“Dikon”

When St. Paul noticed that certain Christian widows were being neglected from the distiribution of temporal goods, he assigned seven young Greek hunks to do the deeds.  They were called diakonos which literally means… waiters.  It was such a big hit for the early Christian church (especially among the ladies) to have them that the practice of ordaining deacons remained in the ecclesiastical traditon even to the present.  Today, however, deacons are not as Greek-looking as before and the “waiting on tables” thingy is now very much limited to the liturgies, especially during the Holy Mass, but their role as preachers and distributors of Church temporalities remained, albeit in the Philippines, for only about six months or so.  Then they’ll be ordained priests, these poor, poor creatures of God.

I’m blogging today the ordination of a friend, Rev. Deacon Jhoen Buenaventura, because among my friend-deacons, he is the only one who has the temerity to ask me to blog about it. hehehe…  Jhoen is someone I met in the Friendster through  Bluepanjeet, who featured Jhoen’s vocation story and mine in his blog.  Like me, he was an OCD aspirant but then he decided to pursue the path to dicocesan priesthood by way of Balanga Diocese.  Quite a gifted fellow, he was sent by his Bishop to Rome to throw his weight around Europe to study Theology.   He then returned home after three years of lakwatsa of scholarly pursuits and about a few weeks later, on 3Oth of June, at the feast of the Martyrs of Rome, he was ordained as Deacon in Mariveles. 

Mariveles is about three hours drive from Manila if you take a Cubao bus at dawn.  Any later than 5am and you’ll spend an additional hour just weaving through North part of EDSA.  Anyway, here is what I immediately saw upon my arrival in Mariveles.

Parish of Nicholas Tolentine

Parish of Nicholas Tolentine

 Aba, at may banners pa!   I met an old lady, obviously an usherette for the occasion (given away by her Maria Clara ensemble on a monday morning and that all-too-eager demeanor of someone who wanted to be useful in an occasion).  I’m suspicious that this old lady might have read my previous post on seminary fashion as she immediately identified me as a seminarian.  Upon demand, she directed me to where the best toilets are and even brought me to this nice house to have a breakfast, to which I was all too willing to follow.  There, I found myself in the company of quite a number of seminarians, which explained why there’s no more breakfast left.  When it comes to eating, seminarians are forces to reckon with.

seminarians, now well-fed

seminarians, now well-fed

Then we gathered at the Parish of St. Nicholas Tolentine to attend the Holy Mass, precided by Rev. Bp.  Socrates Villegas, DD, the bishop of Balanga. 

inside the parish

inside the parish

Here is Jhoen during his entrance procession. 

"Ansaya-saya ko!  Weee!"

"Dis is da moment!! Weee!"

Truth to tell, this is the first time I ever saw him.  Aba, at may hitsura naman pala.  medyo nakakaloko lang ang ngiti…  Anyway, after a battery of Latin songs and  a series of prayers and biblical readings, Jhoen was presented to the bishop as a candidate for ordination.

"everyone is enjoying a spot in front of the electric fan"

"everyone is enjoying a spot in front of the electric fan"

Then Bishop Soc, known for his meaty homilies, gave quite a mouthful for Jhoen to masticate.  He explained in this exhortation the meaning of the color, red, in the Catholic liturgy.

Bishop Socrates Villegas,DD

Bishop Socrates Villegas,DD

Then Jhoen was anointed and was given the Scriptures.

"now, Jhoen, I need your opinion on this one..."

"now, Jhoen, I need your opinion on this one..."

then he was prayed upon by the Congregation by invoking the prayers of quite a long list of saints as he laid prostrate on the floor.

"get that cameraman off me..."

"get that cameraman off me..."

Then the bishop laid hands on him, invoking the Holy Spirit to be upon Jhoen.

Laying of Hands

"good thing, I used Clear for Men..."

Then he was given a new set of vestments to mark him as deacon.  First is the half-stole (not visible in the picture) which is like a sash worn across the chest of the deacons like there were beauty contenstants.  Then there’s the dalmatic which is a formal liturgical wear for those who wish to sweat more during the Mass.  He is vested by his parents and by a couple of priests.

