COMMUNICATIONS from the Bishop

No. 834      Diocese of Marbel, Philippines                                11 August 2015



Bishop Dinualdo solemnly dedicated the new chapel of the Passionist Nuns’ Monastery on 5 August 2015.  Fifteen priests concelebrated.

Bishop’s homily.

1 Kings 8: 22-23, 27.

Solomon asked God to keep watch day and night over the temple he built.  God decreed he should be worshipped in the temple.  Solomon implored God to listen to the petitions of the people.

1 Cor. 3: 9-13, 16-17.

We are God’s buildings.  Temples of the Holy Spirit.  Jesus Christ is the foundation.  Three reasons: (1) only in Jesus Christ can one find forgiveness for past sins; (2) in Christ we find the strength to overcome present temptations, trials and tribulations; and (3) in him can we find hope for the future.

Jh. 16: 19-26.

True worship is done in Spirit and Truth.  It is based on: (1) knowledge; (2) love; and (3) obedience.  False worship, on the other hand, is: (1) selective; (2) ignorant; (3) superstitious.

In this new chapel the community worship God in Spirit and Truth.  In silence we worship Jesus Christ’s body and blood reserved in the Tabernacle under the appearance of a consecrated host.  Here people praise God, thank God and pray for peace in the world.


Bishop Dinualdo ordained deacon Bro. Tyron Mamon Pancho, C.P., 10 August 2015, Holy Cross Spiritual Center, Calumpang, General Santos City.  Twenty-five priests concelebrated.

Bishop’s homily.

Diakonia means service.  Service of justice (Is. 42: 1-7).  Service of love (1 Pet. 4: 7-11).  Humble service (Mt. 20: 25-28)

Bro. Tyron will be ordained deacon today, God willing.  Today, 10th August is the Feast of St. Lawrence, deacon and martyr.  He was a deacon of Pope St. Sixtus the 2nd, dedicated to the service of the poor in Rome.

The Apostles ordained deacons“seven men of good reputation, filled with the Spirit and with wisdom” (Acts 6: 3).  Initially they gave food to poor widows (Acts 6: 2).  Later, they also proclaimed Christ, like Stephen and Philip (Acts, Chapter 7).  Much later, Philip baptized a eunuch of the Queen of Ethiopia (Acts 8: 39).

From the Acts we learn that deacons served food, proclaimed Jesus Christ and baptized converts.

The proclamation of the Good News – Jesus Christ crucified and risen for our salvation is a message of salvation from sin and liberation from everything oppressive to human persons. “This is integral evangelization: proclamation of liberating salvation”, avers Blessed Paul VI (Apostolic Exhortation, “Evangelii Nuntiandi”, 8 Dec. 1975, n. 9)

Jesus Christ whom we proclaim will give us peace “a peace the world cannot give.” (Jh. 14: 27)

“Peace” says St. Augustine, “is the tranquility of order”.  It means harmony by observing the right order.  Harmony in our relation to God, our fellow human beings and nature – the planet Earth, “our common home” according to Pope Francis’ Encyclical Letter, “Laudato Si’”, 24 May 2015.

Pope St. John XXIII maintains that “Peace on earth…can never be established, never guaranteed, except by diligent observance of the divinely established order” (Encyclical Letter, “Pacem in Terris”, 11 April 1963, n. 1).

Moral order’s “foundation is truth, and it must be brought into effect by justice.  It needs to be animated and perfected by men’s love for one another, preserving intact freedom” (n. 37).

Pope St. John Paul II states in his Message for the World Day of Peace 2003, 8 Dec. 2002: “The four pillars of peace, essential conditions for peace, are truth, justice, love and freedom.”

“Truth will build peace if every individual sincerely acknowledges not only his rights but also his duties towards others.”

Justice will build peace if in practice everyone respects the rights of others and actually fulfills his duties towards them.”

“Love will build peace if people feels the needs of others as their own and share what they have with others, especially the values of mind and spirit which they possess.”

“Freedom will build peace and make it thrive if, in the choice of the means to that end, people act according to reason and assume responsibility for their own actions.” (n. 3)

Dear friends: today in our Diocese of Marbel there are four major projects that go against these four pillars of peace: (1) the proposed open-pit gold and copper project in Tampakan; (2) the on-going construction of the coal-fired power plant in Kamanga, Maasim; (3) the banana plantation in T’boli and Surallah that uses aerial spraying; and (4) the “e-gambling” being planned in General Santos City.

Let us ask God togive us the courage, like St. Lawrence, deacon and martyr, to fight these evils which adversely affect our people and Mother Earth, especially the indigenous people and the poor.

Deacon Tyron M. Pancho, C.P., was born on 28 December 1982, Polomolok.  Parents: Priscillano Pancho and Eva Mamon Pancho.  He has three brothers and a sister.  Graduated from Dole Cannery Central Elementary School – 1996; Notre Dame of New Iloilo High School – 2000; University of San Carlos College – 2004; and Loyola School of Theology – 2013.  First profession in 2011.  Final 2015.  Let us pray for his perseverance.



Diocesan priests and seminarians celebrated the feast of St. John Mary Vianney, Patron of parish priests last 3 August 2015, Our Lady of Perpetual Help Seminary Complex.

Mass presider: Fr. Ronald Plomillo, Rector, OLPH Seminary.  Homilist: Fr. Joseph Benitez, Episcopal Vicar for Clergy.

Fr. Joseph Benitez’ homily on Mt. 14: 13-21.  The Miracle of the five loaves foreshadowed the institution of the Eucharist at the Last Supper where Jesus transformed the substance of the bread and wine into his body and blood, the accidents (appearances) remaining intact.

Present: 37 priests, 1 deacon and 34 seminarians.

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Bishop Dinualdo D. Gutierrez is the Bishop of the Diocese of Marbel
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