COMMUNICATIONS from the Bishop

No. 889          Diocese of Marbel, Philippines                       17 August 2016



Bishop Dinualdo presided during the concelebrated Mass in honor of St. Clare, 11 August 2016, Poor Clares Monastery, Polomolok, South Cotabato.  Ten (10) priests concelebrated.

Bishop’s homily.

Love motivated Clare to leave family, relatives and rich lifestyle to be espoused to Jesus Christ.  St. Francis of Assisi facilitated her spiritual “wedding” to Jesus Christ.

She lived a life of austere poverty, humility and penance (cf. Hosea 2: 16-22).

Clare had no eyes for things visible; only for things invisible which are eternal (cf. 2 Cor. 4: 6-10, 16-18).

Constantly remaining in Christ’s love, she kept faithfully Christ’s commandments.  United to Christ she founded several monasteries of Poor Clares nuns in Europe (cf. Jh. 15: 4-10).

Her earthly communion with Jesus led to her everlasting union with Jesus in complete happiness.

Brothers and sisters: Our National situation, according to President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s SONA (State of the Nation Address) is a “sorry mess”. A world without love.  Illegal drugs.  Corruption in government. Poverty.  Terrorism and rebellion.  Ongoing degradation of our environment.

Why?  Because of a government who had no love for God and for God’s people, especially the poor.

What to do?  “Change”, urged Pres. Duterte.  Complete change: personal and structural: from hatred to love; injustice/corruption to justice/honesty; unloving to caring social structures.

We, in the Diocese of Marbel, have a strategic plan for change – personal conversion and total social transformation.  The “Comprehensive, Relevant, and Systematic Program on Marriage Preparation and Pastoral Accompaniment of Newly Weds and Christian Families” (CRSP, for short).  It is patterned after Pope Francis Apostolic Exhortation “Amoris Laetitia” (Joy of Love) or Love in the Family.

We earnestly believe “where the family goes, there goes society.”

Hence, we envision to Christify individuals and families, who, in turn, would become effective evangelizers.

This plan is comprehensive (all inclusive), relevant (to individual person, time and place) and systematic program of pastoral accompaniment (shepherding) from womb to tomb and beyond this earthly life.  No one would be left alone to solve one’s problems.  Parents, other married couples, priests, religious and the small Christian community (KRISKA and GKK) would be there to help the lonely, depressed person organize his/her life.

Expected outcomes: Christified individuals and families who think, will and act like Christ; responsive, responsible and disciplined citizens; improved peace and order situation; transformed social structures; just, humane, participatory; inclusive, respectful of God’s creation; and, generally, HAPPY PEOPLE WHO LOVE GOD AND ONE ANOTHER!

Food and drinks for all!  FESTIVE! INCLUSIVE!



Bolul Mission, Barangay Assumption, Koronadal City, was the setting for the celebration of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, 15 August 2016.

Bishop Dinualdo, presider and homilist.  Fourteen priests (13 Passionist and one diocesan), concelebrants.

Mary’s Assumption, body and soul, into heaven, was the result of her complete obedience to God.  When informed by the Archangel Gabriel she was chosen by God to be Mother of the Son of God, she finally consented after some hesitation because she was a virgin.  Death entered our world because of Adam’s disobedience.  Through Christ’s obedience life was restored (cf. 1 Cor. 15: 20-26).

Mary’s obedience was further shown when she visited her cousin Elizabeth who was six months pregnant.  She accompanied her for about three months until John was born (cf. Lk. 1: 39-56).

The struggle between good and evil, between God and Satan was portrayed in the First Reading where the “dragon stood before the women about to give birth ready to devour her child” once born ( cf. 11: 19; 12: 1-6, 10).

This struggle between good and evil is happening in our country.  Drug lords, gambling lords, corrupt government officials and terrorists are causing so much sufferings.  The poor, indigenous people are being victimized.  The few good lack resources.

Change we must: personal and structural (laws, policies, programs, organizations).

This change should start with the individual person, then the family, neighborhood (purok), barangay, and so on.

The Diocesan Strategic Plan of Marbel on love in the family as mentioned before is one good program.  Let us implement it.  It is designed to last until the end of time when there will be no more families to shepherd.

An interesting feature of this celebration at Bolul Mission is the presence of nine (9) B’laan communities from Malungon, T’boli and Koronadal City.  Main purpose: relearn the traditional B’laan culture.

Thank you, Fr. Mark Tobias, CP and team for organizing such meaningful and festive celebration of Mary’s Assumption into heaven.



Notre Dame of Banga

Sr. Ma. Crisanta Armendez, AR         –  Superior

Sr. Concepcion Anadon, AR

Sr. Ginger Acosta, AR

Sr. Lorlie Decir, AR

Notre Dame of Lamba, Banga

Sr. Querubina Cabillon, AR                –  Superior

Sr. Purificacion Glimada, AR

Sr. Rosielyn Jardenil, AR

Sr. Arlyn de la Cruz, AR



Notre Dame of Surallah

Sr. Sosima V. Ramos, SPC     –  Superior/Principal

Sr. Lolita Teresa Francisco, SPC

Sr. Fely de la Cruz, SPC

General Santos Doctor’s Hospital

Sr. Marie Chantal Verzosa, SPC –  Superior/Administrator

Sr. Marie Cresencia Esguerra, SPC

Sr. Michelle Cristy Fernandez, SPC


Reminder to participants

Strategic Planning Session, September 16, 2016, Villa Princessita, Koronadal City.

Theme: “Parish: Communion of Communities” for 2017.

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About bishopdinualdo

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