It was only a matter of time. But also of God hearing the prayer of the Viannistas, namely, that on the occasion of her Silver Jubilee, SJVTS will be honored with her first bishop-son. There were actually signs to it: his natural grace, prayerfulness and kindness, his popularity not only among the alumni but also among the people of God, and his winning the most coveted prize of the Red Car in the last alumni homecoming! There was only one destiny for former Fr. Joe: the miter, the cap, the purple robe, and the threefold cruciform blessing!
I know all alumni wanted to be present, and a good number were there, in fact! It was an alumni affair of sorts, too. But, for those who could not make it last April 30, you still have the chance to redeem yourselves on May 15 when Bishop Jose Araneta Cabantan will be installed in his future See of the Diocese of Malaybalay. See you there! Meanwhile, some few photos of his episcopal ordination.