"anak, bagay talaga sayo ang pulang gown..."

"anak, bagay pala sayo ang pulang gown..."

Then Jhoen is welcomed by his bishop and his fellow deacons with asphyxiating embraces.

Bishop bearhugs Jhoen

Bishop bearhugs Jhoen

Then Jhoen is given his rightful place in the sanctuary, which is actually a chair on the corner of the sanctuary. hehehe…

"Man... this dalmatic is way too warm!"

"Man... this dalmatic is way too warm!"

Of course, there’s the table service where at this picture, Jhoen acted as the sommelier. har!

"what?  that's all the Mompo you've got?"

"what? that's all the Mompo you've got?"

As part of his ordained ministry, he can now perform exclusive clerical acts like the Elevation of the Sacred Species.

"Through Him, with Him and in Him.."

"Through Him, with Him and in Him.."

Then he distributed the Holy Hosts to the faithful.  He called me by name when I hac my communion with him.  I particularly chose to take this picture because all of them here are wearing red.  Wala lang, trip ko lang…

"The Communion is brought to you by the color Red."

"The Communion is brought to you by the color Red."

Then Jhoen gave his “thank you” speech to the faithful.

"...and thanks to Via Mare for the catering."

"...and thanks to Via Mare for the catering."

Of course, the event is capped with picture-taking

With the priests and the Bishop

With the priests and the Bishop

da Carmel boys

da Carmel boys

"Kapagod rin palang ngumiti sa kodakan!"

"Kapagod rin palang ngumiti sa kodakan!"

Bro. Utoy and Rev. Jhoen after the ordination

Bro. Utoy and Rev. Jhoen after the ordination

Congratulations, Rev. Jhoen, and keep us in your prayers!

36 Responses

  1. hamo kung sumama ako e di nagmukha akong “boy” nyo at taklob kayong dalawa sa picture hahaha naks ang wawafu LOL buti na lang at naoperahan ang erpat ko at naospital tiyo ko, malamang may libreng background na kayo sa likod kung nagkataon sa lapad kong ito haha

    Honestly hindi sana ako mag cocomment dito ng dumating yung pingback. naiingit kasi ako LOL. nako darating ang araw ako naman ang maglilibot sa lugar lugar.. itataga ko yan sa batobalani!

    Pareng Jhoen congrats. Im so proud of you, having been ordained and all. si Utoy naman hihintayin natin. Pag pari na kayo dalawa kayo kukunin ko SD at Confessor ko ha, maalin. Kaya pag di ako na beatify o nacanonize aawayin ko kayo sa langit.

    PS> Utoy umiyak ka sa ordination? kakaiyak yang ganyan… Pinagdasal nyo naman ba ang ama at lola at tiyo ko? LOL

    oist, tama na yang body image issues na yan. for all I know, you’ve got alot more to offer than any of us, two. kukunin mo akong SD? okay lang ba sayo na sa individual conferences natin eh may dala akong magic sing? hehehe…
    medyo naluha ako konti sa may thanksgiving speech ni Jhoen (pero naitago ko agad sa sobrang takot na makantyawan). Aside from the fact na first time ko lang narinig magsalita si Jhoen that day eh magaling na mananalumpati ang kaibigan nating ito: isa nga siyang tunay na anak ni Bp. Soc! At may abbreviations pang nalalaman! hehehe…
    at syempre, ipinagdasal ko talaga ang dad, tito at lola mo. tiyak yun!

  2. why do all good men (and gwapo) have to go and serve?? of course i can’t question’s God’s calling to you… that last picture can really cause a lot of hearts to be broken… hihihi!

    congratulations to Rev. Jhoen!

    naku, kaibigan nga talaga kita, IFM! saan mo gusto kitang ilibre? hehehe… God bless!

  3. nakakawindang ang captions ng pics, bro utoy. haha at dito ko lang nalaman na forces to reckon with rin pala ang mga seminarians pagdating sa chibugan.

    via mare pa ang catering ha. susyal! congrats kay rev. jhoen.
    😀

    naku, betchay, legendary ang kataka… uhmmm, ang kaganahang kumain ng mga seminarista! daig ang sundalo!

