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.
Resignation of bishop of Kimbe, Papua New Guinea, and appointment of successor
The Holy Father has accepted the resignation from the pastoral care of the diocese of Kimbe, Papua New Guinea, presented by Bishop William Regis Fey, O.F.M. Cap.
The Pope has appointed the Reverend John Bosco Auram, of the clergy of Kimbe, currently acting rector of the Sacred Heart preparatory seminary in Rapolo, as bishop of the same diocese.
The Reverend John Bosco Auram was born on 19 October in the village of Kandoka, province of West New Britain (which formed pat of the archdiocese of Rabaul and now belongs to Kimbe). He began his formation at the Saint Peter Chanel minor seminary in Ulapia, and then completed his philosophical and theological studies at the Sacred Heart major seminary in Rapolo. He was ordained a priest on 17 January 2004, for the clergy of the diocese of Kimbe, the second ordained priest after the creation of the see.
Since his ordination to the priesthood he has held the following positions: parish vicar of Kimbe Cathedral (2004-2005); vice-rector of the minor seminary of Saint John Vianney of Vanimo (2005-2007); vice-rector of the major seminary of Saint Charles Borromeo of Vanimo (2007-2008); six months of pastoral work in the parish of Kaiai (2008-2009); formator and professor at the Saint Peter Chanel minor seminary in Ulapia and at the Sacred Heart major seminary in Rapolo (2009-2011); parish priest of Silanga, diocese of Kimbe (2011-2012); studies at the Institute of Priestly Formation in Omaha (U.S.A.) and at the Regina Apostolorum Pontifical University in Rome, and pastoral ministry in the parish of Turuk, Kimbe (2012-2013); formator at the Holy Spirit major seminary in Bomana (2013-2015); pastoral ministry in the parish of Sara, Kimbe (2015-2016); studies for the licentiate in pastoral theology at the University of Santo Tomas of Manila, serving as spiritual director in the seminary of Manila (2016-2019); and since 2019, acting rector of the Sacred Heart seminary (currently propaedeutic) of Rapolo, in the archdiocese of Rabaul.