By Christina Hermoso
Pope Francis has appointed Rev. Fr. Romeo S. Saniel of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate (OMI) as apostolic administrator of the Vicariate of Jolo in Sulu.
The priest, who is currently the president of Notre Dame of Jolo College, was named to the position about a month after former Jolo Bishop Angelito Lampon, OMI, was appointed as Cotabato archbishop.
Saniel will be installed as administrator of the Vicariate of Jolo on January 30. Raised to apostolic vicariate on July 12, 1958, it remains as a suffragan of the Archdiocese of Zamboanga.
As apostolic administrator, Saniel will have the oversight power of a bishop until a new bishop is formally named.
“I thank the Holy Father for the trust given to me to continue the good work that the Oblates have started here in the vicariate,” Saniel said in a Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) News post.
“I will continue promoting social development through housing, livelihood, cooperatives, and health care projects, which to this date, contribute to a peaceful coexistence between Muslim and Christian communities,” he said.
Saniel is also a trustee of the Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines for the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.