Jesreel Irish ObenietaCalopez was ordained deacon by Bishop Dinualdo D. Gutierrez on 25 May 2015, Bishop’s Chapel, Koronadal City.
“You are to give the Levites to Aaron and his sons as ‘oblates’ (Num. 3: 9).” Oblates means totally offered. Levites were not soldiers, farmers nor shepherds. They were totally, completely set aside for service at the altar.
“We are witnesses” to Jesus Christ’s person and deeds (Acts 10: 37-43). The apostles were credible witnesses – they knew him well. To witness to Christ one must know him through the study of the Gospel, prayer, and the sacraments, as well as pastoral charity.
Jesus said “Simon…do you love me?” Peter answered, “Yes Lord, You know that I love you” at which Jesus said, “Feed my lambs”…“tend my sheep”. Love is shown in caring for children and adults. Love is inclusive.
A deacon is wholly offered to God, witnesses to Christ through loving service (OWL).
Thirty-nine (39) priests were present: two from Davao City, two retired Filipino priests from U.S. dioceses, a Claretian, a Passionist and thirty-three diocesan.
Dinner was served after ordination.
Fr. Romeo Buenaobra was the over-all coordinator.
Rev. Jesreel was born on 29 June 1988 at Lansang Village, Sinawal, General Santos City.
Father is Danilo S. Calopez. Works in Dole as an Engineer. Mother is Babelita O. Calopez, a plain housewife. He has two brothers and a sister.
Graduated from Dadiangas West Central Elementary School in 2001; General Santos City High School, 2005; Notre Dame of Marbel University, AB Philosophy, 2010; and St. Francis Xavier Regional Seminary, Theology, Davao City, 2015.