Pope Francis named Auxiliary Bishop Moises Cuevas of Zamboanga as the archdiocese’s apostolic administrator “sede plena.”
The pope normally appoints an apostolic administrator when a see is vacant (sede vacante), but a “sede plena” appointment is done in a special case where the see is not vacant, i.e. the diocesan bishop is still in place.
The appointment was made on August 11 but was only made public by the archdiocese on Thursday, August 12.
As administrator, Bishop Cuevas will have “all the powers and duties of a diocesan bishop.”
Archbishop Romulo de la Cruz, who turned 74 last June and who earlier suffered a stroke, continues to be head of the archdiocese.
Bishop Cuevas was born on Nov. 25, 1973, in Batangas city, in the archdiocese of Lipa.
He pursued his priestly studies at the Pastor Bonus Seminary in Zamboanga City and at the Regional Major Seminary in Davao City.
He was ordained priest on Dec. 6, 2000, for the archdiocese of Zamboanga where he served as the parish vicar of the Metropolitan Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception of Zamboanga.
Bishop Cuevas was also rector of the sanctuary Nostra Signora del Pilar and chancellor of the Archdiocese of Zamboanga.
He has been the administrator of the Pastoral Center and the parish priest of Santa Maria parish and director of the archdiocese’s Commission on the Clergy.
He was elected on March 19, 2020, as the auxiliary to Bishop De la Cruz.