New bishop installed
By WENNY REYES
TALIBON. Most Reverend Patrick Daniel Y. Parcon, D.D. was installed yesterday as the new bishop of the Diocese of Talibon vice Mons. Christian Vincent F. Noel, the premier bishop of the said diocese which is now on its 28th year since its creation wayback in 1986.
In his message shortly after being installed, the new Bishop of Talibon would say that if politicians have their platform, he had also his own, citing some advocacies. He also thanked the people behind his success.
The Negros born church leader said the clergy is called to be holy since it would be difficult to prod the laity to set forth as heroes if ourselves could not set an example to them.
The 52-year old Parcon challenged the clergy to exercise holiness which he said is a contagious reality like illness but is always “good to our soul.”
“Let us contaminate the whole world with our struggle, desire to become holy with ourselves,” he urged. Then he further said that holiness must not be confined to personal glorification, or else it becomes a self-serving holiness. We should have an inclusive and not an exclusive church. He also said he loves nature as he is an advocate to environment.
In concluding, Mons. Parcon pledge to continue what his predecessor, Bishop Noel had done good.
Archbishop Jose Palma of Cebu delivered the Homily while the Pope Nuncio had a short message
Meanwhile, immediately prior to the canonical installation officiated by His Eminence, Guiseppe Pinto, Papal Nuncio to the Philippines, read the letter from Pope Francis, in latin, appointing Mons. Parcon which was translated to Cebuano by Mons. Jonas Pacudan, parish priest of the Blessed Trinity Cathedral here.
The solemn rites started at exactly 9:30 am with the new bishop as the Main celebrant with some 15 bishops and almost 200 clergies joining the liturgical celebration.
Governor Edgar M. Chatto graced the occasion with 3rd District Rep. Arthur Yap, 2nd District Provincial Board Member Gerardo C. Cutamora and Talibon mayor Restituto Auxtero.
Some 200 delegates from San Carlos City attended the solemn rites while the cathedral including the surrounding yard was jampacked with parishioners who wanted to be part of the historic installation of the second bishop of the Diocese of Talibon.
The installation rite was covered live over dyZD-Ubay as anchor station, hooked up by dyRD-Tagbilaran and aired worldwide through www.dyrdam.com
He is the second bishop of the Diocese of Talibon and the first to be named bishop from the Diocese of San Carlos, Negros Occidental. Born in Tagbino, Vallehermoso, Negros Oriental on November 24, 1962, he is the seventh of nine siblings born to Ambrocio Parcon and Obdulia Yee, both of whom are already deceased. His hometown, Vallehermoso, although belonging to the province of Oriental Negros belongs ecclesiastically to the Diocese of San Carlos which when erected a diocese in 1987 took four parishes from Negros Oriental (one of which is Vallehermoso) and seven parishes from Negros Occidental. Located at the northernmost part of Negros Oriental, Vallehermoso is situated just between the borderlines of Oriental and Occidental Negros. It would be safe to assume then that our next bishop is fluent in both Visayan and Hiligaynon, the two principal dialects of the Negros regions. He finished his elementary years at the Macario Española Memorial Elementary School, one of the elementary schools of nearby Canlaon city, where the famed Kanlaon volcano lays active.
A certified Sillimanian, Dan, as he is fondly called by friends and close associates, attended High School and College studies at the Silliman University in Dumaguete City, the capital city of Negros Oriental. He graduated in Bachelor of Science majoring in Chemistry as preparatory for his dream of becoming a medical doctor but the Lord, in his mysterious ways, had other plans and called him to become a doctor of souls instead. He pursued his philosophy years at the St. Joseph Seminary College in Agan-an, Sibulan, Dumaguete city and proceeded for theological studies at the St. Joseph Regional Seminary, in Jaro, Iloilo City. He was ordained priest on the 20th of April, 1994 and in 2001 went abroad and attended the Fordham University in New York where in May of 2007 he obtained with honors a Masters Degree in Religion and Religious Education (with core concentration in Christian Spirituality and Spiritual Direction). Since then he has been working in different pastoral fields, both local and abroad. His pastoral assignments, responsibilities and experiences cover the following:
Dean of Studies and Spiritual Director of St. John Mary Vianney Seminary in San Carlos City from 1994 to 2000.
Parish Administrator of the Church of Ascension, Hurricane West Virginia USA, Diocese of Wheeling Charleston from January 2001 to June 2001.
Parochial Vicar of the Margaret Mary Church, Parkersburg West Virginia, USA, Diocese of Wheeling Charleston from June 2001to December 2001.
Parish Administrator of the Immaculate Conception Church, Liberty Texas, USA, Diocese of Beaumont from January 2002 to June 2004.
Visiting Professor/Spiritual Director at St. John Mary Vianney Seminary, San Carlos City from June 2004 to December 2004.
Parochial Vicar of St. Frances de Chantal Church, Wantagh, New York, USA, Diocese of Rockville Centre from January 2005 to June 2005.
Parochial Vicar of the Church of the Blessed Sacrament, Valley Stream, New York USA, Diocese of Rockville Centre from June 2005 to May 2007.
Rector of St. John Mary Vianney Seminary, San Carlos City from June 2007 to May 2014.
Head of the Marriage and Family Life Apostolate, Spiritual Director of the Brotherhood of Catholic Businessmen and Professionals (BCBP) and Couples for Christ.
Diocesan Administrator during the sede vacante of the Diocese of San Carlos due to the transfer of bishop Jose Advincula to the archdiocese of Capiz from January 2012 until the installation of bishop Gerardo Alminaza last November 2013.
Vicar General and Rector of the San Carlos Borromeo Cathedral at the time of his appointment by Pope Francis as bishop-elect of the Diocese of Talibon, Bohol.
Appointed on June 2, 2014 to succeed bishop Christian Vicente Noel of Talibon diocese, Bishop Dan chose as his episcopal motto the Latin phrase “Christus fortitudo mea” (“Christ is my strength”), inspired by St. Paul’s letter to the Philippians: “I can do all things through him who gives me strength” (Philippians 4:13) and John 15:5, “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in me and I in him will bear much fruit. Apart from me you can do nothing.”
A few searches on Google and anyone will find the above information readily available but the following ‘trivia’ came straight from the man himself:
Bishop Dan loves to swim and hike. He plays lawn tennis, table tennis and badminton. He likes Candy Crush (a game app on androids and iOS, FYI, lol!) but got stuck in level 102 for three months now (hehe). His favorite food which is utan nga bisaya ug paksiw nga isda (native vegetable recipe and fish poached in vinegar) is his way of staying healthy. He believes in ‘mens sana in corpore sano’, a sound mind in a sound body and loves nature and a beautiful scenery. Protection of the environment is one of his advocacies. In fact, he has his own quote on the environment: “Ang tanang butang niining kalibutan balaan, busa takus ug angay nga kini atong ampingan, kay sa panahon nga kini atong pasipad-an, mosumbalik kini kanato nga magdala ug katalagman.” (“All the things of the earth are sacred and therefore must be taken cared of; for the moment they are violated, they will come back to us bringing calamities.”)
Asked what he will be bringing with him when he transfers to the Diocese of Talibon, the prelate simply replied: “Just me and my dogs.” Indeed, the new bishop loves dogs. He has two pet dogs named Rolex and Omega. He calls them aptly his two “watchdogs”. Add to those his two Shih Tzu dogs of Chinese breed, Bruno and Mars. Do the math and you’ll see the obvious (hehe).
Our incoming bishop is a cheerful character. “I love to laugh and crack jokes. In the States people used to call me ‘Father Hilarious’ translated ‘kataw-anan ug nawong’ (‘funny face’). Maybe that’s why I kept receiving clown stuffed toys as gifts!”
“My colleagues used to tease me for my ‘big eyes’ which almost resemble those of the tarsier’s especially when I get angry. And so when I was elected bishop of Talibon, one priest came to me and commended me saying, ‘Congrats, monsignor! Welcome home! The tarsiers are jumping for joy!’ Intsek ug kaliwat pero ang mata murag tarsier, matud pa nila.”(Of chinese descent but with the tarsier’s eyes”).
And yes, our new bishop is on facebook. He is up-to-date with modern technology, uses a tab when he’s not in front of his computer and surfs the internet every now and then.
On August 26, at 9:30 in the morning, he will be installed as the second bishop of the Diocese of Talibon in the Santisima Trinidad cathedral in Talibon. We will join him, together with the rest of the dignitaries and the entire People of God, in thanksgiving “for the Lord has looked with favor on his lowly servant” and we pray for him as he does for us so we may all be one people believing in one God.
This canonical installation marks a major chapter in the life of the diocese. May we take this event as a grace-filled occasion to re-read the signs of the times and ponder on the Lord’s message for us. The “old wineskin” could have been stretched to the limit, have become brittle and at the verge of bursting. Perhaps this new leadership is representative of the many “new things” the Lord has in store for us – “new things” that could hold the answer to our hopes and aspirations. Perhaps all we need is take that first step as we did twenty-eight years ago. Perhaps we have stayed too long inside our own shells – shielded by our own comfort zones – that we have failed to see the disparity between our world and the real world. It’s time we patch the new garment with new cloth. It’s time we pour new wine into new wineskins. And then we can have our fill of the finest wine He alone can offer. Amen. (With reports from Fr. Raymund B. Estillore)
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