In Memories of Two Cardinals in Asia

Cardinal Cheong
Cardinal Sim

The Church in Asia lost two cardinals in less than two months this year.

Cardinal Cornelius Sim, a new cardinal in Asia and the first of Brunei, died on May 29. He was 69.

Cardinal Nicholas Cheong Jin-suk, 89, former archbishop of Seoul and president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Korea, passed away on April 27.

More about the lives of Cardinal Sim and Cardinal Cheong
and the Churches in Brunei and South Korea, of which their missions were dedicated to.

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Bishop Reynaldo Gonda Evangelista
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Bishop Reynaldo Gonda Evangelista
Bishop's Residence,
Imus, 4103 Cavite,

Phone: (046)471-2786
Fax :(046)471-2786
Email: [email protected]

Bishop Reynaldo Gonda Evangelista was born on May 8, 1960 in San Jose, Mabini, Batangas to Benjamin C. Evangelista and wife Rufina G. Gonda. He has seven siblings.

In 1967 he joined elementary school but in 1997 came to St. Francis de Sales Minor Seminary, where he completed his high school. Soon after he joined St. Francis de Sales Regional College Seminary and completed philosophy. From 1981 to 86 he studied theology and was ordained a priest on February 26, 1986.
A year after ordination he did a course on Pastoral Counseling in Ateneo de Manila University. In 1998, he also did a course of Seminary Formation from Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum in Rome.
He served the diocese in various capacities. He also served as professor, prefect, vice rector and rector of the St. Francis de Sales Minor Seminary, Lipa City. He was also rector of the regional major seminary and a member of archdiocesan commission on clergy.
On 11 December 2004 he was appointed Bishop of Boac diocese in first appointment as bishop.
Pope Francis transferred him from Boac to Imus on April 8, 2013. Bishop Evangelista was installed as the fifth Bishop of Imus on June 5, 2013.

Previous Ordinaries:

  • Bishop Luis Antonio Gokim Tagle (Oct. 22, 2001 Appointed - Oct. 13, 2011 Appointed, Archbishop of Manila)
  • Bishop Manuel Sobrevinas (1993-2001)
  • Bishop Felix Paz Perez (Appointed February 25, 1969 - Died February 29, 1992)
  • Bishop Artemio Casas (Appointed December 11, 1961 - Appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Manila September 4, 1968; Died - March 29, 1989)

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