Pope Francis appoints new bishop of Kabankalan

The Holy Father Pope Francis has appointed Msgr. Louie Galbines as new Bishop of the Diocese of Kabankalan, Negros Occidental. The appointment was made to public in Rome Monday, March 12, 2018.

Msgr. Galbines, 51, is currently the Vicar General of the Diocese of Bacolod. He will replace Bishop Patricio Buzon who was appointed Bishop of the Diocese of Bacolod in 2016 following Bishop Vicente Navarra's retirement.

He was born on November 18, 1966 in Aliwanag, Sagay, Negros Occidental.

He completed his philosophical and theological studies at the Pontifical University of Santo Tomas in España, Manila and was ordained priest for the Diocese of Bacolod on April 29, 1994.

He also studied at the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas where he obtained a licentiate and doctorate in sacred theology from 1997-2001.

Bishop-elect Galbines served as deputy dean and spiritual director at the Sacred Heart Seminary, Bacolod City in 1994 and became chancellor and secretary of the diocesan Curia of Bacolod from 1994-1996.

He held various positions upon returning to his homeland such as: treasurer and collaborator of the Episcopal Conference of the Philippines (2001-2006); vice-president and subsequently president of the diocesan Commission for the Clergy as well as parish vicar of the Saint Sebastian parish of Bacolod City (2007-2012).

In 2012 he became rector of the Sacred Heart Seminary of Bacolod City and, in 2013, vicar general of the same diocese. (Jheng Manalang Prado/RCAM-AOC)



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