Rogationists elect new provincial superior

Rogationists elect new provincial superior

Father Orville Cajigal, the newly elected Provincial Superior of the Rogationist St. Matthew Province in the Philippines.

By CBCP News

October 19, 2018

Manila, Philippines

The provincial chapter of the Rogationist St. Matthew Province elected Father Orville Cajigal as its new superior.

As superior, he will oversee the work and welfare of more than 150 Rogationist priests, brothers and seminarians of the Province, which comprises the Philippines, Vietnam, South Korea, and Papua New Guinea.

The October 18 election was made during the Rogationist’s second provincial chapter held in Silang, Cavite.

The 41-year-old missionary succeeds Fr. Herman Abcede who served the post for several years.

Cajigal entered the Rogationist formation house in Parañaque in 1993, and has been a religious for 21 years.

In 2006, he was ordained a priest in his home province in Vigan, Ilocos Sur by then Nueva Segovia Archbishop Ernesto Salgado.

In 2008, Cajigal also ranked eighth in the Social Work Licensure Examinations.

At present, he is completing his MA in Social Work at the Asian Social Institute (ASI) in Manila.

Prior his election as provincial superior, he served the outgoing provincial government as Councilor in charity and missions.

Since his ordination, Cajigal has always been assigned at St. Hannibal Empowerment Center (SHEC) in Malibay, Pasay City.

“This so-called ‘inserted community’ lives among the informal settlers in the city and engage in the apostolate of community organization and development,” the religious congregation said in a statement.

One of the mission of SHEC is the housing program for informal settlers living along the danger-zone creeks in Pasay.

So far, 476 housing units have been constructed in Pasay and distributed to the poor, in partnership with government and non-government organizations.

Founded by Saint Hannibal Mary di Francia in 1896, the Rogationists began its mission in the Philippines in November 1976.

To date, the province has 19 communities both in the Philippines and in other parts of Asia-Ocenia. The congregation is also present in over 10 dioceses.