Thursday, March 4, 2010


After 5 days of wake at the Seminary, Fr. Angel Antonio's remains were finally brought to Manresa for burial on Wednesday, 03 March 2010. The funeral mass was presided over by the Jesuit Provincial, Fr. Jojo Magadia, S.J., with Bishop-Elect of Malaybalay, Monsignor Jose Cabantan, Bishop Julius Tonel of Ipil, and Archbishop Tony Ledesma of Cagayan de Oro. Also present were, of course, the parishioners of Ipil Prelature where Fr. Tony spent some 43 years of priestly ministry, the parishioners of Lumbia, the nephews and nieces of Fr. Antonio, priests and religious, and the Seminary community. During the homily, Fr. Larry Elar shared his experiences with Fr. Tony; after the prayer after communion, representatives of the Seminary also gave short testimonies: Ms.Venus Guibone representing the formators, Mr. Regan Aglegar, Seminary personnel who used to drive Fr. Tony to and from Lumbia and other places for masses, and Sem. Titing Estillore representing the seminarians. Bp. Tonel and Archbishop Ledesma also gave short testimonies. Finally, the niece of Fr. Angel, Ms. Marilyn Antonio spoke in behalf of the family, especially thanking everyone for having shown friendship and love towards Fr. Angel when he was still alive. After the mass, the remains were brought to Searsolin in Manresa where the rite of committal and final farewell were made. The beautiful and solemn liturgy was a fitting tribute to a man who lived only for others and A.M.D.G. We will miss you, Fr. Tony! May you rest in peace...

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