ARPEE URQUICO’S ROAD TO THE PRIESTHOOD
By Frank Flegel
“It was my childhood dream to be a priest,” said Reverend Arpee Sacramento Urquico in an interview several days after his June 30 ordination to the priesthood, but his dream took a convoluted route to his goal including a couple of short interruptions.
Arpee was born in a community about two hours south of Manila, in the Philippines. In 1991 Mount Pinatubo exploded and buried his village in ash and mud. The villagers were evacuated to another village near Manila, and this is where Arpee grew up and completed his elementary and high school education.
His mom attended daily mass and took him and his two older brothers with her. His dad worked as a mechanic in Saudi Arabia. He became involved in his parish as a youth and met seminarians who came to his church for their internship. “I liked them and thought, I want to be like them.” It was in his high school years when the idea of becoming a priest...Read More