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Dr. Aurora Samson-Reyna Receives Papal Award

Dagupan City – Another milestone for the Church has been recognized as one of her daughters, Dr. Aurora Samson-Reyna in the Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan was conferred the Papal Award, Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice on June 24, 2014 at the St. John the Evangelist Metropolitan Cathedral.

The event was a Concelebrated Mass with Most Rev. Socrates B. Villegas, Archbishop  of Lingayen-Dagupan as the main celebrant. Attended by the honoree’s immediate family, relatives, friends and colleagues both in the church ministry and in the academe, students and visitors, the celebration was marked with happiness, solemnity and gratitude.

During the Homily, the Archbishop said that “God revealed Himself to us through three important persons (of today’s Gospel): Elizabeth (God has promised), Zechariah (God always remembers) and John the Baptist (God is gracious). And these three characteristics has also been embedded in the Church: first, the Church has promised – the Church promises mercy, the Church promises blessing, the Church promises presence, the Church promises the Lord; the Church always remembers – second, the Church remembers what God has done, the Church remembers what Jesus did in the upper room, the Church remembers the Eucharist and every time the Church remembers what Jesus has done, Jesus comes down to earth and becomes food and drink for us. And third, the Church is also gracious –the spiritual treasures of the Church has no price tag; God is gracious, the Church is gracious so as the Lord has given us freely so must also give freely.”

Furthermore, the Archbishop reiterated that the Church has seen in Dr. Aurora Samson Reyna these characteristics; the very reason why she has been given the Papal Award: a woman who has promised, a woman who remembers and a woman who is gracious. (Monica Mae Paragas/LingayEdTawag)

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