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Bishop Emeritus Camacho: Please support Fr. Ryan

BISHOP Emeritus Tomas A. Camacho — the first bishop of the Chalan Kanoa diocese — said he ordained his successor, Father Ryan P. Jimenez, to the priesthood.

“This is the dream of every bishop — that a priest he ordained will be a bishop. My dream has been fulfilled,” said Bishop Emeritus Camacho, 82, who retired in 2010.

“He is our own, he belongs to this diocese,” he added, referring to Father Ryan, 44, who first arrived on Saipan in 1997.

Bishop Emeritus Camacho said Father Jimenez was sponsored by the CK diocese at St. Patrick’s Seminary and the University in California.

“I would like all the people from Rota, Tinian and Saipan, and all the parishioners of the Diocese of Chalan Kanoa, to give Bishop-elect Ryan Jimenez all the beautiful support and cooperation that you have given me these past 30 some years,” Bishop Emeritus Camacho said. “I have nothing but praise for all the people here in the Northern Marianas for their support of me and the church, and I pray to God that you give the same support to him that you have given me.”

Bishop-Elect Ryan Jimenez, in a media conference on Monday, said he did not how to react when he learned that Pope Francis had named him bishop of the Diocese of Chalan Kanoa.

“I really wanted to have that sense of connection with God as I asked myself, ‘What does this mean?’ I felt a variety of emotions while driving around the island to visit the churches of Saipan. The feeling of unworthiness, lowliness, the sense of being humbled at the trust given — fear, apprehension. But then I was being called to serve, so even with fear, apprehension and some misgivings, but full of trust and hope in the Lord I said yes.”

Gov. Ralph Torres, first lady Diann Torres, U.S. Congressman Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan, Chief Justice Alex Castro, Attorney General Ed Manibusan, Saipan Mayor David Apatang, Bishop Emeritus Tomas Camacho and other diocese officials pose with Bishop-elect Fr. Ryan Jimenez during a media conference on Monday.  Photo by Bryan ManabatGov. Ralph Torres, first lady Diann Torres, U.S. Congressman Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan, Chief Justice Alex Castro, Attorney General Ed Manibusan, Saipan Mayor David Apatang, Bishop Emeritus Tomas Camacho and other diocese officials pose with Bishop-elect Fr. Ryan Jimenez during a media conference on Monday. Photo by Bryan Manabat

Father Ryan’s ordination will take place on Aug. 14, 2016 at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Cathedral with Archbishop Martin Krebs, Apostolic Delegate to the CNMI, as the primary consecrator.

Asked by media regarding the state of the church, Bishop-elect Jimenez said: “I think we have to recognize and acknowledge that as a church, yes we have very strong beginnings…but we also need to speak about the mistakes committed by some members of the church…because we are not perfect, and despite these challenges we remain strong.”

Regarding such issues as same-sex marriage, he said: “There’s no easy answer to that one…. But as a church within the world, we shouldn’t shun or close ourselves to such difficult issues…. I recognize that it is important to speak about it…we need to be open and slowly address it.”

The bishop-elect said there is also a need to return to basics, including how we regard each other. “We must look at the value and dignity of a human person created in the image and likeness of God. We are all brothers and sisters, and we really have to start on that foundation.”

He said he will also urge community members to live healthy lives.

“It’s a very simple act, and truly if we want to serve the Lord, the family, the people, then we need to be healthy. I would emphasize what Bishop Camacho in his pastoral letter has said: that we should consider healthy options when serving food. We have to take care of ourselves and do little things that we can do to live a healthy life. This is really something that I will put in the forefront.”

Father Ryan, who was appointed apostolic administrator of the Diocese of Chalan Kanoa on Dec. 28, 2010 by Pope Benedict XVI, said his motto is: “Volumus Iesum Videre.” We would like to see Jesus.

“I ask for your prayers,” he said. “May I truly be able to see the beauty and goodness of each person because only in seeing the goodness and beauty of each person can we see Christ.”