Pope Francis on March 5, 2019, appointed as auxiliary bishop of Los Angeles, the Rev. Msgr. Alejandro D. Aclan, of the clergy of the same archdiocese, assigning him the titular see of Rusicade.
Bishop-elect Alejandro D. Aclan was born on February 9, 1951, in Pasay City, Philippines.
He obtained a bachelor’s degree in medical technology (1967-1971) from the University of Santo Tomas in Manila. He carried out his ecclesiastical studies at Saint John’s Seminary in Camarillo (1988-1993).
He was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles on June 5, 1993.
After ordination, he served as deputy priest of the Saint Finbar parish in Burbank and of the Saint John of God parish in Norwalk (1993-2001), parish priest of the Saint Madeleine parish in Pomona (2001-2012), director for the promotion of vocations of the “San Gabriel Valley” Pastoral Region (2010-2012), deputy vicar for the clergy (2012-2015) and then vicar for the clergy (2015-2018).
In 2017 he was named Chaplain of His Holiness.
Aside from English and Tagalog, he knows Spanish.
Bishop-elect Aclan’s nomination makes him the second Filipino-American priest to be named bishop in the United States, reported the publication of the archdiocese, Angelus. The first was Bishop Oscar Solis, who served as an auxiliary bishop in Los Angeles from 2004 until 2017 before Pope Francis named him Bishop of Salt Lake City. The Los Angeles area is home to the largest Filipino immigrant community in the United States.