Young priests to serve in “Mission Stations” in the Archdiocese of Manila

Cardinal Jose Advincula, the 33rd Archbishop of Manila, is looking at the possibilities of establishing “mission stations” amidst the growth of the population within the jurisdiction of the Archdiocese of Manila.

In his Pastoral Visit On-Air on Radio Veritas last July 19, when asked about his initial pastoral priorities in Manila, the Cardinal expressed his plan to create “mission stations” which aim to build smaller church communities of encounter.

But, as preparation, Cardinal Advincula said he still needs to review the status of the clergy in Manila them as well as the Archdiocese’s Board of Consultors before implementing the plan for Mission stations.

“Dapat muna tingnan ko how many priests does Manila have. So, para makita din natin kung ilan ang posibleng gagawin kahit gradual lang mag-open ng parishes or mission stations,” he said.

The cardinal recognized that most likely young priests will be given an opportunity to lead the mission stations because of their enthusiasm in the service to the Church and ability to connect with young people in a creative manner.

“These young priests have very strong generativity and they put their energy into creating programs in their parishes,” he added.

Cardinal Advincula explained that there were moments where he saw firsthand from the young priests in Capiz the difficulties they faced but they seek meaningful ways to deliver their best in providing diligently the needs of the faithful.

“Life is hard at mission stations, in the mountains, but they are very creative in their ministries and services to the people,” he said.

Cardinal Advincula was known for his “mission stations” and “mission schools” from his previous Dioceses, San Carlos and Capiz. Some of the notable mission stations were from the Diocese of San Carlos namely: Our Lady of Peace, Our Lady of the Mountain and Our Lady of the Lake. (Hazel Boquiren/RCAM-AOC | Photo by Rian Salamat/RCAM-AOC)


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