De La Cruz to be installed Zambo Archbishop May 14 PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 13 May 2014 11:07

Zamboanga City’s estimated half-million Roman Catholics will have a new shepherd when Most Rev. Romulo T. De La Cruz D.D. will be installed as archbishop on Wednesday, May 14.

Spokesperson of the archdiocese, Monsignor David Alonzo said the Papal Nuncio to the Philippines Most Rev. Giuseppi Pinto will formally install Most Rev. Romulo De La Cruz as archbishop on behalf of Pope Francis. The solemn ceremonies and ensuing rites called “Liturgical Reception, Eucharistic Celebration and Canonical Possession” will be officiated by the new archbishop. It will be held at the Metropolitan Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception at 9:00 AM.

De La Cruz is the sixth archbishop of the city.  Prior to De La Cruz, Romulo Valles was the city’s archbishop and since his appointment to Davao City more than two years ago the city had not had an archbishop.  Valles, Orlando Cardinal Quevedo of Cotabato City and many other bishops from all over the nation are expected to participate in the installation.

The archdiocese celebrated its centennial last 2010 and was the first diocese established by the Vatican in Mindanao. Today, it has 23 parishes served by more than 50 diocesan and religious clergies.

The different parishes of Zamboanga will also send official delegations to witness the event.

De La Cruz was appointed to the seat by Pope Francis last March 15.  He was the archbishop of Kidapawan City since 2008. Before that, he had also served as bishop of Antique and Isabela, Basilan.

In a message to the faithful, De La Cruz said: “I am deeply grateful to the Holy Father, Pope Francis, for giving me the opportunity to shepherd the people of God in the Archdiocese of Zamboanga. As I am about to begin my pastoral ministry as your Archbishop, may I ask you to pray for me that God will grant me the grace and wisdom to be of service to you”.

Together with Cardinal Quevedo, De La Cruz will hold a press conference at 8:30 AM in the convent of the Metropolitan Cathedral.