The Legacy of Abducted and Disappeared Redemptorist Priest Fr. Rudy Romano, C.Ss.R.
for the Cause of Justice and Peace, Continues
Cebu Archbishop Most Rev. Jose S. Palma encourages the Archdiocese of Cebu parishes, religious communities and schools to make the people aware of the life and advocacies of disappeared and abducted Redemptoristpriest Fr. Rudy Romano, C.Ss.R.
In a letter to the clergy, religious and laity of the Archdiocese of Cebu, Archbishop Palma urged the local church to follow Fr. Romano’s example in addressing social concerns and legitimate human needs.
At Sunday Masses on July 7, 2013, all parishes are encouraged to read the Archdiocesan Statement on the Commemoration of the 28th Year of the Abduction/Disappearance of Fr. Rudy Romano, CSsR.
Redemptorist Center for Social and Ecological Concerns (RECSEC) Director Bro. Karl Gaspar, CSsR said, “It has been 28 years since the abduction Fr. Rudy Romano, C.Ss.R. on July 11, 1985; and 13 years since he was presumed dead, yet Cebuanos never cease to remember and to carry on his legacy.”
On July 11, 2013, to mark the 28th anniversary of the abduction/disappearance of Fr. Rudy Romano, the Redemptorist Province of Cebu will hold activities to relive the story and advocacy of Fr. Rudy.
At 8:30 a.m. on July 11, in Brgy Tisa,Labangon, Cebu City, the Redemptorists will lead a wreath-laying ceremony at the site of Fr. Romano’s abduction by the armed men of the Marcos Martial Law Regime.
At 5:30 p.m. of the same day, there will be a ‘Mass to Remember Fr. Rudy Romano’ in the Redemptorist Church. After the mass, there will be a short program and awarding of prizes to the winners of the poster-making and essay-writing contests participated in by students of Catholic Schools.The contests’ theme is “How the youth can help build the Church of the Poor following the example of Fr. Rudy Romano,CSsR”. A candle-lighting ceremony at the Redemptorist Church rotunda will conclude the day’s anniversary commemoration.
The Holy Father, Pope Francis has challenged the Faithful to focus on being agents of God’s mercy to the poor, the suffering, and those alienated from the Church.
Responding to this call, the Redemptorists and the whole Church strive to continue Fr. Rudy’s legacy in helping build the Church of the Poor; to follow his example in advocating human rights, justice, peace, and love.
Donald Bryan Angayan
Staff Member, Redemptorist Center for Social & Ecological Concerns (RECSEC)
Tel. No. 412-6903
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