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Bishop Julius Sullan Tonel
Bishop Tonel
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Bishop Julius Sullan Tonel
Bishop's Residence,
Jose Villafuerte Street
P.O. Box 7283 Ipil,
7001 Zamboanga Sibugay, Philippines

Phone: +63 62 333-2266
Fax :+63 62 333-2574
Email: [email protected]

Bishop Julius Sullan Tonel was born in Davao City on Aug. 31, 1956. He studied philosophy at Saint Francis Xavier Minor Seminary in Davao, and theology at the Central Seminary of the University of Santo Tomas in Manila. He was ordained a priest on April 12, 1980 in Sta. Ana, Parish, Davao City at the age of 23. Bishop Julius Sullan Tonel earned his Licentiate in Liturgical Theology at the Saint Anselmo Pontifical Institute of Liturgy in Rome. He has served major roles in the archdiocese of Davao as a then director of the Archdiocesan Family Apostolate, then as rector of the Archdiocesan Seminary, and president of the Commission for Basic Ecclesiastical Communities. For five years, he was also the rector of the Regional Major Seminary.

He became the vicar general of the archdiocese of Davao in 2002. He was appointed bishop on June 30, 2007 and was ordained bishop on Aug. 20, 2007 at San Pedro Cathedral in Davao City. He was installed as the third Bishop of the Prelature of Ipil on the Sept. 11, 2007 in Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay - several days after the kidnapped Italian missionary, Giancarlo Bossi was released from his perpetrators. Thus, he was freshly confronted with a big challenge of leading the prelature into healing and dialogue. Bishop Tonel is the first ordinary of the territory who is not a Jesuit. With the elevation of the territorial prelature of Ipil to the rank of diocese, with the same name and territorial configuration as before, Pope Benedict XVI appointed Bishop Julius S. Tonel, prelate of Ipil, on May 3, 2010, as first bishop of the new diocese.

Elementary - Holy Cross College, Davao City (1966-1968)
High School - St. Francis Xavier Minor Seminary, Davao City (1968-1972)
Philosophy - St. Francis Xavier Minor Seminary, Davao City (1972-1976)
Theology - Central Seminary, University of Sto. Tomas, Manila (1976-1980)
Postgraduate Studies: FLA Training Center, Bukidnon (1981-1981)
Licentiate in Liturgical Theology, "Pont. Istit. Lit. S. Anselmo", Rome (1986-1990)
Course on Psycho-Spiritual Integration in Formation (1995-1995)

1980-1981 - Assistant Parish Priest, "St. Jude Taddeus Parish", Davao City
1981-1982 - Assistant Parish Priest, "St. Peter Cathedral", Davao City
1981-1983 - Director, "Arch. Family Apostolate"
1982-1984 - Prefect of Discipline, College Seminary, Davao City
1984-1986 - Rector, College Seminary, Davao City
1984-1986 - Arch. Vocation Promoter
1990-1992 - Spiritual Director, Regional Major Seminary, Davao City
1990-1994 - Director, Arch. Liturgical Center, Davao City
1992-1997 - Vice-Rector and Professor, Regional Major Seminary, Davao City
1993-2004 - Consultor, CBCP Episcopal Commission on Liturgy
1994-1994 - President, Commission on Basic Ecclesiastical Communities, Davao City
1997-2002 - Rector, Regional Major Seminary, Davao City
2002 - Vicar General, Archdiocese of Davao
2002-2006 - Parish Priest, "Ascension of the Lord Parish", Matina, Davao City
2004 - Chaplain, "Shrine of the Holy Infant of Prague", Davao City
2006 - Parish Priest, "San Pablo Parish", Matina, Davao City

Previous Ordinaries:

  • Archbishop Antonio J. Ledesma, S.J., D.D. (1997-2006, Elevated Archbishop of Metropolitan Cathedral Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro on March 3, 2006)
  • Bishop Escaler Federico O (1980-1997)
  • Bishop Emeritus Federico O. Escaler, S.J., DD (1980-1997)

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