Celebrating the 500th Anniversary of Catholicism in the Philippines

“…500 years have passed since the Christian message first arrived in the Philippines. You received the joy of the Gospel... And this joy is evident in your people … We see it in your eyes, on your faces, in your songs and in your prayers. In the joy with which you bring your faith to other lands …”

~ Pope Francis said in his homily of the Mass at the Vatican on March 14, formally opening the yearlong celebrations marking the 500th anniversary of Catholicism’s arrival in the Philippines.

A country of 7,641 islands at the sea of southeast Asia with a population of 109 million, of which more than 10 million are migrants living in almost 100 countries across the world.

Why the Pope calls Filipinos “smugglers of faith”? What makes the local Church so unique?

What is the Catholic population in the country? How many dioceses, bishops are there?

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Auxiliary Bishop Telesphore Bilung
Bishop Bilung
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Auxiliary Bishop Telesphore Bilung
Archbishop's House,
P.O. Box 5, Dr. Camil Bulcke Path,
Ranchi-834001, Jharkhand, India

Phone: 0651 235 0144
Fax :235.01.44
Email: [email protected]

Bishop Bilung was born on April 15, 1961, at Sargidipa in the diocese of Rourkela, Odisha.

In 1979, he joined the Jyoti Bhavan minor seminary in Sambalpur. In 1985, he entered the Society of the Divine Word (SVD). He professed his first vows in 1986 and his solemn profession was in 1991. He was ordained priest on May 2, 1992, in Gaibira, the diocese of Rourkela. Between 1986 and 1992, he completed his studies in philosophy and theology at Jnana Deepa Vidyapeth in Pune. From 2005 to 2006 he did a counselling course in Britain.

He has served as assistant parish in Puri from 1992 to 1994 and as rector of the Minor Seminary in Sambalpur from1994 to 1996. In 2005, he was made chairman of the vocation board. In 2007, he joined as pastor in Premnagar, archdiocese of Calcutta.

He was the provincial councillor from 2008 to 2011 and the rector of the SVD Minor Seminary in Lungai from 2010 to 2011. Since 2011, he has been the provincial superior of the Divine Word Missionaries.

Previous Ordinaries:

  • Cardinal Telesphore Placidus Toppo (7 Aug 1985 Succeeded - 24 Jun 2018 Retired)
  • Archbishop Pius Kerketta, SJ (1961-1985)
  • Bishop Nicholas Kujur, SJ (1952-1960)
  • Bishop Oscar Sevrin, SJ (1934-1951)
  • Bishop Louis Van Hoeck, SJ (1928--1933)

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