Pope Benedict XVI has named Bishop Jose Advincula of the Diocese of San Carlos in Negros Occidental as the new head of the Archdiocese of Capiz, the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines website announced yesterday.
Advincula, 59, replaced Archbishop Onesimo Gordoncillo who will now be referred to as archbishop emeritus of Capiz after 25 years of service, the CBCP announcement said.
Advincula’s appointment was announced at noon in the Vatican and 7 p.m. in Manila on Wednesday.
Charge d’Affaires Msgr. Gabor Pinter of the Apostolic Nunciature relayed the news of Advincula’s appointment to Msgr. Pedro Quitorio, media director of the CBCP.
“I write to inform you that the Holy Father has appointed His Excellency Most Rev. Jose F. Advincula, until now bishop of San Carlos, as Archbishop of Capiz,” read the letter of Pinter.
Gordoncillo submitted his retirement papers to the Pope in February 2010 when he turned 75 years old. Canon law requires that Catholic bishops tender their resignation on their 75th birthday.
Gordoncillo will continue to head Capiz archdiocese as apostolic administrator with powers of an ordinary bishop until Advincula’s installation.
A native of Dumalag, Capiz, Advincula was ordained priest in 1976 and appointed bishop of San Carlos in 2001.
Advincula is the fourth prelate to head the pastoral jurisdiction but the third archbishop after Capiz was elevated into an archdiocese in 1976.*