Wednesday, January 11, 2017

VANGIE

Posted by Bob

Vangie is standing in front of pictures on the "Perez Family Wall" at the museum, i.e. The National Museum of the Cathedral Basilica. Pictures show the Cathedral under construction in the late 50's. Greg Perez' dad, Frank, one of the founders of Perez Bros. Construction, donated most of the concrete used in the building of the Cathedral. Frank's efforts were emblematic of the laity's efforts to rebuild the Church after WWII.
 
Vangie's efforts show that the laity is still the strength of the Church.  When Monsignor James was rector of the Cathedral Basilica he needed someone to marshal the various artifacts that have come into the possession of the archdiocese, many of which were donated by the laity. 

Vangie volunteered and with the help of other volunteers to include James Santos with the generous assistance of Duty Free Shoppers, was able to set up the museum on the second deck of the Santa Teresa Chapel.  All of Vangie's and the other volunteers' workmanlike efforts almost went for naught though because apuron and his henchmen, Msgr. Quitugua and Fr. Cristobal, ordered the museum closed at the end of the first day that it was open on August 4, 2014 in order to remove the evidence of Msgr. James' good works.  

Vangie guarded the relics as best she could and saw to their safe, at least as safe as possible given the hostility of the apuron regime, storage. After the departure of apuron permission was sought to redisplay the relics.  Permission was granted for the Christmas holidays. I visited the display on Tres Reyes and was so impressed that I, "Miskino Bob," ponied up a double sawbuck as a donation!

Vangie and volunteers kept the museum open during the holidays and remain its real champions. These folks have shown the continuity, strength and tenacity of the laity to protect the treasure of the Church even when the clergy would use it in their petty squabbles and opportunities to grandstand.

Frank Perez donating concrete, James Santos helping out, Greg and Vangie on the picket line, Vangie singing in the Cathedral choir, Greg serving on the Finance Council at St. Anthony and the efforts of thousands of others going back hundreds of years are emblematic of the real strength of the Church: THE LAITY. 

17 comments:

  1. An independent organization made up of laity could safeguard these treasures of the Church from future sabotage by the likes of Cristobal, Quituqua and apuron.

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    1. Is that's why Tim rohr selling Church property? to protest the treasure of the Church!

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    2. The NCW is not a treasure of the church. It's a money pit for Kiko and his cronies.

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  2. Congratulations to Vangie and all who helped with the museum. Your dedication is remarkable. May your efforts preserve our history of faith.

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  3. I visited the Museum as well, and donated a double sawbuck, after being impressed with the display and the dedication of Vangie and her team in displaying our beautiful heritage of Faith brought to us by Blessed Diego San Vitores and Saint Pedro Calungsod and continued on through the Laity and true clergymen committed to strengthening our Faith in God. We don't need any evangelization by the Neocats. Sorry, Kiko Arguello and your henchmen, we are not buying your form of Christian worship; we don't need your heretical teachings on Guam.

    Ironic that this misguided and arrogant Spaniard is trying to steal the harvest of the fruits grown by the first Spaniard who brought the Gospel and Jesus Christ to our island.

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    1. Not only is Kiko and the NCW trying to usurp the fruits of the early missionaries, he is also usurping the teaching and authority of Christ upon his Church in Guam. The sad reality is some of our residents have joined the NCW and are party to all his crap.

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  4. Vangie's perseverance in preserving the history of the Church on Guam is inspiring, but her devotion to the Blessed Mother for whom the Cathedral-Basilica is dedicated to and all the people of Guam are entrusted to is moving beyond words. Thank you, Vangie and the whole team!

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  5. Thank you Vangie for you dedication and hard work. Be sure to let us know when the Museum will re-open. And I hope that it will be available during the day.

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  6. Congrats, kudos and prayers for you, Vangie, for your dedication and utter determination to preserve the museum and the precious relics of our historic past. God bless you. (jrsa) 1/12/17)

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  7. Janet B - MangilaoJanuary 12, 2017 at 9:30 AM

    Is the museum still open? I missed the opportunity to show my grandchildren what true faith looks like.

    If open, what are the hours?

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  8. Si Yu'os maase Vangie for all you've done in the name of Christ. You are a person of faith, character and strength. A role model for our island Catholics. God bless you and your family.

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    1. Thank YOU, Vangie, for your work in preserving our heritage, culture, and faith. God Bless YOU and All who contributed.

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  9. Thank you Vangie. God bless.

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  10. An enormous thank you to Vangie and all those involved in preserving
    our island's history. Your dedication and perseverance is indeed
    admirable. Ann A.

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  11. "Who is going to save our Church? Not our bishops, not our priests and religious. It is up to you, the people. You have the minds, the eyes, the ears to save the Church. Your mission is to see that your priests act like priests, your bishops, like bishops, and your religious act like religious."--Venerable Fulton J. Sheen, 1972

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  12. You're right 3:30. We work on our miission every Sunday at 0930 at the Cathedral. Pls join us.

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