that many priests are already in their “senior years” and the local church needs potential replacement from young people.
According to him, they expect the next ordination of a would-be priest in the next three or even more years.
The vicariate has around 37 diocesan priests and about 22 religious priests, who are serving in 29 parishes.
In his pastoral visits to parishes, Bishop Socrates Mesiona has been appealing to the faithful to pray for more vocations.
“Maybe because we are not praying to the Lord to send to us more workers, so we pray everyday for more vocations,” he said.
The Seminario de San Jose is the only seminary in Palawan that caters to students from the Vicariate of Puerto Princesa and Taytay.