Osmeña Street, Moncada Colony,
Marawi City, 9700 Lanao del Sur,
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Bishop Edwin Angot de la Peña, MSP, DD was born on April 3, 1954 in Tambisan, San Juan, Siquijor. He was ordained a priest on April 22, 1981, and was installed Prelate of the Prelature of Marawi in Aug. 12, 2000. He was appointed Bishop-elect of the Prelature on Oct. 21, 2001. His episcopal ordination was on Dec. 27, 2001.
Bishop Edwin is a member of the Episcopal Commission on Mission of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP)
The Life and Mission of Bishop Edwin de la Peña, MSP
Bishop Edwin de la Peña, MSP, was born in Tambisan, San Juan in the Province of Siquijor on April 3, 1954. He is an only son of Avelino V. de la Peña and Francisca G. Angot. He became his parents' precious gift to God and the Church when he wholeheartedly embraced his vocation to the missionary priesthood with the Mission Society of the Philippines (MSP).
Tracing his MSP vocation, Bishop Edwin is the youngest among the present confreres who joined the Society in 1968, three years after its foundation. It was during this time when the MSP was still running a minor seminary in Tayud, Consolacion, Cebu. Bishop Edwin was one of the pioneering seminarians in the school year 1968-1969. In fact, he is the only one of his batch who got ordained to the priesthood. After 12 years of living with the Society, he was ordained to the sacred order of deacons on Oct. 24, 1980 and then to the priesthood on April 22, 1981 in the Parish of San Roque, Alabang, Muntinlupa city by the Bishop Gaudencio B. Rosales, D.D.
Since then, Bishop Edwin held several ministerial responsibilities here and abroad. His supposed first mission assignment was in Indonesia. However, while waiting for his departure, he was sent by his superior to Marawi for a more intense preparations and immersion into Muslim culture. It lasted for three years. And then, he was assigned as acting Rector of the Fil-Mission Seminary in Tagaytay City.
In 1983-1984, the future Bishop Edwin was on his way to Papua New Guinea for his first overseas mission assignment, but was again halted. It was during this time when the CBCP granted autonomy to the Mission Society in the Philippines and as a consequence, an election for the office of the Supreme Moderator of the Society was necessary. The mission priest Edwin was then elected as the first MSP Supreme Moderator and served as such until January 1988.
The following year marked the realization of his dream of cross-cultural mission work. He was sent to the Archdiocese of Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea (PNG) to serve there in various capacities as pastor and formator of the local seminarians. He was given a special assignment by the archbishop to set up the Archdiocesan Spirituality Formation Program for the native seminarians. His PNG mission work ended in 1995.
It was then when his superior sent him to take up further studies in Spirituality at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. Upon his return in 1998, he was appointed as Director of the Collegians and eventually Rector of the Fil-Mission Seminary in Tagaytay City. Before his appointment as prelate of Marawi, he served as the Deputy Father Moderator of the MSP and at the same time the Director of the On-going Formation Program of the MSP Priests. He received Episcopal Ordination on Dec. 27, 2001, with Most Rev. Antonio Franco, D.D. the then Apostolic Nuncio together with the Most Rev. Jesus Dosado, D.D. and Most Rev. Fernando Capalla, D.D. as co-ordaining Prelates. He then was installed as Prelate of Marawi in August 12, 2001.
The heart of the real missionary Bishop Edwin de la Peña was indeed formed in his life, spirituality and vocation. This is the giftedness that he wants to share to the people of Marawi. The gift of his person that persistently bridges relationships, understanding, mutual respect and dialogue amidst religious, political and social indifference.