MANILA, Oct. 13, 2016— A new bishop will soon lead the Catholic faithful in the Diocese of Tagbilaran in Bohol.
Pope Francis appointed Monsignor Alberto Uy of the Diocese of Talibon as the new bishop of the nearby Diocese of Tagbilaran Thursday evening.
He will replace 77-year old Bishop Leonardo Medroso whose resignation has been accepted by the pope.
As bishop, Medroso first served the Diocese of Borongan for 19 years until he was transferred to Tagbilaran in 2006.
Msgr. Uy’s appointment came two days before the third anniversary of the strong earthquake that devastated the diocese in 2013.
The diocese is still rebuilding what it lost from the 7.2 magnitude quake that destroyed dozens of the country’s oldest churches.
Msgr. Uy is currently the Episcopal Vicar of the Talibon diocese and at the same time the pastor of the St. Michael the Archangel Parish in Jagna town.
The bishop-elect, who is turning 50 years old on Tuesday, October 18, is a native of Ubay, Bohol.
Msgr. Uy took his philosophical studies at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Seminary in Tagbilaran City and theology, first at the St. John Mary Vianney Theological Seminary in Cagayan de Oro City where he earned his Bachelor in Sacred Theology degree and a Masters in pastoral Ministry.
He also completed his licentiate in Sacred Theology at the Loyola School of Theology in Quezon City.
In 2006, the bishop-elect obtained his doctorate in Sacred Theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, Italy.
Msgr. Uy was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Talibon on April 14, 1993.
A priest for 23 years, he also served as dean of seminarians at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Seminary in Tagbilaran City from 1995 to 1997 and Vice-Rector at St. John Mary Vianney theological seminary in Cagayan de Oro City from 2006 to 2010. (R. Lagarde/CBCPNews)