Ronald Lunas installed as Pagadian bishop

Ronald Lunas installed as Pagadian bishop

Newly installed Bishop Ronaldo Lunas of Pagadian poses for a photo with Archbishop Gabriele Caccia, the Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines, and other bishops at the Sto. Niño Cathedral in Pagadian City on March 25. NEMRIC KIEL UMALI

By CBCP News

March 26, 2019

Manila, Philippines

‘Home at last.’

Around a month after his episcopal ordination, Ronald Lunas was installed on Monday as bishop of Pagadian in southern Philippines.

Lunas, 52, succeeded Redemptorist Bishop Emmanuel Cabajar, who retired last November after serving then diocese for 14 years.

He was installed at a Mass at Sto. Niño Cathedral, accompanied by Cabajar and Archbishop Martin Jumoad of Ozamiz.

At one part of the three-hour ceremony, he was seated in the bishop’s chair, and received the crozier, emblematic of his new post.

“Home at last,” Lunas said in his message. “This is how I feel today in my first meeting with you dear people of God.”

Attendees included priests and nuns from different dioceses, and visiting bishops led by Papal Nuncio Archbishop Gabriele Caccia and Archbishop Romulo Valles of Davao, president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines.

Some government officials and lay leaders were also in attendance, including representatives of the Interfaith Forum composed of Muslims, Christians, and indigenous Subanen tribe.

The diocese has about a million Catholics and its hierarchy have traditionally played a major role in interreligious dialogue.

Pope Francis appointed Lunas as the fifth bishop of Pagadian on Nov. 22, 2018.

He was ordained to the episcopate last Feb. 22, making him the first homegrown bishop from the Diocese of Digos in its 40 years of existence.