Pedregosa ordained, installed as Malaybalay bishop

Pedregosa ordained, installed as Malaybalay bishop

Bishop Noel Pedregosa delivers a message after his episcopal ordination and installation at the San Isidro Labrador Cathedral as the new shepherd of the Diocese of Malaybalay on Sept. 14, 2021. SCREENSHOT/DIOCESE OF MALAYBALAY

By Aimee Yeo

September 14, 2021

Manila, Philippines

The new Catholic bishop for the Diocese of Malaybalay, Noel Pedregosa, was consecrated and installed on Tuesday.

A limited number of people due to Covid-19 restrictions were at the San Isidro Labrador Cathedral to witness his ordination as the fifth bishop of the diocese.

The city of Malaybalay is currently under the strictest enhanced community quarantine.

The 56-year old succeeds Archbishop Jose Cabantan, who was appointed to the Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro last year.

After his episcopal ordination and installation, Pedregosa presided over his first Mass as bishop.

In his message, he thanked God for the “gift of episcopacy… in spite of my unworthiness, weakness, and sinfulness”.

“I know by heart that the Office of the Bishop is a tough and huge responsibility,” Pedregosa said. “However, I also believe in the grace of the office of the bishops vis-à-vis its tough and huge responsibility.”

“Please continue to pray for us, your priests, bishops, for our Holy Father, Pope Francis and especially for me — that the Holy Triune God may grant me the grace of care and nurture,” he said.

The new bishop particularly asked prayers that he may have “a shepherding of listening, dialogue, love, gentle correction and appreciation; a shepherding of humility and openness; a shepherding of intimate friendships and holiness”.

“May my shepherding be a shepherding of giving special attention to the four L’s — the least, the last, the lost, and those who are not in the list — giving special attention to our common home, our Mother Earth,” Pedregosa said.

Healthy attitude towards nature, according to him, creates a healthy environment and relationship among people.

“It can bring authentic healing and unity among ourselves, with the nurturing Mother Earth and with the Holy Triune God the author of everything,” the bishop said.

“It can kill viruses of Covid-19, selfishness, individualism, hatred and biases, and other evil attitudes,” he added.

The ceremony was led by Cabantan as main consecrator, with Archbishop Angelito Lampon of Cotabato and Bishop Raul Dael of Tandag as co-consecrators.

Archbishop Charles Brown, Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines, and five other bishops also graced the historic event.

Pope Francis appointed Pedregosa as the new bishop of Malaybalay on June 29 this year.

Prior to his appointment, he was serving as administrator of the diocese and Rector of the cathedral.

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