  4. Congrats to Rev. Jhoen!

    Habang binabasa ko yung blog para na din ako naka-attend ng ordination. Para din palang wedding. Saka ngayon ko lang nakita si Bro. Utoy…. Naks gwapo pala😛

    thanks, libay! love na kita…

  5. haha pag nga kausap ko yan sa telepono maniwala ka o hindi nauubusan ako ng english haha. Inglesero ang lolo mo. Buti kamo di ako initalian at baka mapahiya ako. magaling na speaker sya tol. Sa boses at diction pa lang walang panama ang call center agents haha

    one thing na alam ko pa sa kapatid natin, isa rin syang tunay na baliw. Adik! hehehe… peace tayo, reverend!

  6. actually love na din kita nung nakita ko yun picture mo😛 . Kaya lang magagalit si Papa Jesus saka ayaw ko ng nag ruruning man hehehe.

    ay… na-heartbroken naman ako dun…😦

  7. oo nga lakas sa chibukan ang mga semenarista…hehe
    naalala ko pa nga noong bata ako dahil isang deboto ang sagrada de familia ko parating may mga kaparian o semenarista sa bahay namin sa Iloilo pag fiesta o okasiyon. kaya pag kainan na ang bilao nagiging “alaala na lang ng kahapon”..in short simot…wahaha…kahit hindi ko sila naiintindihan sa mga usapan enjoy ako makinig kasi ang sarap nilang tumawa.kaya noong bata ako pangarap ko maging madre…(kuya jesus salamat at hindi natupad,kawawa naman ang congregation ko…wahaha)

    kung ang mga sundalo pabulong nag-uusap, ang mga semenarista they can talk and laugh out loud….yan ang seminary assault…wahaha

    congrats po kay Fr. Jhoen!

    “alaala na lang ng kahapon…” LOL totoo yan, kamootch, kaya naman ingat din ang mga tao sa invitations. you made me smile today! God bless!

  8. ganito pala sana ang ma experience ko..😀
    balak ko kasing mag pari during my sakristan days. i was turned off ( turn off talaga ang word eh noh?heheh) when i found out na naglive-in si father at ang secretary sa kumbento, nawalan ako ng gana! kaya heto ako… geisha!😆

    bro, ang wafu mo pala… nakakabakla ka😀
    extend my congratulations to rev. jhoen.
    ingat po😉

    sa picture lang yan, geisha.:) I’ll tel Jhoen of your greetings. ingat din!

  9. napadaan lang… my bro was just ordained as a diocesan priest last May and it was really beautiful witnessing it… God bless you all!

    God bless you too, shenmuel! thanks for dropping by!

  10. mukhang very happy si rev. jhoen. shining!

    naks ang waffffffooo mo pala brother utoy!!! may pagkakahawig ka pala kay piolo. hinde ako maka move on bwahahahaha

    edi syempre bola lang

    alam mo, youre the first to compare me with piolo. syempre tuwa naman ako kasi ang sabi ng iba, ang kamukha ko raw, si fr. jerry orbos. lolo na kaya yun…
    uy, i’ve got a sister who looks very much like you! syempre bombshell din.:)
    God bless!

  11. hindi muna ako nagkomento nung dumalaw ako dito dahil akala ko ay bawal ang mag komento ng ” ang gwapo mo,brother. Utoy”..hehe=) pwede naman pala at ang dami pang nagkomento, =)

    Congrats kay Rev. Jhoen=)
    sana makapunta din ako minsan sa Bataan at makadinig ng kanyang misa=)

    P.S.
    mas gwapo pa din para sa akin si BLUEP….hehehe=)

    mas gwapo talaga si bluep. to the words of Geisha, nakakabakla sya. ahay! este, ahemm… hehehe…

  12. bro, pasingit lang… MARENG GEISHA! BEHAVE!!! hehehe!

  13. Congratulations to Fr. Jhoen, mabuti nadaragdagan ang mga nagsisilbi sa Panginoon, ika nga, the more the merrier di ba? =)

    Naalala ko tuloy yung mga nakasama kong seminarista sa St. Vincent (Commonwealth nga ba yun) dati…pari na rin kaya sila ngayon?

