Pope Francis names youngest Filipino bishop

Father Jose Rapadas has been appointed to become the new prelate of Iligan Diocese
Pope Francis names youngest Filipino bishop

Father Jose Rapadas, who was ordained a priest in 1999, is the youngest Filipino bishop to be named by Pope Francis. (Photo courtesy of CBCP News)

ucanews.com reporter, Manila
June 17, 2019
Pope Francis has named a 46-year-old priest to lead Iligan Diocese in the southern Philippine region of Mindanao.

Father Jose Rapadas will become the youngest member of the College of Bishops in the Philippines.

The priest will be the fifth bishop of Iligan, which has about a million Catholics in 26 parishes.

The bishop-elect said the appointment was "another challenge" for him.

"I am actually very happy and joyful because of the trust and confidence that has been shown in me by the pope," said the priest.

Father Rapadas is currently the vicar general of Ipil Diocese, also in Mindanao.

Iligan Diocese has had no bishop since December 2017 when Bishop Elenito Galido died,

The bishop-elect was born on June 12, 1972, in Manila’s Tondo district.

He was ordained a priest in 1999 after finishing his studies at St. John Vianney Theological Seminary in Cagayan de Oro City.

He has his licentiate in dogmatic theology from the Loyola School of Theology at Ateneo de Manila University.

As a priest, he served as seminary professor and rector, director of catechesis, parish vicar and coordinator of the diocesan social pastoral ministry.

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