In celebration of its annual Clergy Day, priests of the Diocese of Novaliches launched The Grace of An Unfinished Mission, a book that pays tribute to the Most Rev. Antonio R. Tobias, D.D., last August 9, 2019 at the RCBN Tahanang Pari in Lagro, Quezon City.
The tribute book, according to Vicar General for Administration Msgr. Jesus Romulo C. Rañada, came about in their search for a more tangible and lasting way to give honor to the second Bishop of Novaliches.
“It seems odd for a title, but The Grace of An Unfinished Mission somehow encapsulates the beauty of our Bishop’s life, as you would hopefully find after reading the book,” Msgr. Rañada explained.
“For all of his life is grace,” he added, “and the essence of his life and person, his work and his ministry, his prayers and sacrifices which the book tries to bring out should shine beyond the walls of these halls, beyond the boarders of our Diocese, beyond us, beyond our communities, and indeed beyond our generation.”
Msgr. Rañada served as head editor of the book, which was actually prepared and created by international commercial photographer Christian Hallili.
Aside from members of the Clergy, the book launch was graced by members of the Council of the Laity of Novaliches (CLaN), the Association of Consecrated Life of Novaliches Diocese (ACLIND), benefactors, and guests which included Mother of Life Institute Directress Caridad Barrameda, PhD and previous Diocesan Judicial Vicar (2006-2010) Rev. Fr. Elias Ayuban, JCD.
The Most Rev. Roberto Gaa, DD, who was also present during the launch, quipped that it was difficult for him to read the book on his predecessor “because the shoes I am about to fill became bigger and bigger and too much for anybody to fill.”
The launch was capped with a book sale and signing. Proceeds of the book sale become part of the funds for the construction of the Kristong Hari Parish on Commonwealth Avenue, Q.C. (~Lulu Reclusado-Nario)