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Philippines: Pope Appoints New Bishop of Ilagan

Bishop David William Valencia Antonio

The Holy Father has appointed as bishop of the diocese of Ilagan, Philippines, Bishop David William Valencia Antonio, currently titular bishop of Basti and auxiliary of Nueva Segovia. The prelate will continue his service as apostolic administrator of the apostolic vicariate of San José in Mindoro until the appointment of a successor.

Bishop David William Valencia Antonio

Bishop David William Valencia Antonio was born in Nagtupacan, Santo Domingo, Ilocos Sur, on December 29, 1963. He attended philosophy classes at the “San Pablo Seminary” of Baguio City, and theology courses at the “Immaculate Conception School of Theology” in Vigan City. He then completed his studies at the “Catholic University of America” in Washington, obtaining a doctorate in S. theology.

He was ordained a priest on December 1,  1988, for the Archdiocese of Nueva Segovia.

After a few years as professor at the “Immaculate Conception School of Theology” of Vigan, in Iloco Sur, in 1993 he was appointed dean of studies, and then rector of the same seminary.

In 2005 he became pastor of the parish of Saint Lucia, at Iloco Sur, and later vicar general of the Archdiocese of Nueva Segovia.

On June 15, 2011, he was appointed as titular bishop of Basti and auxiliary of the Archdiocese of Nueva Segovia, receiving episcopal ordination on 26 August 2011.

On March 22, 2018, he was also nominated as apostolic administrator sede vacante of the apostolic vicariate of San José in Mindoro.

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