BOAC, Marinduque: The new Bishop of the Diocese of Boac in Marinduque was formally welcomed in the Immaculate Conception Cathedral for his formal installation on Tuesday.
Wearing his choral vesture, Marcelino Antonio Maralit Jr. entered the main door of the church and was received by the Diocesan Administrator, Father Elino Esplana. Maralit presented the Papal Bull to Father. Esplana, who kissed his ring and led him into the church.
The main assembly composed of leaders of the Catholic Church in the Philippines, local government officials and residents of Marinduque all welcomed the new bishop.
Maralit is one of the first Bishops appointed by Pope Francis on December 31, 2014.
A portion of the appointment letter of the Pope for Maralit stated: “Having accepted the counsel of the Congregation for Bishops, with full confidence, we appoint you as Bishop of Boac with all the rights and duties which according to sacred canons are in connection with this appointment.”
Addressing his flock, Maralit said he is not afraid to accept the new position believing that God is good, all the time.
“Pag dating ko palang dito [sa Marinduque]ay nadama ko na ang kabutihan ng pusong Marinduqueno. Ang tunay na yaman ng Marinduque ay ang mga Marinduqueno. Samahan nýo po akong magtiwala sa Diyos [When I arrived in Marinduque, I felt the kindness of its people. The real riches of Marinduque are its people. Please be with me in having faith in God],” he added.
Maralit also said he is confident on his new ministry knowing that he was preceded by a good Bishop who was assigned in Marinduque for eight years, Reynaldo Evangelista, now assigned Bishop of Cavite.
The 45-year old Bishop spent his school days in Lipa City, Batangas and graduated from St. Francis de Sales Minor Seminary in 1985. He studied Philosophy in College and pursued his postgraduate studies in Spain where he took up Sacred Theology, and in Rome for Ecclesiastical History.
Prior to his appointment as Bishop of Boac, he served as Parochial Vicar in several parishes in Batangas and Assistant Director of the Archdiocesan Commission on Vocations. He also served as a Professor in St. Francis de Sales Major Seminary for four years and Priest Formator at Vice Rector – Dean of Studies.
His last position before moving to Marinduque was Parish Priest of Invencion de la Santa Cruz Parish in Alitagtag, Batangas.