Two Loonanons were ordained priests by Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma on August 5 at the Basilica Minore del Santo Niño in Cebu City.
Rev. Fr. John Ion C. Miranda and Rev. Fr. Peter S. Cantones of the Order of Saint Augustine are high school alumni of Loon’s Sacred Heart Academy (SHA) and Saint Teresa Academy (STA), respectively.
Both studied at the Saint Thomas of Villanova Institute in Quezon City, the college seminary of the Augustinians.
For their Theology studies, Fr. Miranda graduated in 2013 from the Recoletos School of Theology and Fr. Cantones in 2014 from the Maryhill School of Theology. Both schools are located in Quezon City.
Fr. Miranda is the third of five sons of Ramonito Dalugdog Miranda and Lucila Batoctoy Calatrava, both from the barangay of Napo. The Mirandas are permanent residents of Manticao, Misamis Oriental where they migrated to look for the proverbial greener pasture.
Napo, which figured prominently in this year’s Sandugo street dancing competition, also produced three other Augustinian priests, namely, Fr. Mario Lacaba Mejorada and Fr. Apolinario Lacaba Mejorada, uncles of Fr. Jonas M. Mejares, former rector of the Basilica Minore del Santo Niño, all of whom are alumni of SHA.
Another Augustinian priest, Fr. Jerome Pelausa Mesina is also an SHA alumnus.
The Santo Nino de Cebu Parish in Lower Mojon, Talisay City is the first assignment of Fr. Miranda.
Fr. Cantones is the son of Peter Libradilla Cantones Sr. and Teresita Flores Sombrio of the barangays of Song-on and Cantomocad, respectively. He is the second priest alumnus of STA, the first one being Fr. John Jericho Mier, also of the Augustinian order.
STA is run by the Daughters of Saint Teresa, a religious congregation founded by the late Cebu Archbishop Teofilo Camomot whose beatification and canonization are currently being worked out by the Catholic church in the Philippines.
Fr. Cantones’ first assignment is the Santa Ana Sub-Parish in Burgos, Siargao Island, Surigao del Norte. (Reigh P. Monreal)