As an Augustinian compiler on the works of the Augustinians in the Philippines, I never thought that there is an existing cause for this friar. Let his great works be heard and known. Great thanks to the article of Fr. Alberto Esmeralda, OSA, who also happened to crossed this prayer in one of his interests about this unheard Augustinian friar.
Prayer For The Beatification Of Fray Diego de Herrera
By Langob (without Ecclesiastical approval)
Our Father Who is in heaven, You sent Your son Fray Diego de Herrera in our island province of Catanduanes in order to proclaim the good news and build the church which was founded by Your son Jesus Christ. Like Christ,
Father Diego de Herrera also poured out his blood so that the people in this island province will also have hope to be one with the resurrection of Christ from His death.
Father, allow Fray Diego de Herrera to be elevated to the altar or martyrs Because he gave his life with the faith that You alone are God and that the true church is the Catholic Church.
We ask that You grant the prayers of Your people (prayer requests), those things which science cannot bestow. Heal our sickness through the intercession of Father Diego de Herrera.
Pangadye Para Sa Beatification Ni Fray Diego de Herrera
By Langob (without ecclesiastical approval)
Ama na yaon sa langit, ipinadara mo ang saimong aki na si Fray Diego de Herrera sa Catanduanes tanganing magbalangibog nin saimong marahay na bareta asin mag tugdok nin simbahan na iminokna kan saimong aki na si Jesus kristo. Siring kan saimong Bugtong na aki si Padre Diego de Herrera nagpabulos man nin dugo tanganing ang mga aki mong taga Catanduanes magkaigwa nin paglaom asin makisomaro sa kapangganahan ni Kristo sa kagadanon.
Ama tugoti man na si Fray Padre Diego de Herrera ma elivar sa altar nin mga martyr.
Itinao nya ang siyang buhay sa pagtubod na ika sana ang Dios, na ang tunay na simbahan iyo ang Iglesia Catholica.
Taohan man lugod ang mangapighahagad kan saimong mga aki (pighahagad) mga bagay na dae na kayang itao sa paagi nin seyensia, bulonga ang saindang mga helang sa paagi nin pangadye nin Fray Diego de Herrera.
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PLEA FOR FRAY DIEGO de HERRERA’S BEATIFICATION
Little we know about FRAY DIEGO de HERRERA’s life, but there are sources that we can use in order to know him. When I was still young my Father was invited as speaker in Bato, it was the late Dr. Antonio, Zantua who if I was not mistaken was the chairman of Fr. Diego de Herrera’s fourth centennial celebration of his martyrdom. The purpose of the celebration is to invigorate the faith of Catanduganon; He died propagating the Catholic faith to the native of Batalay, Bato, Catanduanes, Philippines. Goyena Del Prado in his book IBALON testified this.
On April 25, 1576 the Galleon Espirito Santo was grounded in Nagnangang Buaya point in Batalay, Bato, Catanduanes. This Galleon was heading to Cebu, City coming from Acapulco, one of the passengers of the galleon was Fray Diego de Herrera, an Augustinian Priest, this account by Joaquin Martinez de Zuniega was quoted by Francisco Mallari S.J. in his book “Ibalon Under Storm and Siege” Page 16. They were carrying a cargo of merchandize and passengers while foundering in the East Coast of Catanduanes they were grounded at Batalay a Barangay of Bato, Catanduanes, Philippines all of the passengers were killed except to a certain Spaniard name Geronimo Alvis who knew the local tongue of Visayans.
On April 21, 1973 on the occasion of the fourth centennial celebration of the death of Fray Diego de Herrera, a decree was Promulgated by Bishop Teotimo Pacis Bishop of Legazpi declaring the Holy Cross of Batalay become a Diocesan Shrine. The people in Bato believed that Fray Diego de Herrera was buried under that shrine of Holy Cross. (As I understand the Holy Cross was brought by Fray Herrera from Spain to Batalay, Bato) This was the first step in honoring the martyrdom of a priest in Catanduanes, but until then there was no same honor given to him.
Again another legend says that the death of Fray Diego de Herrera brought punishment to the people of Bato who were punished in the way of the appearance of schools of swordfish that attacked them. (Source Bato history Published in Philippines: A History of Bikol Region by Maglanyaon.)
