Pope Francis names auxiliary bishop of Cebu

Pope Francis names auxiliary bishop of Cebu

Auxiliary Bishop-elect Ruben Labajo of Cebu. PHOTO FROM FR. LABAJO’S FACEBOOK PAGE

By CBCP News

June 23, 2022

Manila, Philippines

Pope Francis on Thursday has appointed Msgr. Ruben Labajo as auxiliary bishop of Cebu.

The Vatican announced on June 23 that Labajo, until now the Vicar General of the same archdiocese, will be ordained as bishop.

Like current Auxiliary Bishop Midyphil Billones, his task is to assist Archbishop Jose Palma as the chief shepherd of the archdiocese.

Born September 24, 1966 in Talisay City, he completed his philosophy and theology studies at the San Carlos Seminary College in Cebu.

He was ordained priest for the Cebu archdiocese on June 10, 1994.

Among his previous positions, he served as parish vicar in Mandaue City from 1995 to 1997; pastor of Santa Fe Parish in Bantayan Island; and moderator at the parish of St. Joseph in Talisay’s Tabunok village.

He also served as moderator of the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral and vicar forane of the Vicariate of the Most Holy Rosary from 2014 to 2019.

In 2017, he became a member of the archdiocese’s Council of Consultors, Episcopal Vicar of the archdiocese’s 1st District, and member of the Presbyteral Council.

In 2020, the bishop-elect was appointed vicar general and moderator of the St. Francis Assisi Parish in Balamban town.

The date for Labajo’s episcopal ordination has yet to be announced.

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