Msgr. Teofilo Camomot (3 March 1914 – 27 September 1988), the well-loved Cebuano bishop who was known for the gift of bilocation and generosity towards the poor and the needy,was remembered last March 3 at the Daughters of St. Theresa (DST) Convent for his 101st birthday. His cause for beatification was already sent to the Congregation for the Causes of Saints.
Devotees from around the world made their annual pilgrimage to the sisters’ convent to visit the tomb of the dear bishop, in hope that he intercedes for their intentions. A Holy Mass at ten in the morning was presided by Cebu Archbishop Msgr. Jose S. Palma, together with Msgr. Christian Vincent Noel, Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese of Talibon, and Msgr. Tony Raňola, Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus of the Archdiocese of Cebu. Eighteen other priests were also present, including Fr. Dennis Baricuatro, nephew of the good Monsignor.
In the homily given by Msgr. Raňola, he reminded the faithful to have an examination of conscience regarding how we spend our time. Sharing stories about how Msgr. “Lolong” made use of his time, he encouraged the faithful to spend time to listen to the poor and to also share what they have with them. He also shared that one of the good priest’s pastime is to chop woods.
Fr. Mhar Balili, who wrote the life of Msgr. Camomot, also informed the faithful that the Causes of Saints already opened last January the documents sent by the Archdiocese for the bishop’s beatification. He also encouraged everyone to always include the bishop in the liturgical Mass intentions.
Msgr. Teofilo Camomot was ordained a priest on December 14, 1941. He became a coadjutor archbishop of the Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro in 1958. He resigned due to kidney problems on June 17, 1970 and went back to Cebu and was assigned in Santo Tomas de Villanueva Parish in Pardo, Cebu City. In 1976, he was assigned to his native parish in Carcar. He was killed in a vehicular accident in San Fernando, Cebu on September 27, 1988. He was 74 years old.
Thousands attended Archbishop Camomot’s funeral at the municipal cemetery. In 2009, his body was exhumed for transfer to the Daughters of Santa Teresa convent in Valladolid, Carcar City; his corpse was found to be incorrupt 21 years after his death.
His tomb behind the chapel of the DST Convent in Valladolid, Carcar City has become a pilgrimage site for devotees of Archbishop Camomot, who admire the example of his life and believe in the efficacy of his intercession. The major dates of pilgrimage are on his birthday on 3 March and his death anniversary on 27 September. Near the tomb, a museum displays various items he had used in his lifetime.
Advocates of Archbishop Camomot’s beatification and canonization receive testimonies on his life and intercession at the following contact details:
Daughters of St. Teresa
Valladolid, Carcar City 6019
Telephone: (+632) 487-9233/487-8021