Rev. Fr. Jaimelito “Nilo” Gealan, SVD the 6th director of the John Paul I Biblical Center meaningfully received this afternoon at 3:00 o’clock (May 12 Monday) the responsibility of continuing the mission of the Biblical Center for Northern Luzon. In the context of a bible sharing led by no other than the bishop chairman himself Most Rev. Renato P. Mayugba, DD, all members of the administrative board together with the whole staff of the JPIBC welcomed with profound joy the newly appointed director. The gospel of the day taken from Mark 8:11-13 (The Demand for a Sign) set the spirit of welcoming Fr. Nilo and sending-off of the out-going director Fr. Doms O. Ramos, SVD after serving the center for six years.

Present during the celebration were the Administrative Board: Most Rev. Renato P. Mayugba, DD the Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan, Fr. Efren Ambre the vice chairman from the Diocese of Bangued, Fr. Ariosto Mina the trustee from the Diocese of Alaminos, Ms. Zusan Asistin the treasurer from the Diocese of San Fernando, Fr. Doms O. Ramos, SVD the out-going executive secretary from the Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro with the staff of the JPIBC: Ms. Flordelis Dacguigan of the Archdiocese of Tuguegarao (who will be retiring from faithful service effective May 15, 2008), Ms. Felicidad Perpetua Gines of the Archdiocese of Nueva Segovia (the pioneer) and Mr. Joel Bugtong from the Diocese of Bangued.   

At the end of the celebration the bishop handed to Fr. Nilo his official appointment as Director and to Ms. Zusan Asistin as the Treasurer of the JPIBC in the presence of the Rector of the Immaculate Conception School of Theology Rev. Fr. John Habawel of the Apostolic Vicariate of Bontoc-Lagawe.

We pray for the success of the mission of Fr. Nilo and for the staff of the John Paul I Biblical Center!


From your left:

Zusan Asistin, Flor Dacquigan, Bishop Mayugba, Fr. Nilo Gealan,

Fr. Efren Ambre, Fr. Aries Mina, Joel Bugtong and Fely Gines