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AFTER twenty-five years serving parishes in the USA, Metro-Manila, and in
the province of Sorsogon since his ordination, Rev. Fr. Domingo A. France has
finally come home: he is now the parish priest of St. James Greater parish in
Bulusan, his hometown.
Together with his assistant, Rev. Fr. Romy H. Dimaano, Fr. France assumed
his new post on July 1, 2004 before a crowd of fellow Buluseños who warmly
welcomed them. His present
assignment is a great relief to his townmates who have long been wishing him to
be their parish priest.
Knowing fully well his vast experience in the management of church
affairs and his impressive accomplishments in his past assignments, the local
parishioners expect big changes in their religious activities and improvements
of the church’s facilities.
Upon his assumption, he concentrated on the proper administration of the
sacraments, fiestas, incomons, parish barangay masses, and the implementation of the Diocesan
Ecclesiastical and Evangelical Program (DEEP).
According to Fr. France, his immediate concern now which he would like to
appeal to the parishioners are fourteen pieces of stained glass and the
construction of the church’s sibay or
side wings. This is to protect the
churchgoers who are seated near the church’s side doors from getting wet on
rainy days. The rectory also needs immediate repair, he added.
If it were possible, he said, he would like to start right now the
construction of a concrete alleluiahan in
time for next year’s Easter Sunday celebration.
He pointed out that of the sixteen towns of Sorsogon, Bulusan is one of
the only two remaining parishes with no such permanent facility.
Fr. France who is now in his mid-fifties, is the son of farmer Pedro
France and the late Mercedes Aguilar of Barangay Looban, Bulusan. He took his elementary and secondary education in his
hometown but finished his priesthood at St. John’s Seminary in Camarollo,
California, USA in 1979. He was
ordained in Los Angeles and became assistant priest at the St. Anthony Parish in
Long Beach until 1980.
On his return to the Philippines, he was assigned assistant priest at the
Sts. Peter & Paul Cathedral in Sorsogon City.
He later became the parish priest of St. Joseph Parish in Barcelona, Our
Lady of the Pillar in the town of Pilar, St. Anthony in Gubat, and chaplain of
the San Juan de Dios Hospital in Pasay City where he underwent medication for
his diabetes. It was during this
period that he was also the regular celebrant of the monthly mass for
Damayan-Buluseño at the Knights of Columbus Clubhouse in Manila which is
considered as an extension of the Parish of St. James the Greater back home.
Prior to his assignment in Bulusan, he was the rector at the Sts. Peter
& Paul Cathedral in Sorsogon City. Now
that he is in his hometown, many observers are of their honest opinion that with
Fr. France’s dedication to his parish, there is no doubt the Buluseño
parishioners can now see the realization not only of his plans for the
improvements of the facilities of their church but the upliftment of their
spiritual well-being as well.
Vol. XVI No.4 (August - September 2004)
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