A Disciple in Love with Christ and the Church
by Margaux Salcedo
“For me it was very clear. My childhood dream was to become a priest,” he says.
Father Jason Laguerta is a relatively young (under 50), dynamic priest who heads the Office for the Promotion of New Evangelization (OPNE) of the Archdiocese of Manila.
He is simultaneously the head of the Archdiocesan Institute for Research and Development (AIRD) of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Manila (RCAM).
He is also the parish priest of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish in Sta. Mesa, Manila.
“I wear three hats: evangelization, research, and parish priest,” Fr. Jason shares. Yet he is able to excel in each field.
He attributes his ability to balance all three roles to his love for the Lord.
“I confess I am not a devoted person but I am what is called an affective (with an a) disciple of Jesus. I have simply fallen in love with the person of Christ and that love never wanes,” he shares.
His love for Christ started at the tender age of 7.
His parents, Pascual and Adelfa, were very active in church. Fr. Jason recalls that his mother was even the caretaker of their church, San Vicente Ferrer chapel in Brgy. Abuyog, Sorsogon, Sorsogon.
“The church was practically my playground,” Fr. Jason recalls.
That is why as young as 7 years old, he already knew he wanted to become a priest.