Orlando B. Quevedo

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Orlando B. Quevedo
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Archbishop Orlando Beltran Quevedo, O.M.I.

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Born March 11, 1939
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Orlando Beltran Cardinal Quevedo, O.M.I.,(b.March 11, 1939) is one of the eight bishops of the Philippine Province of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate founded in September 1939. He is the first Filipino cardinal from Mindanao. To symbolize Quevedo and other new cardinal's appointment, Pope Francis presented them with scarlet-red birettas and gold rings. The pope called on to them to be "peacemakers, building peace by our hopes and our prayers." He is the first cardinal appointed by Pope Francis and is the country's eight cardinal.

He is also being tagged as the “architect of Asian pastoral churches” as he has advocated and designed the structures of pastoral Asian churches. US-based National Catholic Reporter (NCR) added that Quevedo has played an influential role in developing volumes of Asian pastoral statements and is widely respected among his Asian peers.


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Education

He received his basic education at the Laoag Shamrock School and Marbel Central Elementary School, and Notre Dame of Marbel High School. He attended San Jose Seminary from 1954 to 1956 and St. Peter's Novitiate in Texas from 1956 to 1957. He took Philosophy at San Jose Seminary from 1957 to 1960.

He also studied at Oblate College or the Catholic University of America. He then took postgraduate studies in educational management at the University of Santo Tomas (UST). He also attended Theology of Religious Life at St. Louis University in Missouri from 1976 to 1977.


Career

As Quevedo accepted the title on 22 February 2014, he is into a more challenging test of being the first cardinal from the country's poorest island group that has suffered years of neglect and injustice. He vowed to speak out for Mindanao as a cardinal. He said that as such, he is in the forefront and is expected to lead. Among the challenges he faces are – “the poverty of people, the need for new leaders, the peace situation, the dialogue between Muslims and Christians, and the possibilities of the Bangsamoro Framework Agreement.”

Fr Eliseo Mercado Jr., who used to chair the government panel in peace negotiations with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), said that Quevedo's central conviction is that “the root cause of insurgency in the South is injustice.” He added that 3 injustices fuel the conflict: Injustice to the Moro identity, Injustice to the Moro political sovereignty, and Injustice to Moro integral development. Quevedo also said that Muslim and Christian religious leaders have a major role in this as both the Koran and the Bible teach respect, understanding, reconciliation, and love. Mercado added that Quevedo is a key figure in the understanding of the Bangsamoro issue.

CBCP president Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas said that a cardinal from Mindanao is a papal tribute to the strength of the Catholic faith in the said region. He added that Quevedo is a living testimony that the Catholic faith in Mindanao is now bearing rich fruits. Villegas added that as member of the College of Cardinals, Quevedo will be able to assist the Pope in reaching out to the marginalized in Mindanao.

Born in Laoag, Ilocos Norte, Quevedo was ordained priest of Oblates of Mary Immaculate on June 5, 1964. He was appointed prelate of Kidapawan, Philippines on July 23, 1980 and was ordained after 3 months. He was appointed bishop of Kidapawan on November 15, 1982. He became the archbishop of Nueva Segovia on March 22, 1986 and was appointed archbishop of Cotabato on May 30, 1998. One of the 1973 TOYM awardees for Education. He was also the former president of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP). He is said to have defended and promoted justice and peace even in the Martial Law years.

He recalled that he grew up in Marbel, Koronadal, Cotabato in the late 40s and early 50s when his teacher-parents migrated and worked in Mindanao for more than 3 decades. He eventually worked as a priest-educator in Cotabato City for 12 years, as a parish priest in Jolo, Sulu for two years, as bishop of Kidapawan for 6 years, and as archbishop of Cotabato for the past 15 years.

Through the years, he have gained understanding of the Moro viewpoint that has significantly influenced his Christian viewpoint. He said that the change “came not only from reading books authored by either Christian or Muslim scholars but most importantly from teaching, advising, observing, conversing, and being with Muslim students and professionals for many years, even as I accompanied my fellow Christians in their own journey through ongoing history.”

In 2011, Quevedo has faced controversy. Critics tagged him, along with 6 other bishops, as having received expensive vehicles from the government for personal use. He admitted having requested a vehicle from the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) to be used by their social action program. He justified the procurement as a “demand for emergency to help provide basic necessities for Muslims and Christians displaced by the armed fighting."


Ministerial Background

Date Event Title
5 Jun 1964 Ordained priest Priest of Oblates of Mary Immaculate
23 July 1980 Appointed Prelate of Kidapawan
28 Oct 1980 Ordained Bishop Prelated of Kidapawan
15 Nov 1982 Appointed Bishop of Kidapawan
22 Mar 1986 Appointed Archibshop of Nueva Segovia
30 May 1998 Appointed Archibshop of Cotabato
22 Feb 2014 Elevated to Cardinal
22 Feb 2014 Appointed Cardinal-Priest of Santa Maria “Regina Mundi” a Torre Spaccata


Awards and Achievements

  • 1970- Received Ford Foundation Travel and Study Grant to Indonesia
  • 1972- Invited to participate at OMI General Chapter, Rome
  • 1973- One of the Ten Outstanding Young Men of the Philippines, TOYM
  • 1973-1977- Set up Colleges of Nursing, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Socio-Economic Research Center at Notre Dame University
  • 1980-1986- Defended & promoted justice and peace issues, grassroots empowerment, and BEC's during Martial Law Years, Diocese of Kidapawan
  • 1983- Provided the idea to create the CBCP Public Affairs Committee
  • 1983 to present- Principal drafter of several CBCP Pastoral Letters and Statements
  • 1987- Initiated the pastoral vision-mission statement of the Archdiocese of Nueva Segovia – to build BEC
  • 1991- Given Award of Appreciation at PCP-II as the Chairman of the Drafting Committee of the Acts and Decrees
  • 1992- Initiated a modified tithing system and abolished the arancel system in the Archdiocese of Nueva Segovia
  • 1993- Convoked and preside over the 1st Nueva Segovia Pastoral Assembly to renew the Church in Nueva Segovia
  • 1994- Elected with the highest vote to membership in the General Council of the Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops, Rome



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