Two new bishops named for Philippines
Pope Francis accepted the resignations of Archbishop Paciano Aniceto and Bishop Jose R. Manguiran from the pastoral care on attaining the retirement age.
Pope Francis on Friday appointed Bishop Florentino Galang Lavarias of Iba as the new Archbishop of San Fernando and Father C. Severo Caermare as the Bishop of Dipolog diocese.
Pope Francis accepted the resignations of Archbishop Paciano Aniceto and Bishop Jose R. Manguiran from the pastoral care of the Archdiocese of San Fernando and the diocese of Dipolog respectively, on attaining the retirement age.
Bishop Lavarias was born in Santa Ines in Pampanga in the Archdiocese of San Fernando on March 14, 1957. After attending elementary and secondary schools in Pampanga, he attended the Holy Angel University, where he studied Business Management.
Later he studied philosophy and theology at the seminary of San Carlos. He was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of San Fernando September 26, 1985, and was consecrated the Bishop of Iba on August 12, 2004.
Born October 22, 1969 in Sibutad, Zamboanga del Norte, Bishop-elect Caermare holds a master’s degree in Theology and pastoral ministry from the St. John Vianney theological seminary in Cagayan de Oro City. He was rector of the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary in Dipolog City when his new appointment announced.
He was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Dipolog on April 22, 1996.
He served as parish administrator of Our Mother of Perpetual Help and San Isidro in Zamboanga del Norte. He was also formator, rector, professor, and liturgist at Cor Jesus Seminary of Dipolog City and later formator, professor, rector of St. Mary’s Theologate of Ozamis City.