Diocese of San Fernando de La Union

Bishop Villegas

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Archbishop Socrates B. Villegas

Bishop's Residence San Vixcente,2500 City of San Fernando, La Union

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Socrates Buenaventura Villegas,D.D., born in Manila, September 28, 1960, is a bishop of the Roman Catholic Church in the Philippines. He is the Archbishop of Lingayen-Dagupan in Pangasinan, Philippines. He was also elected Vice President of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines since July 11, 2011.Ordained to the priesthood by Cardinal Jaime Sin on October 5, 1985 at the Immaculate Conception Cathedral in Manila, he served as personal secretary of the Archbishop from his ordination until 2004. While keeping this post, he also served as rector of the EDSA Shrine and Vicar general of the archdiocese.
Pope John Paul II appointed him auxiliary bishop of Manila on July 25, 2001. He received the episcopal ordination from Cardinal Jaime Sin on August 31, 2001.
He was installed as the third Bishop of Balanga on July 3, 2004 and convoked the First Diocesan Synod in 2006. He also founded the St. Joseph's College of Balanga.
On September 8, 2009, Pope Benedict XVI appointed him Archbishop of Lingayen-Dagupan.

Previous Ordinaries:

  • Bishop Artemio L. Rillera, SVD, DD † (April 1, 2005 Appointed - Nov. 13, 2011 Died)
  • Bishop Antonio R. Tobias, D.D. † (May 28, 1993 - Nov. 25, 2003 , now bishop of Novaliches)
  • Bishop Salvador Lazo Lazo † (Jan. 20, 1981 Appointed - May 28, 1993 Retired)
  • Bishop Victorino Cristobal Ligot † (Feb. 6, 1970 Appointed - Sept. 18, 1980 Died)

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