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Archdiocese of Caceres

Archbishop Leonardo .Z. Legaspi
Archbishop Leonardo .Z. Legaspi
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Archbishop Leonardo .Z. Legaspi
Archbishop's Recidence Elias Angeles Street P.O. Box 6085, 4400 Naga City, Camarines Sur, Philippines
(63) 54-473-8483, (63) 54-473-8583
Fax :(63) 54-473-2800
[email protected]

Archbishop Leonardo Legaspi, OP (Order of Preachers/Dominicans) was born in Meycauayan, Bulacan, Philippines on Nov. 25, 1935. He entered the Dominican order in 1952, studied philosophy at the St. Albert Priory, Hong Kong, in 1955, and was ordained a priest on Dec. 17, 1960, in Manila. He graduated from the Faculty of Sacred Theology of the University of Santo Tomas with a Licentiate in Sacred Theology, Magna Cum Laude, in 1961, and a doctorate in Sacred Theology, Magna Cum Laude, in 1962. He was conferred his doctorate by the Department of Education in 1974. He was appointed first Filipino rector of the University of Santo Tomas Central Seminary; the first vicar of the Philippine Dominican Province; and the first Filipino Rector Magnificus of the Royal and Pontifical University of Santo Tomas, the Catholic University of the Philippines.

Pope Paul VI appointed him auxiliary bishop of Manila on June 30, 1977 and he was ordained bishop on Aug. 8, 1977, at the Santo Domingo Church, Quezon City. Pope John Paul II appointed him Archbishop of Caceres on Oct. 20, 1983; he was installed in solemn ceremonies as the 33rd Ordinary and third Archbishop of Caceres at the Metropolitan Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, Naga City, on Jan. 18, 1984. He was conferred the pallium by Archbishop Bruno Torpigliani, Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines, on Sept. 14, 1984. On Sept. 8, 2012, Pope Benedict XVI accepted his resignation from the pastoral care of the archdiocese, upon having reached the age limit.

Mother Tongue: Filipino. Other spoken languages: English, Spanish, Latin, Italian.

Supra Diocesan Appointments were: Elected President of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines in July 1986 and re-elected for a second term in July 1989; a member of the Permanent Council of the Synod of Bishops for the Laity and the Sacred Congregation for the Clergy Commission on Catechesis; member of the Executive Committee of the Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences, and the International Study Group on Bioethics, Amsterdam. He was elected representative of the Philippine Hierarchy to the 1990 Synod of Bishops on the Clergy; President, Second Plenary Council of the Philippines (PCP II) in 1991.

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