    Naku kung ako eh nasa lugar na yan nung mga sandaling iyon, kahit hindi ako relative ng inordinahan baka naluha ako…

    Teka, blogger din ba siya? Kung hindi pa, join na rin kamo siya para mas maraming blogging brothers (ay father na pala) online. =)

    yup, blogger din si Rev. Jhoen at eto ang kanyang blog.
    check out din yung links sa taas so you can read more of him. God bless!

  14. Ui Theology, alam mu ba I was this close to taking-up that course (i i)

    ngunit aun, ngECE

    hakhak

    elyens

    XXXxx

    uy, malaki ang kita dito! joke lang. ako, nagcollege din ako, nagboard exam at nagtrabaho. tapos dito rin pala ako pupunta. hehehe… malay mo, ganun din ang mangyari sayo. think about it, rime!🙂

  15. my brother is a diocesan priest already… carmelite ka? was surprised you know bisaya… i wanted to be a carmelite sister before pero… anywayz gwapo brother q pero grabeh wafu ka talaga hehehe… i have to contain myself from misbehaving hahaha… hay marami nga nagtetempt sa mga panget na pari sa mga gwapo pa! anywayz, i always include people like you in my prayers every night tsaka intentions sa rosary ko.. alangan naman kasi mga panget lang ibigay kay Lord di ba? God bless!

    aba, carmelite sister! from where are you, honey? ako, hindi ako carmelite. i used to volunteer in their vocation ministry so marami akong naging kaibigang carmelite priests at mga gustong mag-carmelites. i knew a little bit of cebuano and ilonggo kasi puro galing south ang mga kasama ko sa seminaryo na honestly, nasa kalingkingan lang ako sa kagwapuhan nila. ayoko lang ipost ang pics nila kasi insecure ako. hehehe… thanks for the prayers and God bless! i’ll pray for you too.

  16. congratulations po kay Rev. Jhoen… ang wapu-wapu naman pala ni bro utoy eh! ay sya pamihong karami ng masimba pag-ito na ang nagmisa… he he he…

    God bless po ulit kay Father Jhoen…

    kasinglaki na ng watertank ang ulo ko sa mga pambobola ninyo.🙂 God bless!

  17. uyy, congrats naman kay Rev. Jhoen. siguradong marami na ang mahihikayat na magsimba kasi mga papable kayo.😉

    pabisita🙂

    at para sa akin eh mama-ble ka naman, aling baby.😉 uy, pwede ex-link?

  18. from davao.. so diocesan ka rin? thanks for the prayers! God bless us all!

    nope, religious ako. dati nasa Davao City din ako. you know Assumption parish sa may F. Torres St., malapit sa Kibuwi at sa Bo’s Coffee? May religious congregation dun and i belong to them. uy, may kilala akong madre sa Carmel Bajada ah…

  19. As always, pinangiti mo na naman ako with your very witty captions – hahaha! Don’t worry, di naman puro tawa ginawa ko. May natutunan (?) naman ako about deacons and… the color red! Gotcha!😆

    Take care and God bless!

    God bless you too!

  20. shur naman add din kita.🙂

    teka, bakit nagba-blush ako hehehe…🙂 salamat po sa pagbisita.

    blushing here also.:) thanks din and God bless!

  21. nakita q na yan ilang beses na pagnagtataxi lang aq… di q kabisado ang davao maxado if i am right kasi di xa nadadaanan ng jip in bajada… but i know torres st.. although i think that was the same assumption parish where we had our recollection when i was in the university🙂
    anyway, i gave up the thought of being a ‘madre’ kasi gus2 ko na ngaun maging ‘madre de pamilya’🙂 God bless!

    the “padre de familia” you’ll choose is a very lucky guy. God bless!

  22. naku brother…walang binabatbat ang mga artista sa atin sa’yo ah…hihihii hunk na hunk ang dating!
    napansin ko lang sa mga comment sa taas ang daming nagparamdam….hehhh lagot ka

    alam mo, nagkataon lang na maganda ang tulog ko noong araw na iyon kaya mukhang presh na presh. hehehe…

  23. Rev Jhoen… congratulations! Buti na lang at si Bro Utoy ang nautusan mong mag document ng iyong Ordination.

    Buti at solo event ito. I think I remember attending the ordination of my wife’s uncle and there were several deacons then.

