City’s new Archbishop to be installed May 14 PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 08 April 2014 11:59

Zamboanga City’s incoming archbishop Most Rev. Romulo T. de la Cruz, D.D.  will be formally installed in his new office in solemn ceremonies on May 14, 2014 at the Immaculate Conception Metropolitan Cathedral (ICMC).

This was announced by Archdiocese Media Liaison Msgr. David M. Alonzo during a preparatory meeting with some newsmen on Monday, April 7 at the ICMC convent. In the meeting, Msgr. Alonzo laid down plans on how the media shall cover the event and other related activities pertaining to the installation.

De la Cruz was named by Pope Francis as the city’s archbishop last March 15, and the news was relayed to the public by newly-appointed Cardinal Orlando B. Quevedo, D.D.,  after he in turn was informed by Papal Nuncio to the Philippines, Most Rev. Giuseppe Pinto.

Prior to his appointment as Zamboanga archbishop, 66-year old Dela Cruz had served as bishop of Kidapawan City since June 2008, replacing then Romulo Valles when the latter was named the city’s archbishop. Valles was made archbishop of Davao City last 2012 and since then Zamboanga did not have an archbishop. Dela Cruz had also served as bishop of Basilan Province from 1988 and of Antique from 2001 until his appointment as bishop of Kidapawan.

He was born on June 24, 1947 in Iloilo but at an early age he and his parents migrated to Mindanao.

At present, Dela Cruz is a member of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) Episcopal Commission on Social Communications and Mass Media and vice-chairman of the Episcopal Office on Women.

Dela Cruz’s appointment is Vatican’s second major act this year for the church in Mindanao. The first one was last month, Cotabato archbishop Orlando Quevedo who was elevated as member of Vatican’s College of Cardinals, the eighth Filipino to be named to the high office.