The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) has appointed Fr. Bryand Restituto of the Archdiocese of Palo as its new assistant secretary general.
According to CBCP News, Fr. Restituto, will replace Fr. Carlo Del Rosario of the Archdiocese of Manila who served the post since December 2020.
Fr. Del Rosario, the CBCP News added is pursuing doctoral studies in canon law at the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas, also known as the Angelicum, in Rome.
CBCP News also stated that Fr. Restituto was formally introduced to the bishops on July 9, the first of their three-day plenary assembly at the Carmelite Missionaries Center of Spirituality in Tagaytay City.
As assistant secretary general, Fr. Restituto will work with Msgr. Bernardo Pantin, the CBCP’s current secretary general.
Fr. Restituo, 43, was born in Ormoc City and studied philosophy at the Sacred Heart Seminary (SHS) and theology at the St. John the Evangelist School of Theology (SJEST), both in Palo town.
Ordained a priest on September 20, 2005, Fr. Restituto served as parochial vicar at the Palo Cathedral after his ordination.
He was sent to Spain in 2006, he was sent where he obtained a licentiate and doctorate in canon law at the University of Navarra.
While he was also serving as administrator of the St. Joachim Parish in Palo, he was named as the archdiocese’s assistant chancellor upon his arrival to Leyte in 2011.
He was appointed Dean of Students at the SHS in 2013 until 2021 when he was named chancellor of the Archdiocese and Vice-Rector and Dean of Studies of SJEST.
Fr. Restituto also holds a Master’s degree in philosophical research, which he obtained at the De la Salle University in Manila in 2014.
Since 2021, he has been serving as associate judge at the Archdiocesan Marriage Tribunal and Judicial Vicar of the archdiocese. (Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC | Photo from CBCP News)