Sharing the Joy of the Canonical Installation of a New BishopBack
Mary Rose Calderon shared her experiences of representing Binalbagan Catholic College at the canonical installation of a new Bishop in the diocese of Bacolod.
I felt so blessed to be chosen as one of the four representatives of Binalbagan Catholic College to attend the canonical installation of Most Reverend Patricio A Buzon as the 6th Bishop of the Diocese of Bacolod.
The ceremony took place in San Sebastian Cathedral on 9 August 2016 and it was a lovely ceremony and solemn celebration with the presence of numerous Bishops all over the Philippines. Among those present were Most Reverend Socrates Villegas (Catholic Bishop Conference of the Philippines president); two representatives of Papal Nuncio; Most Reverend Vicente Navarra, Bishop Emeritus of Diocese of Bacolod; almost all of the priests from the Diocese of Kabankalan and the Diocese of Bacolod; nuns/sisters and lay people.
The installation ceremony started with the reading of the letter of appointment from Papal Nuncio. As I listened to every word spoken from the person of Papal Nuncio, it seemed to me as if the Holy Spirit was speaking. Most Reverend Socrates Villegas then officially proclaimed Most Reverend Patricio A Buzon as the 6th Bishop of the Diocese of Bacolod. In his message, he shared to us that in Dagupan, (where he is the Bishop) residents believe that “when it rains, the Heaven kisses the earth”. He comparably linked this to the appointment of Most Reverend Buzon that “our minds and our hearts are too small to contain the mystery of our life in the Kingdom of God.”. No one can answer why Most Rev Buzon is assigned in the Diocese of Bacolod. His assignment is the manifestation that God is kissing the Diocese of his love through him.
Most Reverend Patricio Buzon then carried on the celebration of the Holy Eucharist. In his homily, he shared his feeling of being humbled by the appointment. He only wished that the Kingdom of God would come upon the Diocese. He then asked, “What is the Kingdom of God? And continued, “When Jesus began His ministry, He proclaimed that the Kingdom of God belongs to the poor, the children and the innocent”.
He also shared that many lamented that the church now has lost its influence and political clout, but he believes that “as the Church become powerless, the more credible She is in fulfilling the mission of evangelization.” He added that, “The more powerless the church, the freer She is in exercising the prophetic role of standing up for the right, of denouncing what is evil and unjust, of defending life and family, of protecting the weak and the poor.”
He challenged the believers that the plan for the Diocese will come from all of them. He will be spending his 100 days to visit the Diocese to hear concerns of each Parish. He said that there were only two things he knew, that “I know what God wants us to go and God wants us to start. The Kingdom will come upon us for conversion as Jesus commenced the proclamation of coming of the Kingdom and healing of the sick and casting out of demons. In welcoming the coming of God we need Healing which means restoring wholeness of the person.”
He concluded that “Our Blessed Mother is the perfect embodiment of the Kingdom of God. When she learned about the plan of God, she responded, “behold the handmade of the Lord, be it done to me according to your word.”
Submitted by Mary Rose G Calderon