MANILA, April 27, 2016— A new bishop will be installed in the Diocese of Alaminos in Pangasinan next week.
Bishop Ricardo Baccay will be the third bishop of the diocese, a post which had been vacant since early 2014 when Marlo Peralta became Archbishop of Nueva Segovia in Ilocos Sur.
Thousands of bishops, priests, the religious, and lay people are expected to attend the ceremony scheduled at 9:30 a.m. of May 4 at the St. Joseph Cathedral.
Born on on April 3, 1961 in Tuguegarao, he had previously been the Auxiliary Bishop of Tuguegarao for eight years.
Baccay was ordained a priest in April 1987 and was appointed bishop 20 years later.
The bishop will oversee the 31-year old diocese, with more than 660,000 residents, 82 percent of whom are are Catholics.
He will also lead more than 40 priests and around 90 religious men and women assigned in 20 parishes. (CBCPNews)