UA&P alumnus and recently ordained priest Fr. Dean Johnpaul Dumlao Menchavez celebrated Thanksgiving Mass on February 2 at his alma mater amid former teachers, classmates, and colleagues.
Fr. Menchavez was ordained by Opus Dei Prelate Bishop Javier Echevarria in Rome last May 5 and came back to the Philippines last December.
Having graduated cum laude from the School of Economics, Fr. Menchavez worked in UA&P’s Executive Offices before he left for Spain to finish his theology degree. He now holds a doctorate in canon law.
Among the congregants were Fr. Menchavez’s family, relatives, and high school friends. Several priests of the University Chaplaincy were also present at the Mass, including Msgr. Carlos Estrada, the Regional Vicar of Opus Dei to the Philippines and Indonesia.
Fr. Victor Santos delivered a homily recounting Fr. Menchavez’s journey to the priesthood. He also outlined the mission of a priest and asked for prayers from those present.
“Let us…make use of this Mass to pray that the new priest and all the priests of the Work will be ‘holy, learned, cheerful and sportive,’ as St Josemaría Escrivá indicated,” he said.