New Bishop of Dipolog

23 03 2015

Bishop Severo

Third Bishop of the See of Dipolog


Epsicopal Ordination
By David Capacio, FY 3
The Mahogany Publication
The Official Publication of Saint Mary’s Theologate, Gango, Ozamis City

On the Thirtieth (30th) day of October in the Year of the Lord Two Thousand and Fourteen (2014) at Nine (9:00) o’clock in the Morning, Thursday, in the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary, Dipolog City, was the Solemn Eucharistic Celebration of Episcopal Ordination and Canonical Taking-Possession of His Excellency, the Most Reverend Severo Cagatan Caermare, D.D., as the Third Bishop of the See of Dipolog.  He was conferred by His Excellency, the Most Reverend Giusseppe Pinto, D.D., Titular Archbishop of Pandosia, Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines as the Principal Consecrator, His Excellency the Most Reverend Jose A. Cabantan, D.D., Bishop of Malaybalay as Co-Consecrator and His Excellency, the Most Reverend Jose R. Manguiran, D.D., Bishop Emeritus of Dipolog as Co-Consecrator also together with His Eminence Orlando Cardinal Quevedo, O.M.I., D.D. as the Homilist.

The Cathedral of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary, Dipolog City was filled with bishops, clergy, religious, lay faithful, family members, friends, parishioners, visitors and people from the different dioceses of DOPIM (Dipolog, Ozamis, Pagadian, Iligan and Marawi), other dioceses and places.  The preparation of the said big event was led by the Very Rev. Fr. Joel S. Montederamos together with the supports of the clergy, religious and lay faithful of the Diocese of Dipolog.  In the Eucharistic celebration with full gladness, excitement and joy for Most Rev. Severo C. Caermare to be consecrated as the new bishop of the See of Dipolog, Msgr. Emigdio Socias made the reading of the mandate of Apostolic See that commanded his episcopate.  In the homily of His Eminence Orlando Cardinal Quevedo, O.M.I., D.D., he emphasized that the laying of hands of the Consecrators, pronouncing the prayer of consecration will let the Holy Spirit transform Most Rev. Fr. Caermare forever in which our human minds cannot understand.  He stated that Bishop Caermare’s ministry is truly a tremendous mystery and a gift because through him, Christ Himself as the High Priest, sanctifies His people, through him,  Christ Himself as the prophet, proclaims the Father’s reign of as King, leads His people on the way to eternal happiness in the Kingdom of God.  He then challenged Bishop Caermare that in his life and ministry, he must always be for the poor and to follow constantly the way of the Lord Jesus Christ, the Good Shepherd.  He ended his homily with the aphorism of Pope Francis that goes, “The bishop will sometimes go before his people pointing the way and keeping their hope vibrant, at other times, he will simply be in their midst with his unassuring and merciful presence and yet at other times, he will have to walk after them, helping those who lag behind and above all allowing the flock to strike out on new paths”, and then giving the blessing of the Blessed Mother of God and Jesus Christ to guide him to become a Good Shepherd.  by then, Archbishop Giusseppe Pinto, D.D., expressed also a message of thanks for the 27 years of service rendered by Bishop Emeritus Jose R. Manguiran, D.D. to the See of Dipolog, offering his life to God and for the Church as a father and a pastor and urging Bishop Caermare to never lose his wonder of the plan of God.  After the message of Archbishop Pinto, Bishop Caermare went down and turned around the aisle of Cathedral to bless the people.  Subsequently, the new ordained Bishop Caermare delivered his message starting to express his motto, “Benedicam Dominum Semper” which means “I will bless the Lord always” adapted from Tobit 4, 19 and Psalm 34, 1.  He expressed his message with full of joy and gratitude and a little undeniable tense.  As the youngest bishop in the Philippines in his time, he was determined enough to conquer his human limitations and difficult cross of responsibilities through the love and care of God and taking these challenged to be more confident, more faithful, more zealous and brave in his ministry believing that everything happens for a purpose of increasing his firmness of faith.  He stressed that Pope Francis’ values and ways of being pastor will be the sources of his inspiration to be a shepherd who always carries the smell of the sheep.  Thus, asserting on the point that authentic power is service, he assured everyone that he will be a collaborator for good governance, fairness, justice and peace and will not hesitate to criticize and condemn the evils that come from the abuse of powers.  He said, for us he will be a bishop but with us he will be a friend, father and a brother.  He ended his message by thanking everyone and with a song, avowing to God, “Thank you for choosing me from all the rest, though I’m for from being the best, but most of all I thank you, for loving me.”

