By JOSEPH G. LARIOSA
(© 2017 Journal GlobaLinks)
CHICAGO (JGL) – CARDINAL O’Malley, Archbishop of Boston, will confer the Ordination to the Diaconate of the Society of
Jesus on 13 candidates, including Philippine-born Australian (Fil-Oz), Jesus Nicodemus A. Lariosa, at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 2nd, at the Church of Saint Ignatius of Loyola at 28 Commonwealth Avenue, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts.
Diaconate is a transitional period from six to 12 months, which is the last step before ordination to the priesthood.
Aside from Lariosa (nephew of this reporter), the others who will become Deacons are Cornelius Oseye Apili, Timothy E. Kieras, Jason Charles LaLonde, Robert Morris, Kevin Okenchukwu Oodo, Henry Joseph Shea, Roberto Carlos Duran, Patrick Charles Nolan, Elias Puentes, Tho Vu, Alan Ting Yuet Wong and Ignatius A. Idoko.
Lariosa, 33, will be the only Filipino but as an Australian citizen, he will be representing the Australian Province of the Jesuits like Alan Wong and Robert Morris. Tho Vu is a Vietnamese American for the Midwest Jesuits. Ignatius A. Idoko is Nigerian.
Born in Legazpi City, Lariosa is the son Enrico Lariosa of Legazpi City and Marilyn Arcega of Ligao, Albay, both in the Philippines. His family is now residing in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. His late grandfather, Cerilo Pancho Lariosa, a World War II veteran and later a Philippine government fibers inspector, is a second cousin of this reporter’s late father, agriculture public elementary school teacher, Jose Labayane Lariosa, of Sorsogon City in the Philippines, who later immigrated to Chicago, Illinois. Nico is the middle child of two sisters, who are both married.
Nico’s family moved from the Philippines to Australia in 2001 but he returned to Legazpi to finish his B.A. in Philosophy at Mater Salutis College Seminary in Daraga, Albay in 2004. Before joining the Jesuits in 2007, Nico completed his M.A. in Philosophy in Queensland University.
COMPLETED MASTER IN THEOLOGICAL STUDIES
He just completed his Master in Theological Studies in Boston College, Massachusetts last May 2017.
In his testimonies published in Catholic Vocations in the Archdiocese of Melbourne, Nico mentioned two influences that shaped his discernment to join the Jesuits – the music that the Jesuit Music Ministry (JMM) in the Philippines produced, and the story of a young Jesuit missionary to Cambodia.
He said the JMM music’s spirituality moved him and made him curious about the Jesuits. The other influence that changed his life is that of Richie Fernando, a Jesuit teacher who worked at a technical school for land-mine victims run by the Jesuits in Bantaey Prieb (Centre for the Dove) Cambodia. Richie died in the explosion whilst trying to restrain a troubled student who was threatening the students with a grenade.
“I was moved by the way in which Richie’s Buddhist students remembered him. One of them said, ‘He was my friend, he ate rice with me.’ A few days later they discovered his retreat journal in which these powerful words were found: "I wish, when I die, people remember not how great, powerful, or talented I was, but that I served and spoke for the truth, I gave witness to what is right, I was sincere in all my words and actions, in other words, I loved and I followed Christ. Amen," Nico said.
PROUD PARENTS OF NICO:
ENRICO LARIOSA of Legazpi City and Marilyn Arcega of Ligao, Albay, both in the Philippines, are now residents of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. (FB photo)
Nico’s aunt, Sonia Lariosa, resident of Sorsogon City, the boyhood home of his grandfather, announced his diaconate ordination in her Facebook post:
“O Lord give him increase and progress in grace so that there may be more decision in his character, more vigor in his purposes, the best use of his time and gifts, more elevation in his life, more fervor in his personal devotions, more constancy in his zeal. We ask this all in the name of the Son of God, Jesus Christ, Amen.