Friday, July 1, 2011

Ordinations in Cebu

Archbishop Jose Palma of Cebu ordained 11 new priests on June 21, 2011 in the Metropolitan Cathedral of Cebu, continuing the recent trend of the Archdiocese of Cebu ordaining the most number of diocesan priests among the dioceses of the Philippines. (See also this article.) Last year, Cebu had 16 new diocesan priests, 3 of whom belonged to the Society of the Angel of Peace (SAP), a new monastic congregation with its sole monastery in the city of Talisay in the province of Cebu.

Cebu also witnessed the ordination (in May of this year) of five Filipino priests for the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate. They were ordained in the FFI-run Church of the Co-Redemptrix (Brgy. San Jose Talamban, Cebu City) by the Archbishop Emeritus of Cebu, His Eminence Ricardo Cardinal Vidal. The ordination rites were celebrated according to the "Ordinary Form" of the Roman Rite, unlike the FFI's sacerdotal and diaconal ordinations (all held in Italy) in 2009 and 2010, which were celebrated according to the liturgical books in force in 1962. 

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