MANILA, Oct. 14, 2015— Pope Francis has appointed San Fernando Auxiliary Bishop Pablo Virgilio David as the new bishop of the Diocese of Kalookan.
The appointment was officially announced at 12:00 noon on Wednesday at the Vatican (6:00 p.m., Manila time).
The Kalookan diocese has been without a bishop since January 2013 after the resignation of Bishop Deogracias Iñiguez due to health reasons.
For more than two years, the diocese was being administered by Antipolo Auxiliary Bishop Francisco De Leon.
David, a known Bible scholar, will be the second bishop of the diocese since its establishment in 2003.
David was born on March 2, 1959 in Betis, Guagua, Pampanga. He was ordained a priest on March 12, 1983.
Pope Benedict XVI appointed him Auxiliary Bishop of San Fernando on May 27, 2006. He was ordained Bishop on July 10, 2006.
David finished his college seminary formation at the San Jose Seminary, Ateneo de Manila University, with a Bachelor of Arts in Pre-Divinity degree.
Thereafter, he took his Master of Arts degree in Theology at the Loyola School of Theology, also in Ateneo, and proceeded to earn his Licentiate in Sacred Theology degree from the Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium in 1988.
The following year he took up Doctorate degree in Sacred Theology, also at the Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium.
At the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, David was member of the Permanent Council from 2007 to 2013.
He also chaired the Episcopal Commission on Biblical Apostolate of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines from 2009 to 2015.
To date, David is serving as vice chairman of the CBCP Permanent Committee on Cultural Heritage. (CBCPNews)