Parish priest suicide shocks parishioners

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Parish priest suicide shocks parishioners

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This deeply religious province expressed shock on reports that a parish priest was found dead inside a rest room of his convent in Loboc town last June 27.

Parishioners of St. Peter the Apostle Parish in Loboc town are mourning the death of Fr. Marcelino Dano Biliran, 56 whose was found hanging inside the toilet of his room at the convent.

Police Insp Sam, Dacullo, Loboc PNP chief said Biliran hang himself using an extension wire. He died of asphyxia due to constriction of his neck,

Bishop Leonardo Medroso of the Diocese of Tagbilaran called on parishioners to unite in prayer after the apparent suicide of Fr.  Biliran

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In his official statement, Medroso said that members of the Tagbilaran Diocese lamented the death of Biliran whom priests described as a humble and giving person, particularly as his passing was sudden.

Although the incident surprised and baffled them, members of the Diocese of Tagbilaran will respect the findings of the police investigation on the death of their fellow priest. His remains was supposed to be buried yesterday. However, the family decided to postpone it next week amid some prayers that police authorities be guided accordingly amid some questionable stories about the circumstances.

Biliran earned his Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy degree at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Seminary (IHMS) in Barangay Taloto in Tagbilaran and also studied at Seminario Mayor de San Carlos in Mabolo, Cebu City.

In 2016, he celebrated his 20th year as priest as he was ordained on April 12, 1996 at the Diocese of Tagbilaran.

The 56-year-old priest became curate at various parishes in Bohol. He was assigned at various parishes including Sta. Cruz Maribojoc, Santisima Trinidad in Loay, and San Isidro Labrador in Bilar.

The priest’s burial at the Necroplis inside the IHMS compound.

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