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ordinationRev. Fr. Pantaleon “Jun” Amaya, Jr. was finally brought to its final rite in its journey towards the priesthood as he was ordained priest last Wednesday, September 28, 2011 at San Isidro Labrador Parish of Mantalongon, Dalaguete, Cebu.

Family, relatives, friends, Australian priests and co-seminarians at Australia are among the many people who had witnessed the ordination.

Born last December 28, 1980 at Barangay Catolohan, Dalaguete, Cebu, Jun Amaya is the middle child among 11 siblings and eldest son of Pantaleon Bedro Amaya, Sr. of Catolohan and Iluminada Salonoy Cariego of Mayana, Alegria.  There way of living is through farming.

He went to Catolohan Elementary School from Grades 1 to 4 and at Nalhub Elementary School from Grades 5 to 6.  Attending at Dalaguete National High School, he stopped his schooling when he was at 3rd year during the health-problem period of his father.  His father later died at the age of 50.

During the stoppage of his study, he worked at the city as a houseboy and also as a checker at a hardware shop.  He didn't remained in there because he knew and always believe that he's bound for something big.  Now he know what it is; it's serving God as His priest.  His work in the city was on and off.  When at home in Brgy. Catolohan, he served as a catechist at their elementary school.

At the age of 18, he took a placement exam and became eligible for college enrolment.

With a calling to serve God, he entered San Carlos Seminary College at year 2000 at the age of 19.  His first year in the seminary was sponsored by then parish priest of San Isidro Labrador Parish of Mantalongon.  He never knew who sponsored his succeeding six years in the seminary.

At year 2007, the bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Sandhurst, Victoria, Australia himself headed a recruitment of seminarians in Cebu.  Fr. Jun Amaya applied and passed together with other two co-seminarians of San Carlos Seminary.  The bishop that lead the recruitment unfortunately died last year, during the 30th birthday of Fr. Jun.  The three recruitees then went to Australia and entered Corpus Christi College and Fr. Jun pursued his Masters in Theological Studies in Catholic Theological College in Melbourne.

He had his great pastoral experience at St Kilian’s Parish.  He was ordained as a deacon last October 6, 2010.  An Ordination to the Diaconate is another step before the final rite in a seminarian’s journey towards the priesthood.

Last Wednesday’s ceremony was the finale to Fr. Jun’s 11 long years of priesthood formation.  Around 25 guests went with him to Mantalongon all the way from Australia that included eight Australian priests, co-seminarians of Corpus Christi Seminary headed by their vice rector, and Australian parishioners.  Of the eight priests, two are his seminary formators, one of which is a professor from Catholic Theological College, while the rest are from the Diocese of Sandhurst.

Even though he finished his seminary studies in Australia, he was ordained here since he is still under the Archdiocese of Cebu, being a Filipino and resident of our town.

Most Rev. Julito B. Cortes, Auxiliary Bishop of Cebu, headed the ceremony with no less than Msgr. Rudy Villanueva leading the choir.

As what was in the contract, newly ordained Fr. Jun Amaya will have to return to Australia and serve for five years then will be back in Cebu and serve for another two years.  It will then be his decision on where to pursue his service; to go back in Australia or to stay here in Cebu.

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