DAVAO CITY, Feb. 11, 2015—The rector of Davao’s St. Francis Xavier Regional Major Seminary of Mindanao was recently elected president of the Diocesan Clergy of Mindanao (DCM).
Msgr. Abel Apigo, a priest from the Archdiocese of Davao was elected as the new head of the DCM during their recently concluded 39th convention hosted by the Archdiocese of Davao.
Apigo, rector since 2006 and who has been serving the seminary for more than a decade already, said he will do his best for the good of the diocesan priests of Mindanao.
The election was held Feb. 10, second day of the three-day DCM convention held at the St. Francis Xavier Regional Major Seminary. Apigo got 146 votes while the vice president, Msgr. Ruel Lasco, incumbent vice president from the Diocese of Butuan, got 116 votes.
Majority agreed that whoever gets the second highest vote will automatically become the vice president. The two officers were blessed by Bishop of Tagum Wilfredo Manlapaz before the final blessing of the Holy Mass officiated by the bishop after the business meeting of the diocesan clergy on the second day.
The convention was ended with a Holy Mass on Feb. 11, feast of Our Lady of Lourdes and World Day for the Sick.
According to Davao Archbishop Romulo Valles, DCM, which started in Davao City in 1973, is a significant event that renews the bonds of fraternity and unites them together as Mindanao clergy in their continuing work of bringing the joy of the Gospel to all the faithful, particularly the people of Mindanao. (John Frances C. Fuentes/CBCPNews)