Bishop Patricio Alo laid to rest

Bishop Patricio Alo laid to rest

Bishop Emeritus Patricio Alo of Mati (December 2, 1939 – April 13, 2021). PHOTO FROM DIOCESE OF MATI

By CBCP News

April 19, 2021

Manila, Philippines

Bishop Emeritus Patricio Alo of Mati, who died April 13, was laid to rest on Monday in the crypt of the San Nicolas de Tolentino Cathedral following his funeral Mass.

The service was presided over by Bishop Abel Apigo, Mati’s current shepherd, with Bishop Medel Aseo of Tagum and Bishop Guillermo Afable of Digos as concelebrants.

In his homily, Bishop Apigo highlighted the legacy of the Cebuano prelate whose episcopate spanned close to four decades.

Under his term, the parishes in the diocese had grown from 11 to 19, and more priests were ordained. He also invited more religious congregations to work in the diocese.

Known for his Catholic media apostolate, he established the diocesan AM and FM radio stations, and a cable television network.

“As the first shepherd of the Diocese of Mati, his memories are instilled in the hearts and minds of the people,” Bishop Apigo said.

Bishop Alo was ordained a priest in Rome in 1964 by Cardinal Julio Rosales, then archbishop of Cebu, with Cardinal Rufino Santos, then archbishop of Manila.

After his doctorate in theology at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas, Rosales assigned him as his chancellor, a post he served for 13 years.

He was then assigned as parish priest at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Parish Church at the Capitol site, then at St. Therese of the Child Jesus Church in Lahug.

In 1981, he was elevated to the episcopate and was ordained bishop on June 7, 1981 at the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral to be assigned as Auxiliary Bishop of Davao.

Three years later, he was named as the first bishop of the newly created Diocese of Mati.

After 37 years of shepherding the diocese, Bishop Alo retired in October 2014.

He died at the Bishop Joseph Regan Memorial Hospital in Tagum City at the age of 81.

Also present during the Funeral Mass were Bishop Jose Colin Bagaforo of Kidapawan, Archbishop Emeritus Fernando Capalla of Davao and Bishop Emeritus Wilfredo Manlapaz of Tagum.

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