The Holy Father Francis through the Holy See Press Office announced last February 20, 2016 the appointment of Bishop Ricardo L. Baccay, D.D. as the 3rd Bishop of the Diocese of Alaminos. We welcome the announcement of the Holy Father and thank the God for giving us a father and a shepherd for the priests and faithful of the Diocese of Alaminos.
Waivers and nominations, 02/20/2016
Appointment of the Bishop of Alaminos (Philippines)
The Holy Father Francis appointed Bishop of Alaminos (Philippines) S.E.Mons. Ricardo Baccay Lingan, until now titular Bishop of Gabala and Auxiliary of Tuguegarao.
S.E.Mons. Ricardo Baccay Lingan
S.E.Mons. Ricardo Baccay Lingan was born in Tuguegarao, Cagayan, April 3, 1961. He attended secondary school at the San Jacinto Seminary of Philosophy and Theology at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila. He later obtained a Master of Arts at the Lyceum of Aparri and Doctorate in Educational Management at the University of Manila.
He was ordained a priest on April 10, 1987 for the Archdiocese of Tuguegarao.
From 1987 to 1993 he was Special Assistant to the Archbishop of Tuguegarao. From 1993 to 1999 he was parish priest at St. Dominic parish of Gataggamman Tuguegarao. From 1999 to 2005 he was parish priest at St. Niño Strine, San Gabriel, Tuguegarao. In 2005 he became rector of the minor seminary of San Jacinto in the same archdiocese. From 1987 to 2007 he also held the position of Director of the catechetical ministry of the archdiocese of Tuguegarao.
On 23 February 2007 he was elected titular Bishop of Gabala and Auxiliary of Tuguegarao, receiving episcopal consecration on 10 April.
Pangasinan faithful warned vs. ‘deceptive’ sect
MANILA, Feb. 24, 2016— The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan has warned against a a sect offering church services to Catholics in the barangays of the Pangasinan province.
Archbishop Socrates Villegas, in a circular issued early last month, admonished his priests about the “deceptive operations” of supposed priests of the Ancient Catholic Church of the East.
“The sect is not a Catholic group and contrary to their presentation, there are no steps to ‘unite’ our Churches,” Villegas said.
He added the group is headed by a certain Anthony Obinque of San Gonzalo, Labrador, Pangasinan.
“Please warn our Catholic faithful about their deceptive operations and consequently never to participate in their religious rites,” he said.
The archdiocese said the group is prohibited from using its chapels for their liturgies which simulate the Catholic rites.
“Let this malicious group be a wake-up call for us Catholic priests to reach out to the barangay communities who truly thirst for the spiritual care of the Church and hence become vulnerable to such groups,” he said. (CBCP News)