    By the way, Bro Utoy uso ba sa saminaryo ang may bigote (o balbas)? Dito kasi yung mga muttawa (religious police) eh laging meron eh.

    nahalata ang goatee ko! hehe… some seminaries require their seminarians to shave regularly. sa amin, ok lang, so long as it’s regularly trimmed. sa Capuchins yata, they’re highly encouraged to grow beards, ala-Padre Pio.

  24. Napadaan lang ako dito at mga religious pala ang mga nandito, I like this blog. Magbabalik po ako father to read more of your posting. Thanks.

    sige, doc. balik-balik lang!

  25. Hi Bro, ang saya ng ordination ni Rev Jhoen no? Buti andun ka for documentation =)

    Ingat po

  26. “By the way, Bro Utoy uso ba sa saminaryo ang may bigote (o balbas)? Dito kasi yung mga muttawa (religious police) eh laging meron eh”

    naku keith, try mo sa amin Order pumasok di mo na kakailanganin ng gilette blade. LOL Mas mahaba at mas makapal ang bigote at balbas, mas “in” ka haha

  27. malas na jhoen. na ordinahan ng isa sa mga manyak na obispo ng simbahan. isang balat kayo. isang bulaang propeta. isang pedopilya.

    ipanalangin natin na di gumaya si jhoen sa na si socrates villegas.

  28. Grabe ka na talaga tol.
    Sikat around the globe.
    Halong pirme

    naku, di naman. kami-kami rin lang naman sa blogosphere ang nagdadalawan.ü
    Halong pud!

  29. Uuuuy, salamat sa pagturo mo sa kin dito kuya utoy. Andami ko sanang sasabihin kaso bako i-edit mo at baka magalit si pader. Kaya ano na lang…ummm…weyt {lost for words}…mmm

    Ano YM mo? Sige na magkapatid naman tayo eh. Toinks!

    SIge iba na lang…kelan na lang ordination mo…baka sakaling mapigilan pa kita. Wapaks!

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  32. Brother Utoy! HULI KA! hahahaha!!!

    My cousin was a seminarian dati dito sa Hyattsville, Maryland and I got to know a good number of seminarians dahil on weekend, I go visit them sa seminary. Kasama ako sa mga prayer activities and everything nagmukha na akong seminarian hehehe pramis, wala akong ginawa sa isang Italian seminarian na naloka sa beauty ko hehehe wala talaga.

    My cuz would be kicked out of the seminary for ewan ko haba alibi nya and would be admitted sa Newark sumtin sumtin where he was ordained as a priest and my family, si fadir, si madir at mga sisterrettes were there kasi nga si auntie can’t fly to the US then.

    My ibang cuz na ako in the Philippines who went trhough with this one, but it was in Newark, NJ where i first witnessed yong ganitong ceremony.

    So ayun, naging pari ang mokong, right?

    Me anak na sya ngayon. Me asawa na rin. Lalabas din lang pala. Ang galeeeeettttt nang auntie kooooo! HAHAHAHA

    • nyahahaha! nahuli na ni reynz ang hitsura ko! hehehe… thanks for backreading, bro!

      tawa naman ako ng tawa sa story ng cuz mo. may mga kilala akong mga ganyan. at mga bayaw ko pa! nyahaha!

      God bless!

  33. Grabe ang kulit naman nung batang naglalagay ng sungay kay rev.Jhoen at Bro.Bal… demonyonito na yon! Kilala ko yun ha (: haha! Pero in fairness bagay sa kanilang dalawa ang may sungay. haha! Oi mga friends ko yan. Imagine one year na ngayon.

  34. hi bro utoy,

    ask ko lang vocation regarding sa carmel ocarm. cinu pede ko kontakin sa o carm i’m from prj. 4

  35. OMG! NGAYON KO LANG ITO NAKITA!

    Aabangan ko na lang ang priestly ordination ni Revsiopao!

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