Pope Francis has appointed Bishop Patricio A. Buzon, S.D.B., of Kabankalan, Philippines, as bishop of Bacolod.
He succeeds Bishop Vicente M. Navarra, whose resignation from the pastoral care of the same diocese upon reaching the age limit was accepted by the Holy Father.
Patricio Buzon was born in 1950 in San Nicolas and professed with the Salesians in 1967. He was ordained in 1976. He was named the bishop of Kabankalan in 2002.
Bacolod has a population of some 1.4 million, with more than one million Catholics. They are served by just 160 priests and 345 religious.