Adding to the list of possible Filipino saints, the Archdiocese of Nueva Segovia recently started its official bid for the beatification and canonization of former Lipa Bishop Alfredo F. Verzosa in a ceremony held at the Conversion of St. Paul Metropolitan Cathedral.
A man of God
Bishop Verzosa changed the religious, spiritual, and moral portrait of Southern Luzon,according to Manila Archbishop-Emeritus Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales, who headed the formal start of the diocesan process for the cause of Verzosa’s beatification.
“We need to live the paschal mystery like Bishop Verzosa, that is, suffering for God, dying to one’s self, and finally, being raised up in the Lord,” he explained.
Praising the virtues of Bishop Verzosa, Cardinal Rosales stressed in his homily that Verzosa was truly a man of God, a zealous teacher, and someone who lived the Paschal mysteries.
Heading the Verzosa beatification cause is its Postulator Fr. Samson S. Silloriquez OAR, who is also the Postulator General of Augustinian Recollects, with Msgr. Gary Noel S. Formoso as Vice-Postulator.
Auxiliary Bishop David William Antonio was appointed Chairperson for the Theological Committee, while Fr. Ericson M. Josué, the biographer of Verzosa, was named Chairperson for the Historical Committee.
Citing the importance of the cause, Archbishop Salgado said that it serves as a challenge to Ilocanos and to all Filipinos “to keep our faith and to strengthen it by the grace of God, especially in the Year of Faith.”
“Help us in letting Bishop Verzosa be known to everybody,” Salgado added.
The celebration of the Holy Eucharist followed the ceremony of the opening of the beatification process.
In a separate interview, Lipa Archbishop Ramon Arguelles said the opening of the diocesan process this year shows that “God and the Church expect the Philippines to play a big role in Asia and in the whole world.” [More]