After 42 long years of steadfast service to the Iglesia Filipina Independiente, The Most Reverend Tomas Millamena (also known as the Centenary Obispo Maximo) formally retires in the ministry effective July 1, 2012.
Last June 26, 2012, in a fitting tribute and acknowledgment to his 7 years of dedicated service as the Diocesan Bishop and as the leader of the flock of the Diocese of Laguna, the members of the clergy, diocesan council, and parishioners gave His Most Reverend Millamena a Testimonial and Thanksgiving Dinner at the Laguna Cultural Center. The activity was graced by church leaders, led by the The Most Reverend Ephraim Fajutagana, Obispo Maximo XII, and government officials.
During the May 1999 General Assembly, Bp. Tomas Millamena was elected as the Tenth Obispo Maximo of our beloved church. His centerpiece program was embodied in the Ten-Year Strategic Plan of the Church that was approved in 2002. Obispo Maximo Millamena worked towards the strengthening of Church leadership bodies through an intensified education campaign. Episcopal study-conferences, regional clergy convocations, and lay congresses were held to consolidate the leaders of the Church’s and the national leadership as well. He, likewise, pursued the implementation of important policies to improve the financial and property management of church assets.
Obispo Maximo Millamena led the Iglesia Filipina Independiente congregation in the national celebration of the church’s Cenntennial Celebration held on August 2-3, 2002 at the Quirino Grandstand, Luneta, Manila. It was well-attended by the IFI faithful from different parts of the country.
He has yet to publish a book, entitled Ecumenical Journey towards Shalom, a compilation of articles, sermons, and biblical reflections that Bishop Millamena had written throughout his service to the Church.
We commend the good bishop for his loyal and unwavering service to the Iglesia Filipina Independiente and its members. We thank him for sharing his talents and dedicating his life in leading the IFI flock towards a God-centered and people-oriented life and ministry. We thank Bishop Millamena for inspiring us to follow the way of Christ and embrace God’s ministry.
We wish The Most Reverend Tomas Millamena a meaningful and enjoyable retirement with his family and friends. He would not be in active service inside the church, but we are sure that he will continue to serve God by serving His people.
For more pictures during the Testimonial Dinner you can check the link.