Welcome, Rev. Fr. Gerry Tapiador!
He is Rev. Fr. Gerardo R. Tapiador, a well known priest in the country for his lively preachings and scholarly background. He takes on the post of parish priest previously held by Monsignor Romy Raňada who in turn has been appointed as the new parish priest of the Our Lady of the Assumption Parish in Mindanao Ave.
Fr. Gerry, as his parishioners simply call him, was awarded as an Outstanding Catholic Author in 1991. Among his learned works are The Mysterious Seed: A Simplified Manual on the Tools and Principles of Interpreting the Bible, Hark the Herald and The Roman Catholic Faith and the Bible.
Many are not aware that Fr. Gerry is also a prolific composer of songs and has already produced two albums – The Priest and The Word was made Song.
After his stint as the first parish priest of Christ the King Parish in Filinvest II, Quezon City, he helped establish the new parish of St. Peter along Commonwealth Ave in the same city in 1993. Later in 2002, the building of that same parish church was given the honor of being the National Catholic Biblical Center of the Philippines by the Episcopal Commission on the Biblical Apostolate for its biblical features.
In 2002, he was chosen as Episcopal vicar for the district of Novaliches in the Archdiocese of Manila. He was later tasked to prepare the establishment of a new Diocese, now known as the Diocese of Novaliches. The Most Reverend Teodoro C. Bacani, Jr., the first bishop of this new diocese appointed him as its first Vicar General in 2003.
He also serves as the Regional Director for the National Capital Region for the Episcopal Commission on the Biblical Apostolate in the Philippines and as a professor of Sacred Scriptures in San Carlos Seminary, Makati City.
It was in 2006 when I met Fr. Gerry for the first time in person. I had invited him to give the second talk (Who is Jesus Christ?) on our ongoing Christian Life Program (CLP) at that time. He gave a very enlightening power point presentation on the subject matter much to the benefit of the participants and members of the service team alike.
Last July 12, along with several leaders from various levels of the CFC community, we were able to candidly talk to Fr. Gerry on many areas for support and coordination. Last July 21, I attended along with our CFC chapter leaders Bro. Gerry and Sis. Chona Santos on Fr. Gerry’s invitation, the Parish Pastoral Council Recollection at the Good Shepherd Parish, an action that hopefully would pave the way for CFC’s integration and full acceptance to the parish community.
August 18 in turn marked Fr. Gerry’s formal installation as parish priest in the parish. My family along with several CFC leaders and members were there to witness the solemn event presided over by Bishop Antonio Tobias along with other organizations, countless parishioners, former parishioners from St. Peter’s, his fellow priests in the diocese, family members and friends.
Indeed, Fr. Gerry’s pastoral and spiritual leadership is most welcomed in our parish. My family wishes him well. May God bless him, continuously inspire and equip him in his present tasks!