COMMUNICATIONS from the Bishop

No. 879         Diocese of Marbel, Philippines                         19 May 2016


  1. MAY 9, 2016 ELECTIONS

We thank God for the relatively honest, orderly and peaceful elections, national and local.

Congratulations to the winners.  Sympathy for the losers.  Humility for both is needed.

We pray and hope all government officials would be effective and efficient servants; zealous shepherds of God’s people; and faithful stewards of government’s resources: human, financial and material.

Government’s initiatives that promote life we support; against life, we oppose.  Jesus said “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life” (Jh. 14: 6).  To promote life is to praise and glorify God.

Initiatives that promote life are: food, water, clothing, shelter, health care, education, job, leisure, freedom, healthy environment, etc.  anti-life are: death penalty; contraceptives; pollution – air, water, soil – through open-pit mining, coal-fired power plant; air spray; etc.

Pray, study and act “ad Maiorem Dei gloriam” (for the greater glory of God).



The Catholic Bishop’s Conference issued this Prayer for Unity and Healing.

I exhort all to pray this on Sundays, within the Mass.

Almighty, most merciful and compassionate God, in many ways in season and out of season you have loved us abundantly.  We thank you, we praise you.

 Our 2016 elections have created a lot of division, hostility, ill-will, anxiety and fear in our beloved country.  We beg you, most loving God, to heal us, your Filipino people.

 We pray that you may touch our hearts and unify us. We pray that we may work together with our elected leaders for the common good and specially for the poor.

 We pray that our leaders may be wise and just, be persons of integrity who place the interests of the common good above their own.

 We pray that they may be mindful of the poor and establish lasting peace in our country.

 This we implore you with the Blessed Virgin Mary as our intercessor, through Jesus, your Son, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.




Dates and Venue: May 11 – 13, 2016.  St John the Baptist Parish, Lake Sebu, South Cotabato


  • To foster sacramental Brotherhood among Theologians coming from Dioceses of Kidapawan and Marbel and Archdiocese of Cotabato.
  • To have a strong foundation of good and healthy relationship among priests in the future.
  • Tobe inspired and become an inspiration for each other.
  • To relax and enjoy the summer.

Participants: Total – 51 including regents

  • Kidapawan – 16 Theologians
  • Marbel – 16 Theologians, 3 deacons
  • Cotabato – 16 Theologians


  • The gathering started with a Friendship Game played between the Kidpawan and Cotabato Theologians versus Marbel Theologians with two priests (Fr. Jesreel and Fr. Reygie) at South Cotabato Gym and Cultural Center at 3:00 PM.
  • Then at 5pm they proceeded to the venue at St. John the Baptist Parish, Lake Sebu, South Cotabato. A short welcome program followed with a light sharing and getting-to-know each other.
  • They started their 2nd day with a mass at 6:00am. Afterwards, they visited some tourist destinations in Lake Sebu (7 Falls and Trankini).  They have their evening prayer at 6:00pm.  Then, the formal meeting and sharing followed.
  • They started their last day with a mass at 6:00am. Then, they visited the Divine Mercy Retreat House and Punta Isla.  They ended their gathering with a simple lunch.
  • It’s an inspiration for the theologians seeing each other growing in maturity and clarifying their motivation as they continue their journey towards holiness, eventually towards priesthood.

The Marbel Theologians would like to thank the Sta Catalina Parish (Glan), St. Anthony of Padua Parish (Marbel), St. John the Baptist Parish (Lake Sebu), and especially to Rev. Fr. Rey Joloro. (Rev. Dennis Gamo)



Summary of Donations for New Generator:

Malungon Parish 2,000.00 Polomolok Parish 10,000.00
Marbel Parish 200,000.00 SagradaPamilya Parish 5,000.00
Tupi Parish 20,000.00 Norala Parish   10,000.00
Surallah Parish 50,000.00 Diocesan Schools   50,000.00
Bula Parish 20,000.00 Mariano Ong Ante 100,000.00
Sto. Niño Parish 10,000.00 Virginia Garcia   50,000.00
Lagao Parish 50,000.00 One Network Bank 100,000.00
    TOTAL 677,000.00

Less Disbursement

  1. Generator                                                             530,000.00

(Brand New, 66 KVA – Silent Type

230/132Volts, 0.8PF, 3 Phase

4 WIRE 60Hz, 1800RPM

Engine Model: 4BT 3.9-G2

Alternator: Stamford PI 144J)

  1. Freight & Handling                                                 65,000.00
  2. Materials & Installation                                         25,000.00

TOTAL                                                                                                          620,000.00

Excess of Funds over Disbursements                                               56,373.00

Thank you everyone.  Prayers for more blessings from God to share with the needy.

Bishop Dinualdo




03      – Mass, Adoration Chapel, Marbel, 8:30am 06-08-  
04      – Conference/Fellowship, CFC Global, Banga,    
06-08- Mid-Year Gathering, Diocesan Clergy,    
  Divine Mercy Retreat House, Lake Sebu    
09      – Conference & Mass, TOES, Bp.’s, 9am    
11      – Talakayan, DXCP, 10am    
13      – Fiestas: Kiamba, Marbel    
16      – Conference & Mass, Poor Clares, 9am    
17      – Mtg., Diocesan Schools’ Principals, Bp.’s    
  Res., 6pm    
         – Conference, PREX Marbel, Bp.’s Res., 6pm    

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