Feast of Alberto Ramento (October 2)   1 comment

The Flag of the Republic of the Philippines

ALBERTO RAMENTO Y BALDOVINO (AUGUST 9, 1936-OCTOBER 3, 2006)

Prime Bishop of the Philippine Independent Church (1993-1999)

Spokesman for Oppressed and Exploited People

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On the morning of October 3, 2006, in Tarlac, Republic of the Philippines, the news was official:  Alberto Ramento, former Prime Bishop of the Philippine Episcopal Church and incumbent Bishop of Tarlac, was dead.  The cause of death was stabbing–inside his own rectory.  The bishop had long spoken out for the poor and the working class, often in opposition to Filipino government policies, notably of President Gloria Arroyo.

Ordained deacon then priest in 1958  and bishop in 1969, Ramento served the Diocese of Cavite from 1969 to 1993, was Prime Bishop from 1993 to 1999, led the diocese of Western Pangasian from 2000 to 2002, served the Diocese of Tarlac from 1999 to 2006, and was President of the Supreme Council of Bishops from 2005 to 2006.  He was also a committed ecumenist, Founding Convenor of the Movement of Concerned Citizens for Civil Liberties, and, in the words of Winifred Vergara, The Episcopal Church’s missioner for Asian-American Ministries, “a prophetic voice in the Philippines.”  This prophetic voice had condemned political corruption and killings earlier that year at a June 12 interfaith rally.

Ramento was also Convenor of Peace for Life, which describes itself as “a global faith-based movement resisting globalisation and creating life-enhancing alternatives.”  Their online resources regarding Bishop Ramento’s murder are here:  http://www.peaceforlife.org/resources/peoplestruggle/philippines/2008/08-1003-ramento.html.

The murder remains unsolved.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

SEPTEMBER 21, 2011 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF SAINT MATTHEW THE EVANGELIST, APOSTLE AND MARTYR

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For More Information:

http://ecusa.anglican.org/3577_78351_ENG_HTM.htm

http://www.scribd.com/doc/2326682/Profile-of-Bishop-Alberto-B-Ramento

http://www.humanrights.asia/news/urgent-appeals/UA-331-2006

http://www.oikoumene.org/es/documentacion/documents/comisiones-del-cmi/asuntos-internacionales/regional-concerns/asia/message-of-condolences-on-the-death-of-bishop-alberto-ramento.html

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The Readings and Collect:

O God, your Son came among us to serve and not to be served, and to give his life for the life of the world.  Lead us by his love to serve all those to whom the world offers no comfort and little help.  Through us give hope to the hopeless, love to the unloved, peace to the troubled, and rest to the weary, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, now and forever.  Amen.

Hosea 2:18-23

Psalm 94:1-15

Romans 12:9-21

Luke 6:20-36

–Renewers of Society, Evangelical Lutheran Worship (2006), hymnal and worship book of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

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I found Bishop Ramento’s name on page 708 of Holy Women, Holy Men:  Celebrating the Saints (2010), the guide to The Episcopal Church’s calendar of saints.  That page is the appendix consisting of a list of some people “worthy of commemoration” yet who do not “quality under the ‘fifty-year rule’ previously concurred by the General Convention.”  I have no such rule.

KRT

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