PHILIPPINES | Members of the Fraternity Nominated to Ecclesiastical Offices
Resignations and Appointments, 18.10.2019
Resignation of archbishop of Tuguegarao, Philippines, and appointment of successor
The Holy Father has accepted the resignation from the pastoral care of the archdiocese of Tuguegarao, Philippines presented by Archbishop Sergio Utleg.
The Pope has appointed Bishop Ricardo L. Baccay of Alaminos as metropolitan archbishop of Tuguegarao, Philippines.
Archbishop-elect Ricardo L. Baccay was born in Tuguegarao, Cagayan, on 3 April 1961. He attended the secondary schools at the San Jacinto seminary, and courses in philosophy and theology at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila. He was subsequently awarded a Master of Arts at the Lyceum of Aparri and a doctorate in educational management from the University of Manila.
He was ordained a priest on 10 April 1987 for the archdiocese of Tuguegarao.
From 1987 to 1993 he served as special secretary to the archbishop of Tuguegarao. From 1993 to 1999 he was parish priest at the Saint Dominic parish of Gataggamman of Tuguegarao. From 1999 to 2005 he was parish priest at the Saint Niño Shrine, San Gabriel, Tuguegarao. In 2005 he became rector of the San Jacinto minor seminary in the same archdiocese.
From 1987 to 2007, the Reverend Baccay also served as director of catechetical pastoral care for the archdiocese of Tuguegarao.
On 23 February 2007 he was appointed as titular bishop of Gabala and auxiliary of Tuguegarao, receiving episcopal consecration the following 10 April. On 20 February 2016 he was transferred as bishop of Alaminos.
Within the Episcopal Conference of the Philippines he was elected as president of the Episcopal Commission on Bioethics and as Regional Representative for the northern zone of Luzon.