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Renewal of vows and installation to the ministries of Acolyte and Lector
Five brothers renewed their vows in the Order of Carmelites on May 10, 2019 before the Philippine Prior Provincial, the Very Rev. Artemio Jusayan, O.Carm., at Titus Brandsma Center.
In his message to the brothers, Fr. Marlon Beredo, prior of the Manila Formation Community, reminded them that in formation the struggle is real, but at the same time, he said that Christ is real, alluding to the help that Christ would offer to the brothers in their journey in Carmel.
Those who renewed their vows were Br. Ritche Salgado, O.Carm. of Negros Oriental, Br. Vinson Luayon O.Carm. of Davao City, Br. Joiezl Fern Pinon, O.Carm. of Leyte, Br. Paul Pakao Kaptain of Papua New Guinea, and Br. Leo Nebril of Iloilo.
In the same ceremony, five brothers, together with three seminarians from the Diocese of Sorsogon, were installed as Acolytes. They are Br. Lester Hallig, O.Carm., Br. Oscar Robles, Jr., O.Carm., Br. Eduardo Adolfo, Jr., O.Carm., Br. John Jeempy Sebuguero, O.Carm., Br. Johnie Rebosquillo, O.Carm., Sem. Eli Dingalan, Sem. Michael John Federoso, and Sem. Cavin Lumberio.
Ten brothers were also installed to the ministry of Lector, namely: Br. Rolando Mamites, O.Carm., Br. Rio Mar Sindac, O.Carm., Br. Vincent Sumanting, O.Carm., Br. Flor Vincent Taoc, O.Carm., Br. Kim Paul Escobal, O.Carm., Br. Marjune Caloring, O.Carm., Br. Mechael Tating, O.Carm., Br. Romualdo de los Reyes, Jr., O.Carm., Br. Jade Gerona, O.Carm., and Br. Jaymar Falcasantos, O.Carm.
Celebrating 50 years in Carmel
The Carmelites in the Philippines recently celebrated the 50th year anniversary of Fr. Paul Edison Medina, O.Carm. as a Carmelite with the celebration of the Eucharist in the Carmelite-administered Sagrada Familia Parish in Bagong Silangan, Quezon City.
Considered the first Filipino Carmelite to be formed in the Philippines, Fr. Paul was born on March 24, 1947 in Tigbao, Calatrava, Negros Occidental.
In his message to Fr. Paul, Fr. Bernard Roosendaal, O.Carm., one of the first Dutch Carmelite missionaries to come to the Philippines, recalled how Fr. Paul had to a walk long distances during school days just so he could attend the Carmelite-administered East Negros Academy.
“Paul was making that journey for four years. No wonder that the spirit of journeying has been very much part of Paul’s fifty years being a Carmelite,” said Fr. Bernard.
“As director I had to officiate at the first graduation ceremony under the administration of the Carmelites. One of the graduates was Paul Medina and I was privileged to hand Paul his ENA high school diploma,” he recalled.
The celebration started with a Eucharistic celebration officiated by Fr. Paul with several of his closest priest friends concelebrating, including the Very Rev. Msgr. Hernando Coronel, CP, rector of the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene in Quiapo, Manila. It was then followed by dinner and a short program that highlighted the contribution of Fr. Paul to the Order and the Church, as well as expressions of gratitude from his Carmelite brothers and friends.
Fr. Paul first professed his vows in the Order on May 10, 1969 and was ordained a priest on May 5, 1974. It wasn’t until almost 20 years after that another Filipino professed his vows in the Order. Fr. Paul is part of the Manila Formation Community and is based at the Spring of Carmel Novitiate House in Tandang Sora, Quezon City where he assists Frs. Aries Escobal and Melvin Loronio in the spiritual formation of the novices.
(By Br. Ritche T. Salgado, O.Carm.)