However, his dream of pastoral ministry did not materialize soon after since he was sent to Rome to study Sacred Scriptures at the Pontifical Bible Institute. After more than three years of studies, he finally finished the degree of Licentiate in Sacred Scriptures, Magna Cum Laude and returned to the country in June 1986.
Soon he was assigned as a Parochial Vicar in the Salesian Parish of San Ildefonso in Makati. After ten months of parish work, he was sent to work full time in the seminary formation in Parañque. There he taught subjects in Scriptures, especially the Old Testament, to the Theology students while serving as a formator. He also taught for sometime in San Carlos Seminary in Makati, St. Vincent de Paul Seminary in Quezon City and the St. Joseph Regional Seminary in Jaro, Iloilo. In 1995, he was appointed Rector of the Don Bosco Seminary in Parañaque.
While engaged in teaching and formation work, Fr. Broderick was actively involved in helping the poor and the youth around Better Living and Bicutan. With the help of his lay students, they set up the Ating Familia Foundation in 1991 to help finance poor students in their studies. It also has a small orphanage house. This involvement was not enough for his growing desire not only to work for the poor but to be poor himself. He asked from his superiors to work directly among the poor. After some years, he was finally granted permission. So in 1999, he applied and was accepted by Bishop Pedro Arigo to work in Palawan. He was assigned to the newly-opened Parish of St. Ezekiel Moreno in Macarascas, at the outskirts of Puerto Princesa City. He stayed in that parish for seven years, building church, establishing Christian communities and setting up an intern school for high school boys and girls affiliated with the Angelicum College of Quezon City. In 2003, he joined the local clergy of the Apostolic Vicariate of Puerto Princesa, hoping to fully give himself to work among the rural poor of Palawan all his life. However, on May 24, 2006, his appointment by Pope Benedict XVI to be the Auxiliary Bishop of Manila came. God’s ways are indeed mysterious! Wherever he is assigned, the constant values of Bishop Broderick’s life light his way: the Bible, the Poor and Prayer, making him a true Shepherd after the heart of Jesus.