COMMUNICATIONS from the Bishop

No. 893          Diocese of Marbel, Philippines                        15 September 2016


September 15 is Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows.  We remember today Mary’s sorrows in her association with Jesus Christ.

“By the 14th century, the faithful identified seven sorrows of Mary.” (Ordo, 2016)

These are: (1) Simeon’s prophecy (Lk. 2: 34-35); (2) flight into Egypt (Mt. 2: 13-21); (3) 3-day separation from Jesus (Lk. 2: 41-50); (4) her meeting with Christ on the way to calvary; (5) the crucifixion; (6) removal of Christ’s body from the cross; (7) Christ’s burial (Mt. 27: 31-61; Mk. 15: 20-47; Lk. 23: 25-56; Jh. 19: 17-42).  In 1817,Pius VII extended the feast of Our Lady of Sorrows to the whole Church. (cf. “Our Lady of Sorrows”, 1978 Catholic Almanac, p. 300).

Let us patiently bear our sorrows during this state of national emergency on account of lawless violence.  And pray we must for all the victims of violence here and abroad.



Forty-three (43) PRIESTS – 41 DIOCESAN and 2 Claretians had their recollection, 13 September 2016, St. Francis Xavier Parish, Malapatan, Sarangani.

Persons responsible: Fr. Arvin Bellen, CMF who introduced the two women sharers and Fr. Efren Decreto, CMF – Mass presider and homilist.

The two women who shared their experiences are Tagakaulos from Datal Anggas, Alabel, Sarangani.  Mother and daughter.

Arlene Ayaw, daughter, had been active in Church since she was 7 years old – recollection and retreat.  She realized that the more she became close to God the more she experienced problems.  She exhorted the priests to serve – difficulties, notwithstanding.  She expressed her desire to enter a religious congregation.

Elen T. Ayaw, mother, 45 years old.  PME Fathers started the mission in Datal Anggas, up in the mountains, approachable by two wheels ordinarily.  PME established tribal schools.  MIC Sisters, Mission Collaborators.  She was once a teacher.  Homilies strengthened her faith.

Fr. Efren Decreto, CMF, shared his vocation story: calling, rejection, assurance, acceptance, mission.                                                                                                                                    (Fr. JOC)



Fr. (Lt. Col.) Jaime Consolacion Seriña III, PNP Region XII Chapain, briefed the priests on the UPPEM-TBID.

Police Regional Office 12 is relentless in its campaign against the evil of illegal drugs that destroy the moral fiber of our community.  Our pro-active campaign in this war on drugs has become a unified effort not only at the leading agency unit of law enforcement but also of other government agencies and stakeholders within Region 12.

We have interventions that assist the surrenderers such as economic, psychological and physical aspects of the aforementioned.

To make out interventions integral and well set, the need for spiritual and moral intervention is needed.

In this connection, PRO 12 initiates Pastoral Program dubbed as: UPPEM-TBID or Comprehensive, Relevant, systematic Program for Victims of Illegal Drugs. (CRSP for Drug Users and Pushers).

This effort is to give emphasis on saving the soul of drug users and pushers under the shepherding of the Diocese of Marbel, a response to Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation: ‘”AmorisLaetitia’”.  PCSupt (Brig.Gen.) Cedrick Gayoma Train is the Acting Regional Director.



Dearly beloved People in Marbel Diocese:

 Peace and joy!

At the last judgment Jesus will judge us on what we have done or not done for the poor – “the least of these brothers of mine” (cf. Mt. 25: 34-41).

The indigenous peoples are the poorest of the poor.  Neglected.  Deprived.  Oppressed.  Exploited.

On 9 October 2016, we will celebrate the 39th Indigenous Peoples Sunday.  This celebration was initiated by the CBCP in 1978 to highlight the Church’s preferential option for the poor.

Among these indigenous peoples are the estimated 5,000 Bla’ans in Bong Mal Territory.

Bong Mal straddles the municipalities of: Tampakan, South Cotabato; Kiblawan, Davao del Sur; Malungon, Sarangani; and Columbio, Sultan Kudarat.  Forested.  Rich in flora and fauna – some endemic to Bong Mal.

These Bla’ans are threatened by the proposed gold and copper mining project of Sagittarius Mines, Inc, as well as by armed groups.

These threats emboldened them to organize and fight.

They are determined to defend their ancestral land; preserve their rich cultural traditions; and assert their right to self-determination.

In the spirit of Jubilee Year of Mercy let us assist them by more corporal and spiritual works of mercy.  In the spirit of the Year of the Family and the Eucharist let us welcome them into our families and be ready to sacrifice for their integral development and empowerment.

May these words of Pope Francis inspire us to action.  “It is essential to show especial care for indigenous communities and their cultural traditions…. They should be principal partners, especially when large projects affecting their lands are proposed.  For them, land is not a commodity but rather a gift from God and from their ancestors who rest there, a sacred space with which they need to interact if they are to maintain their identity and value.  When they remain in their land they themselves care for it best.”  (“Laudato Si’”, 146).

May Mary, Mother of Indigenous Peoples and Queen of all creation, intercede for us.

+Dinualdo D. Gutierrez, D.D.


Diocese of Marbel

14 September 2016

Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross

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