On July 23, 2016, the Bishop of Diocese of Ipil, Most. Rev. Julius S. Tonel, DD, has installed Fr. John Karl Cabaluna, SCJ, as new Parish Priest in San Isidro Labrador Parish in Kumalarang. Fr. John Karl, also known as “Fr. Nonong”, comes from the former SCJ parish in Margosatubig in the Province of Zamboanga del Sur. He is the first SCJ Filipino priest and was ordained on February 24, 2004. Among his different assignments were: assistant parish priest in Dumalinao, formator in Cagayan de Oro, in-charge of the Chaplaincy in Dansolihon, formator in Manila and most recently parish priest in Bagong Silang, Caloocan City.
Kumalarang Parish is one of the three parishes offered to the SCJs upon their arrival in the Philippines in 1989. The other two parishes: Margosatubig and Dimataling were turned back to the Diocese of Pagadian in 2003.
Fr. John Karl is the eighth SCJ and second SCJ Filipino parish priest in Kumalarang.
The ceremony of installation was attended by the parishioners from different zones of the parish, SCJ confreres, members of his family and friends.