By Christina Hermoso
Palo (Leyte) Archbishop John Du will lead the ordination rites for San Jose de Antique’s new bishop Monsignor Marvyn Maceda on April 2 at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary in Naval, Biliran.
Du will be assisted by Bishop Rex Ramirez of Naval and retired Bishop Filomeno Bactol in the ordination rites, which will be witnessed by Church leaders including Papal Nuncio Archbishop Gabriele Giordano Caccia, Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle, and bishops from different parts of the country.
The bishop-elect will formally assume his post in a ceremony at the St. Joseph Cathedral in San Jose, Antique on April 9.
The Holy Father Pope Francis appointed Maceda, 50, as the fifth bishop of San Jose de Antique on January 7. He succeeds Archbishop Jose Romeo Lazo who was transferred to the Archdiocese of Jaro in Iloilo in February 2018. He will pastor a diocese which has 54 priests and more than 80 religious women in 25 parishes. Maceda is the first cleric from the 31-year-old Naval diocese to become a bishop.
The bishop-elect took his philosophical studies at the Sacred Heart Seminary in Palo, Leyte, and his theology at the San Jose Seminary at the Ateneo de Manila University. He was ordained a priest for the Naval diocese on May 29, 1996.
He served as parish priest of the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Mission, diocesan director for the youth, as well as diocesan financial administrator and chancellor. From 2000 to 2010, he was the priest in charge of the St. Roch Mission Chapel and then of the Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Mission Chapel in Naval. He also participated in the diocesan group of formation of the Basic Ecclesial Community (BEC), of which he was the diocesan director from 2006 to 2010.
In 2010 to 2011, he went on sabbatical leave at the Our Lady of the Philippines Trappist Monastery, in San Miguel, Jordan, Guimaras. Back in Naval, from 2011 to 2017, he served as moderator of the group of ordained ministers at the Our Lady of the Immaculate
Conception Parish and Pastoral Director of the BEC. He also served as Vicar General of Naval and became a member of the Presbyteral Council and Board of Consultors.
Maceda is currently the director of the Naval diocese’s Commission on Clergy.