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Witness:
Cardinal Orlando Quevedo, OMI
Sunday, March 12, 2017 - Cardinal Orlando Beltran Quevedo, OMI, Metropolitan Archbishop of Cotabato, was born in Laoag, Philippines, on March 11, 1939 in a northern province but raised in the Muslim region in the South of his country. After studying at Notre Dame high school in Koronadal and at the minor seminary in Quezon City, he entered the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate and professed his first vows in Mission, Texas, in 1957. Returning to the Philippines, he earned his teaching degree from the Pontifical University of Santo Tomas in Manila.

He returned to the United States to study theology at Oblate College in Washington, where he was ordained to the priesthood in 1964. In his early years, he was the dean of student affairs at Notre Dame University in Cotabato, became becoming president of the university. Fr. Orlando was named bishop of Kidapawan in 1980 and archbishop of Nueva Segovia in 1986.

Pope John Paul II named him archbishop of Cotabato in 1998. As Archbishop, he served as president of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines, 1999-2003, and served as general secretary of the Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences, 2005-2011. Created and proclaimed Cardinal by Pope Francis in the consistory of February 22, 2014, of the Titular Church of Santa Maria «Regina Mundi» a Torre Spaccata. Cardinal Quevedo has been a member of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace (now the Dicastery for Integral Human Development) and the Council for Inter-religious Dialogue.

In this wide-ranging WITNESS interview with Fr. Thomas Rosica, Cardinal Quevedo shares his rich, pastoral experience as an Oblate of Mary Immaculate in this bicentennial year of foundation of this major missionary congregation in the Church, as well as his experience as a seasoned shepherd who has the odor of the sheep!