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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Diocesan Pastoral Coordinator

25 04 2009

Cleric: Rev. Fr. Albert Anthony Kuan Bael
Date of Birth: June 13, 1956
Place of Birth: Katipunan, Zamboanga del Norte
Name of Father:
Name of Mother:
Diaconate Ordination:
Date of Ordination: December 23, 1987
School Seminary: Saint Mary’s Theologate Seminary (SMT), Gango, Ozamis City

Diocesan Media Coordinator

25 04 2009

Cleric: Rev. Fr. Patrick Calva Dalangin
Date of Birth: March 03, 1969
Place of Birth: Maria Reyna Hospital, Cagayan de Oro City
Name of Father: Mateo N. Dalangin
Name of Mother: Adelfa C. Calva
Diaconate Ordination: March 14, 1998
Date of Ordination: February 04, 1999-Bp. Jose R. Manguiran, DD
High School: Saint Joseph College, Sindangan, Z.N.
College: Saint Vincent’s College, Dipolog City
Course: AB Philosophy
Theology: St. Mary’s Theologate Seminary-Ozamis City
1. Diocesan Media Apostolate Coordinator-2004
2. Parochial Vicar-Dapitan City-2002-2004
3. Prefect of Discipline-Cor Jesu Seminary-2000-2002
4. Parish Priest-Godod, Zambo. Norte-1999-2000
5. Parish Administrator-St. John Neumann-Sicayab (09/01/05)

Diocesan Oeconomus

25 04 2009

Cleric: Rev. Fr. Albert Anthony Kuan Bael
Date of Birth: June 13, 1956
Place of Birth: Katipunan, Zamboanga del Norte
Name of Father:Hipolito Bael, Sr. (deceased)
Name of Mother:Araceli Kuan (deceased)
Diaconate Ordination:
Date of Ordination: December 23, 1987
School Seminary: Saint Mary’s Theologate Seminary (SMT), Gango, Ozamis City

1. Parochial Vicar-St. Joseph the Worker Parish, Sindangan, Z.N.
2. Administrator-Santo Niño Parish, Siari, Sindangan, Z.N.
3. Professor-Saint Mary’s Theologate Seminary, Gango, Ozamis City
4. Social Action Director & Pastoral Director-Diocese of Dipolog
5. Present-Diocesan Oeconomus, Diocesan Pastoral Director of the diocese and Parochial Vicar-Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Cathedral Parish, Dipolog City

Diocesan Chancellor

25 04 2009

Cleric: Rev. Fr. Cesar Dawa Tinga
Date of Birth: February 08, 1965
Place of Birth: Bantayan, Cebu City
Name of Father: Lorenzo C. Tinga
Name of Mother: Aquilina Acain Dawa
Diaconate Ordination:
Date of Ordination: December 27, 1991
School Seminary: University of Santo Tomas University (UST), España, Manila