Pope Francis appoints new Caceres Bishop

Pope Francis appointed Bishop Rex Andrew Alarcon as the new archbishop of Caceres on Thursday.

According to CBCP News, Bishop Alarcon, who is currently serving as the bishop of Daet, will succeed Archbishop Rolando Tria Tirona.

Bishop Tirona has led the archdiocese since November 2012 and has retired at the age of 77.

Bishop Alarcon will oversee the pastoral care of Catholics in Naga city as archbishop of Caceres.

Caceres is considered as the economic, cultural, educational, and religious center of the Bicol region.

The archbishop-elect was born on August 6, 1970 in Daet,  the provincial capital of Camarines Norte.

He studied theology at the University of Santo Tomas (UST) Central Seminary in Manila after completing his secondary education and philosophy courses at the Holy Rosary Minor Seminary in Naga.

He was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Caceres on November 9, 1996.

The 53-year-old priest also obtained a licentiate in Church history from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome in 2001.

He also led the Bicol Association of Catholic Schools and was the president of the Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP) before becoming a bishop.

The pope appointed him as the bishop of Daet on January 2, 2019. He was ordained to the episcopate on March 19 of the year and formally assumed his new position the following day.

He also meets with the suffragan bishops as the metropolitan archbishop to discuss matters important to the region. The suffragan dioceses of the Caceres archdiocese includes Daet, Legazpi, Libmanan, Masbate, Sorsogon, and Virac.

Bishop Alarcon is currently serving as the chairman of the Episcopal Commission on Youth within the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP). (By Louise Nazir A. Banzuela/SOCOM-San Felipe Neri Parish | Photo from CBCP)


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