San Carlos diocese rejoices at bishop appointment of ‘son’

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MANILA, June 6, 2014 — The Bishop of San Carlos, Negros Occidental, Bishop Gerardo A. Alminaza, DD, together with the clergy, the religious and the lay faithful of the diocese, rejoiced upon the wonderful news of Msgr. Patrick Daniel Y. Parcon’s appointment as Bishop of the diocese of Talibon in Bohol.

Proud diocese

In expressing the overflowing joy of the diocese upon the news of the appointment, Alminaza said, “The Diocese of San Carlos congratulates and assures Msgr. Dan of our prayers and support!”

Bishop-elect of the diocese of Talibon in Bohol, Patrick Daniel Y. Parcon

“WE ARE PROUD OF YOU! As you are a gift to us, go as our gift and God’s gift to the people of God in the Diocese of Talibon and the Universal Church,” Alminaza added, addressing the new bishop-elect.

Msgr. Parcon, or Msgr. Dan to those who know him personally, was born in Vallehermoso, Negros Oriental on November 24, 1962. The 7th child among 9 siblings of the late Ambrocio Parcon and the late Obdulia Yee, Msgr. Dan completed his elementary schooling at the Macario Española Memorial School in Canla-on City, his high School education at the Silliman University High School and graduated Bachelor of Science in Chemistry at the Silliman University, Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental.

Pastoral roles

Msgr. Dan entered St. Joseph Seminary College in Dumaguete where he finished his Philosophy studies. After which, he went to the St, Joseph Regional Seminary in Iloilo City for his theological formation.

The bishop-elect holds a Masters Degree in Religion and Religious Education, with core specialization in Christian Spirituality, from the Fordham University in New York City, USA.

He has held a number of pastoral roles, including that of Spiritual Director and Dean of Studies at the St. John Mary Vianney Seminary in San Carlos City from 1994 to 2000. He was Parish Administrator of the Ascension Church, Hurricane, West Virginia, U.S.; Parish Administrator of the Immaculate Conception Church, Liberty, Texas, U.S; and Parish Vicar at the Blessed Sacrament Church, Valley Stream, New York.

Upon his return to the Philippines in 2007, he was appointed Rector of the St. John Mary Vianney Seminary of the diocese of San Carlos and Director of the Marriage and Family Life Apostolate in the same diocese.

During the Sede Vacante of the Diocese of San Carlos, with the appointment of Bishop Jose F. Advincula as Archbishop of Capiz, he served as Diocesan Administrator from January 2011 until the installation of Bishop Alminaza, DD, as Bishop of the Diocese of San Carlos in November of 2013.

Parcon was the Vicar General and Rector of San Carlos Borromeo Cathedral at the time he was named Bishop of Talibon by Pope Francis.

Parcon succeeds Bishop Christian Vicente F. Noel whose resignation, upon reaching the age of 75, was accepted by Pope Francis.

As Bishop of Talibon, Msgr. Parcon will shepherd the faithful of an area comprising 2,243 square kilometers with a population of 737,938 where Catholics number around 677, 309 with 76 diocesan priests and 52 religious. (Fr. Mickey Cardenas)

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