St. Ezekiel Moreno Parish,
New OSJ Mission
in Puerto Princesa City
Despite the pandemic, the OSJ St. Joseph Province-Philippines was able to send two confreres to serve at San Ezekiel Moreno Parish in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan. Rev. Fr. Ronulfo Alkonga, OSJ was named as Parish Priest and
Rev. Fr. Lee Leonida, OSJ as parochial vicar. On August 20, 2021, coinciding with the celebration of the 23rd Fiesta of the Parish, Fr. Rony was formally installed by the Apostolic Vicar of Puerto Princesa, Most. Rev. Socrates Mesiona, DD.
The parish church is dedicated to St. Ezekiel Moreno who was assigned as Parish Priest and Chaplain of Puerto Princesa from 1872-1873.
The parish is where the Santuario de San Jose Marello Parish was taken from. It was formerly administered by the diocesan clergy
Photos courtesy of AVPP, SEMP, Fr. Rony and Fr. Lee
Obtaining Plenary Indulgence during the Year of St. Joseph
from the Decree issued by the Apostolic Penitentiary
1) Participate in a spiritual retreat for at least one day that includes a meditation on St. Joseph. 2) Pray for St. Joseph’s intercession for the unemployed that they might find dignifying work. 3) Recite the Litany of St. Joseph for persecuted Christians. Byzantine Catholics have the option of an Akathist to St. Joseph. 4) Entrust one’s daily work and activity to the protection of St. Joseph the Worker. 5) Follow St. Joseph’s example in performing a corporal work of mercy. These include feeding the hungry, giving drink to the thirsty, clothing the naked, sheltering the homeless, visiting the imprisoned, visiting the sick, and burying the dead. 6) Perform one of the spiritual works of mercy, such as comforting the sorrowful, counseling the doubtful, instructing the ignorant, admonishing the sinner, bearing wrongs patiently, forgiving injuries, and praying for the living and the dead. 7) Pray the Rosary together with one’s family in order that “all Christian families may be stimulated to recreate the same atmosphere of intimate communion, love and prayer that was in the Holy Family.” 8) Engaged couples can also receive an indulgence from praying the Rosary together. 9) Meditate for at least 30 minutes on the Lord’s Prayer, because St. Joseph “invites us to rediscover our filial relationship with the Father, to renew fidelity to prayer, to listen and correspond with profound discernment to God’s will.” 10) Pray an approved prayer to St. Joseph on St. Joseph Sunday, the Sunday after Christmas in the Byzantine Catholic tradition. 11) Celebrate the feast of St. Joseph on March 19 with an act of piety in honor of St. Joseph. 12) Pray an approved prayer to St. Joseph on the 19th of any month. 13) Honor Joseph with an act of piety or approved prayer on a Wednesday, the day traditionally dedicated to St. Joseph. 14) Pray to St. Joseph on the Feast of the Holy Family on Dec. 29. 15) Celebrate the feast of St. Joseph the Worker on May 1 with an act of piety or prayer. 16) The elderly, the sick, and the dying who are unable to leave their homes also have special permission to receive an indulgence by “offering with trust in God the pains and discomforts” of their lives with a prayer to St. Joseph, hope of the sick and patron of a happy death.