Caceres Archbishop installed, emphasizes servant leadership and collaboration

Archbishop Rex Andrew Alarcon officially took leadership of the Archdiocese of Caceres on Thursday, emphasizing a vision of servant leadership and community collaboration.

During his installation Mass at the Naga Metropolitan Cathedral, Archbishop Alarcon declared, “I entered the boundaries of the archdiocese not as a king… but as an undeserving servant called to duty.”

The installation ceremony was attended by dignitaries including Papal Nuncio Archbishop Charles Brown, Cardinal Jose Advincula of Manila, and Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara, vice president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP).

In his homily, Archbishop Alarcon, 53, the youngest among the Philippines’ active archbishops, called for unity and a collaborative spirit. “I am not the Church, we are the Church,” he asserted, inviting the community to work together to fulfill their shared mission.

At a press conference the prior day, the archbishop also underscored the importance of teamwork. “Things happen not simply because of the bishop… it is because of the community — the clergy and the lay people,” he stated.

Archbishop Alarcon succeeds retired Archbishop Rolando Tria Tirona, paying homage to his predecessor’s works and pledging to build upon the existing foundation of strength.

Pope Francis appointed Archbishop Alarcon on February 22, 2024. He previously served as the Bishop of Daet for five years. With his move to Caceres, the Diocese of Daet is now without a bishop, awaiting the appointment of a successor.

Before his tenure in Daet, Archbishop Alarcon held various positions within the Archdiocese of Caceres, including secretary to the late Archbishop Leonardo Legazpi. He is also a respected figure in Catholic education, known for his leadership with the Bicol Association of Catholic Schools and the Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP).

Archbishop Alarcon currently chairs the CBCP Episcopal Commission on Youth. (By Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunteer Writer-San Felipe Neri Parish | Photo from CBCP News)

 

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