Archdiocese of Manila, Thankful for the “Gift of a New Shepherd”

“After more than one year of being sede vacante, we rejoice in thanksgiving to God for the gift of a new shepherd to our local Church, His Eminence Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, who will be the 33rd Archbishop of Manila.”

These were the words of gratitude that Most Rev. Broderick S. Pabillo, D.D. expressed in his Pastoral Instruction “Your servant is listening” (1 Sam. 3:10) released last June 9, 2021.

According to Bishop Pabillo, Cardinal Advincula whose episcopal motto, “Audiam” (I will listen), is inviting the faithful to become a listening church, always obeying the will of the Lord. His motto was derived from the response of the young Samuel to the call of God, “speak, Lord, your servant is listening” (1 Sam 3:10)

“As a listening shepherd, Cardinal Advincula invites us to be a listening Church, a community of faith that is always ready to heed and obey the will of God revealed to us in the Scriptures, in the teachings of the Church, in the liturgy and prayer, in the community, in the least of our brothers and sisters, in creation, and in our daily experiences,” Bishop Pabillo said.

In the Pastoral Instruction, Bishop Pabillo, who was appointed by the Holy Father Pope Francis as Apostolic Administrator of Manila in February 2020, reiterated the schedule of the formal installation of Cardinal Advincula as the new Archbishop of Manila.

“The solemn installation of our new Archbishop will be on June 24, 2021, the solemnity of the birth of St. John the Baptist, at 8:30 in the morning, at the Manila Cathedral. On this day, we also celebrate the 450th anniversary of the founding of the City of Manila and of the first parish in Manila that will later become the Manila Cathedral,” Bishop Pabillo said.

On June 25, 9 am, Cardinal Advincula will preside at a Mass with the representatives of the laity and young people in the Archdiocese of Manila. On June 26, 5 pm, he will pray the Solemn Vespers (Evening Prayer) with the religious men and women. And in the morning of June 27, he will visit the community of Maricaban in Pasay City and celebrate Sunday Mass at the Mary, Comforter of the Afflicted Parish.

The said celebrations will be aired live via the Facebook pages of the official RCAM social communications platforms namely TV Maria, Radio Veritas and Archdiocesan Office of Communications (AOC) as well as in the Facebook pages of RCAM parishes, Manila Cathedral and 500 Years of Christianity – Archdiocese of Manila.

Bishop Pabillo, who served the Archdiocese for more than a year as Apostolic Administrator also took the opportunity in his Pastoral Instruction to thank the priests and lay leaders he worked with.

“I take this opportunity to thank all of you, especially our priests and lay leaders, for your collaboration and support during the 16 months that I was tasked to administer the Archdiocese. Through prayer and hard work, we were able to carry out the Lord’s mission, especially during this challenging time of the Covid-19 pandemic,” he said.

“With the coming of our new Archbishop, let us pledge to him our filial obedience and love,” he added.

He also encouraged the faithful to participate in the 9-day novena from June 15-23, 2021, as part of the preparation for the coming of the new Archbishop of Manila. (Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC)


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