MANILA, Oct. 15, 2016— Malolos Bishop Emeritus Cirilo Almario has died at the age of 85.
Almario collapsed inside his room at the convent of the Religious Catechist of Mary located in Sta. Isabel, Malolos City on Friday. He was immediately rushed to the city’s Graman Medical and Maternity Hospital but was pronounced dead on arrival at 6:30 p.m.
The prelate had been unwell for days complaining of pain in his feet.
A “father figure” to the clergy and many people, a priest said Almario’s death is a “great loss” to the diocese.
“He is loved by the priests in and outside the diocese. He had been fatherly to all of us, said Fr. Nick Lalog, director of the Malolos diocese’s Commission on Social Communications.
The wake will start on Saturday at the theology chapel of the Immaculate Conception Major Seminary in Guiguinto, Bulacan.
On Monday, a funeral procession will be held at 10am from the Malolos Crossing to the Minor Basilica of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception where the bishop’s remains will stay until the funeral at 2pm on Wednesday.
After the Requiem Mass, the entombment of his body will take place at the crypt of the cathedral, close to the tomb of Malolos’ first bishop Manuel Del Rosario.
A native of Caridad town in Cavite, Almario was ordained to the priesthood on November 30, 1956 in Manila and was appointed Coadjutor bishop of Malolos on August 22, 1973.
As coadjutor, Almario automatically succeeded Del Rosario upon his retirement in December 1977.
Almario was also the CBCP secretary general from 1976 to 1981 and was once the chairman of the bishops’ Public Affairs Committee and the Commission on Biblical Apostolate.
After serving the diocese for 23 years, he resigned as bishop of Malolos in January 1996. (CBCPNews)