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Filipino Bishop Emeritus Benjamin dies at 92

Bishop Emeritus Benjamin J. Almoneda of Daet Diocese (Photo credit: Diyosesis ng Daet Facebook)

92-year-old Bishop Emeritus Benjamin J. Almoneda of Daet Diocese in Camarines Norte province in the Philippines died in a Manila hospital on the evening of January 6.

“With deep sorrow, we inform you that the Bishop Emeritus of Daet, Benjamin J. Almoneda D.D., passed away tonight. Today is his 33rd Episcopal Anniversary. Further information will be provided as soon as possible. We unite our prayers for his soul,” according to the announcement on Daet Diocese Facebook.

He was ordained a priest in 1958 and served as a spiritual director, rector, and parish priest in various institutions in the Archdiocese of Caceres.

In the 1980s, he served as the rector of the Pontificio Collegio Filippino in Rome.

Bishop Almoneda was appointed as auxiliary bishop of Daet in December 1989 and was ordained to the episcopate by St. John Paul II on January 6, 1990.

In 1991, he became the bishop of the same diocese until Pope Benedict XVI accepted his resignation and retirement in April 2007 due to the mandatory age of 75.

During his time, the bishop led the Daet Diocese to a priority of catechesis and evangelization.

“Eternal rest grant unto the soul of our beloved Bishop Emeritus +Benjamin Almoneda D.D. And let Your perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in God's heavenly peace! Amen,” the Diocese of Daet prayed in the social media post.


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