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Pope Francis accepts resignation of Philippines bishop for health reasons

Pope Francis accepted Bishop Buenaventura Malaya Famadico's resignation from the San Pablo Diocese, Laguna, Philippines, as reported on the Diocese of San Pablo's social media page on September 21, 2023, at 12:00 noon in Rome. 

Bishop Famadico submitted his letter of resignation following his recent hospitalization due to a serious heart ailment (Cf. Canon 401 Art. 2).

The Holy See has appointed the current bishop of the Diocese of Pasig, Most. Rev. Mylo Hubert C. Vergara,D.D., as apostolic administrator of the Diocese of San Pablo.

“We are deeply grateful to Bishop Famadico for his ten years of pastoral service to the clergy, religious, and lay faithful of the Diocese of San Pablo and pray for his healing and recovery. We warmly welcome Bishop Vergara who will pastorally govern the Diocese San Pablo until a new bishop is appointed by the Holy Father,” said the Diocese of San Pablo.

The Holy See appointed Famadico, as Bishop of San Pablo diocese on Jan 25, 2013.  He was born on July 13, 1956, at Banton, Romblon, according to the Asian Catholic Directory of the Union of Catholic Asian News.

He was ordained a priest on October 25, 1983. Pope John Paul II appointed him auxiliary bishop of Lipa on July 10, 2002. He was ordained bishop on June 19, 2002. On June 11, 2003, the pope appointed him the Second Ordinary Bishop of Gumaca.

After his high school studies, Bishop Famadico completed his philosophy and theological studies at Divine Word Seminary in Tagaytay City.

From 1984 to 1985, Bishop Famadico served as parochial vicar of St. Joseph parish in Bongabong town in Oriental Mindoro and he was spiritual director of St. Augustine Major Seminary in Tagaytay City from 1986 to 1991.

Bishop Famadico served as director of St. Augustine House of Spirituality from 1991 to 1997 and from 1994 to 1996, he was chaplain of St. Anne Chaplaincy in Macatoc in Victoria town both assignments in Oriental Mindoro province.

Bishop Famadico acted as parish priest of Holy Spirit parish from 1996 to 1997.

He is well-loved and respected for his solidarity with the poor, gentleness, and depth in his homilies.- Madonna T.  Virola


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