Last Updated: Friday - 09/24/2010
Week of February 26, 2007
New priest serves the faithful with energy, enthusiasm
Long days, diverse activities won't wipe the smile off Fr. Nilo
By RAMON GONZALEZ
"Everything he does, he does for God."
- Sandra Carrette
Like most priests, Macapinlac takes Mondays off, time he uses for jogging, walking and reading. In the summer he also plays soccer.
Last year he took a two-month vacation to his native Philippines. There he realized how important priests are to the local people. Many local reporters tried to interview him. He refused but they searched the Internet and compiled stories using information they obtained from the WCR.
Born in New Lucena, Iloilo, Philippines, in 1972, Macapinlac was raised in a large extended family. At age nine he was already an altar server and member of the Legion of Mary. As a boy, he grew to admire those whose job it was to save souls and dreamed of the day he would be able to join their ranks.
Macapinlac completed his theological formation in 2001 but instead of pursuing ordination, he took a teaching position.
When his uncle William Angeles travelled to the Philippines from Edmonton and told him of the great need for priests in Canada, Macapinlac decided to apply to the Edmonton Archdiocese. He was accepted and today he is a shining light to many St. Theresa parishioners.
"It's a blessing to have him here as priest," said parishioner Nina Obleada, also a Filipino. "He is very friendly and he is always smiling."
Macapinlac's knowledge of the Gospel impresses Obleada. "He's got a lot of wisdom from Scripture and he uses it well in his homilies," she observed.
Sister Cornelia Ramirez, who is in charge of sacramental preparation at St. Theresa, described Macapinlac as "very dedicated to his priestly vocation and the needs of the people."
Recently Ramirez and Macapinlac visited three schools together. "The kids love him. He is so very joyful, so full of life."
"Everything he does, he does for God," said receptionist Sandra Carrette.
Even when Macapinlac blesses a family, a Filipino tradition, he sees it as a way to bring souls to God. "This is a venue for me to evangelize people and encourage them to go back to the Church," he said. "It is also a venue for me to encounter children and to promote vocations.
"I'm only an instrument of Christ and so I'm very humbled and I feel very privileged to be one of his priests. For me this is a life deeply rooted in Christ."
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