By Leslie Ann Aquino
Pope Francis has named Cagayan de Oro priest Raul Dael as the new Bishop of Tandag in Surigao de Sur.
Dael will succeed Bishop Nereo Odchimar, who is retiring having passed the age limit of 75.
According to a CBCP News post, the bishop-elect has been serving as the Vicar for the Clergy of the Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro.
Born on October 10, 1966 in Misamis Oriental, Dael completed his Philosophy course at Xavier University in Cagayan de Oro City and studied Theology at St. John Vianney Seminary of Theology in the same city.
At 27, he was ordained a priest for the archdiocese in 1993 and began his ministry as Parochial Vicar of the Metropolitan Cathedral. Two years later, he was reassigned as Parochial Administrator of St Peter the Apostle parish in Sugbongcon in Misamis Oriental.
In 2000, he obtained a Licentiate in Theology at the Loyola School of Theology of the Ateneo de Manila University and served as a professor and director of spiritual and pastoral formation at St. John Vianney Seminary of Theology.
From 2003, 2009, he studied spirituality at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome.
On his return to the Philippines after his Rome studies, he became professor of Pastoral Theology at the same seminary.
Since Dael’s episcopal ordination has yet to be set, Bishop Odchimar will continue to head the diocese on an interim capacity.
The Bishop-elect will be the third bishop of the Diocese of Tandag.