COMMUNICATIONS from the Bishop

No.  882          Diocese of Marbel, Philippines                       14 June 2016



Dates and venue:  6-8 June 2016.  Divine Mercy Retreat Center, Lamdalag, Lake Sebu, South Cotabato.

Participants: 53 (49 priests, 3 deacons, bishop)

Objectives:  To:

  • Strengthen unity through shared experiences, prayers and activities (meals and socials)
  • Finalize appointments of diocesan priests.
  • Enrich understanding of priestly ministry.

 1. Sharers of priestly experiences

a. Francisco Bajos

  • more realizations as he grows in years of priestly ministry.
  • grateful for the gift of vocation.
  • Enjoyed his early years as a priest when priests were few and bonding was closer.
  • Hopes barriers among priests are removed.
  • His experiences as missionary in St. Lucia, Archdiocese of Castries, Caribbean made him realize the importance of the Eucharist and the other sacraments.
  • Priests are ordained for others; not for selves.
  • Help brother priests to improve; not to destroy.

b. Rafael Cabrido

  • Grateful to priests who were his formators, especially the bishop, also for the gift of vocation.
  • The realities he experienced as a priest helped him become a better person.
  • Citing 1st Peter he reminded priests to avoid carnal desires and to drink fresh milk. He also cited Solomon who asked for wisdom, not wealth nor money.
  • He asked the Lord not to let him live in poverty (in constant need?)

c. Bobbly Parreño

  • Happy as a priest these past 27 years.
  • Mentioned seminary and priestly experiences.
  • His experiences in his various assignments made him value the virtue of respect, sense of brotherhood and the importance of our priestly vocation.

d. Rolando Japitana

  • Grateful for the gift of vocation.
  • Happy in his priestly ministry, inspite of human weaknesses.
  • But inspite of these shortcomings he remains faithful to his calling.
  • Through his experiences as a priests, he was able to develop his person.

(From Fr. Joemer “Toto” Candido)


  1. Bishop’s Time
  • He presented the List of Appointments prepared by the clergy committee. After some discussion and clarification, the Bishop approved the recommendation.
  • Some of the points he got from Pope Francis’ talk to the Italian bishops on priests today
  • Love is everything.
  • Simplicity of lifestyle and availability
  • Responsible for others’ destiny
  • Serves life and a man of peace and reconciliation
  • Consigns himself to the Lord each morning.
  • Intimacy with Jesus Christ safeguards him and keeps him apart from spiritual worldliness that corrupts.
  • His ultimate reason for self-giving is God’s Kingdom.
  • Bishop also shared the three roles of a priest: (1) servant; (2) shepherd; (3) steward.
  1. Meals and socials were moments of shared joy.
  2. Carlos Andalan, one of the more senior priests, a missionary to St. Lucia, Archdiocese of Castries, Caribbean, and a guest priest in Parañaque Diocese was the main celebrant and homilist. His sharing:
  • Thankful for the gift of vocation.
  • His experiences in the Caribbean where people were hungry for the Eucharist.
  • Pointed out the good relationship of priests in Marbel where everyone gets involved, unlike in other dioceses.

(Fr. Toto’s text)



Dates and venue:  16-26 May 2016.  Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Lay Formation Center, Polomolok.

Attendance:  52.  Surallah – 10.  Polomolok – 6. Dadianags – 5. Fatima – 5. Lagao – 5. Sagrada Familia – 4. Cannery – 3. Glan – 2. Marbel – 2. Norala – 2. Tampakan – 2. T’boli – 2. Lake Sebu – 1. Maasim – 1. Malapatan – 1. Tupi – 1.

Topics and sharers:

  • “Trinity, Mariology and the Cult of Saints. Their significance to the Witness of Faith and Life in the Christian Family”.  Joel Aliligay, DCFC, Director.
  • “Bible, Family and the Eucharist”, Bishop Renato Mayugba (Diocese of Laoag, Ilocos Norte).
  • “Eucharist – Liturgy (Rites of Marriage)”, Fr. Romeo Buenaobra, V.G. and DLC Director.
  • “Family Spirituality” (Prayers, recollection, get together), Mrs. Alice Valera.
  • “Moral and Social Teachings of the Church as an Integral Part of Christian Family”, Fr. Joseph Benitez, Vicar for Clergy.
  • 10 stages from conception to tomb
  • Accompaniment in different situations (guidance)
  • Family and Evangelization
  • “Synod of Bishops’ XIV Ordinary General Assembly on Family” (Canonical Provisions). Reynaldo Mission, J.C.D., Judicial Vicar.

Graduation Mass

Bishop Dinualdo – presider and homilist.  Fr. Rey Mission and Fr. Joel Aliligay – concelebrants.


Content and design – Very good.  Training Methodologies and Materials – Very good.  Accommodation and food – Very Good. (No. of respondents 40 of 52).


Fr. Joel Aliligay                       – Director

Ms. Trinidad J. Remollo         – over-all head

Ms. Melinda Yañez                 – Head, Services Team (Polomolok Parish)



The Episcopal Conference on Family and Life, CBCP, Mindanao region, facilitated the regional conference on Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation “Amoris Laetitia” (The Joy of Love) on 1-2 June 2016, Pope John XXIII Pastoral Center, Surigao City.

Participants: 208 (200 lay, 6 priests, 2 bishops)

Marbel Diocese: Loreto “Nene” Morta – Diocesan F & LM Executive Committee President; Romelita Arguelles – Diocesan F & LM ExeCom Secretary; and Fr. Joel Aliliay – Diocesan Director, CFC.


  1. General – participants oriented in basic content of AL.
  2. Particular:
  • Nature, purpose, process, methods, some pastoral considerations presented;
  • Conversion;
  • Initial diocesan pastoral program of accompaniment of families designed.

Main presentor:

Bishop Gilbert Garcera, Daet, Camarines Norte, Chair, ECFL – CBCP.

Pope Francis wrote AL on 19 May 2016 to help Christian families live their faith, starting from immediately after Marriage (womb) until death (tomb) and beyond.

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