“Living the Episcopacy”: Archbishop Legaspi’s Launches a New Book

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Caceres Archbishop Emeritus Leonardo Legaspi, OP, launched his latest book, “Living the Episcopacy,” on 20th September.  Attended by prominent members of society, the religious and the lay faithful, the launch was held at the Basilica Hall, Basilica Minore de Penafrancia Compound in Naga City. Three presenters, chosen according to the book’s target audience, gave practical and terse reviews of it. Judge Corazon Tordilla, University of Nueva Caceres (UNC) Dean of Faculty - Civil Law, represented the lay faithful; Caceres Vicar General Msgr. Rodel Cajot, P.C. stood for the Caceres Clergy and Daet Bishop Gilbert Garcera spoke in behalf of the Philippine Bishops.

Both Tordilla and Cajot gave intensive descriptions of the outline and content of the book. Both discussed the four divisions with which the essays were organized accordingly. From the standpoint of an active lay person, “Living the Episcopacy” provides insight into and a greater understanding of the extraordinary life of a Bishop; while at the vantage point of the Clergy, it gives not only a more intensive explanation of selected Church teachings but also adds meaning to one’s ministry. In fact, Garcera exhorted, during his review, that young Bishops must read it, for a first-hand experience of the book “lifts one’s vision to higher sights, builds a personality beyond one’s normal limitations”.

Illustrated by Cajot as Abp. Legaspi’s “fruits of pastoral experience and reflection”, Living the Episcopacy is a compilation of lectures, homilies, speeches, and statements delivered by Abp. Legaspi during his active years in the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (1988-1991) and as Archbishop of Caceres (1984-2012). Published by the University of Santo Tomas (UST) Publishing House, this rich collection of Abp. Legaspi’s works was neatly put together, carefully selected and edited, by his former Secretary, now Naga Parochial School Director, Fr. Rex Andrew Alarcon.

In his introduction, Alarcon did not only provide a concise and historical perspective on the book, but also emphasized the character behind the man everyone knew as Abp. Legaspi. Described as “gifted with a clarity of vision”, Caceres Archbishop Rolando Tria Tirona complimented his predecessor as being part of the Golden Age of Bishops.

Living the Episcopacy, a written epitome of Abp. Legaspi’s motto: illuminare omnes, to enlighten all men, is a partner of The Caceres Experience, a book on the Archbishop’s pastoral leadership in the said Archdiocese. At the launch, Abp. Legaspi said, “This is the story of Caceres. And I just happen to be the Archbishop.”

By Ms. Natalie Hazel P. Quimlat