BELFAST, Ireland. – Boholano again makes history in the Lord’s vineyard.
A Boholano reverend is the first Filipino to be ordained as priest in the entire of Ireland.
To be ordained at the Saint Peter’s Cathedral at the St. Peter’s Square here is Rev. Manuelito Muga Milo, a native of Alburquerque, Bohol. He is the eldest son of Mr. & Mrs. Danilo Milo (nee Ma. Victoria Muga)
He will be ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Noel Treanor of the Diocese of Down and Connor at 3 o’clock this Sunday afternoon.
Attending the ordination are Boholano priests led by Bishop Antonietto Cabajog of the Diocese of Surigao together with Fr. Eugene Tungol,. Fr. Arnold Zamora, Fr. ReulTungolh, Fr. Butch Palapar and Fr. Craig Jubac. Relatives and friends of Rev. Milo will likewise be in attendance during the ordination.
Rev. Milo competed his studies at St. Patrick Seminary in Meynooth while his college years were spent at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Seminary in Taloto, Tagbilaran City.
PAYBACK TO GOD
Rev. Milo said his journey to the priesthood is his “payback to the Lord” as he almost died when he was two yeas old.
In fact, a renown doctor at the Veterans Memorial Hospital in Manila insisted that he undergoes surgery otherwise he will be deprived of his speech for life. However, his parents opted to forego the medical operation and instead lifted the health concern of “Emem,” (as he is fondly called in his family) to the Lord.
Danny, the father, recalled that together with wife, Victoria, they did not miss to bring “Emem” to the feast of the Sto Nino during the January celebration of Sinulog in Cebyikewise, they prayed for the intercession of San Vicente Ferrer in Maribojoc, Bohol for the healing of their son.
The prayerful life of the Milos greatly influenced “Emem” who even in his elementary days at Holy Spirit School in Tagbilaran City and high school at the Holy Trinityalready vowed to become a priest.
True to his promise to the Lord, “Emem” will finally be ordained to the priesthood this coming Sunday amid jubilation and thanksgiving from his family, relatives and friends.