Cardinal Jose Advincula of Manila appointed Father Rufino “Jun” Sescon Jr. as the new rector of the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene, popularly known as the Quiapo Church.
The priest will replace Monsignor Hernando Coronel who served the post since 2015.
Father Sescon was the private secretary of Cardinal Jaime Sin. Since 2005, he serves as chaplain of the Sto. Niño de Paz Chapel or Greenbelt Chapel in Makati City.
Cardinal Advincula also named Father Jonathan Noel Mojica as Quiapo parochial vicar, while its former rector Msgr. Jose Clemente Ignacio will serve as attached priest.
The new appointments were made public by the Archdiocese of Manila on Monday, August 22.
The cardinal also named Father Antonio Wang Yuhang as parochial vicar and vice rector of the National Shrine of Saint Jude Thaddeus, near the Malacańang compound.
Like other dioceses, priests in Manila are usually given a six-year term before they are transferred to other assignments.
The last reshuffling of priests’ assignments in the archdiocese took place in 2015 during the term of Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle as archbishop.
There are about 220 priests incardinated to the archdiocese, which covers 86 parishes in the cities of Manila, Pasay, Makati, Mandaluyong, and San Juan.