Tagle’s secretary is new Manila Cathedral rector

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Pope Francis shakes hands with Fr. Reginald Malicdem during his visit to Manila last January.

MANILA, June 26, 2015–Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle has appointed his private secretary as the new rector of the Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception or the Manila Cathedral.

Fr. Reginald Malicdem will succeed Monsignor Nestor Cerbo who is assigned to the Saint John the Baptist Parish in San Juan City.

Malicdem is currently the personal secretary of Tagle, the same post he served during the term of Manila Archbishop Emeritus Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales.

Four months after he was ordained priest in September 2004, he served as Rosales’ secretary for seven years until the cardinal’s retirement.

At 37, Malicdem is the youngest priest to become rector of the first cathedral in the Philippines.

This also marks his first parish assignment, having spent the last eleven years of his priesthood as personal secretary to two cardinals.

“Please pray for me as I take on another responsibility,” Malicdem said.

With his new assignment, the priest, however, will still remain as secretary to the Archbishop of Manila.

Malicdem’s appointment is one of the 36 new priest assignments across the Archdiocese of Manila effective July 1.

Cardinal Tagle has also appointed Msgr. Hernando Coronel as the new rector of the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene, also known as Quiapo Church.

Coronel, former rector of the San Carlos Seminary, will succeed Msgr. Clemente Ignacio who was appointed as administrator of Bahay Pari, San Carlos Pastoral Formation Complex in Makati City.

Ignacio is also reportedly taking a position in the archdiocesan curia.

Coronel, meanwhile, served rector of Manila Cathedral from 1996 to 2002 and secretary general of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines from 2002 to 2007.

Among the new assignments include Fr. Andy Lim to Binondo Church, Fr. Wilmer Rosario to Sta. Cruz Church, Msgr. Mario Enriquez to Ermita Church, and Fr. Lazaro Abaco to EDSA Shrine. (Roy Lagarde/CBCPNews)

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