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Dagupan City – 31 August 2011. Seminarians Roland Anthony Sajonas Gavina and Matt Jason Junatas Molina were ordained deacons by Msgr. Socrates B. Villegas, Archbishop of Lingayen-Dagupan, in solemn rites celebrated at the St. John Metropolitan Cathedral. The clergy of the Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan with Msgr. Renato P. Mayugba, DD, joined Archbishop Villegas in the celebration which began at 9:00 AM.
The Deacon in the Church
A deacon is an ordained minister of the Catholic Church. There are three groups, or “orders,” of ordained ministers in the Church: bishops, presbyters and deacons. Deacons are ordained as a sacramental sign to the Church and to the world of Christ,who came “to serve and not to be served.” The entire Church is called by Christ to serve, and the deacon, in virtue of his sacramental ordination and through his various ministries, is to be a servant in a servant-Church.
“Your ordination is a ministry, not a career.”
In his homily, Archbishop Socrates B. Villegas told the ordinandi that “your ordination is not what you can give to the Lord; it is what the Lord can do for you. God gives you his blessings in spite of knowing your darkest moments.”
He also told the two young men that the who is the greatest is not the one with power, but the one who is a saint. In his admonition to them, Archbishop Soc said, “Do not keep that which is not yours. Whatever the people will give you, you must return to them because it belongs to the people. If you keep what which is not yours, you are a thief, a robber.”
To the laity he requested them “not to pamper your priests. Allow them to sacrifice. Allow them to embrace the cross.”
The Ministries of a Deacon
All ordained ministers in the Church are called to functions of Word, Sacrament,and Charity, but bishops, presbyters and deacons exercise these functions in various ways. As ministers of Word, deacons proclaim the Gospel, preach, and teach in the name of the Church. As ministers of Sacrament,deacons baptize,lead the faithful in prayer, witness marriages, and conduct wake and funeral services As ministers of Charity, deacons are leaders in identifying the needs of others, then marshaling the Church’s resources to meet those needs. Deacons are also dedicated to eliminating the injustices or inequities that cause such needs. But no matter what specific functions a deacon performs, they flow from his sacramental identity. In other words, it is not only what a deacon does,but who a deacon is,that is important.
Pastoral and Administrative Assignments
Rev. Matt Molina is assigned at the Mary Help of Christians High School Seminary, Binmaley, Pangasinan as Prefect of Discipline. Rev. Roland Gavina is assigned as a Resident Deacon at the Parish of St. Fabian, Pope and Martyr, San Fabian, Pangasinan.
The newly ordained deacons graduated from the Immaculate Conception School of Theology, Vigan City. They took their philosophical studies at the Mary Help of Christians College Seminary, Bonuan Gueset, Dagupan City. Rev. Matt is from Sta. Barbara; Rev. Roland is from Malasiqui, Pangasinan.
Archbishop Socrates B. Villegas, DD also celebrated his 10th Episcopal Ordination having been ordained bishop on 31 August 2001 by the late Jaime Cardinal Sin.
(Pictures courtesy of Fr. Estephen Espinoza)
Dagupan City – 25 July 2011. “Grant, we pray, Almighty Father, to this, your servant, the dignity of the priesthood..”
Archbishop Socrates B. Villegas, DD, Archbishop of Lingayen-Dagupan, ordained to the sacred order of the priesthood, Rev. Dexter Zamora Cariño in solemn rites of ordination celebrated at the Metropolitan Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, Dagupan City. It was attended by the new priest’s family, relatives and friends. Msgr. Renato P. Mayugba, DD, Auxiliary Bishop of Lingayen-Dagupan, and more than 60 priests of the archdiocese concelebrated with Archbishop Villegas.
The Sacred Order of the Priesthood
The ordination to the priesthood is one of the most solemn occasions in the Church. From among God’s people, men are especially called by Christ to live in His name and preach the Gospel. Rev. Father Dexter Z. Cariño is called also to perpetuate the fruits of Jesus’ eternal Sacrifice on the Cross through the celebration of the sacraments, especially the Holy Eucharist.
Guilt, Grace, Gratitude
At the same time, he told Fr. Dexter that as he would celebrate mass, he should not forget who he is before God who knows everything about him, including his sins. “Do not forget the sense of sin in your priesthood.” This sense of sin and unworthiness should make you ask for forgiveness from God, and whenever you would pray the “I confess..’, or the prayers before and after you read the Gospel, “Cleanse my heart and my lips, almighty God, that I may worthily proclaim your holy Gospel”, and “Through the words of the Gospel may our sins be wiped away.”
The Archbishop mentioned the greatness of God’s grace in spite of one’s guilt. “God touches you and says, ‘I don’t care about your guilt! How awesome and wonderful is the love of God for you!” “Ordination is not a reward, but God’s gift and grace to you”, he further said.
In response to this mysterious gift and grace from God, the Archbishop told Fr. Dexter to be grateful to God. “Celebrate the Eucharist in thanksgiving for your priesthood. Make an effort to offer daily the Eucharist in gratitude for God’s gift and grace”. “Touched by God’s grace, you can only say ‘Thank You, Lord! Kahanga-hanga ang pag-ibig ng Dios. Salamat sa Dios’. Experience the love of God for you in spite of everything.”
The newly ordained priest in his thanksgiving speech, mentioned four families he was born into. To these, he expressed his gratitude: to his family and relatives, to the family of the community of people, to the family of seminarians and to the family of priests.
Fr. Dexter is assigned as the parochial vicar in the Cathedral Parish of St. John the Evangelist, Dagupan City. The pastoral assignment of Fr. Dexter was read by Rev. Fr. Jeremias B. Cera, Vice-Chancellor.
(Pictures courtesy of Fr. Estephen Espinoza)