Manila – Pope Francis has tapped Fr. Jose Rapadas as the new bishop of the Diocese of Iligan in an appointment announced in Rome at 12 noon (6 p.m. Philippine time) Thursday.
Rapadas, the youngest Filipino bishop tapped by the Pope in and outside the country, will replace Bishop Elenito Galido who died on Dec. 5, 2017.
The Diocese of Iligan since Galido’s death was placed under Bishop Severo Caermare of the Diocese of Dipolog as the diocese as apostolic administrator.
Prior to his appointment, the bishop-elect was the Vicar General of the Diocese of Ipil in Zamboanga Sibugay.
Upon learning the appointment, the Catholic faithful of the Diocese of Ipil went to social media with their congratulatory messages for the new bishop-elect.
Born in Tondo, Manila in 1972, Rapadas finished his formation years in St. John Vianney Theological Seminary in Cagayan de Oro City.
The bishop-elect, ordained a priest in 1999, holds a licentiate in dogmatic theology from the Loyola School of Theology in Ateneo de Manila University.
He will be the fifth bishop of Iligan, with around a million Catholic population in 26 parishes. (Antonio Manaytay/ Mindanao Sun)