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CBCP names new assistant secretary general

CBCP names new assistant secretary general

Fr. Bryand Restituto, the new CBCP assistant secretary general, is introduced to the bishops during their 124th plenary assembly at the Carmelite Missionaries Center of Spirituality in Tagaytay City on July 9, 2022. CBCP NEWS

By CBCP News

July 9, 2022

Tagaytay City

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) has appointed Fr. Bryand Restituto of the Archdiocese of Palo as its new assistant secretary general.

Fr. Restituto, 43, will replace Fr. Carlo Del Rosario of the Archdiocese of Manila, who served the post since December 2020.

Fr. Del Rosario is pursuing doctoral studies in canon law at the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas, also known as the Angelicum, in Rome.

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, he will work with Msgr. Bernardo Pantin, the CBCP’s current secretary general.

Born in Ormoc City, he studied philosophy at the Sacred Heart Seminary (SHS) and theology at the St. John the Evangelist School of Theology (SJEST), both in Palo town.

Fr. Restituto was ordained priest on September 20, 2005. After his ordination, he served as parochial vicar at the Palo Cathedral.

In 2006, he was sent to Spain where he obtained a licentiate and doctorate in canon law at the University of Navarra.

Upon his return to Leyte in 2011, Fr. Restituto was named as the archdiocese’s assistant chancellor, while also serving as administrator of the St. Joachim Parish in Palo.

In 2013, he was appointed Dean of Students at the SHS 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.

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