Dear Bishop-Elect Medel Aseo,
It is with gladness in my heart that I write to you to congratulate you on behalf of the National Association of Filipino Priests, USA on your appointment as the Bishop of Tagum.
Your appointment and the strong support for you to take this role, represents an important new phase in the history of the Church in Tagum. Your appointment comes at a pivotal time, as our church seeks ways forward in light of numerous challenges towards holiness.
Shortly after the announcement of your appointment, Pope Francis released his latest apostolic exhortation that I believe is an excellent clarion call as you begin your new ministry. “We need ‘to acknowledge jubilantly that our life is essentially a gift, and recognize that our freedom is a grace. This is not easy today, in a world that thinks it can keep something for itself, the fruits of its own creativity or freedom’ ” (§5 Gaudete et Exsultate).
On behalf of the National Association of Filipino Priests, USA, I offer my encouragement and support to your leadership, and know that you see in these dynamics the potential for a transformative gospel witness.
I know that with your skills in community-building and collaboration, you will have much to offer to the church and society as a whole. As you embrace your vocation to be the shepherd of your diocese, I assure you of the eagerness of the National Association of Filipino Priests, USA to support you in your new role especially through our prayers.
With every good wish for God’s blessings,
Rev. Virgilio Tolentino