MANILA, APRIL 21 -- Pope John Paul II has appointed a new Bishop for the Philippines.
The Holy Father announced in Rome last March 25 the
appointment of Fr. Antonio P. Palang, SVD, as the Apostolic Vicar of San Jose succeeding Bishop Vicente C. Manuel, SVD, who had been transfered to Cebu as Auxiliary Bishop of
Cebu. At the time of his appointment, Fr. Palang was serving as Administrator of the Vicariate, a position he held since the resignation of Bishop Manuel in June 2000.
Bishop-elect Palang was born on June 13, 1946. After elementary and high school studies in Cebu, he entered the Christ the King Mission Seminary in Quezon City for the first
two years of college, and to the Holy Spirit Novitiate in Tagaytay City to complete his Philosophy course. He took up masteral studies in Philosophy, and took a year of regency at the Christ the King
Mission Seminary in Quezon City before returning to Tagaytay to complete his Theology course.
He was ordained to the priesthood on July 8, 1972 at the Divine Word Seminary in
Tagaytay City by Bishop Federico Limon, SVD.
His early ministry included having served as parochial vicar of the Bongabon parish in
Oriental Mindoro; prefect and spiritual director of the St. Augustine Minor Seminary in Calapan City; parish priest of Bulihan Resettlement and Sites Services in Bulihan, Silang,
Cavite; prefect and Vicar General of the St. Joseph College Semianry in San Jose, Occidental Mindoro, and spiritual director fo the Divine Word Seminary in Tagaytay City.
He was appointed Apostolic Administrator of the Vicariate of San Jose de Mindoro on June 26, 2000 upon the resignation of Bishop Vicente C. Manuel, SVD.
His Episcopal ordination is scheduled on May 31 at 9 a.m.