MANILA, May 24, 2016 – With the resignation of Msgr. Vincente M. Navarra as shepherd of the Diocese of Bacolod, Pope Francis appointed Bishop Patricio A. Buzon, SDB, the new bishop of the diocese, transferring him from the diocese of Kabankalan.
Presently a member of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines’ Episcopal Commission on Youth, Buzon was born March 14, 1950, in Cebu City, where he finished elementary education at the Asilo de la Milagrosa school. An alumnus of Don Bosco Academy High School in San Fernando, Pampanga, the prelate got his Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Education, majoring in Electricity from the University of Santo Tomas (UST) in Manila where he also completed his Bachelor of Sacred Theology degree. He entered the Salesian order as a professed member on June 29, 1967. His perpetual profession was on May 24, 1973.
He served as spiritual moderator of the Don Bosco Missionary Seminary in Talisay, Cebu from 1977 to 1982 and later served as its rector from 1982 to 1988. From 1988 until 1992, he was also rector of Don Bosco Technical High School in Punta Princesa, Cebu.
He then moved on to become the Salesian province’s vice-provincial from 1992 until 1997. Before his ordination as bishop on Feb. 19, 2003, at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Punta Princesa, he served as provincial of the Salesians’ Mary Help of Christians Province-South.
Buzon was installed as the second bishop of the Diocese of Kabankalan on March 12, 2003, replacing a bishop who was transferred to another diocese. The prelate is also currently the president of the UST Central Seminary Alumni Association. (CBCPNews)