Pope Fran­cis de­clares first Lu­cena bishop ‘ven­er­a­ble’

Manila Bulletin - - National News - By CHRISTINA I. HERMOSO and LESLIE ANN G. AQUINO

The Holy Fa­ther Pope Fran­cis has is­sued a de­cree Thurs­day ad­vanc­ing the saint­hood cause of Bishop Alredo Maria Aranda Ob­viar, the first bishop of Lu­cena, declar­ing him “ven­er­a­ble.”

The an­nounce­ment brings the bishop, who was de­clared Ser­vant of God, on March 6, 2001, two steps closer to saint­hood.

“The Pope rec­og­nized that Ob­viar, the first bishop of Lu­cena, lived the Chris­tian virtues in a heroic way. The Pon­tiff would have to rec­og­nize a mir­a­cle at­trib­uted to the late bishop’s in­ter­ces­sion in or­der for him to be be­at­i­fied. A sec­ond mir­a­cle would be needed for can­on­iza­tion,” said a Catholic Bish­ops Con­fer­ence of the Philip­pines (CBCP) News post.

"It is a great News for us, es­pe­cially our Dio­cese of Sor­so­gon be­cause the MCST (Mis­sion­ary Cat­e­chists of St. Therese), founded by Bp. Ob­viar, are our part­ners in the Min­istry of Cat­e­ch­esis and Fam­ily and Hu­man Life for many years," Sor­so­gon Bishop Ar­turo Bastes said in an in­ter­view.

Born in Lipa, Batan­gas on Au­gust 29, 1889, Ob­viar was or­dained a priest in 1919.

In 1944, he was named as the first Aux­il­iary Bishop of Lipa.

He was known as the founder of the Mis­sion­ary Cat­e­chists of St. Therese, a re­li­gious con­gre­ga­tion of nuns with mis­sions across the Philip­pines and in some coun­tries.

In 1969, he was ap­pointed as bishop of Lu­cena, a post he served un­til his re­tire­ment in 1976.

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