By Leslie Ann Aquino
The Diocese of Daet in Camarines, Norte has asked the clergy and the faithful to pray for the successful ministry of their newly elected Bishop Andrew Alarcon.
“We earnestly request your Reverences and lay faithful to offer prayers for the success of His Excellency’s pastoral ministry here in our beloved Diocese of Daet,” Father Ronald Timoner, the Diocesan Administrator of the diocese, said in a circular letter dated January 2.
The letter was issued on the day Alarcon’s appointment to Daet was announced in Vatican.
Timoner said Alarcon’s appointment is a “wonderful gift” to the local church of Daet.
According to a CBCP News post, the 47 year old Alarcon will be the fourth bishop of the diocese.
He will succeed Archbishop Gilbert Garcera who was transferred to the Archdiocese of Lipa in 2017.
Born in Daet, Alarcon took his philosophy at the Holy Rosary Major Seminary in Naga City and his theology at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila.
He was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Caceres on Nov. 9, 1996.
From 1996 to 1997, he was parish vicar in the parish of Saint John the Evangelist in Naga and educator at the minor seminary.
In 1997, he served as private secretary to the archbishop until 1999 when he went for study abroad.
In 2001, he obtained his licentiate in Church history at Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, Italy.
Returning home from Rome, he became a lecturer at the Holy Rosary seminary; from 2002, director of the stewardship program of the Caceres archdiocese and, since 2007, superintendent of the Naga Parish School and president of the Catholic Association of Education.
Since 2013 he has held the office of superintendent of the Catholic schools of Caceres, member of the college of consultors, and spokesman for the same archdiocese.