Palma names new Cebu archdiocese spokesman, commission heads

By: Ador Vincent S. Mayol August 26,2014 - 09:18 AM

THE Cebu Archdiocese has a new media liaison officer who will assume his post on the first week of September.

Msgr. Joseph Tan, who is wrapping up his social communications studies in Rome, was designated by Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma as the local church’s spokesman in place of Msgr. Achilles Dakay, who served in the position for over 20 years.

“I will be home first week of September,” Tan told Cebu Daily News.

“Maybe we can have an informal get-together so we can plan together a pastoral ministry service for all media workers.”

Aside from Tan, Palma appointed new heads for various archdiocesan commissions.

Specific period

Palma said the changes are meant “to give others a chance” to serve.

“Even officials of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) serve for a specific period only. The CBCP president serves for two years. The head of the commissions serve for six years. After that, whether you are performing good or bad, you have to be changed,” said Palma, a former CBCP president.

Starting last year, the archbishop reshuffled diocesan priests in Cebu, a process which continues in stages.

Churches with a large number of parishioners were given a “team ministry” composed of three priests with one acting as a team moderator instead of a single parish priest.

Msgr. Agustin Ancajas was designated the new chairman of the Commission on Social Communications. He replaced Msgr. Trinidad Silva who is now the team moderator of St. Joseph Parish in Tabunok, Talisay City.

Fr. Socrates Saldua replaced Msgr. Roberto Alesna in the Archdiocesan Commission on Service, while Fr. Carmelo Diola was named chairperson of the Commission on Ecumenism.

Fr. Charles Jayme, who served as custodian of the image of San Pedro Calungsod, was appointed to lead the archdiocesan promotion of the devotion to the Visayan martyr Calungsod.

Msgr. Renato Beltran was appointed head of the Archdiocesan Chancery, replacing Msgr. Adelito Abella who is assigned at the Archdiocesan Shrine of San Nicolas.

Fr. Brian Brigoli now heads the Commisison on Cultural Heritage of the Church while Msgr. Vicente Rey Penagunda was assigned to lead two commissions: Formation and Extraordinary Phenomena.

The following are charimen of archdiocesan commissions: Fr. Glenn Guanzon (Worship), Fr. Euselito Tulipas (Mission), Fr. Kit Sestoso (Youth), Fr. Jonald Concha (Ongoing Formation of Priests), and Fr. Mario Villacastin (Health Care Providers), Fr. Melchor Urgel (Visiting Clerics), Fr. Ladislao Tangente (Labor Apostolate), and Fr. Crescenciano Ubod (Prison Apostolate), Fr. Ulyses Desales (Migrants).

Fr. Jesper Petralba is the new head of the Archdiocesan Catholic Schools in Cebu, while Fr. Eduardo Ventic is the chairman of the Commission on Catholic Commission.

The matrimonal tribunal office of the archdiocese is led by Msgr. Raul Go.

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