Diocese of Marbel has new bishop

Pope Frances has named Fr. Cerilo Casicas as the new bishop of the Diocese of Marbel.

Casicas, 51, replaced the 79-year old Bishop Dinauldo Gutierrez who served the Diocese of Marbel for more than 35 years.
Bishop-elect Cerilo Casicas of Diocese of Marbel

"Casicas, a priest of the same diocese, is currently the Director of Pastoral Formation and professor at the Saint John Vianney Theological Seminary in Cagayan de Oro City," stated in a report by CBCPNews, the official news service of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP).

The Bishop-elect was born in Duero, Bohol in March 1967 and educated at the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Seminary (OLPHS) in Koronadal City and at the Saint Francis Xavier Regional Seminary in Davao City.

He was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Marbel on October 27, 1994.

Fr. Cerilo Casicas became the fourth bishop of the Diocese of Marbel which comprises the provinces of South Cotabato and Sarangani, the City of General Santos and some parts of Sultan Kudarat.

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