Thank you very much Paulo Pascual, Jerry Barbosa and Ref. Delany Cuaresma for taking time with the youngsters of Iligan who were aspiring to be football players like you. Thank you for your patience over our “Kakilig” to see you in person and have pictures with you. We are edified by the discipline you showed even when we feel that you are already tired and yet you always have that ready smile. You are an inspiration to our little guys.
Your presence will always be engraved with hope, determination and most of all, with gratitude. Daghan gyud kaayong salamat.
Thank you also to Dr. Joel Pascual for coming here with them.
FOR MORE PHOTOS VISIT ALBUM 1 and ALBUM 2
Last summer, our beloved bishop, Most Reverend Elenito D. Galido, D.D., (Bishop Nitz for short), went to the United States for a visit particularly in the State of New Jersey. Staying in the US gave him the opportunity to visit other places especially Ft Bragg, North Carolina, USA, which is an Army Base and the home of the Airborne (Paratroopers) and Special Operations Forces. It is also the home of the 82nd Airborne Division, known as the “center of the universe.” The bishop’s visit there was made possible through the kind initiative of his priest, Fr. Arnel Ranada, who has been serving as a US Army Chaplian with a rank of a Captain.
His visit was only short, but he had the chance to offer Mass at the ALL AMERICAN CHAPEL, where he was able to inspire US soldiers and their families with his powerful spiritual message that touched their hearts and moved their souls. In his homily he encouraged the faithful to be spiritually resilient at all times through faithfulness in prayer and dedication to the Christian mission.
Before the Eucharist in the Catholic Churchristic Celebration ended, Bishop Nitz was surprised when he was given an Appreciation Award by the 188th Brigade Support Battalion (18th Fires BDE:Airborne) Unit Ministry Team and a St Michael medal from St. Michael’s Parish (Ft Bragg) for his spiritual and moral support to the US Army, by sending Fr. Arnel to the Archdiocese for Military Services and the Army Chaplaincy Corps. of the United States of America. Fr. Ranada has been serving gallantly, with much valor and dedication as a military man and a man of God, being a chaplain.
Bishop Nitz was not only surprised, delighted and proud of the honor he received, but greatly he became so at knowing what Fr. Arnel has accomplished in his military career and service in the United States. He was before the Battalion Chaplain of the 389th Combat Support BN, 436th Transportation BN (MCB) and XVIII Airborne Corps. He had been deployed to Kuwait and Afghanistan last year and recently graduated from the Airborne School. Now, Fr. Arnel is serving as the new Battalion Chaplain at 188th BSB (18th Fires BDE: Airborne). Bishop Nitz was likewise greeted by the 82nd Airborne Division Chaplain, CH (Lieutenant Colonel) Jack Stumme who was in Mindanao a couple of years ago when stationed here to serve the US Special Forces. He was very grateful to Bishop Nitz for allowing Fr. Arnel, the Romnick Sarmienta (who was the 80’s matinee idol in the Philippines) and talented priest, as he and friends fondly call himself, to render his priestly ministry in the US Army.
CONGRATULATIONS TO BOTH OF YOU BISHOP NITZ AND FR. ARNEL!!! THE PEOPLE OF ILIGAN ARE VERY PROUD OF YOU!!!
June 28, 2014, on the occasion of the 65th Araw ng Parokya, His Excellency Most Rev. Elenito D. Galido, D.D. consecrated and blessed the newly renovated Parish Church of Sto. Nino, Baroy, LDN
Congratulations to Rev. Fr. Pacifico “Boy” Gupana, the parish priest, and to the ever-supportive Parish and Finance Council and all the parishioners!