25th years as PriestsMarch 28, 2009 (Our Lady of Sorrows Parish Church)—The Society of St. Paul in the Philippines together with the whole Pauline Family gathered once more at the table of the Lord as five Paulines celebrate their 25th year as priests. Fr. Leonardo Ellezar, Fr. Joseph Javillo, Fr. Edgar Pasaporte, Fr. Reynaldo Reyes and Fr. Mario Sobrejuanite were ordained at the Our Lady of Sorrows Parish Church on March 24, 1984 by the then Papal Nuncio, Most Rev. Bruno Torpigliani.

The Thanksgiving Mass started at 9:30 in the morning with Most Rev. Socrates Villegas of the Diocese of Balanga as the presider.The church was filled with guests from the different members of the Pauline Family. In his homily, Bp. Villegas thanked the five priests for listening to God and to his people. He emphasized the need to have a listening heart especially in these changing times. On the side note, Bp. Villegas remembered with fondness that these priests were his classmates at the San Carlos Seminary, although he was one scholastic year behind them. The celebration was made even more special with the presence of another bishop, Most. Rev. Teodoro Bacani who was their professor when they were still students of Theology.

25th years as PriestsFr. Ellezar is currently a Provincial Councilor. He is also a resident priest at St. Paul Seminary in Silang, Cavite. Fr. Javillo is on a mission to the United States where he serves as the Community Bursar. He was not able to attend the celebration though he sent his congratulatory remarks to his batchmates. Fr. Pasaporte is also on  a mission. He has been in Macau for 23 years. Fr. Reyes is the HR Manager of St Pauls while Fr. Sobrejuanite is the Director of the Center for Pauline Spirituality and Animation (CPSA). Both of them are assigned in Makati City.

Before the Mass ended, Fr. Pasaporte thanked everyone who have been part of their growth and journey. In jest, he thanked Msgr. Torpigliani whom he failed to acknowledge during his speech after their ordination 25 years ago. Fr. Pasaporte shared that he spent most of his life as a priest in Macau, and he thanked the Lord for bringing him to serve the Chinese people. He has been there for so long that he feels that he has truly become one of them.

After the Mass, a sumptuous lunch was served at the quadrangle of Blessed Elena Academy.