By Christina Hermoso
The Diocese of Cubao, one of the largest dioceses in the country with a population of about 1.2 million, will construct a retirement home and renewal center for retired priests under its jurisdiction.
Diocese of Cubao Bishop Honesto F. Ongtioco, who led the groundbreaking ceremony and contract signing for the Casade Silencio Project said, the center will be erected at the MostHoly Redeemer Parish on Silencio corner Landargun Street in Quezon City.
Ongtioco said the project is a fitting assistance to the members of the clergy who had devoted their years serving the Church and the faithful. He requested for prayers as he called on generous individuals to help complete the project.
“I am appealing for your prayers as the Diocese of Cuba begins the construction or the laying of the cornerstone of the retirement home for priests and renewal center for lay people. We need prayers to complete this big, big project. Through the grace of God and through your help, we are confident that our dream of providing a retirement home for our retired priests, who have served the Church for so many years and a renewal center for our lay people, will come true,” Ongtioco said over Church-run Radio Veritas.
Rev. Fr. Steven Zabala, vicar general of the Diocese of Cubao said, the project serves as a form of gratitude to the retired priest of the diocese for looking after the spiritual welfare of the faithful for many years.
As the Church marks the Year of the Clergy and Consecrated Persons, “it is important to show our aging priests our love, concern, and gratitude for their service,” Zabala said.
The Diocese of Cubao has 47 parishes with 45 priests and about 45 guest or assigned priests from other dioceses. The diocese now has five retired priests. Five more are expected to retire between 2018 to 2022 and an additional eight more priests are set to retire between 2023 to 2027.