The Archdiocese of Palo, Leyte informs the public that a certain Bishop Algerico Cabilogan Jr. is not a priest of Roman Catholic Church; says that whatever sacraments he might have conferred is invalid and unlawful. The ‘fake’ priest allegedly celebrated a wedding ceremony in Brgy. Cogon during the barangay’s feast.
Beloved People of God,
We are deeply saddened and terribly disturbed that another priest is brutally killed. Fr. Richmond Nilo, parish priest of St. Vincent Ferrer Parish in the Diocese of Cabanatuan was gunned down and died on the spot early evening yesterday inside the barangay chapel of Mayamot, Zaragoza, Nueva Ecija, just as he was about to celebrate the Sunday Holy Mass.
We strongly condemn this outrageously evil act!
We pray for the eternal repose of the soul of Fr. Nilo. We also offer our prayer for his bereaved family. We join in prayer Bp. Sofronio Bancud, SSS, the clergy, the religious, and the lay faithful of the Diocese of Cabanatuan as they face the brutal death of their own priest at the hand of bloody murderers in this time when the whole Philippine Church is celebrating 2018 as the Year of the Clergy & Consecrated Persons.
Fr. Nilo is the third Catholic priest to be murdered in the recent months. Fr. Tito Paez in December 2017, Fr. Mark Anthony Ventura in April 2018.
We make our appeal once again to the police authorities to act swiftly in the investigation and to go after the perpetrators of this heinous crime and bring them to justice. O Merciful Lord! Have pity on us!
For the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines
(Sgd) +Romulo G. Valles
Archbishop of Davao
June 11, 2018
Silsilah Dialogue Movement and Silsilah Forum-Cagayan de Oro will hold a seminar on the CULTURE OF DIALOGUE, PATH TO PEACE for ALIVE teachers, Catechists, Teachers in Values Education, History, and for others interested on August 25-27, 2018 at SEARSOLIN, Cagayan de Oro City. For those interested, kindly send Amina T. Mambuay a PM for details. Thank you.
Rest in peace, Fr. Herman Suico, SVD (May 28, 1954; Dipolog – June 8, 2018; Cebu). He had a stroke last Thursday and was on comatose mode while at the Perpetual Succour Hospital. He died Friday, 4:30 in the afternoon.
Photo above was taken during our arrival in Olutanga Island, Zamboanga Sibugay for our new mission assignments. We took the Philippine Airlines flight from Cebu to Dipolog on June 1, 2009. We almost missed the flight actually, kay wala man sija kamata dajon sa kaadlawon. I knocked his room several times and in ten minutes, we were ready to go to the airport – but went back to the University of San Carlos because he left his cellphone in his room.
At Dipolog airport, we met his cousin, an airline pilot, who prepared the breakfast for us. Then a parishioner couple from Olutanga Island, Kiking Lim (+) and Noel Llanos accompanied us on our loooooooooooong trip to our mission area.
First Vows: 1979
1. Divine Word Formation Center of Cebu
2. Sts. Peter and Paul-Cagdianao, Dinagat Island, Surigao del Norte
3. Holy Name University (formerly Divine Word College of Tagbilaran), Bohol
4. University of San Carlos, Cebu
5. Immaculate Conception Adoration Convent of the Perpetual Adoration Sisters, New Washington, Kalibo, Aklan
6. San Miguel Parish-Mabuhay, Zamboanga Sibugay
7. San Vicente Ferrer Parish-Talusan, Zamboanga Sibugay
8. St. Arnold Janssen Parish-Alumnos, Basak, San Nicolas, Cebu City
The 4th National Media Convention 2018 will be held at the Mergrande Ocean Resort in Talomo, Davao City this coming August 6 to 9, 2018. This convention will help the members of the Catholic media to seriously recognize their identity as social communicators mercifully loved by God, to explore numerous possibilities that can develop their multi-media ministry, and animate them to creatively evangelize in this e-generation.
