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Meet Kalookan’s newest deacons, ordained March 20

Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David ordained two men to the Sacred Order of Deacons, at San Roque Cathedral Parish, on March 20, the Solemnity of St. Joseph, husband of Mary.

The men ordained were Anthony A. Koa from the University of Sto. Tomas (UST) Central Seminary, and Christiane Joseph C. Jocson from San Jose Seminary.

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Left to Right: Rev. Anthony A. Koa and Rev. Christiane Joseph C. Jocson (Photo by Franz Salazar)

Deacon Koa, is third of the five siblings of George and Edna Koa, was baptized in the National Shrine of St. Michael and the Archangels, Manila. He is also a registered nurse and a doctor of optometry. After passing the licensure exam for optometry, he decided to enter the seminary in 2014 and studied philosophy at the St. Vincent School of Theology, Sacred Theology and Master of Arts in Moral Theology at UST.

Deacon Koa’s previous assignments were in Sagrada Familia Parish, Sta. Cruz Parish, St. Joseph the Workman Parish, the Diocesan Shrine and Parish of the Immaculate Conception, and San Exequiel Moreno Parish, which also happens to be his first assignment as deacon.

Deacon Jocson, the eldest of Lauro and Violeta Jocson, was baptized in the Diocesan Shrine and Parish of San Jose de Navotas. He earned his master’s and doctorate degrees in philosophy from the University of St. Thomas and his bachelor’s degree in theology from the Loyola School of Theology.

Deacon Jocson’s previous assignments were in San Roque de Navotas Parish, Sts. Peter and John Parish, and St. Joseph the Workman Parish. He will serve as deacon at Hearts of Jesus Parish, Caloocan City.

The ordination was attended by Diocese of Kalookan religious and mission partners, as well as several priests from the seminaries Deacons Koa and Jocson attended. The families and friends of the newly ordained priests were also present, along with members of the local communities where they were assigned, who came to offer their support and congratulations.

Deacon Jocson expressed their gratitude and joy at being ordained as deacons. They pledged to serve the Church and its people with all their hearts and to live out their vocation with faith, hope, and love.


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