Reverend Father Nicolas Salamanca, the current parish priest of Santa Perpetua Parish in D. Tuazon Quezon City, celebrated his 25th sacerdotal anniversary last September 12, 2017, the feast of the Holy Name of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Fr. Nick was ordained by bishop Most Reverend Teodoro Buhain at the Our Lady of Consolation Parish in Miranilla Homes, Quezon City, on September 12, 1992. At present, other than being a parish priest of Santa Perpetua Parish, Father Nick also serves as the Episcopal Vicar for the religious of the diocese.
During his anniversary mass, his classmate, Fr. Soy Fernando, delivered the homily. Fr. Soy emphasized the importance of praying for all priests. While the parishioners ask for prayers for every need from their priests, may they, in turn, remember to pray for their priests.
In his thanksgiving message, Fr. Nick shared that his priesthood was always associated with bread. During his younger years, he was selling bread to help his parents settle their financial obligation at the school he was attending at. Also, he was curious if the big host consumed by the priest tasted better than the ones given to parishioners. With this, he concluded by saying that to be a priest is to be a Eucharist being offered, broken, blessed, and shared to the people of God. He also asked from his parishioners and friends present to continue on praying for him and his brother-priests for their holy perseverance in the priestly ministry.
In thanksgiving to God for Fr. Nick’s priesthood, the different ministries and organizations of Santa Perpetua Parish held a mini-variety show where they entertained Fr. Nick’s guests with songs and dances. The reception was held at the Mater Carmeli School. (Cubao Media)