DAVAO CITY, Philippines —Fr. Joel Silagpo, parish priest of San Antonio de Padua in Lamitan City, Basilan was overwhelmed by the outpouring of support from the netizens who read his story at www.newsline.ph.
“I was so amazed how God responded to our call, www.newsline.ph, became an instrument, I cannot believe, even my elementary and high school classmates are contacting me how they can help,” Fr. Silagpo said.
“Salamat sa Ginoo nga gihikap niya ang kasing kasing sa nagbasa sa story, basin mao ni paagi sa Dios nga mahuman among simbahan (I thank God for touching the heart of the newsline.ph readers, maybe this is His way to finish our church).
Newsline published the story of Fr. Silagpo Saturday night and from then the story was shared a thousand times and registered a 29,000 likes.
Fr. Silagpo sells fish to help finish the construction of his church. Should you wish to help Fr. Silagpo, here is how you can deposit your donation to Philippine National Bank of Basilan under the account #53-493-680002-8, San Antonio de Padua parish funds for construction.”
For those who want to send email to Fr. Silago: email@example.com
You can also send support through money remittance center, Fr. Silagpo said your contribution will be properly reported and same will be posted in their bulletin board.
Here are some of the netizens comments and commitments to Fr. Silagpo:
Fr Silagpo, you are an inspiration to both Christians and Muslims. You are not just building a Church. You are advocating PEACE among our people. May God bless your cause.
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Benjamin Arkangel ·
Aircraft mechanic… at Philippines Airlines
Im a priest and I am humbled by Fr Joel’s hard work to build the church for his community. Thanks father.
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Renato Togon ·
Works at La Société des Missions Etrangères
I am also a missionary Priest from mindanao I am working in Africa, Kenya together with the masai tribe. I was moved by the initiative of this priest I assure you my prayer brother priest. I have Facebook just type Renato Togon and you can see the link of what this priest is doing. Pray for us missionaries. Godbless you all!
Father Silagpo i salut you and you are really doing a great work of God’s Kingdom. How i wish to see more priest doing great works for the people of God like you are doing. I admire you most is your friendship with other people seeing God in them with other believers. SO nice to read your life testimony. God will bless you more and your community. Blessings will come..
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This is the kind of priest every catholic needs. I mean in humility of spirit,. Instead of begging and seeking donations from the communities, , he was the one shouldering the responsiblities to co -help with the construction of their Church whom his catholic community badly needed. And in the process he is building a personal relationship with the Muslim brothers/sisters.and giving good example to his parishioners.Fr. Silagpo, you are an embodiment of a good Shepherd as well as an amazing servant of Christ. May your tribe increase.and may you continue to be an inspiration not only to other priests but to the laypeople as well for being Christ like.
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Fr Silagpo, may God send more laborers like you working for the Lords vineyard with such zeal. Para sa Diyos…Walang di gagawin para maakay ang Tao sa Daan patungo sa Diyos ng pag-ibig. May God bless you more.
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Calling our brothers and sisters regardless of what religion, please help them by sharing your blessing to built up the church. Its easy just deposit to their account number and they will received it easily. Let us support their fundraising for a good cause. God blesses everyone.
God bless you father your a great priest
Praying for you Fr. Joel and God bless your heart and your actions. Unfortunately, why are the PPC officers in your parish just only sit down and laugh your suggestions? Why can’t they help? I dont know the situation ha its not mentioned what activities do the committee did to help…I would like to ask the people who laugh out and nagsasabi na are you not ashamed Fr? Pari ka? O ano ngayon, at least mayroon nang nag initiate na gagalaw para makalikom ng funds..d niyo pa na gets PPC Officers ng parish na to…parishioner kayo if you are working for a noble cause – why would you be ashamed? Unless ang motibo nyo iba – there you should be! Instead you help your Parish Priest have the funds to build your Parish Church…you are ashamed of Christ? My goodness…help naman kayo wag na mahiya…para din sa inyo yan…Pray ko rin mga PPC mo Fr na matauhan sila…peace
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Lilibeth Barooti ·
Philippine College of Arts and Trade
God bless you Fr.Silagpo. You have just started Peace on Earth. You inspire Christian and Muslim and other religion to be one living in this world. Respect to any religion is a path to have Peace on Earth.
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How can I can reach you Father kindly post you Mobe #, others might be interested in helping uou reach your dream project..God Bless…seldom to hear this kind of work from a parish priest…So proud of you…
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My son is a Priest.. also we started/ help their order rebuilt the old church thru charity donations from friends and relatives and a brother in law who is an architect help them to redesigned for free and supervising the construction travelling from Angeles City to Caloocan for free… i called that dedication for a cause.. Fr. Silagpo i know how you feel iam with you… May God help you all your needs with no problem..Be glad to give you donation for your church.. Peace be with you and all who will be supporting you. For the Love of God..Amen
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