MAN BEHIND THE MISSION
FR. CELESTINO G. LINGAD, JR., SDB
Fr. Jun, as he is fondly called, was born in Manila on August 6, 1946. He has been a Salesian of Don Bosco for the past forty-one years. On the feast of Don Bosco last January 31, 2004, he celebrated his 30th Priestly Ordination Anniversary.
Fr. Jun has always been in the forefront of making the Word of God understood and loved by as many people as possible. It has always been his dream that God's Word become part of our everyday life by living and experiencing it.
To this end, out of love for God and neighbor, he has set up the Word Made Flesh Foundation, Inc. to make this dream a reality.
“In the course of his forty years of Salesian life, Fr. Jun has held various positions. He was for six years Dean of the College of Philosophy (Canlubang, Laguna), for three years Dean of Engineering (Don Bosco Technical College, Mandaluyong City), for seven years Parish Priest in Don Bosco Tondo. He became the President of Don Bosco Center of Studies (Parañaque City) and Rector of the Blessed Philip Rinaldi Salesian Community running the DBCS. Presently, he is assigned as Vice Rector in Mary Help of Christians Parish in Betterliving Subdivision, Paranaque City.”
Fr. Jun's academic achievements include:
Bachelor of Science of Education (Don Bosco College, Canlubang)
Masters of Education (De La Salle University)
Licentiate of Sacred Theology (University of Santo Tomas)
Licentiate of Sacred Scripture (Pontifical Biblical Institute, Rome)
Doctorate in Sacred Theology (Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome)
The biblical apostolate of Fr. Jun has been carried out in the following ways:
teaching Scriptures in the theology department of DBCS;
conducting Bible Study in St. John Bosco Parish (Makati) and Sto Niño Chapel (Greenbelt, Makati);
preaching biblical retreats;
giving bible seminars;
regularly handling the “Word Alive” portion in the TV program “Sharing in the City” (the longest-running Catholic TV program in the Country: 25 years; RPN 9) and hosting his brand new TV show: “Word Made Flesh with Fr. Jun Lingad, SDB.” (a 90–minute “Bible Study on the Air”, aired through the Divine Mercy Channel in Destiny Cable [ch. 77] and Dream Satellite at 4–5:30 pm—since October 18, 2003);
hosting the “Word Made Flesh” radio program aired over Radio Veritas every Saturday at 7–8 pm (since February 22, 2004);
On September 4, 2004, the WMFFI began airing our new TV program “WORD MADE FLESH” over ABC 5, hosted by Fr, Jun. It will be telecast every Saturday at 8–9 am. This TV show aims to prepare the Faithful for the Sunday Liturgy and also to help others, especially our Priests, Religious, Lay Ministers and Catechists, who have to share the Word to God's People.