Perks of Attending an Ordination

Congratulations to the Vivat Class! (Photo Credit: Juni Amora Alexander)


I was in Tagaytay last December 3 to attend the ordination of the Vivat Class. The ordaining prelate was Archbishop John Du of the Archdiocese of Palo, Leyte. Here are the new religious missionary priests of the Society of the Divine Word:


Fr. Aaron Paul Hizola, SVD- Mission Assignment: Netherlands-Belgium

Fr. Arjay Venus, SVD – China

Fr. Jerome Alburo, SVD  – Madagascar

Fr. Jay de Leon, SVD – Bostwana

Fr. Arnulfo Fraga, SVD – Philippine Northern Province

Fr. Henry Go, SVD – Mexico-Cuba

Fr. Ralp Montalban, SVD – Mozambique

Fr. Reyann Orlandez, SVD – Argentina East

Fr. Frank Quiaoo, SVD – Philippine Southern Province


Selfie with Fr. Tupz and mga ka-berks ko from Janssen Shrine Parish of Cainta

One of the perks of attending an ordination is when many people come to you and say, “Father! Father! Father! Father! Father!”



and you are like….



ME: ???? (in my mind: “Asa gani ni nako nakit-an ning tawhana ni? Saan ko nga nakita siya?”)



But anyway, while attending to these people who are not known to me, they just keep sharing so many things, and you up like….



ME:  “loading….loading….loading…”




kay wala jud kay nahinumduman sa ilaha. You are trying to recall your experiences of them.




Seriously, this is a very humbling experience, that makes me very important. But more than that is also the thought I am so blest with so many people, I have not even known some of them, and yet, these people are praying for me.




I thank God for these wonderful! To the many people praying for us, known and unknown, always remember that your prayers, your love, your genuine concern for us missionaries do not go unrewarded. Our Father in heaven, who sees your heart’s desires will be the one to repay you.



Post-ordination activities at the seminary gymnasium


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