On June 29, 2017, 3:00 PM, on the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, three deacons were ordained to the Order of the Priesthood by His Excellency Most Rev. Socrates B. Villegas, DD, Archbishop of Lingayen-Dagupan.
The Dominican Province of the Philippines and the Convent of Santo Domingo rejoiced at this momentous occasion of Fr. Rommel P. Olivar, OP, Fr. Felix delos Reyes, Jr., OP and Fr. Art Vincent Pangan, OP. Archbishop Villegas, in his homily, added three questions to the series of questions in the rite of ordination. These were good points to be reflected by the newly ordained priests and those who attended the ordination. However, these questions could not be answered simply by yes or no, but by the sincerity of one’s heart. Where is your heart? Where is your joy? Who really are you? He answered that their hearts should always be in God and with the people. Their perfect joy is in the cross. They are sinners but are loved by God.
Fr. delos Reyes towards the end of the Eucharistic celebration gave the word of thanks. He acknowledged that it takes a Christian community to make a priest and expressed his gratitude for all the people who have supported them in their vocation. A simple gathering followed at the USTAngelicum Gymnasium.
By Br. Jayson R. Gonzales, OP