In the context of the celebration of the Year of the Clergy and Consecrated Persons in the Philippines, the Rogationists and the Daughters of Divine Zeal, with the entire Rogate Family jointly organized a tribute to Fr. Diego Buscio, RCJ (1949-1978), in Parang, Bagac, Bataan, on the occasion of his 40th Death Anniversary. Fr. Diego, whose untimely death has heartened the planting of the Rogate in the Philippine Church, was one of the first religious priests and missionaries to the local parish in Bataan. His consecrated life and missionary zeal was a joyful witnessing to the Kingdom God expressed through the care of his parish community, as well as the indigenous people, especially the children and the youth.
The tribute commenced early in the morning of March 10, 2018 with a simple prayerful rite, followed shortly by a motorcade from the site where the tragic death of the young priest happened – where now stands St. Hannibal Mary Di Francia’s statue, to the St. Francis Xavier Parish, where he spent the last moments of his priestly and missionary life. The celebration of the Holy Mass was presided over by Fr. Niptale Frogosa. In the afternoon, there was a sharing of testimonies about Fr. Diego delivered by those who encountered him first hand. As conclusion, in another rite filled with thanksgiving, the group offered a flowers and a memorial marker in a museum set up by the Parish community.
May the sacrifices of Fr. Diego bear countless fruits, through the selfless consecration and untiring mission of his brothers and sister.