Zarraga, Iloilo. Exactly after a month from his priestly ordination, Fr. Efren Decrito, CMF celebrated his first mass in his hometown. The morning of January 8, 2012 was filled with joy and thanksgiving as the family and friends of Fr. Efren joined him in gratitude for the gift of priesthood in a thanksgiving mass held at San Isidro Labrador Parish. A number of Claretian priests concelebrated in the mass.

Fr. Jonathan Bitoy, CMF, who hails from the same province, delivered the homily. Fr. Leo Dalmao, CMF, Provincial Superior, presented a certificate of appreciation to Mrs. Concepcion Decrito for the support of the Decrito family to Fr. Efren’s missionary vocation. Likewise as a sign of appreciation for the support of the parish, a framed image of Saint Anthony Mary Claret was given to the parish priest.