One day shy of celebrating the Solemn Feast of the Pentecost, our confreres and the Salesian family of the Philippine-North Province (FIN) received a precious gift in the person of Fr Anthony Paul Bicomong, SDB, who was installed as its new Provincial Superior.
The installation took place at the beginning of the Holy Mass. Before outgoing FIN Provincial Fr Eli Cruz and before the congregation, Fr Paul professed the Creed in Latin.
Nearly three decades ago, en route to earning his masters degree in Philosophy, he wrote his thesis entitled The Life of Real Relationship in Martin Buber. In his first ever homily as provincial, he waxed philosophical by quoting at length his favorite existential philosopher, Buber. He then emphasized on the necessity of having a solid relationship with the Lord and with one another.
After the homily, he installed 11 newly appointed rectors, one of whom is his very own biological brother, Fr. Jun Bicomong, SDB.
Two Past FIN Provincials—Fr Francis Gustilo (International Theological Commission past member) and Fr Andy Wong (fresh from a full 6-year term as EAO Regional Superior and now rector of Salesian Pontifical University in Jerusalem )—were present for the ceremony.
Fr. James T. Ferry, MM, Episcopal Vicar for Religious of the Archdiocese of Manila and FIS Provincial Fr George Militante, SDB also came to witness the event.