Bishop Afable named Coadjutor Bishop of Digos, Davao del Sur
Pope John Paul II has appointed a Coadjutor Bishop for the
Diocese of Digos (Davao del Sur). Accepting the request of Digos Bishop Generoso C. Camiņa, PME, for a coadjutor bishop, he has named Bishop Guillermo V. Afable, presently
Auxiliary Bishop of Davao, to the position.
The appointment was announced by the Holy Father in Rome last April 24, and simultaneously in Manila by the Apostolic Nuncio, Archbishop Antonio Franco.
Bishop Afable, who was ordained Bishop in July 2001, was born on April 3, 1951 in Davao City. After completing elementary and high school studies at
the Ateneo de Manila in Matina, he entered the St. Francis Xavier Regional Seminary in Davao, where he completed his Philosophy and Theology courses.
After his priestly ordination on April 24, 1976, he served as appointed parochial vicar of the San Pedro Cathedral Parish for two years, and was appointed recotr of the St. Francis
Xavier College Seminary in Catalunan Grande.
He pursued postgraduate studies in Canon Law and Liturgy in Rome from 1980 to 1985, and returned to Davao to serve as pastor of the San Pablo parish, before taking up a
mission assignment in the Solomon Islands from 1992 to 1995. He has also served as director of the Archdiocesan Liturgical Commission (1986-1991) and director of the Bishop Thibault Media Center (1997-2001).
He was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Davao and ordained to the episcopacy on June 12, 2001. At the time of his new appointment Bishop Afable was vicar general of the
Archdiocese of Davao and parish priest of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish in Obrero.