9 dioceses in country are without a bishop

Published June 9, 2018, 11:31 AM

by Patrick Garcia


By Christina Hermoso

Nine dioceses in the country are ‘sede vacante’ or without a bishop.

These include the dioceses of Butuan, Daet, Ilagan, Iligan, Isabela, Malolos, Military Ordinariate, San Jose de Antique, and San Jose Mindoro, whose bishops had either retired upon reaching the mandatory age of retirement for bishops which is 75-years-old, was transferred, or had passed away.

Ozamis Archbishop elect Martin Jumoad (Veritas/ MANILA BULLETIN)
Ozamis Archbishop elect Martin Jumoad (Veritas/ MANILA BULLETIN)

Three more prelates from Mindanao are set to retire this year including Cagayan de Oro Archbishop Antonio Ledesma and Pagadian Bishop Emmanuel Cabajar, who are both 75, and Cotabato Archbishop Orlando Cardinal Quevedo, who is 79.

Ozamis Archbishop Martin Jumoad has called on the faithful “to continue to pray for more vocations to the priesthood in order to fill in the vacancies. It is Rome that will decide. Let us pray for our priests and bishops that they will respond and that they will do their work immediately,” Jumoad said over Church-run Radio Veritas.

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) said, the country has around 140 bishops including those who had retired.

Archbishop Jumoad expressed his gratitude to Pope Francis who has appointed seven bishops this year to fill in the vacancies and help pastor the more than 86 million Filipino Roman Catholics. These include new Diocese of Tandag Bishop Raul Dael, new Mati Bishop Abel Apigo, new Iba Bishop Bartolome Santos, new
Kabankalan Bishop Louie Galbines, new Tagum Bishop Medil Aseo, new La Union Bishop Daniel Presto, and new Marbel Bishop Cerilo Casicas.