With the aim of fostering collaboration among the Catholic media in the Philippines, this three-day conference is headed by the team of CBCP Episcopal Commission on Social Communications Executive Secretary Fr. Lito Jopson and Mr. Edwin Lopez of EWTN. The consultative meetings, inter-dialogue and planning together with the Archdiocese of Davao is headed by Social Communications Director and DXGN station Manager, Fr. Ritsche Gamaya and his team.
This convention will focus on the message of Pope Francis:“The truth will set you free” (Jn 8:32).Fake news and journalism for peace and the current situation of Mindanao region as a whole.
47TH Year Fiesta Celebration of Our Mother of Perpetual Help
Redemptorist Church, Cebu City
Theme: “Holiness According to Pope Francis in Gaudete et Exsultate.”
Themes and Schedule of Masses:
June 8 (Friday) – Encountering Jesus, the Way of Holiness
12:15 noon – Presider: Fr. Copernicus Perez, Jr., CSsR (Provincial Superior, Redemptorist Province of Cebu)
5:30 pm – Presider: Most Rev. Oscar Jaime Florencio, DD (Team Moderator, Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Parish)
June 9 (Saturday) – Mary, the Model of Holiness
12:15 noon – Fr. Tom Cancinco, CSsR (Redemptorist Spiritual Director, Redemptorist Retreat House)
5:30 pm – Msgr. Ruben Labajo (Team Moderator, Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral)
June 10 (Sunday) – Holiness, Doing the Will of God
4:45 pm – Presider: Fr. Shaun Silagan, CSsR (Director, St. Alphonsus Collegiate Formation House)
June 11 (Monday) – The Beatitudes, Our Identity Card
12:15 noon – Presider: Fr. Jesus Sanito Umbac, CSsR (Director, Redemptorist Provincial Vocations Office)
5:30 pm – Presider: Fr. Felipe Bacalso, SJ (Asst. Parish Priest of the Archdiocesan Shrine of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus)
June 12 (Tuesday) – Signs of Holiness in Today’s World
12:15 noon – Presider: Fr. Nestor Gaspe, CSsR (Chaplain, Sacred Heart Chaplaincy)
5:30 pm – Presider: Fr. Randy Figuracion, SDB (Parish Priest of the Archdiocesan Shrine of the Lady of Lourdes
June 13 (Wednesday) – Ordinary, Practical Holiness
5:30 pm – Presider: Fr. Glenn Tito Pascual, CSsR (Rector, Redemptorist San Alfonso Community)
June 14 (Thursday) – Two Subtle Enemies of Holiness
12:15 noon – Presider: Fr. Noel Gartlan, CSsR (Provincial Archivist, Redemptorist Province of Cebu)
5:30 pm – Presider: Fr. Pacifico Nohara, OSA (Rector, Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño)
June 15 (Friday) – The Christian Life, a Constant Battle
12:15 noon – Presider: Fr. Pio Makabenta, CSsR (Holy Redeemer Provincial Center)
2:00 pm – Mass for the Sick with Fr. Nelson Plohilom, OAR (Healing Priest)
5:30 pm – Presider: Fr. Ronnie Asuero, OFM (Parish Priest, San Vicente Ferrer Parish)
June 16 (Saturday) – What is Holiness for Me? 6:00 am
12:15 noon – Presider: Fr. Cruzito Manding, CSsR (Missionary in Redemptorist Sebatik, Indonesia)
5:30 pm – Presider: Most Rev. Archbishop Jose S. Palma, DD (Archbishop of Cebu)
FIESTA OF OUR MOTHER OF PERPETUAL HELP
June 17 (Sunday)
5:30 am – Cebuano Mass
7:00 am – English Mass
8:15 am – English Mass
9:30 am – English Mass
10:45 – English Mass / Pontifical Mass with Bishop Dennis Villarojo, DD (Auxiliary Bishop of Cebu)
3:00 pm – Cebuano Mass
4:45 pm – English Mass
6:00 pm – English Mass
7:15 – English Mass / Mass of the Processed Icon with Fr. Cris Mostajo, CSsR (Parish Priest)
This message comes from Mindanao, Philippines and it is the voice of a Movement that in 1984 started to invite, especially Muslims and Christians, but also people of other living faiths, to build together a “chain”/”link” (Silsilah) of love convinced that all of us are part of the same human family, created by the same God.
