Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. and Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia welcomed Bishop Patricio Buzon as the new shepherd of the Diocese of Bacolod at a dinner at the Social Hall of the Capitol last night.
Other guests included Bishop Emeritus Vicente Navarra, and bishops from various parts of the country who are attending the official installation of Buzon as the 6 th bishop of the Diocese of Bacolod at rites at the San Sebastian Cathedral in Bacolod City at 9 a.m. today.
Marañon assured Buzon that the people of Negros Occidental will be praying for his success.
“We pray for Bishop Buzon on his new assignment and for the lay community, the faithful and clergy to help him as he continues his apostolic mission,” the governor said.
Buzon has played an active role in peace and development initiatives as one of the convenors of the Negros Peace Congress, he noted.
Leonardia said “With joy in our hearts, the people of Bacolod and I welcome our new bishop.
“We not only get a new shepherd of our flock, we also herald a new age for the Catholic Church,” he added.
“Today, we witness the Church in action, at once old and new as we see the past moving on and both present and future marching on. We thank God for the grace of change,” the mayor also said.
Negros Occidental Vice Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson said “Together with all the faithful, we thank Pope Francis for the speedy assignment of Bishop Patricio Buzon to the Diocese of Bacolod.”*CPG
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