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Occidental Mindoro’s new bishop to be ordained, installed next month

Occidental Mindoro’s new bishop to be ordained, installed next month

Bishop-elect Pablito Tagura of the Apostolic Vicariate of San Jose attends the bishops’ “Seminar on the Episcopal Conference” at the Pope Pius XII Catholic Center in Manila on Jan. 24, 2023. VATICAN MEDIA

By CBCP News

January 25, 2023

Manila, Philippines

The country’s newest bishop, Pablito Tagura, will be ordained to the episcopate on Feb. 17, five days before Ash Wednesday.

The bishop-elect for the Apostolic Vicariate of San Jose in Occidental Mindoro province will be consecrated bishop by Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, pro-prefect of the Vatican’s Dicastery for Evangelization.

Apostolic vicariates and prelatures are part of the mission territories Cardinal Tagle’s dicastery oversees.

Several bishops, priests, consecrated persons, and laypeople are expected at the episcopal ordination to be held at Christ the King Mission Seminary (CKMS) in Quezon City.

Pope Francis last December appointed the priest of the Society of Divine Word as the third bishop of the vicariate, with a population of around half-a-million, about 75 percent of which are Catholics.

“It was unexpected but I’m blessed. It’s a grace from God that I’m given the chance to serve the vicariate,” Tagura said.

“It would be a different ministry for me because, for more than 28 years, I have been teaching in the seminary,” added the outgoing Rector of CKMS.

Tagura will be formally installed in his ecclesiastical office by Archbishop Charles Brown, Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines, on February 25.

The vicariate has been without a bishop since March 2018 after the resignation of Bishop Antonio Palang, who died three years later.

February 1, 2023 This article was updated to correct the date of Bishop-elect Pablito Tagura’s canonical installation as bishop of the Apostolic Vicariate of San Jose to February 25, 2023. A previous version of this story said it will be held on February 24, 2023.

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