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Philippines: Pope appoints Dominican priest as new Alaminos bishop

Fr. Napoleon Sipalay, Op. (Photo credit: Facebook page of Dominican Province of the Philippines)

Pope Francis has appointed Fr. Napoleon Sipalay, a Dominican priest, as the new bishop of the Diocese of Alaminos in the Philippines.

The announcement of his appointment was made on January 28, ending four years of vacancy in the diocese.

He will succeed Bishop Ricardo Baccay, who currently serves as archbishop of Tuguegarao.

The Dominican Province of the Philippines has elevated the late Archbishop Emeritus Leonardo Legazpi of Caceres and the late Auxiliary Bishop Jose Salazar of Lipa to the episcopate.

Hailing from the southern Philippines, Fr. Sipalay was born in Davao City on October 20, 1970. He entered the Order of Preachers in 1988 and made his First Profession in 1991. He received his ordination as a priest on April 5, 1997.

He spent nine years as a missionary in Sri Lanka, where he held numerous positions.

Among them is a teaching role at the National Seminary of Our Lady of Lanka in Kandy and secretary to the Committee for Religious Formation of the Conference of Major Religious Superiors of Sri Lanka from 2009 to 2015.

The bishop-elect is a member of the Priory of Saint Thomas Aquinas at the University of Santo Tomas (UST) in Manila and currently serves as Vice Rector of the UST Central Seminary. 

He also previously held the position of Prior Provincial from 2016 to 2021 and continues to be a member of the Provincial Council of the Dominican Province of the Philippines.

Meanwhile, there are still eight dioceses in the Philippines without a bishop.- Luke Godoy


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