Another legend was if a certain locality killed a priest there would be no one in the locality would become a priest. Many Batonhon studied for priesthood but none became successful. This was the testimony of Monsignor Alfonso Molina the first Bato ordained priest in his sermons, which I heard from Him. Knowing this cursed from God He prayed so hard to Fray Diego de Herrera asking him to intercede from God to removed the cursed. After praying Mamo Molina lit a candle to look for the sign from the martyr priest, if truly the cursed was removed. Truly the sign were given, while there was a strong wind because Batalay was facing the Pacific he ask that the lighted candle be consumed if truly he will become a priest. That candle was consumed, The good Monsignor served there until his death even if he was already retired as a token gratitude to the martyr priest. After that bishop, first Filipino Dominican was accepted by the Lord as his priest. (The 1st Dominican priest is Fr Vargas, the Bishop is Jose Sorra)
If Fray Diego de Herrera will be beatified, I am sure this will bring so many blessings in Catanduanes because once there was one Saint who lives in the place, therefore God will look much favor from them because of the honor they have given to his martyr Son. His life and works will be emulated by the Catholics who are looking for father image, especially today that the people of Catanduanes distrusted many of the priests in Diocese of Virac. While the cause of beatification of Fr Peyton and Bishop Sheen is widely seen in the Television FRAY DIEGO DE HERRERA WILL BE LONELY SEEN IN CATANDUANES.NET. I hope that it will appear permanently in this site. Please STR!
We invite Agustinian priests to help us process the beatification of your brother Fray Diego de Herrera. I am sure he is a Saint because He is a martyr of his faith as testified by Goyena Del Prado in His book Ibalon. Also we invite Fr Catalino Arevalo S.J. (he is one of the in-charge of the beatification of Beato Calungsod of Cebu City) to help us process the beatification of Fray Herrera. We hope that the historian from Catanduanes, Fr. Jose Arcilla S.J. of San Andres, Catanduanes will also share his expertise in the field of history.
Those Catandunganons who have a surplus of money may contribute for the Beatification of Fray Diego de Herrera. The process of beatification is very expensive that it needs the wholehearted support of every Catandunganons. The blessings from God are more than enough than any material riches that we can get from this temporary World. By, Langob of Marimar Village II, Pque City, Oct 23 1966.
PHILIPPINES History of Bicol Region by Jaime T Manlanyaon
References: Ibalon by Goyena del Prado, Ibalon Under Storm and Siege by Mallary Francisco S.J., A
Almighty and everlasting Father, as we remember and celebrate the 450th anniversary of the arrival in the Philippines of our Augustinian forebears, we look back with gratitude to the past centuries that You filled with Your guidance and providence. We also look forward to the future with hearts brimming with hope. We implore You to send Your Spirit to form us into living witnesses of Your gospel in the present.
You sent us those valiant Augustinian missionaries to instruct us in the Holy Name of Your Son, our Lord Jesus through the image of Señor Santo Niño. Wholeheartedly, we accepted and embraced their teachings; to them we owe our Christian faith. May You send us in turn today, O Lord, to continue spreading the Good News of your salvation to all men and women.
May our celebration of this milestone in the history of our Order strengthen and deepen our faith in Christ, the Holy Child, the Savior of the world. Make your light within us shine to all nations, so that at all times, in all places, we may sing Your praises and glorify Your Holy Name. At the end of our earthly journey, may we be like our father, Saint Augusitne, who found peace and serenity of heart in Your loving embrace.
We pray that You grant us all these blessings in the name of Jesus, our Lord. Amen.
The town was founded by the Augustinians in 1587 under the patronage of the Immaculate Conception. It is the second oldest town established by the Augustinians in the province of Ilocos Norte. Hence, in 1987 Batac reached its 4th centennial.
Batac was officially organized into a ministry on January 5, 1586. The first priest assigned to cathecize the natives of tile community was Fr. Esteban Marin, an Augustinian who probably arrived in Batac in 1585. Paoay and Dinglas (Dingras) were then the visitas of Batac.
Folk history states that there were two villages in Batac during the early part of tile foundation of the town, one was an Itneg community which occupied sitio Nangalisan and a Christian community occupying San Jose.
The first site of tile poblacion was in San Jose, which is now called Barangay Palpalicong. It is said that the ethnic minority groups of Bangui and Nueva Era are the pre-Spanish descendants of early inhabitants of Batac.
The Augustinians considered the people of Batac more civilized than tile other tribes, because they were better than the other “Indios” in personal cleanliness.
In 1598, the Augustinians founded Dingras as Ginglas. On the same year, it was placed under the patronage of San Jose. Dingras became one of the oldest and biggest ministries in the entire Ilocos region until year 1690. It was one of the visitas of batac in 1589. On July 8 of that year, Dingras was made a ministry with Fray Bartolome Conrado as its first parish priest. As such, it remained as one of the six encomiendas in Ilocos of the King of Spain in 1591. However, on October 31, 1603, Dingras was given back as visita to Batac, perhaps, because of its failure to become the mission center for the conversion of the interior settlements in the Ilocos.
In 1680, the Augustinians built a church. However it was destroyed by a strong earthquake in 1707. Another church which was more spacious and massive was erected by Fray Damaso Vieztez. In 1838, Fathers Deza and Franco remodeled the church impressively. But fire later gutted the edifice. Te ruins still evidence of a once splendid structure, regarded by historians as one of the three earthquake baroque churches. The others are those of Magsingal (Ilocos Sur Province) and Laoag City.