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21 03 2011

Fr. Severo C. Caermare
Rector Saint Mary’s Theologate Seminary
Gango, Ozamiz City

Vocation @ Digital Age

“Can any thing good come out of Nazareth?” (John 1:46) This is the cynical question of Nathaniel, when told by Philip, that he had met the one whom Moses wrote about and the prophets proclaimed. With a similar tone and sense of negativism, we ask: Will there be vocations in the Digital Age?
Pope Benedict XVI in his message for the 48th World Day of Prayer for Vocations recognizes the difficulty and challenge in finding vocations for “the voice of the Lord seems to be drowned out by other voices.” These are voices that are loud to hear and so strong that they cannot be ignored: internet, cellphones, iphones…etc. These instruments have helped us shape our means of communication. But they also define our ways of establishing relationships and building fellowship. While, these technologies have made us closer to those who are far from us, yet we can’t deny they make us farther those who are close to us by enclosing ourselves in a virtual world. They have grabbed our time and stolen our moments for God and for one another. “Don’t let Wifi make your prayer dry”, a call made by the Pope himself.
Remaining hopeful the Pontiff said that “the Lord does not fail to call people at every stage of life to share in his mission and to serve the Church in the ordained ministry and in the consecrated life.” It is in these circumstances that he reminded everyone that every Christian community, every member of the Church has the responsibility for promoting vocations, thus the theme of the upcoming celebration on May 15, 2011, is “Proposing Vocations in the Local Church.”
It is essential that every local Church become more sensitive and attentive to the pastoral care of vocations, helping children and young people in particular at every level of family, parish and associations –as Jesus did with his disciples –to grow into a genuine and affectionate friendship with the Lord, cultivated through personal and liturgical prayer.”
In this same message (February 10, 2011) then the Pontiff added a strongly worded call to priests “to testify to their fellow priests”, in order to provide a rich soil for the seeds of a priestly vocation.
Holding on to the hope that God will never leave his people without a shepherd, with faith-filled awareness of every Christian role in nourishing priestly vocations, we echo the Apostle Philip’s response: COME AND SEE! With joined hands and concerted efforts, it is our prayer that God may give us, formators and all agents of formation “the ability to foster vocations, a hallmark of the vitality of a local church” in this digital era.

Clergy Congress

4 08 2010

Diocesan Clergy Retreat

30 06 2010

Where “Ars” You?

17 03 2010

By: Rev. Fr. Severo C. Caermare
Rector Saint Mary’s Theologate Seminary
Ozamiz City
Published by: The Mahogany, the Official Publication of Saint Mary’s Theologate, Gango, Ozamiz City

Speaking about Ars Sur Formans, France or simply Ars, means speaking about St. John Vianney, whose name is identified with the parish where he ministered while he was alive.

With the proclamation of the “Year for Priests” during which the life and catechesis of St. John Vianney serve as points for reflection, perhaps more than ever, we have a growing desire to visit Ars where the incorruptible body of St. John Vianney is displayed and to tread on the holy ground where the saint successfully “sowed the love of God.” To visit Ars could mean: to witness, first hand, “holiness in action” (the impact of a holy priest in a parish) and eventually experience conversion.

I have been to Ars (thanks to the DOPIM bishops) but I have never been a parish priest. The title “parish priest” has been so elusive since I was ordained a priest. Influenced by the thought that the fulfillment of a priest is to become a parish priest, I keep asking myself: “Where is my Ars? “Where ‘Ars’ you? “When would I become a parish priest?”

I am quite sure that I’m not alone with this feeling. We who are assigned to institutions long for a day when our appointments expire and a parish assignment be given. But what if it does not happen? Are we left sulking and discontent with our priesthood?

