A PRIEST from Larena, Siquijor in Central Philippines was ordained as the new bishop of the Diocese of Chalan Kanoa in Saipan.
Bishop Ryan Jimenez, 44, has become the second bishop of Chalan Kanoa filling a six-year vacancy following the retirement of his predecessor, Bishop Emeritus Tomas Camacho.
Archbishop Savio Tai-Fai Hon, SDB, secretary of the Congregation of the Evangelization of Peoples and the Apostolic Administrator of Archdiocese of Agaña in Guam, officiated the three-hour ceremony Sunday, held at the jampacked Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Cathedral in Chalan Kanoa.
Dumaguete Bishop Julito Cortes and Camacho were the two other co-ordaining prelates at the episcopal ordination and installation of Jimenez to the Order of Bishops.
The ordination centered on the Feast of the Assumption, which Hon’s homily focused on and where he shared some of his reflections to Jimenez.
Hon asked the people of the Diocese of Chalan Kanoa to pray for their new bishop and support him so he would be effective in fulfilling his duties.
Meanwhile, Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma, who flew to Saipan Bishop Cortes, read the congratulatory message of Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas, the president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines.