Monsignor Vicente of Dumaguete City laid to rest

May 29, 2012 10:38 pm 

DUMAGUETE CITY, May 29 -– Some 68 priests from the Diocese of Dumaguete, the Diocese of San Carlos, and other religious congregations paid their last respects to the late Rev. Monsignor Bienvenido Antonio Escalambre Vicente Tuesday shortly before he was laid to rest.

Msgr. Gamaliel Tulabing, administrator of the Diocese of Dumaguete, officiated the concelebrated funeral mass at the St. Catherine of Alexandria Cathedral in this capital city.

Vicente, 77, died of a lingering illness last May 21 at the Holy Child Hospital in Dumaguete.

He had served in various assignments and positions in the Diocese of Dumaguete, since he was ordained to the priesthood June 17, 1966 in Logroño, Spain.

During the Homily, Msgr. Candelario Catubig fondly recalled his high school days at the St. Joseph Seminary where the late Msgr. Vicente was assigned then.

The late monsignor was a dedicated person and loved seminarians even though he was strict with them.

Also, Msgr. Vicente was known for wearing his priestly garb all the time, an indication he was a lover of the priesthood and did not hide his identity as a priest.

The same observation was made by Msgr. Julito Cortes, auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Cebu and who had served for years in the Diocese of Dumaguete.

Bishop Cortes, who offered a Mass for the late Msgr. Vicente Monday evening during the wake, stressed that wearing a cassock all the time was his trademark and that it deflected possible enticements from the worldly life.

Bishop Cortes also recalled good memories with the late Msgr. Vicente at the St. Joseph Seminary, saying that the latter was his mentor in his formative years.

Msgr. Vicente lived a simple life which earned the respect and admiration of many, according to Msgr. Cortes and other priests who had known the late monsignor.

“The diocese has lost a great priest. We pray that our priesthood be patterned after yours,” said Msgr. Catubig in his Homily.

Born in Bayawan City, Negros Oriental on December 11, 1934 to the couple Juan Vicente and Trinidad Escalambre (both deceased), Msgr. Antonio Vicente served as a diocesan priest for a number of years in different various capacities.

Following the funeral Mass, the late Msgr. Vicente was laid to rest at the Dumaguete Memorial Park. (PNA) hbc/LAM/JFP

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