Tarlac has a new bishop
DAGUPAN CITY – The diocese of Tarlac has a new bishop – Most Reverend Enrique de Vera Macaraeg – who was ordained at the Metropolitan Cathedral of Saint John the Evangelist on Tuesday.
Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas, who led the episcopal ordination, urged de Vera to make “your chest big enough for the people of the Lord to lean on and be consoled.”
“Love the priests of Tarlac. Allow every priests to lean their heart on your chest. Let the beating of ther hearts to speak to you, and allow the beatings of your heart to speak to them. Your chest should be big enough to contan everyboyd needing comfort, consolation and enlightenment,” he said.
Macaraeg was a vicar general and vice chancellor of the Lingayen-Dagupan Archdiocese before he was ordained as a bishop last March.
He was appointed to the Cathedral Church of Tarlac which was vacated due to the resignation of Bishop Florentino Cinense who is now Tarlac’s bishop emeritus.
The Papal Bull read by a priest said, “Concerned about teh good of the Lord’s flock, and after the Congregation of Bishops has been heard, we judge it fitting that you, beloved son, equipped with the sought-after gifts and an expert in pastoraal mtters and Oriental religions, lead the (Tarlac) church.”
“By means of supreme apostolic authorty, we appoint you Bishop of Tarlac, with all the rights and obligations. We allow you to receive ordinaation outside of Rome from any Catholic bishop, according to the liturgical laws. You must make the profession of Catholic fatih and pronounce an oath of fdelity to us and our successors,” the Papal Bull added.
Villegas, speaking directly to Macaraeg, said the first duty of bishops is to “be a friend of our Lord.”
“Rest you head, ears and heart on the chest of Jesus and allow the beats of His heart to soothe you, inspire you. Rest in the heart of the Lord when you’re tired, when you hear curse words against you. Rest in the heart of the Lord when you feel confined and you feel like you are in a valley of darkness. Rest in that heart because it won’t stop beating and loving you,” he said.
The ordination was attended by Papal Nuncio Giuseppe Pinto while the co-ordaining bshop are Cinense and Bishop Rodolfo Beltran of San Fernando City.
Macaraeg was born in Malasiqui town on December 28, 1955 and receved priestly ordaination on May 19, 1979 from Archbishop Federico Limon of Lingayen-Dagupan Archdiocese.
Nice and tidy.
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