New bishop for Iligan ordained
Newly ordained Bishop Jose Rapadas of Ilagan.
August 20, 2019
A 47-year-old man of the cloth has become the first priest to be ordained bishop in Ipil diocese in southern Philippines.
Bishop Jose Rapadas was raised to the episcopacy in a ceremony at the town’s St. Joseph the Worker Cathedral on Tuesday.
Ipil is the youngest Catholic diocese in the country with around half-a-million Catholics.
It was the first episcopal ordination in Ipil since 2010 when it was erected into a diocese.
Hundreds attended the ceremony, among them 24 prelates including Archbishop Gabriele Caccia, the Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines.
Bishop Julius Tonel of Ipil was the principal consecrator with Bishops Alberto Uy of Tagbilaran and Jose Cabantan of Malaybalay as co-consecrators.
Speaking after the Mass, Bishop Rapadas said he knows he faces challenges and asked the faithful for prayers in his new mission.
“Please pray for me that I may have the courage and strength… that I may be a joyful and humble servant to the people of Iligan entrusted to my care,” he said.
Pope Francis on June 13 had tapped Rapadas to lead the Diocese of Iligan in Lanao Del Norte, also in Mindanao.
He also becomes the youngest member of the College of Bishops in the Philippines.
Bishop Rapadas will be formally installed as the fifth bishop of Iligan at the St. Michael Cathedral on Sept. 5.
Catholics make up about 65 percent of Lanao del Norte’s around 1.5 million population.
Rapadas was ordained a priest in 1999 after finishing his studies at St. John Vianney Theological Seminary in Cagayan de Oro City.
He has a licentiate in dogmatic theology from the Loyola School of Theology at Ateneo de Manila University.
As a priest, he served as a seminary professor and rector, director of catechesis, parish vicar and coordinator of the diocesan social pastoral ministry. CBCPNEWS
Pope appoints youngest Filipino bishop
Bishop-elect Jose Rapadas of Ilagan. PHOTO FROM. BP. ALBERTO UY FACEBOOK ACCOUNT
By Roy Lagarde
June 13, 2019
Pope Francis has tapped Fr. Jose Rapadas to lead the Diocese of Iligan in southern Philippines.
The bishop-elect is just 46, the youngest Filipino bishop serving in and outside the country today.
The appointment was announced in Rome at 12 noon (6:00 p.m. Manila time) on Thursday.
Rapadas will replace Bishop Elenito Galido who died on Dec. 5, 2017. Since then, Bishop Severo Caermare of Dipolog has been overseeing the diocese as apostolic administrator.
Upon his appointment, the bishop-elect has been serving as the Vicar General of the Diocese of Ipil in Zamboanga Sibugay.
Rapadas was born in Tondo, Manila in 1972. He is a product of St. John Vianney Theological Seminary in Cagayan de Oro City, and was ordained a priest in 1999.
He also holds a licentiate in dogmatic theology from the Loyola School of Theology in Ateneo de Manila University.
For 20 years in the priesthood, he has served in a number of pastoral roles including parish vicar and coordinator of diocesan social pastoral ministry.
The bishop-elect also served as seminary professor, director of the Office of Catechesis for the Family and Life, rector of the Saint Joseph College Seminary and professor of religious studies at the University of Zamboanga.
Rapadas will be the fifth bishop of Iligan, with around a million Catholic population in 26 parishes.