ALMERIA, Biliran, August 3, 2015—A Filipino from Biliran, an island province near Leyte, was recently elected as definitor general for Asia and Oceania of the worldwide Order of Friars Minor (OFM), according to a press release.
As one of five new Franciscan definitors, Fr. Lino Gregorio V. Redoblado, who is also the current minister provincial of OFM Province of San Pedro Bautista, occupies the highest office of the 800-year old congregation, next only to the overall Minister General and Procurator General.
The other definitors, with their respective jurisdictions, are as follows:
- Europe: Br. Antonio Scabio (Italy), Br. Ivan Sesar (Croatia) and Br. Lóránt Orosz (Hungary)
- Latin America: Br. Valmir Ramos (Brazil) and Br. Ignacio Ceja Jiménez (Mexico);
- English-Speaking Conference: Br. Caoimhín Ó Laoide (Ireland)
- Africa: Br. Nicodème Kibuzehose (Kenya)
Redoblado was born on May 25, 1966 in Tacloban City, Leyte, but grew up in Almeria, Biliran.
He had his initial formation at St. Gregory the Great Minor Seminary in Tabaco, Albay in 1978 and later at Pope John XIII Minor Seminary in Cebu City in 1979, where he graduated at the top of his class in 1982.
He joined the Franciscans and pursued his Bachelor of Arts in Comparative Religion, minors in Philosophy and Sociology at Our Lady of the Angels Seminary (OLAS), Novaliches, Quezon City, and made his first profession on May 1988.
He took his final vows on May 1992.
Redoblado finished theology at the Inter-Congregational Theological Center (ICTC) in Quezon City, and was ordained on October 22, 1994.
From 1994 to 1998, the Almeria native served as secretary of the Association of Major Religious Superiors of the Philippines (AMRSP).
Moreover, he was co-secretary of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP)’s Episcopal Commission on Mutual Relations between Bishops and Religious.
In February 2013, Redoblado was elected minister provincial of the OFM San Pedro Bautista Province. (Raymond A. Sebastián/CBCP News)