On June 20,2006, Deacon Arthur Palamine Guevara was ordained a priest. He received the sacrament of Holy Order from the hands of Most Reverend Emmanuel Cabajar, CSSR, DD, the bishop of the Diocese of Pagadian. The Ceremony was held in the Sacred Heart Parish in Cagayan de Oro City, the parish of Fr. Arthur and was attended by all SCJs, his relatives, friends and many priests and religious from different dioceses and congregations. Fr. Arthur P. Guevara, “Tong”, is the second SCJ Filipino priest.
Fr. Arthur, was born on January 22, 1972 in Cagayan de Oro City. He is the second of three children of Benjamin Guevara and Ophelia Palamine. After finishing his elementary school at Camp Evangelista in Cagayan de Oro City and high school at Liceo de Cagayan University, he went to Marawi City, where at the Mindanao State University, he graduated as Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, major in Accounting. It was a time when he got deeply involved in the activities of Singles for Christ, a Catholic, charismatic movement widely spread in the Philippines, and when he started to think seriously about the priesthood, giving up his dream from his early childhood to become a military man like his father.
After completing his studies, for two years he worked in the Philippine National Bank in Cagayan de Oro City. During this time he met an SCJ members working in that area. As a result of these contacts, on April 16, 1996, he joined our SCJ Congregation.
First, he finished his philosophical studies at Xavier University in Cagayan de Oro, after which in 1998 he started his 14 months Novitiate in Dimataling, Zamboanga del Sur. After taking his first vows, he went back to Cagayan de Oro to study theology at St. Vianney Theological Seminary, which he finished in March 2003. At the moment he is assigned in San Isidro Parish in Dumalinao, Zamboanga del Sur.