Asked of their learnings from the 5-day 2nd National Conference On The Ministry of Spiritual Libeation and Exorcism that ended August 25, 2017 in the University of Santo Tomas (UST), two of the four newly-appoined exorcists of the Diocese of Novaliches speak of its mind-opening, heart-changing experience.
“I gained confidence because from the very start I was invited (to be an exorcist) I was hesitant,” quipped Banal Na Sakramento Parish Priest Rev. Fr. Rudy Tulibas.
Often joked by other priests as an exorcist until it finally became a reality, the Ecumenical Inter Religious Director of the Diocese shared his insight on the value of education and formation.
“I learned a lot–it’s really true that the more you know, the less you fear,” he stressed, pertaining to the Conference, “So now I am more confident (as exorcist) knowing that the Lord will help me.”
While Hearts of Jesus and Mary Parish Priest Rev. Fr. Ferdinand Dulong shared that, “For me it’s how to confront the reality of devils–Satan–in our present situation and how to help those who are being oppressed, possessed by demons.”
“Second is for my priesthood. It helps me to live a life of holiness and love for God and those people who need help,” he added.
Both, however, agree that a “shocking” revelation during the Conference was the presentation on possession, particularly on how the devil acts and reacts during the actual exorcism.
“One can find himself insecure (during exorcism) because of one’s humanity. However, with the many techniques presented, one becomes trusting that through the Church one becomes the instrument in exorcising demons,” humbly stressed Fr. Tulibas.
In terms of techniques, Fr. Dulong could not help highlight the role of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the Ministry that was presented during the Conference.
“It only shows how powerful Mama Mary is to protect us from the powers of darkness,” he ended.
Besides the two aforementioned priests, the ten-member delegation of the Diocese of Novaliches Office of Exorcism (Libera Nox) included Chief Exorcist Rev. Fr. Ambrosio Nonato Legaspi; Assistant Exorcists Rev. Fr. Jerome Rosalinda and Rev. Fr. Elpidio De Peralta, Jr.; Chief Case Officer and Lay Coordinator Minnie Agdeppa; and Assistant Case Officers Philippe De Guzman, Jasmin De Guzman, and Dra. Katherine Cosca.
Libera Nox is the second biggest diocesan delegation to the Conference, next to the Archdiocese of Manila. While the biggest delegation for the Conference was that of the Order of St. Augustine (OSA) who had representatives from their various communities in the Philippines, totalling almost 20 in number.
The 2nd National Conference On The Ministry Of Spiritual Liberation And Exorcism had 163 participants, excluding the members of the Organizing Committee, and registered the biggest assembly so far.
Spearheaded by the Archdiocese of Manila Office of Exorcism (AMOE), the Philippine Association of Catholic Exorcists (PACE), the Pontifical and Royal UST, and the Insituto Sacerdos San Miguel Arcangel, the annual event was meant to address the growing number of cases of demonic oppression, obsession, and possession in the Country and of the need to train exorcists to address it. (~Minnie Agdeppa)