ROXAS CITY — Pope Benedict XVI has named Bishop Jose Advincula of San Carlos in Negros Occidental as the new head of the Archdiocese of Capiz.
Bishop Advincula will replace Archbishop Onesimo Gordoncillo who will now be referred to as archbishop emeritus of Capiz after 25 years of service.
Advincula’s appointment was announced at 12 noon (7p.m., Manila time) Wednesday in the Vatican.
Charge d’ Affaires Msgr. Gabor Pinter of the Apostolic Nunciature relayed the news of Advincula’s appointment to Msgr. Pedro Quitorio, media director of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines.
Gordoncillo submitted his retirement papers to the Pope in February 2010 when he turned 75 years old.
Canon law requires that Catholic bishops tender their resignation on their 75th birthday.
Gordoncillo will continue to head Capiz archdiocese as apostolic administrator with powers of an ordinary bishop until Advincula’s installation.
A native of Dumalag, Capiz, Advincula was ordained priest in 1976 and appointed bishop of San Carlos in 2001.