Having visited Ars during the feast of St. John Vianney, where Holy Hour, confessions, a procession of the Eucharist were prominent, opened to me many realizations. Ars may not be too far away. It is not somewhere out there. Much more it is not necessarily a parish. It is right at our doorstep, the place where our bishop assign us: whether in schools seminarians, chancery or other religious institutions. They are our “Ars.” As Ars is the mission territory of St. John Vianney, our individual assignments are our place of mission, where through our preaching and witnessing, we sow the seeds for love of God.

Ars is where we are called to live out our vocation in an intimate union with God and become an apostle of conversion.

The great saint did not begin well: he had to face hostile priest in the neighborhood, to go through the ordeals of spiritual life, a target for opposing villagers and he even felt so unworthy of his charge that he tried to run away from his parish three times. Yet his love overcame his inner sufferings.

With St. John Vianney, patron of all priests (diocesan and religious) assigned in a parish or other ministries may we attain holiness not by doing great and extraordinary things for the Lord but by doing ordinary things yet with great love and devotion in dispensing our priestly duties wherever we may be. Ars is where we are now!

The sailor who chose to be a fisher of men

29 12 2009

WHO WOULD EXPECT SOMEONE WITH A GROUCHY VOICE AND a stern look to be a priest, much more someone who has been journeying towards holiness? Such is Msgr. Edgar Mula Agura, fondly known to many as Msgr. Agura. At first glance, one wouldn’t know that behind that facade is a faithful and generous priest.

Born on February 9, 1951, the eldest among ten siblings (8 boys and 2 girls) Msgr. Agura graduated his elementary studies at Miputak Elementary School, Dipolog City and finished his unforgetable high school years at Zamboanga del Norte Provincial High School or ZDNPHS (now known as ZNNHS). As the eldest in the family, Msgr. Agura was tasked to look after the financial needs of the family so he took up Bachelor of Science in Marine Engineering at Cebu School of Arts and Trade. He finished the course in two years and worked as a seaman for two years while trying to discern if he really is for the sea or for God. Msgr. Agura chose the path to holiness and a path which will lead him to a life long of happiness a path to priesthood.

With no one to ask about what life in the seminary is like, he entered the Immaculate Heart of Mary seminary in Tagbilaran City, Bohol to finish his Philosophical Studies without any idea what he was about to thread. He just knew that he had to start from here. After two years of non-stop struggle against the odds of life inside the seminary, he graduated in 1975 and pursued his Theological studies at REMASE Davao City and graduated in 1980.

Unlike his early college years at the marine school, Msgr. Agura struggled during his seminary years especially in the rigidity of academic formation. During those trying moments, Msgr. Agura shared that it was his strong prayer life and a vision of success that helped him through those trying moments.

Fresh from the seminary Msgr. Agura went back to his beloved city and was ordained on April 19, 1980. Just like any other young priest, he was assigned to be a light to a suffering parish, a parish so remote (during his time) that he felt that he needed all the support from the people around him to succeeded-the parish of Sergio Osmeña.

One of the problems that he needed to bear is the road going to Sergio Osmeña which he described as unbearable. It took him one day of foot travel to reach his parish. After serving at Sergio Osmeña, he was assigned in Liloy in 1984 as an assistant parish priest at the Cathedral for four years and another four years in Dapitan. In 1997-2000 Msgr. Agura was assigned as the Parish Priest of Salug, then in the Parish of Galas in 2000-2004 and in the parish of Siocon in 2004-2009. At present he is the parish priest of Polanco.

Just like other priests, Msgr. Agura considers teaching the people about morals and laws of the church as his biggest achievement that he had done in his priestly life. He is known to many, however, also as a priest who has a very generous heart. Msgr. Agura definitely knows how to give, not just himself, but also what he has.

If he were to give advice to young priests or seminarians, it would be “Never abandon your spiritual life for this is your anchor against all evil in the world.”

A priest who answered God without any hesitation and became a solid model of holiness, Msgr. Agura continues his great journey to serve the people-teaching and being a Model to all

Research by: Sem. Denric Sarceno-Pre College of CJS Seminary
& Sem. Hansson Labisig, P1 of CJS Seminary

Clergy of the Diocese of Dipolog Slide

8 12 2009

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