Bishop Broderick S. Pabillo was officially installed as Vicar Apostolic of Taytay in Palawan at the Saint Joseph the Worker Cathedral on August 19, 2021, at 9 in the morning. The installation was officiated by Bishop Socrates Mesiona of Puerto Princesa.
In his homily addressed to the faithful of Palawan, Bishop Pabillo considered his installation as “God’s miracle”.
“Na ang installation na ito ay nangyayari ay isang himala ng Diyos, dahil sa kanyang pagmamahal. Himala ng Diyos na ako ay makabalik sa Palawan. Talagang gusto ko na ako ay makabalik uli at maglingkod dito sa Palawan, pero isang malaking milagro na ang hangaring ito ay natupad,” Bishop Pabillo said.
“Isang himala din na kahit na sa loob ng pandemya nagkakaroon tayo ng installation,” he added.
Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula and Papal Nuncio to the Philippines Archbishop Charles Brown were not able to come and attend the installation because of the protocols and travel restrictions set by the Inter-Agency Task Force placing the National Capital Region under Enhanced Community Quarantine until August 19. This is to prevent the spread of the new Delta variant of COVID-19.
“Kaya ngayon ang pagdiriwang natin ay naging all Palawan affair na lang. Nandito naman si Bishop Socrates Mesiona ng Vicariate of Puerto Princesa at si Bishop Edgardo Juanich, ang ating Bishop Emeritus ng Taytay. Mas simple pero mas naging family affair ng mga taga-Palawan,” the Bishop said.
The former Apostolic Administrator and Auxiliary Bishop of Manila said that his motto, “Fides in Caritate” or Faith Through Love will be his guide as he serves and looks after the spiritual life of the faithful of Palawan.
“Para sa inyo na ako ngayon. Sisikapin kong ibuhos ang aking sarili sa inyo. Hindi ako pipigil na magsasalita at kikilos upang iligtas kayo sa panganib at sa mga panlilinlang,” he said.
Bishop Pabillo, the second Apostolic Vicar of Taytay, Palawan in his homily, addressed government leaders of his commitment to collaborate with them for the common good of the people of Palawan.
“Ibig kong makipagtulungan sa inyo para sa ikabubuti ng pamayanan. Pero sana maintindihan ninyo na kung minsan makakarinig kayo ng mabibigat na puna galing sa akin; hindi iyan nangangahulugan na tinitira ko kayo personally. Maging professional at mature lang tayo,” Bishop Pabillo said.
“Ang aking magiging layunin lamang ay liwanagan ang mga tao sa katotohanan, isulong ang katarungan, pangalagaan ang kalikasan na biyaya ng manlilikha para sa lahat at hindi lang sa iilan, at panindigan ang karapatan ng bawat isang tao sapagkat ang bawat isa ay mahalaga,” he added.
His Eminence Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle was among those who sent a message to Bishop Pabillo for his installation and was read by Fr. Fr. Reynante Aguanta, former administrator.
“I pray for you and the Vicariate of Taytay in a special way on this day of your installation. God will show His faithfulness to His people through you, and you will see God’s grandeur through them.”
Last June 29, the Vatican announced the appointment of Bishop Pabillo as the Vicar Apostolic of Taytay, Palawan. It was read by Archbishop Brown before the start of the Pope’s Day Mass at the Manila Cathedral. (Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC | Photo from Katya Santos/SOCOM-AVPP Ugnayan)