Kabankalan Bishop Patricio A. Buzon, SDB, D.D. assumed his post as 6th bishop of the Bacolod Diocese during installation rites yesterday at the San Sebastian Cathedral, officiated by Archbishop Socrates Villegas, president of the Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), in the presence of some 50 other bishops, 290 priests, 120 nuns and religious leaders and with several hundreds of Catholic faithfuls from all over the Bacolod diocese and various parts of the country.

Most Rev. Patricio Abella Buzon, SDB, D.D. (L) 6th Bishop of the Diocese of Bacolod delivers his message and homily at the Holy Mass during rites at the San Sebastian Cathedral.* (Jun de los Reyes/NDB photo)

Earlier in the day, the canonical installation was held, followed by procession around the public plaza with bishops and members of the clergy participating.

The installation rites followed at the century-old San Sebastian Cathedral considered the seat of Catholic faith in the diocese of Bacolod.

A testimonial luncheon was then held at the SMX, SM City-Bacolod, after which, a civic reception and welcome dinner were held at the social hall, Provincial Capitol Building in Bacolod City with message from Governor Alfredo Marañon, Jr., ceremonial turnover of key by the governor and vice governor and Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia and Bacolod Congressman Greg Gasataya. The new bishop gave the response and final blessing.

Archbishop Socrates B. Villegas, (L), D.D. President, Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines, Archbishop of Lingayen - Dagupan delivers his message at the Canonical Installation of new Bacolod Bishop Most Rev. Patricio Abella Buzon, SDB, D.D. at the San Sebastian Cathedral yesterday.*(Jun de los Reyes/NDB photo)

The five former bishops of the Bacolod Diocese before Bishop Buzon were Bishop Casimiro T. Lladoc, Manuel Yap, Antonio Y. Fortich, Camilo D. Gregorio and Vicente M. Navarra, now bishop emeritus of the Bacolod Diocese.

Highlights of the occasion was the message of Archbishop Socrates Villegas, CBCP president.

Buzon, second bishop of the Diocese of Kabankalan since March 12, 2003, will replace Bishop Emeritus Navarra, who has headed both the Diocese of Bacolod and Kabankalan, after Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Navarra, 77, whose retirement was granted by the Pope after having served the Bacolod Diocese since 2001.

“Bishop Buzon was born March 14, 1950, in Cebu City, central Philippines, where he finished elementary education at the Asilo de la Milagrosa school. He entered the Don Bosco Academy High School in San Fernando, Pampanga, and later the University of Santo Tomas (UST) in Manila where he got his Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Education, majoring in Electricity. He completed his Bachelor of Sacred Theology in the same university.

“His first religious profession in the Salesian order was on June 29, 1967, and his perpetual profession was on May 24, 1973. A year after his priestly ordination on December 8, 1976, he became the spiritual moderator of Don Bosco Missionary Seminary in Talisay, Cebu (1977-1982) and later served as its rector (1982-1988). He was also rector of Don Bosco Technical High School in Punta Princesa, Cebu (1988-1992).

“For five years from 1992, he was his Salesian province’s vice-provincial. He served as provincial of the Salesians’ Mary Help of Christians Province-South. He was ordained as bishop on February 19, 2003, at the Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Punta Princesa, Cebu. On March 12, 2003 he, was installed as the second bishop of the Diocese of Kabankalan. Presently, our new bishop is a member of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines’ Episcopal Commission on Youth.*



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