COMMUNICATIONS from the Bishop

No. 755                       Diocese of Marbel, Philippines           13 January 2014


Pope Francis announced 12 January 2014, St. Peter’s Square the names of 19 new cardinals.  Sixteen are below 80 years old.  They are qualified to vote for the next pope.  February 22, 2014 will be the consistory.

Archbishop Orlando B. Quevedo, O.M.I., is one of them.  He is the Archbishop of Cotabato.

Complete list:

  • Pietro Parolin, Titular Archbishop of Acquapendente, Secretary of State.
  • Lorenzo Baldisseri, Titular Archbishop of Diocleziana, Secretary General of the Synod of Bishops.
  • Gerhard Ludwig Müller, Archbishop-Bishop emeritus of Regensburg, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
  • Beniamino Stella, Titular Archbishop of Midila, Prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy.
  • Gualtiero Bassetti, Archbishop of Perugia-Cittá della Pieve (Italy).
  • Leopoldo José Brenes Solórzano, Archbishop of Managua (Nicaragua).
  • Ricardo Ezzati Andrello, S.D.B., Archbishop of Santiago del Cile (Chile).
  • Jean-Pierre Kutwa, Archbishop of Abidjan (Ivory Coast).
  • Gérald Cyprien Lacroix, Archbishop of Québec (Canada).
  • Chibly Langlois, Bishop of Les Cayes (Haïti).
  • Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster (Great Britain)
  • Philippe Nakellentuba Ouédraogo, Archbishop of Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso).
  • Mario Aurelio Poli, Archbishop of Bunbeos Aires (Argentina).
  • Orlando B. Quevedo, O.M.I., Archbishop of Cotabato (Philippines).
  • Orani Joao Tempesta, O.Cist., Archbsihop of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil).
  • Andrew Yeom Soo jung, Archbishop of Seoul (Korea).
  • Loris Francesco Capovilla, Titular Archbsihop of Mesembria.
  • Kelvin Edward Felix, Archbishop emeritus of Castries.
  • Fernando Sebastián Aguilar, C.M.F., Archbishop emeritus of Pamplona.

Congratulations and prayers.



Bishop Dinualdo D. Gutierrez launched the Y of L in the Diocese of Marbel on 5 January during the Eucharistic celebration.  “Wise men from the East saw an extraordinary star and followed it to Bethlehem to do homage to the newborn King of the Jews.” (Mt. 2: 1-12).

The Y of L was simultaneously launched in all parishes in all masses on 12 January – Feast of the Baptism of Jesus where Jesus was revealed as the “beloved Son” in obedience to God to “fulfill all God’s demands” (Mt. 3: 13-17).

Lay people, according to Vatican II’s document The Church, “Lumen Gentium”, are those baptized in the Catholic Church but are not priests, deacons, religious brothers or sisters.  They are united to Christ, share in his priestly, prophetic and Kingly functions and are deputized for mission (n. 31).

Their proper mission is to “imbue with Christ’s values economics, politics and culture.”  (Catechism of the Catholic Church, n. 898)

Theme: “2014: Year of the Laity – Called to Holiness, Called to Mission.”


  • November 6-8, 2013, Annual Meeting of Priests

Concept paper was presented, clarified, and approved.  Questionnaires were distributed.

  • November 15 – December 15, 2013

Parishes reproduced and distributed the questionnaires to BECs and other groups after adequate instruction, aims: (1) Knowledge re nature and proper role of the laity; (2) appreciation of their role in the temporal order; and (3) commitment to mission of new evangelization’ answers were tabulated and sent to the Diocesan Christian Formation Center (DCDF).

  • December 16-24, 2013

DCDF synthesized survey results (SR)

  • December 26-27, 2013

Synthesis served as working paper for the Focused Group Discussion( FGDs).  The Team from Notre Dame of Marbel University facilitated the 5FGDs.  Participants: 35 – 10 priests (One Passionist), 3 religious sisters and 22 lay.  Eleven areas were identified in the DAP.

  • December 30, 2012

The DAP was fine-tuned by a Task Force.

The eleven (11) areas identified: 91) Family and Life; (2) Formation/Information; (3) Youth; (4) Indigenous People; (5) Livelihood for the Poor; (6)Justice, peace and integrity of creation (Environment); (7) Leadership and Management; (8) Media; (9) Liturgy; (10) Research; (11) ROMs.

  • January 4 and 9, 2014

Eleven (11) identified areas were articulated into Diocesan Action Plan.



Bishops, priests, religious and lay social action workers met on 17 December 2013, Bishop’s Residence, Koronadal City, South Cotabato.  There were 15 present from the Archdiocese of Cotabato, Diocese of Kidapawan, Diocese of Marbel and Diocese of Digos.

The most important decision was the letter to Pres. Benigno S. Aquino III urging him “to disapprove the SMI/Glencore-Xstrata Tampakan Copper and Gold Project because the project does “not safeguard the environment”, does “Not protect health and human rights”.  It is “objectively” a “social sin”.

Signatories: Bishop Guillermo Afable (Digos), Bishop Romulo dela Cruz (Kidapawan), Bishop Dinualdo D. Gutierrez (Marbel), and Fr. David Procalla for Archbishop Orlando B. Quevedo, OMI (Cotabato).



Dr. Crisanto Torrijos, Diocesan MEWS In-charge reported on the status of the MEWS, December 22, 2013.  Bishop’s Residence, Koronadal City.

MEWS conducted: 52 (47 parish level).  A team from Capiz facilitated the MEWS, April 8-10, 2011.  Tean Couple shares – 86.  Lay Spiritual Directors – 46 plus Sons and daughters Encounter (SADE) – 1 and Self-encounter – 1.



Ten persons met January 3, 2014 to evaluate the culmination program.

  1. Objectives: a) Knowledge of Christ the King, increased; b)love for Christ the King, deepened; c) participants consecrated themselves to Christ the King.
  1. Activities: procession, morning praise, testimonies of 2 Yolanda victims, talk by Fr. Ramil, lunch, cultural presentation and mass from good to very good.
  1. Committees: generally satisfactory. Sounds and cleanliness – not satisfactory.  Finance did an excellent job.  Receipts – P1,061,850.  Expenses P571,401.45.  Net P490,448.55.  Food packs – 11,700.  Estimated attendance: 11, 000+.

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