In the spirit of the Vision & Mission of the Diocese of San Jose, Nueva Ecija, the Commission on Prison Pastoral Care envisions to replicate and implement in context, the Thrusts and Integrated Pastoral Program of the Episcopal Commission on Prison pastoral. (see in the Mission & Programs below)
Director: Msgr. Romeo Nietes, H.P.
Bishop Leo Drona, SDB, D.D. has created the Commission on Prison Ministry and eventually appointed Fr. Ruben Ortiz as its Director until the time that Most Rev. Mylo Hubert C. Vergara, D.D. assumed as the third Bishop of San Jose, Nueva Ecija.
Fr. Ortiz could not take off the Ministry significantly due to financial & material constraints. But during his term, Fr. Nestor Romano, the Parish Priest of St. Joseph Cathedral has also involved actively his parish in the apostolate through regular weekly Eucharistic Celebration, singing practices, irregular formation inputs, follow-ups for speedy process and resolution of Inmates’ cases and even with corresponding financial support, etc. in the District Jail, San Jose City. At present, these practices are (sustained) continuously done by the new Parish Priest of the St. Joseph Cathedral, Fr. Cesar Vergara.
During the major reshuffle of Priests’ work assignments in 2006, Bishop Mylo appointed Rev. Fr. Remigio “Baby” Malgapo, the Parochial Vicar of the St. Joseph Cathedral as the new Director of the Commission. Immediately, Fr. Malgapo has started to plan and implement appropriate Programs and Services little by little with the help of Mr. Romeo Gohil from the Commission on Integral formation on a “Hiram basis”. He continues working of what has Fr. Bong Romano started with the emphasis on conducting Cursillo Seminars to all Inmates as his basic formation program for the Prisoners with the active partnership of the St. Joseph Cathedral. On May 17, 2013 Rev. Msgr. Romeo Nietes was appointed as the new director of this commission by His Excellency Most Rev. Roberto C. Mallari, D.D.
The name of the Commission is at present patterned after the name of the CBCP’s Episcopal Commission Prison Pastoral Care, to wit: “Diocesan Commission on Prison Pastoral Care.
ADMINISTRATION (Organizational Structure)
Aside from a Director, the Commission has 2 volunteer workers to help out in the planning and implementation of its Programs and Services with a minimum allowance. They are Mrs. Liza Villamante and Mrs. Josenia Garcia.
A.) Desired Goals and Objectives
B.) Programs and Activites