Last August 21, 2009, the four SCJ religious brothers were ordained as Deacon in San Isidro Labrador Parish in Dumalinao, Zamboanga del Sur (Earlier, on July 20 they made their Final Profession of Vows in Cagayan de Oro). The Mass was presided by the Bishop of Diocese of Pagadian, His Excellency Bishop Emmanuel Cabajar, C.Ss.R, DD. The newly ordained Deacons are Bro. Marcial C. Aguirre of Kumalarang, Zamboanga del Sur, Bro. Jigger C. Ganados of Jasaan, Misamis Oriental, Bro. Rechie C. Gier of Lianga, Surigao del Sur and Bro. Donald S. Longno of Margosatubig, Zamboanga del Sur.
The preparation for the Eucharistic celebration and the agape were undertaken by the Parish of Dumalinao headed by the Parish Priest, Fr. Janusz Burzawa, SCJ and the members of the SCJ Dumalinao Community.
The liturgical celebration was very solemn. The theme for the Mass was “Doing the will of Him who send me and bring His work t completion is my food” (Jn. 4:34). In his homily, Bishop Cabajar reminded the faithful to pray for all priests and religious specially that this year the Catholic Church observes the Year for Priests. And, for the newly ordained deacons, the Bishop encouraged them to promote and support the Basic Ecclesial Community advocacy of the local Church. He likewise discussed in his homily about the challenges of the Church in the modern times and pointed out that as Christians, specifically, as ordained minister, they should remain steadfast in their vocation and commitment to serve the people and preach the Gospel. And, that he reminded them that despite the difficulties and challenges God’s presence will sustain them as Jesus said, “I will be with you always.” (cf. Mt. 28:26)
This Mass was attended by the local parishioners and many visitors from many places including the families and friends of the newly ordained deacons, benefactors, and the SCJ Philippine District members as well as a good number of diocesan fathers.