Monday, March 26, 2007

Pol Jaucian, SVD ordained bishop

The newly-ordained Bishop
with his brother Bishops and the Philippine President

Quezon City, Philippines, March 26, 2007 --
n the midst of the sweltering summer heat of Metro Manila, Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales, ordained Leopoldo Corpuz Jaucian, SVD bishop of the Roman Catholic Church. The Archbishop of Manila was assisted by Papal Nuncio Fernando Filoni and La Union bishop Artemio Rillera, SVD (former Abra bishop) who acted as co-consecrators.
Close to 3000 faithful were present in Christ the King Seminary at the Divine Word Shrine Chapel which was celebrating its first fiesta in honor of the Feast of the Annunciation. The solemn mass and ordination that lasted for three hours was also attended by 44 bishops and around 250 priests. The President of the Republic, Gloria Macapagal Arroyo was also present and stayed throughout the ceremony. When he was parish priest of St. Jude Shrine, the newly ordained bishop acted as chaplain of Malacanang, the president's official residence.

In his speech, Bishop Pol thanked the many people who were part of his journey to the hierarchy, beginning when he was a simple sacristan of Christ the King Seminary.
A view from the Choir Loft
(photo grab: first xvd website)

Here's a short biography written in the missal guide:

Bishop Leopoldo Jaucian was born on July 27, 1960 in Santa, Ilocos Sur as the first child of Ernesto Ballesteros Jaucian, Sr. and Veronica Bello Corpuz. He has three brothers and three sisters. The nature of the work of his father necessitated the move of the family first to Victoria, Tarlac, and eventually to Urdaneta, Pangasinan, where the family settled permanently.

It was in Urdaneta that Bishop Leopoldo, (or Pol, as he is fondly called) came to know the Society of the Divine Word (SVD) as he studied high school in the Divine Word Academy of Urdaneta (now Divine Word College of Urdaneta). After finishing high school, he came to Christ the King Seminary in Quezon City to work as a sacristan in 1976. Here his interest to join the SVD bloomed and he was admitted to the philosophy course in CKMS as a full-fledged seminarian. After his novitiate in Tagaytay in 1982, he was chosen to study Chinese language and culture, adn theology in Taiwan. In 1987, he finished his theological studies in Taiwan. Then on March 12, 1988 , in the Divine Word College Chapel of Urdaneta, he was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Miguel Cinches, SVD, DD.

After ordination, he returned to Taiwan. he was assistant pastor at the St. Joseph the Worker Parish in Chiayi for one year. Then he worked as Campus Minister in Fu Jen Catholic School, also in Chiayi, for three years. He returned to the Philippines to take up studies in Guidance and Counseling at De La Salle University from 1992 to 1995, whole helping out at the St. Jude Catholic School and the St. Jude Archdiocesan Shrine.

From 1995 to 2000, he was assigned at the St. Jude Catholic School with responsibilities varying from Campus Minster, Assistant Principal and Assistant Director. In 2000, he was appointed parish priest of St. Jude Archdiocesan Shrine. Concurrently, he was also appointed the Superior of the SVD Manila District and Vicar Forane of the Vicariate of San Jose de Trozo of the Archdiocese of Manila.
Present were around 400 Filipino Chinese
representing St. Jude Church and St. Jude Catholic School

In January 2005, he was elected Provincial Superior of the Philippine Central Province of the SVD.

On January 5, 2007, Pope Benedict XVI appointed him Bishop of the Diocese of Bangued, Abra.
Some members of the Abra Clergy

Coat of Arms
Here's the explanation of the bishop's Coat of Arms"

The shell of the upper left corner is the symbol of hierarchy of the Diocese of Bangued, Abra. This item adapted from the coat of arms of the Diocese of Bangued. The shell also pertains to St. James being a fisherman. A symbol of authority being fishers of men [and women].

The lion in the upper right corner calls to mind the animal symbol of the name 'Leopold'. Like a lion, the bishop hopes to be courageous and strong in facing up to the challenges of the Diocese of Abra.

The figure at the bottom (with the dove) is a Chinese character symbolizing the Divine Word, a reminder of the Society of the Divine Word wherein the Bishop belongs to. At the same time, it is a symbol of the Blessed Trinity. The Chinese element in the Coat of Arms is a memory of his apostolate to the Chinese of the Society of the Divine Word. The first SVD missionary to Abra was a former missionary to China. Now the new Bishop has in his resume a long running involvement in the Chinese apostolate.

The dove bearing an olive branch is the universal symbol for peace. To be an instrument of peace is the foremost concern of the Bishop of Abra.

The Coat of Arms is completed by the gold processional cross behind the shield; the green hat with the tassels at the sides, indicated of his Episcopal rank; and the motto on an ornamental scroll.

The motto "Manete in Me" ("Remain in Me"), from John 15:4,9 was chosen as a reflection of the constant prayer the Lord, and the Bishop, will be always with his people.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Congratulations, you deserve it, we will pray for your success in your new assignment, may you live up to the footsteps of JESUS till eternity

Mr. Claudz Genetiano