Archbishop Legazpi laid to rest

Cardinal Gaudencio B. Rosales, Archbishop Emeritus of Manila, presided over the funeral mass concelebrated by over 20 bishops and a hundred priests.

Philippines
Aug 25 2014, 12:33 PM
Archbishop Legazpi laid to rest
Archbishop Emeritus Leonardo Z Legazpi's funeral ceremony at the Santo Domingo Church in Quezon City

Archbishop Emeritus Leonardo Z. Legazpi of Caceres was interred at the Santo Domingo Church in Quezon City on August 15, the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

He was the first Filipino rector of the University of Santo Tomas Central Seminary, the first vicar of the Philippine Dominican Province and the first Filipino Rector Magnificus of the Royal and Pontifical University of Santo Tomas, the Catholic University of the Philippines. He served as CBCP president from 1988 to 1991 and president of the Second Plenary Council of the Philippines in 1991.

Cardinal Gaudencio B. Rosales, Archbishop Emeritus of Manila, presided over the funeral mass concelebrated by over 20 bishops and a hundred priests.

Archbishop Legaspi, a Dominican, had died on August 8, the Feast of St Dominic, at the age of 78 after a long battle with cancer.  

Known for his deep devotion to Our Lady of Peñafrancia, Bicolandia’s patroness, Archbishop Legaspi spent hours before the miraculous icon praying he survive the disease until after the 300th anniversary celebration of the devotion in September 2010. He was found to be suffering from lung cancer in 2009.

He was born in Meycauayan, Bulacan on November 25, 1935 and was ordained priest of the Order of Friars Preachers on Devember 17, 1960. He was the Auxiliary Bishop of Manila under Cardinal Jaime L. Sin. He was appointed Archbishop of Caceres in 1983 at the age of 47and retired in 2012, at age 76.

Archbishop Emeritus Oscar V Cruz of Lingayen-Dagupan, who was Archbishop Legazpi’s classmate described that the late archbishop “did his assignment – and did it very well indeed.”

Bishop Emeritus Teodoro Bacani of Novaliches described Archbishop Legaspi as “A giant among bishops – a leader with vision and integrity and with huge achievements, especially initiating and leading the Second Plenary Council of the Philippines.”

Archbishop Angel N. Lagdameo of Jaro said it was Archbishop Legaspi who led the country to Church renewal as president of the Second Plenary Council in 1991 when he served President of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines from 1987 to 1991.

Father Benito Tuazon, Minister of the Archdiocese of Manila’s Ecology Desk credited the late Caceres prelate for his pastoral letter entitled “What is Happening to Our Beautiful Land?” in 1988.

Source: CBCP News

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