This basic concept has been always supported by the spirituality of life-in-dialogue with God, with the Self, with Others and with Creation to promote a sustainable Culture of Dialogue, Path to Peace in our society.
This year 2018, we have reflected on our mission in the midst of an increasing violence and conflict in Mindanao, as well in other parts of the world. We are alarmed of many signs of violence, especially among Muslims groups fighting in the name of Islam. This is now an international reality visible also in Mindanao among groups that are fighting guided by their understanding of the “true Islam”.
What appears clear to us is that the victims are the Christians and also Muslims who do not have the same “ideological” understanding of Islam. It was a time when the relation among Christians and Muslims in Mindanao was better even in majority populated Muslim areas like Jolo, in the Southern part of the Philippines. Before the Christians there were free to go to the church and practice their regular Christian life. Now the church in the city of Jolo has to be protected by the military to protect the Christians who are in danger. This and many other alarming stories are the causes of sadness also among good Muslims, commonly called “Moderate Muslims”. They too live in fear because they are not “good Muslims” in the eyes of those who are practicing a more radical understanding of Islam that justifies violence.
In this situation, Silsilah this year in preparation for the 35h Anniversary of the Movement that will be on May 9, 2019, decided to move with more determination guided by the theme: “Silsilah, a sign of hope in the midst of divisions and conflicts”.
In this Holy Month of Ramadhan for the Muslim world, Silsilah wishes to share solidarity with the Muslims and reaffirm the belief that Islam can still contribute in the world today for a better future for all because Islam reminds us, among the many things, the value of prayer, fasting and attention to the needy, especially during the Holy month of Ramadhan.
In this context, we recall what the Catholic-Muslims Forum in Rome of 2008 affirmed after the open letter of 138 Muslim Religious leaders of the world of 2007 which emphasizes the Love of God and the Love of Neighbors in Islam and Christianity. In that document we also read:
For Muslims, as set out in ‘A Common Word’, love is a timeless transcendent power which guides and transforms human mutual regard. This love, as indicated by the Holy and Beloved Prophet Muhammad, is prior to the human love for the One True God. A Hadith indicates that God’s loving compassion for humanity is even greater than that of a mother for her child (Muslim, Bal al-Tawba: 21); it therefore exists before and independently of the human response to the One who is ‘The Loving’. So immense is this love and compassion that God has intervened to guide and save humanity in a perfect way many times and in many places, by sending prophets and scriptures. The last of these books, the Qur’an, portrays a world of signs, a marvelous cosmos of Divine artistry, which calls forth utter love and devotion, so that ‘those who have faith, have most love of God’ (2:165), and that ‘those that believe, and do good works, the Merciful shall engender love among them.’ (19:96) in a Hadith, we read that ‘Not one of you has faith until he loves for his neighbor what he loves for himself’ (Bukhari, Bab al-Iman: 13).
In that document, the Christians too, reaffirm the identity of Christianity and the importance of love and in the same document presents fifteen points: the importance of human life, the human dignity, the respect of the Creation of God, the genuine love of neighbors, the respect of religious minorities, the importance of education in human, civic, religions and moral values, the importance of love and harmony among believers, the ethical financial system, the attention for the youth.
These and other relevant points presented in the document tell us that there is the desire among Muslims and Christians to move together inspired by the Love of God, the love of neighbor and the love for the common good. This is the wish of Silsilah in this holy month of Ramadhan.
We invite Muslims to reflect in prayer the many points of their faith that help to build Peace in society and also invite the Christians and people of other faiths to be in “solidarity” with Muslims in this special time.
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