The new bishop of Malaybalay in the southern Philippines, Noel Pedregosa, will be ordained and installed on Tuesday, Sept. 14
“I will continue the evangelization, the proclamation of the Good News of the Lord, in the diocese that was started by the many missionaries, the Augustinian Recollects and followed by the Jesuits,” said Bishop-elect Pedregosa in an interview over Radio Veritas 846.
He said his acceptance of the new challenge as a servant of the Church is his way of thanking the Lord for all the goodness that are showered on the diocese.
The bishop-elect said his episcopal ordination and canonical installation will be doubly meaningful because it fall on the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross that is a symbol of Christ’s victory.
“It is also a time of joy and gratitude because I was elected by the Lord to be a pastor of Malaybalay as the diocese celebrates its 50th anniversary and the 500th year of Christianity in the country,” said Bishop-elect Pedregosa.
Archbishop Jose Cabantan of Cagayan de Oro will lead the ordination and installation of Bishop-elect Pedregosa with Archbishop Romulo Valles of Davao and Archbishop Angelito Lampon of Cotabato.
Archbishop Charles John Brown, papal nuncio to the Philippines, Msgr. Bernardo Pantin, secretary general of the bishops’ conference, and Father Carlo Del Rosario, and other church officials are expected to attend the celebration.
Due to the current health crisis, only 120 people are allowed to attend the celebration.