Quezon City. At 6:00 pm of October 21, 2011 the Claretians gathered in the gardens of the Institute for Consecrated Life in Asia under the mahogany tree to remember Fr Pops and celebrate the a mass for him. Fr. Pops requested that he be buried in a casket made out of mahogany, from the tree that he planted and the tree that he lived for. Fr. Pops stood by the side of the environment, Fr. Pops stood by the side of those who were oppressed in the society. Fr. Pops stood by the side of the indigenous people. As a cry for solidarity and grief for his loss the Claretians stood by the side of this tree.
Fr. Bernardo Blanco read the statement of the Claretians in the beginning of the mass: “The Master sent a servant to the vineyard and they killed him” (Mark 12:5)
The Claretian Missionaries grieves and vehemently cries for justice over the death of Fr. Fausto “Pops” Tentorio, PIME. He was a servant sent by the master to the vineyard of the Lumad tribes of Arakan Valley, North Cotabato, in the Diocese of Kidapawan, and last October 17,2011 he was shot to death.
Fr. Tentorio’s mission work with the lumad is a testament for all of us Claretians in expressing our selfless love for the people God, to whom He has sent us for mission, Love that is unconditional even until death.
We grieve with the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions (PIME) fathers. Father Tenotorio’s death servers as an inspiration for us, shares of the mission work of Christ for those who are marginalized and oppressed by society. His death shall not be forgotten and unheard, for it will be forever etched in our hearts that burn to serve. The Claretian Missionaries is one with the PIME fathers in their loss.
As shares of the same call for mission all communities of the Claretian Missionaries in the Philippines are enjoined to mark October 21, 2011 as Black Friday and celebrate at 6:00pm a special mass for the death of a fellow martyred missionary. Let us not allow the forces of greed and exploitation on the indigenous people overpower us. Let us be vigilant and clamor for justice, peace and the integrity of creation.
May the love of Christ and mission urge us on
This solidarity mass started with a silent procession of the college seminarians, RMI sisters from their residence at Sanville Subdivision and proceeded to the ICLA grounds for the mass. The Mass was celebrated by Fr. Eduardo Apungan, prefect of apostolate and was concelbrated by the different local superiors of the claretian communities. Fr. Leo Dalmao, cmf provincial superior of the Philippine province lead the community in this condemnation.
A candle procession followed after the mass, where all the participants lit candles at the gate of thee theology house along tandang sora avenue where a streamer was posted to last for 40 days in condemnation of the death of a missonary, Fr. Fausto “Pops” Tentorio, PIME.