MANILA, May 31, 2016— Pope Francis has appointed has named Msgr. Elmer Mangalinao as Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan.
The Pope made the announcement at 12:00 noon on Tuesday at the Vatican (6:00pm, Manila time).
Before his appointment, the 56-year old bishop-elect has been serving as the vicar general of the Cabanatuan diocese.
He is also the current president of the College of the Immaculate Conception in Cabanatuan City and School Cluster Head of Sacred Heart School of Talavera and Our Lady of Fatima, Gen. Natividad.
The archdiocese has been without an auxiliary bishop since December 2012 after Renato Mayugba was installed bishop of Laoag.
Auxiliary bishops are appointed by the pope at the request of the diocesan bishop “when pastoral needs require” their presence, according to the Code of Canon Law.
Their role is to assist the diocesan bishop in the functions of the office and the diocese, but the exact nature of his duties depends on the diocese, and the responsibilities a bishop assigns him.
In Pangasinan, Mangalinao will assist the archdiocese’s chief shepherd, Archbishop Socrates Villegas, in his governance of the local Church.
No date has been announced for the Episcopal ordination of Msgr. Mangalinao and for his installation as Auxiliary Bishop of Lingayen-Dagupan. (CBCPNews)