Fr. Mina laid to his final resting place

OMI Philippine Province • Sat Sep 9, 2017 05:28 PM  •  213   0
By Edwin O. Fernandez
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Fr. Larry de Guia, Oblate provincial superior, leads fellow Oblates in offering final prayers for Fr. Manny Mina, OMI.(Photo courtesy of Fr. Mars Andres, OMI)
Fr. Larry de Guia, Oblate provincial superior, leads fellow Oblates in offering final prayers for Fr. Manny Mina, OMI.(Photo courtesy of Fr. Mars Andres, OMI)
Oblate Fr. Manuel "Manny" Mina was laid to his final resting place at the Oblate Cemetery in Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto in Tamontaka, Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao Saturday.

He was buried after a concelebrated mass at OMI auditorium with Oblates from different districts in attendance as well as friends, co-workers, family members and associates.

Fr. Larry de Guia thanked Fr. Mina's family for offering him to the Oblates and to God in serving Catholic faithful in various capacity in different OMI missions in the Philippines.

Photo below show Fr. Mina's relatives, fellow Oblates and friends as his remains are being laid to rest.

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Fr. Mina died due to cardiac arrest on August 30 at Notre Dame Hospital in front of his relatives and fellow Oblates.

Below is an article by Fr. Mercado on Fr. Mina:  

FR. MANUEL MINA, OMI - (October 4, 1946 – August 30, 2017)  

Fr. Manny was born in Alcala, Cagayan Valley. He first studied Veterinary Medicine at the University of the Philippines (U.P.) for one semester. Then for 2 1/2 semesters, he was an accounting student at Notre Dame University.   

His desire to become a priest was nurtured by his parents during his childhood, in their example of a life giving and self-sacrificing love for each other and for their children.   

The first Oblate priests whom he met were foreigners and he was impressed by their presence in our islands - so far from their homes and yet so dedicated to their missionary work. 

This, coupled with the good examples shown by the young Oblate seminarians, fostered his vocation to become an "Oblate."   

With special permission from the Provincial, Fr. Joseph Milford, OMI, Manny went straight to the Novitiate in 1967 without passing through the Juniorate. He was ordained priest on March 27, 1976.   
He became assistant parish priest of Midsayap, Cotabato from May 1976 to August 1977 (and again in May 1978) and of Banisilan, Cotabato (then an isolated and almost inaccessible parish) August of 1977 to March 1978.   

In June 1978, Fr. Manny became the parish priest of Birhen ng Lourdes, Bagong Baryo, Kalookan City till May 1980. Here, Fr. Manny worked among the urban poor "whose conditions cry out for justice."   

"They helped me become more aware what it means to be a real Oblate. They accept you not because you are a priest but because they see that you are willing to throw in their lot with them."   

His next assignment took him back to Cotabato as Chaplain of Notre Dame University where he also took charge of the Campus Ministry programs. 

Then he became the Spiritual Director of the Juniorate at the Notre Dame University in 1985 and likewise taught Philosophy at the University.   

His work at NDU meant being "all things to all people" at the University - accompanying the children and their parents at the Training Department, the college students, the teaching staff, the clerical and maintenance workers, including their families.   

After his stay at NDU, Fr. Manny became the Novice Master of the OMI Novitiate in Tamontaka, Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguinanao. He "accompanied seminarians, young people and professionals who seek to give their life to God as one with us."   

After his long stint as Formator, he went for a renewal program at St. Louis University in the US where he deepened his formation ministry.   

After his Sabbatical, he became director of the postulants. This task included the accompaniment of young professionals in search of their vocation as Oblates of Mary Immaculate.   

From formation work, he proceeded to the Oblate Missionary center at Fairview where he engaged in retreat work.   

He was also a good cook and he loved to cook, especially Ilocano dishes.   

He also became Superior of the OMI Scholasticate and from May 1998 to 200, Fr. Manny was also the Provincial Councilor in charge of the Formation.
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