Archdiocese of Manila has 4 new priests

Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula ordained four deacons to the sacred order of priesthood for the Archdiocese of Manila on December 3, 2022, Feast of St. Francis of Xavier at the Manila Cathedral in Intramuros, Manila.

The four deacons were: Rev. Vicente Gabriel Bautista, Rev. Aldwin Ivan Geralao, Rev. Xavier Paul Yu Jacome and Rev. Tom Calingasan, LRMS.

“Viel, Aldwin, Paul, and Tom, you are those gifts. You are God’s gift to the Church. You are the fulfillment of God’s promise to send shepherds to pasture his flock. You are the assurance that God continues to take care of his people. You are the answer to our prayers to the Lord of the harvest to send laborers to his vineyard,” Cardinal Advincula said.

The four new priests who were ordained on the day of the memorial of St. Francis of Xavier, a great Jesuit missionary were challenged by the Cardinal to fulfill their mission as they are sent to propagate the Good News to all.

“Are you really willing to be sent?  Handa ba talaga kayong isugo? Handa ba talaga ang puso at kalooban ninyo na gawin ang misyon na ipinagkakatiwala ng Diyos sa inyo?… Take note that you are asked to go to “all” the world, to the “whole” world, not just to the easy, convenient, and comfortable world. Not just to the world that will applaud, affirm, and praise you. But to “all” the world, to the “whole” world,” Cardinal Advincula said.

The Archbishop of Manila also reminded the young priests who were also ordained during the Advent season that they are “sent to minister to people in perpetual Advent.”

“You will be priests to those who wait for the answer to their prayers, the relief of their sufferings, the recovery from failure, and the healing of their illness. You will be priests in a society that longs for justice, truth, honesty, integrity, and real progress,” Cardinal Advincula said.

Fathers Vicente Gabriel SJ Bautista and Aldwin Ivan Gerolao were appointed formators of Our Lady of Guadalupe Minor Seminary. While Father Xavier Paul Jacome is the Attached Priest of Mary Comforter of the Afflicted Parish and Father Tom Calingasan LRMS, will be the Parochial Vicar of San Jose de Trozo Parish.

Last November 19, 2022, the day before the Solemnity of Christ the King, the Cardinal also ordained five new deacons for the Archdiocese of Manila. (By Jheng Prado | Photo by Fatima Llanza/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)


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