By Christina Hermoso
Pope Francis has appointed a Filipino immigrant priest as auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles in the United States.
Monsignor Alejandro D. Aclan, a priest of the Los Angeles archdiocese, is the second Filipino-American priest to be appointed bishop in the US, said the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines.
The first Filipino priest appointed to the episcopacy in the US was Bishop Oscar Solis in 2003. Solis served as auxiliary bishop in Los Angeles until 2017 when he was named bishop of Salt Lake City.
The 68-year-old Aclan is a native of Pasay City. Born on February 9, 1951, he finished medical technology at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila before he left for Southern California in 1982.
In 1988, he left his career to pursue vocation to the priesthood at St. John’s Seminary in Camarillo. Five years later, he was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.
After ordination, he served as deputy priest of the Saint Finbar Parish in Burbank and of the Saint John of God Parish in Norwalk from 1993 to 2001. He also served as parish priest of the Saint Madeleine Parish in Pomona from 2001 to 2012 and headed the promotion of vocations of the San Gabriel Valley Pastoral Region from 2010 to 2012.
The Catholic News Service said Aclan served most recently as vicar for the clergy before taking a sabbatical last summer. In 2017, he was named monsignor as “Chaplain of His Holiness.”
The bishop-elect speaks English, Tagalog, and Spanish.
Los Angeles is home to the largest Filipino immigrants in the United States and the biggest Asian American community in California.