Welcoming the invitation of the Rev. Fr. Carmelo Estores, Chancellor of the Diocese of Parañaque, today, June 27, 2019 Fr. Ariel Tecson, Vice Postulator, and Fr. Jessie Martirizar presented the Cause of Beatification of Father Joseph Aveni to the Assembly of the Clergy of the Diocese of Parañaque held at the Diocesan Center for Evangelization in Villonco Road, West Service Road, Sucat, Muntinlupa City. The Bishop Jesse Mercado was also present in the Assembly. Each participant was given a copy of the book: “Father Joseph Aveni. A short biographical sketch” and a stampita (prayer card).
This brief intervention was intended to increase among diocesan clergy the knowledge about the life and virtues of Father Aveni, in view of the eventual Introduction of his Cause of Canonization in the Diocese of Parañaque. This initiative was done shortly after Bishop Mercado returned from his recent ad limina visit in Rome, when he personally handed to His Eminence Card. Giovanni Angelo Becciu, Prefect of the Congregation of the Causes of the Saints, his request for “nulla osta”, to start the diocesan process of the Cause of Father Aveni.
Taking the podium, Fr. Ariel Tecson, read the presentation prepared by Fr. Jessie, which was briefly summarized in three points: (1) Who is Fr. Joseph Aveni? (2) What qualifies him for candidacy to the Sainthood? (3) What is the present status of his process?
Bro. Christian Allan R. De Sagun, RCJ