Frs. Rey Emmanuel Amancio, Alvin Vicente Barretto, Mark Yoniz Beley (L-R) after their presbyteral ordination in San Vicente Ferrer Parish Church, May 14, 2016: Antipas, Cotabato.
The middle of May, the 14th day of the month, greeted the Oblates of the Philippine Province with a bright, sunny day. The fine weather went along as the Oblates from Maguindanao and Cotabato travelled and converged at the San Vicente Ferrer Parish, Antipas, Cotabato.
Joyful excitement buzzed in the air for the presbyteral ordination of three deacons: Rey Emmanuel M. Amancio, OMI, Mark Yoniz C. Beley, OMI and Alvin Vicente C. Barretto, OMI. The festive air was lent by delegations from the different parishes, institutions and mission stations where the three deacons served. Some came from Binoligan, Kidapawan, Notre Dame University, Cotabato City, and as far as Upi, Nuro where Yoniz served in the parish and the Teduray Mission in Blala.
The Eucharistic Celebration began at 10 o’clock in the morning with His Eminence Orlando Cardinal Quevedo, OMI as presider. The solemn occasion was dotted with memorable scenes namely: the presence of Oblate confreres, Diocesan priests, members of religious congregations, and parishioners; the choir which sang a melodic hymn in different local languages; and the vows of the three deacons as they professed their commitment to evangelize and serve the poor with their manifold faces.
A long line of parishioners awaited their turn for the individual blessings of the newly ordained priests and they shared the sumptuous dishes and “lechons” prepared by the generous community of Antipas under the stewardship of the parish priest, Fr. Ignacio Rellin, OMI. Thus, the three newly ordained priests received the Lord’s grace to shepherd His flock and the people rejoiced in their grace-filled oblation to the community.
Of three newly ordained priests, two (Frs. Rey and Yoniz) received their first Obedience from Fr. General to go to China Mission Delegation (Province of Australia) and Fr. Alvin is given Obedience for the Philippine Province.
It is truly noteworthy that during the year-long celebration of the 200th Jubilee of our Missionary Foundation as a Missionary Congregation, two young priests are going to foreign mission. In many ways this reminds one and all of our Missionary Call and our International Character as a Missionary Congregation in the Church.
FR. REY EMMANUEL M. AMANCIO, OMI ---birthplace: Cotabato City
On his Oblate vocation to the priesthood: “As a youngster I had no aspiration to become a priest but, this changed during my exposure to the Catholic Relief Services’ (CRS) undertaking with Fr. Bert Layson, OMI in the evacuation centers of Pagalungan. I then realized that it was what I wanted to do – to give hope to people in their desperate situation. “Learning foreign languages and adapting to diverse cultures became a normal activity for Fr. Rey Emmanuel and this will once again be at the fore in his present mission.
FR. ALVIN VICENTE C. BARRETTO, OMI ---birthplace: Cotabato City
On his Oblate vocation to the priesthood: “Having been employed in corporate settings, I was undecided about becoming an Oblate when I first took the exams and even through my postulancy. I had cultivated fears of inadequacy and uncertainty but the grace of God worked in strange ways through lay persons and Oblate formators. I realized my role as a missionary when I saw how people perceived the Oblates as their hope even in simple ways such as presence and being a listener to their accounts of struggles and difficulties.” Fr. Alvin learned how to enlighten the needs of students for peace and reconciliation especially in family issues with honesty, simplicity and pleasant manner.
FR. MARK YONIZ C. BELEY, OMI ---birthplace: Sta. Rosa, Nueva Ecija
On his Ordination to the Priesthood: “There were a number of personal symbolic persons and gestures on my ordination; one of the most significant was the investiture rite: my youngest sister removed my deaconate stole symbolizing my family’s acceptance of the new life I am committing to; Fr. Ben Gomez, OMI who helped me put on the chasuble which symbolized the holiness of priesthood to which I was ordained; and Iday Odong, the poorest and oldest Teduray from Blala, who invested me with the stole that symbolized my acceptance of committing my life to the poorest of the poor. Those symbolisms I intended deliberately speak of the essence of my ordination and the vision of my priesthood.”
“As regard my first obedience, which is in China, I am awe-filled until this time. I am at awe with the wisdom and goodness of God to me, to the mission, to the Church. I have always been open to be sent wherever God intends me to be. I believe the mission area does not really matter as much as the missionary spirituality I carry with me. The mission location is only accidental to the missionary whose spirituality remains steadfast. I developed that missionary philosophy over the years in my first formation and I know that it is God’s way of preparing me to be ever obedient. Now I will be sent to China and I am ecstatically expectant to be awed by the grace of God as we experience the mission similar to the early Christian Church. I say all these with this overwhelming joy and peace in my heart and spirit! Praised be Jesus Christ and Mary Immaculate, indeed!”