Pope Francis on March 12, 2018, has appointed as bishop of Kabankalan, Philippines, Msgr. Louie Patalinghug Galbines, of the clergy of the diocese of Bacolod, currently vicar general.
Msgr. Louie Patalinghug Galbines
Msgr. Louie Patalinghug Galbines was born in Aliwanag, Sagay, Negros Occidental, in the diocese of Bacolod, on November 18, 1966. He completed his philosophical and theological studies at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila, then continuing in Rome, at the Pontifical University Saint Thomas Aquinas, where he obtained a licentiate and a doctorate in sacred theology (1997-2001).
He was ordained a priest for the diocese of Bacolod on April 29, 1994.
He later served as deputy dean and spiritual director at the Sacred Heart Seminary, Bacolod City (1994); and chancellor and secretary of the diocesan Curia of Bacolod (1994-1996).
Upon returning to his homeland, after his studies in Rome, he served as treasurer and collaborator of the Episcopal Conference of the Philippines (2001-2006); vice-president and subsequently president of the Diocesan Commission for the Clergy as well as parish vicar of the Saint Sebastian parish of Bacolod City (2007-2012). In 2012 he became rector of the Sacred Heart Seminary of Bacolod City and, in 2013, vicar general of the same diocese.