ucanews.com reporter, ManilaUpdated: February 19, 2018 05:20 AM GMT
Monsignor Bartolome Gaspar Santos, vicar general of the Diocese of Malolos, has been name bishop of Iba. (Photo by Roy Lagarde)
The Vatican announced on Feb. 17 the appointment of Monsignor Bartolome Gaspar Santos as bishop of Iba Diocese in the northern Philippine province of Zambales.
The 50-year-old priest will succeed Archbishop Florentino Lavarias who was transferred to San Fernando Archdiocese in Pampanga in 2014.
The bishop-elect said he felt both happy and afraid when he heard the news.
"I don't know how to explain my feelings, but it was mixed emotions. I feel happy, afraid, and excited all at the same time," said Monsignor Santos.
"[But] at the end of the day, I know God is calling me for another mission," he said, adding that "as God's servant, I obey."
Bishop Jose Oliveros of Malolos Diocese, where Monsignor Santos has been serving as vicar general, welcomed the appointment.
"After more than 30 years we have a bishop coming from Malolos [Diocese]," said the prelate.
Born in Santa Maria on Dec. 1, 1967, he was ordained priest for Malolos Diocese on Aug. 27, 1992.
He obtained a licentiate in Biblical Theology in 1999 from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome.