PGMA attends installation of Legazpi’s 6th Bishop

December 10, 2009 11:19 pm 

LEGASPI CITY, Dec. 10 — The arrival of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo at the Cathedral of St. Gregory the Great in the Old Albay District caused quite a stir.

The church was filled to the brim and the church grounds were also set up to accommodate the overflowing crowd that came to witness the canonical installation of Legazpi’s sixth bishop, the 55-year-old Rev. Joel Baylon.

Baylon succeeds Apostolic Administrator Bishop Lucilo Quaiambao. Prior to his appointment, Baylon was Bishop of Masbate since 1998.

The president arrived 15 minutes before the formal installation rites were to begin and she was flanked by political leaders, including former Senate President Franklin Drilon.

Those who met her at the church’s entrance included Albay Gov. Joey Salceda; Legazpi Mayor Noel Rosal; Al Francis Bichara; Rep. Edcel Lagman; and Rino Lim; Presidential Assistant Tomasito Monzon; Armed Forces of the Philippines Lt. Gen. Ronald Detabali; Philippine National Police Regional District C/Supt. Ruben Padua; and Bishops Jose Sorra and Lucito Quiambao.

A concelebrated high mass for his canonical installation is expected to last two hours with Papal Nuncio Edward Joseph Adams, Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales and Nueva Caceres Archbishop Leonardo Legaspi, 31 other bishops and 300 clergy in attendance.

The installation will be done at the start of the mass with the presentation and reading of the Apostolic letter appointing Baylon as the new bishop of Legazpi.

The installation and mass are expected to last three hours, after which the president is invited to attend a dinner in honor of Baylon at the Albay Astrodome, right across the church. (PNA)

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