Leo Dalmao ordained, installed as Isabela prelate

Leo Dalmao ordained, installed as Isabela prelate

Bishop Leo Dalmao (center) is flanked by other prelates and priests after his ordination and installation as head of the Prelature of Isabela at the Sta. Isabel Cathedral May 24.

By CBCP News

May 24, 2019

Manila, Philippines

Bishop Leo Dalmao was ordained and installed to head the Prelature of Isabela on Friday.

At 49, Dalmao is the fourth prelate of the prelature in the Muslim province of Basilan and the first Filipino Claretian to join the College of Bishops.

Hundreds of bishops, priests, nuns, and laypeople attended the occasion held at the Sta. Isabel Cathedral.

Archbishop Romulo Dela Cruz of Zamboanga served as the principal consecrator, assisted by Archbishop Martin Jumoad of Ozamiz, who was the homilist.

Also present were CBCP President Archbishop Romulo Valles, Msgr. Gabriel Viola of the Apostolic Nunciature and Fr. Joseba Kamiruaga, secretary general of Rome-based Claretian congregation.

The ceremonies filled the post left by Jumoad who was transferred to Ozamiz in late 2016.

Dalmao was serving as General Prefect of Formation of the Claretian Missionaries in Rome when Pope Francis appointed him as bishop of Isabela on March 25.

The bishop is not new to the prelature. After his priestly ordination in 1997, he was assigned to Basilan where he managed a project for indigenous Samal-Badjau.

From Basilan, he was named Prefect of Students in 2000 and three years later, became Novice Master while serving as Prefect of Formation of the Claretian Philippine Province.

In 2010, he was elected provincial superior of the congregation. While serving as superior, he also served as co-chairperson of the Association of Major Religious Superiors in the Philippines until his election as council member to the Claretian general government in 2005.

The prelature of Isabela was erected in 1963 and comprises the entire Basilan island with almost 400,000 population, about 30 percent of them are Catholics.