Villa del Mar, Suwa,
Lonos, Romblon City, 5500
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Pope Francis appointed Narciso Villaver Abellana as bishop of Romblon on Oct. 15, 2013.
Bishop Abellana, a member of the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart (MSC), is the fifth bishop of Romblon.
He was born on Nov. 9, 1953 Talisay City in Cebu. He graduated in Philosophy from Ateneo de Manila University in 1973, and continued his studies at the Loyola School of Theology then worked on his Licentiate in Church History at the Gregorian University in Rome.
He was ordained a priest on December 28, 1978 and served in different capacities. He was also parish priest in
Camotes Island in Cebu.
Abellana also earned his Licentiate in Church History at the Gregorian University in Rome.
At the time of appointment as bishop he was chaplain of Central Luzon State University (CLSU) in Nueva Ecija.
In 1999, members of his Religious Congregation elected him its Philippine provincial. He served at this post until 2005 while acting as consultant to the society’s Communication Foundation for Asia’s Catechetical Center.
Abellana was also later elected First Assistant to his congregation's Superior General in Rome, and returned to the Philippines after his term ended in 2011.
Romblon had been without a bishop since Bishop Jose Corazon Tala-oc was transferred to Aklan in July 2011.