Cardinal Tagle leads funeral Mass for Bishop Tumulak

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle, D.D. led the Funeral Mass for Bishop Leopoldo Tumulak, D.D. of the Military Ordinariate of the Philippines on June 22, 2017.

The Funeral Mass was held at the St. Ignatius Cathedral at Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City attended by the family and friends of bishop Tumulak, clergy, religious, officials and members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Philippine National Police (PNP), and the faithful.

In his homily, Cardinal Tagle told that he had the opportunity to visit bishop Tumulak in the hospital. He also had the chance to have a short conversation with the bishop who does not lose his love, realism and simplicity.

“Your Eminence, kung ano man ang mangyari sa akin, I have tried my best to secure the clergy, the Military Ordinariate, the medical and insurance they need. Kahit papaano may nasimulan na diyan,” Bishop Tumulak told Cardinal Tagle.

Cardinal Tagle also shared bishop Tumulak’s request to have a photo with him together with the bishop’s family.

“Your Eminence, can I have a favor nandito ang family ko puwede po bang magpapicture-taking. (nagkatawanan) On that note I said, wow! If this is goodbye, he did not lost his sense of humanity and his sense of humor even,” Cardinal Tagle said.

The funeral Mass was also attended by the different archbishops and bishops from different Ecclesiastical Provinces in the country, namely: Bishops Honesto Ongtioco of Cubao; Pablo Virgilio David, Caloocan, Antonio Tobias, Bishop Emeritus Teodoro Bacani Jr. of Caloocan; Reynaldo Evangelista of Imus; Broderick Pabillo of Manila; (Luzon) Archbishop Socrates Villegas at Bishop Elmer Mangalinao ng Lingayen-Dagupan; (Visayas) Archbishop Jose Palma at Bishop Dennis Espejo of Cebu; Bishop Crispin Varquez of Borongan; (Mindanao) Arcbishops Romulo Dela Cruz of Zamboanga; Martin Jumoad of Ozamiz, and Romulo Valles of Davao.

After the Funeral Mass, the remains of Bishop Tutulak was taken to the Shrine of St. Therese of the Child Jesus in Pasay City. 

Bishop Tumulak died of pancreatic cancer on Saturday, June 17 at age 72.  He is from Santander, Cebu. He was ordained priest on 1972 and became bishop on 1987. On 1992, he became bishop of the Diocese of Tagbilaran.

He was serving as the Chairman of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines – Episcopal Commission on Prison Pastoral Care (CBCP-ECPPC) at the time of his death and former Chairman of CBCP-Episcopal Committee on the Cultural Heritage of the Church.




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