Friday, January 05, 2007

Leopoldo Jaucian new bishop of Bangued, Abra

Bishop-elect Pol Jaucian (middle) was the main celebrant
in the Mass of the Epiphany at the SVD administered
Poong Nazareno Church in Dasmarinas, Cavite,
also a Triduum mass for the Church's fiesta on 09 Jan 07.
Concelebrants were Joey Guinto (right, assistant parish priest)
and Ed Orpilla (left, parish priest)

The Holy Father has appointed Fr. Leopoldo "Pol" C. Jaucian, SVD, the current provincial of the SVD Central Province as bishop of the Diocese of Bangued in Abra. The appointment was posted at the Vatican Information Service and broadcast over Radio DZPA in Bangued at 7:00 this evening (05 Jan 2007)

Indeed, this is a good news for Abra as the province needs urgently a shepherd in the midst of worsening political situation and violence. Before Christmas, the congressman of Abra, Luis Bersamin, was murdered in the compound of a church, after attending a mass.

The Diocese has a population of 236,545 with 198,497 Catholics. There are 38 priests and 38 religious. Abra was the first mission area of SVD missionaries when they first came to the Philippines in August 1909.

Fr. Jaucian was born in Santa, Ilocos Sur on July 27, 1960. He grew up in Urdaneta, Pangasinan and finished his high school at the Divine Word College ofUrdaneta. He entered Christ the King Seminary not as a seminarian but as one of the sacristans being a working student. He later joined the postulancy program and in 1979 entered the Novitiate in Divine Word Seminary, Tagaytay City. He spent a number of years in Taiwan for the Overseas Training Program for SVD scholastics and also did his theological studies there. He pronounced his perpetual vows in 1987 and was ordained to the priesthood in 1988.

After ordination, Pol worked as a missionary in the China province of the SVD (Taiwan and Hongkong). After sometime, he was appointed parish priest of St. Jude Shrine near Malacanang and in 2005 he was elected provincial of the Philippine Central Province.
Bishop-elect Fr. Pol Jaucian(first one standing from right, in white Polo Barong)
with the Filipino delegates of the SVD Chapter in Rome last July 2006
Standing from left: Jerome Marquez (St. Jude Catholic School director),
Pablito Tagura (rector of Christ the King Seminary),
Ronnie Crisostomo
(student, Liturgical Studies),
Jerome Adriatico
(provincial of the Northern Province),
John Benas (missionary in Mexico),
Bubi Scholz
(now the SVD Archivist),
Dionisio Miranda
(Moral Theology professor),
Jing-Jong Rocha (Vice-Provincial of the Southern Province),
and bishop-elect Pol Jaucian;
seated from left: Oliver Quilab (doctoral student in Germany),
and Joey Artienda (missionary in Ecuador).


Anonymous said...

We are glad that we have already a NEW BISHOP of Abra...It is the Good Start for us "ABRENIOS"
We gonna thank the Lord for that...May GOD give you all the power to direct us to which God wants to to go....


Ollie said...

is the one at the back next to Jingjong Rocha, Bubbi Scholz?

Ollie said...

Is that Fr. Bubbi Scholz next to Jingjong Rocha?