Bishop Evangelista ready to learn ‘caracol’ dance

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Bishop Rey Evangelista

MANILA, April 12, 2013— Newly appointed Imus Bishop Reynaldo Evangelista may have to learn how to cut a rug the Caviteño way. 

He said there would be many things that he will have to familiarize in his new diocese including the popular “Caracol”, a traditional Caviteño dance-procession with the statue of the Our Lady of the Pillar. 

“I’ll do my best to learn the dance,” Evangelista said as he burst into laughter. 

The bishop said the call to serve in the Diocese of Imus, which has 10 times as many Catholics as Boac, was “a big challenge.” 

“I really think that this is not a simple responsibility but my disposition is that I did not plan this, I’m just following God’s will,” said Evangelista. 

“I don’t know the concerns that I will have to face but it’s all up to God. As I said to myself, I’m just His instrument,” he added. “This is God’s work. I will follow the direction that He wants.” 

Last Monday, Pope Francis ordered the transfer of the bishop to the Diocese of Imus. 

Evangelista said it is also sad that he will leave the people of Boac, which he served for more than eight years. 

“I’d like to thank them for all their support and prayer. I will always pray for them as I’m doing it now,” said Evangelista who will be installed as Imus bishop on June 5.  

“It’s the same thing that I will do for the people of Imus… I’ll pray for them and I’ll do everything to bring you closer to God with the help of the priests and other servants of the Church,” he said. (Roy Lagarde)  

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