Solemn rites will install Bishop-elect Alberto S. Uy as the new bishop of the Diocese of Tagbilaran at the St. Joseph Cathedral, this city on Friday morning. He will succeed Bishop Leonardo Y. Medroso.
His Excellency Archbishop Bernadito C. Auza, permanent observer of the Holy See to the United Nations who will be the installing prelate will arrive tomorrow from New York, USA for the historic religious event in the province installing the 7th bishop of the 75-year old diocese.
Archbishop Auza, who is also a Boholano said he feels proud to install Bishop Uy who is one of the 17 bishops from Bohol.
Bishop-elect Uy who is the outgoing episcopal vicar of the Diocese of Talibon will be in a motorcade from Talibon starting at 5 o’clock Friday morning while a group of clergy and lay leaders from the Diocese of Tagbilaran will meet him in Garcia-Hernadez town by 6:00am. Upon arrival at the Dauis-Mansasa junction, the new bishop will transfer to an open van vehicle as parishioners will welcome him on his way to the St. Joseph Cathedral.
The Cannonical installation at the cathedral will start at 9:00am.
The rite of liturgical reception will formally receive the new bishop at the main door of the St. Joseph Cathedral after which the formal installation will follow within the Holy Mass to be officiated by Archbishop Auza.
A testimonial luncheon will cap the day’s activities at the Holy Name University gymnasium. Msgr. Jeffrey Malanog, vicar general of the Diocese of Tagbilaran as well as Gov. Edgar Chatto and Mayor Baba Yap will deliver their welcome messages.
Tomorrow, Uy will have his episcopal ordination as a bishop at the Blessed Trinity Cathedral in Talibon town staring at 9:30am.
His Eminence Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle, Archbishop of Manila will be the principal consecrator with Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma and Bishop Patrick Daniel Parcon of the Diocese of Talibon as co-consecrators.
Some 28 bishops mostly Boholanos with Archbishop Jose Palma of the Archibishop of Cebu are expected to grace the sacred rites while all the clergies in the Diocese of Talibon will also be in full attendance, said Rev. Fr. Gerson Justiniano, Chanceller of the Diocese of Talibon.
A Luncheon Program will follow at the Talibon gym and reception venues would include the Pastoral Center, Bishop’s House and Chel Anne’s Garden in brgy. San Jose.
Visiting bishops are expected to arrive late this afternoon and Mayor Restituto Auxtero will lead the local government officials in hosting a Testimonial Dinner at 6:30 PM at Chel Anne’s Garden.
Bishop Parcon will deliver the welcome address while Archbishop Palma and Bishop-elect Uy will deliver their messages. Msgr. Ignacio Reyes, vicar general will do the closing remarks.
Tonight, the 50-year old Uy will be honored with a testimonial dinner by his parishioners.
WHO IS BISHOP-ELECT UY?
Bishop-elect Uy, who was born in Ubay town will turn 50 on Tuesday.
He completed his philosophical studies at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Seminary in Tagbilaran City and his theological studies, first at the St. John Mary Vianney Theological Seminary in Cagayan de Oro City, obtaining a baccalaureate in Sacred Theology and a Masters in pastoral Ministry.
He proceeded to the Loyoola School of Theology in Quezon City, earning a licentiate in Sacred Theology. From 2002 to 2006 he studied in Rome, attending courses for a doctorate in Sacred Theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University.
He was ordained priest for the Diocese of Talibon, April 14, 1993.
He later served as: assistant priest at St. Michael the Archangel parish, Jagna, Bohol (1993-1995); Dean of seminarians at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Seminary in Tagbilaran City (1995-1997); Vice-Rector at St. John Mary Vianney theological seminary, Cagayan de Oro City (2006-2010). And since 2010, the parish priest at St. Michael the Archangel parish, Jagna, Bohol, taking moral theology courses at the San Carlos Major Seminary of Cebu City.
Until at present he was serving since 2012 as Episcopal Vicar for the clergy of the Diocese of Talibon.
The young church leader is known by his parishioners for his relentless campaign against vote buying coupled with the advocacy on the cry against graft and corruption. He led in the organization of mass based support group of concerned citizens in this advocacy during the past elections.