Article: Rev. Fr. Iwao Ikegami, FMVD and Rev. Fr. Lucio Arellano, FMVD’s Priestly Ordination - Aug. 15, 2015 (by Patrick Tesorio)
The Verbum Dei Missionary Fraternity welcomed two new members of the office of the priesthood when Rev Iwao Ikegami, FMVD and Rev Lucio Arellano, FMVD were ordained as priests on the Feast Day of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary last August 15, 2015 in Sta. Maria della Strada Parish in Manila, Philippines at 2:30 in the afternoon (+8:00 GMT). It was officiated by His Excellency most Rev Fr. Antonio Tobias, DD, Bishop of the Diocese of Novaliches.
He was being concelebrated with the 3 priests in the said parish headed by their parish priest Rev. Fr. Jerome together with the Verbum Dei priests Rev. Fr. Filipe Vaz Pardal, FMVD, Rev. Fr. James McTavish, FMVD, Rev. Fr. Victoriano Caritos, FMVD, Rev. Fr. Michael Cheong, FMVD, and with the over-all responsible of the male branch in the Philippines, Rev. Fr. Gerson Ortiz, FMVD. The family members of the newly ordained who attended the celebration were Mrs. Maria Arellano, the mother of Fr. Lucio straight from Mexico, and Mr. and Mrs. Tetsuya Ikegami together with Fr. Iwao’s brother and aunt from Japan. Along with those who attended the ordination were the VD Misioneras from the different mission areas of the Philippines, the VD Missionary Couples in Cagayan de Oro, and the rest of the delegates of the VD Family from all over the Philippines (Manila, Tagaytay, Cebu, CDO, etc.). Some members of the VD Family from Spain who participated in their Mission Trip in the Philippines also attended the celebration headed by Sr. Juvy Tenorio, FMVD.
It was indeed a wonderful and solemn celebration participated by international delegates. Reception followed after the ordination in the function hall beside parish church. A short program was prepared after dinner as a way of thanksgiving to the newly-ordained priests for their “yes” to God’s call of priesthood. Prior to the ordination, a vigil was held in the Verbum Dei apostolate house in Pansol, Quezon City last August 14, 2015 at 7:00 in the evening.
Watch the videos of the memorable moments during the ordination:
Here are some more photos of the event.
More photos at our official Verbum Dei Family - Cebu Facebook page.
Patrick Tesorio is a Verbum Dei lay disciple and is currently part of the Communications Committee.
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