April 2, 2016, 3:15p.m. – AN ALUMNUS of the UST Central Seminary has been named by Pope Francis as the new bishop of the Diocese of Tarlac.

Msgr. Enrique Macaraeg, 60, vicar general of the Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan in Pangasinan, will be the third bishop of the Tarlac diocese.

He will replace Bishop Florentino Cinense, who had served the diocese for 28 years before submitting his resignation to the Roman Pontiff at the mandatory retirement age of 75.

Bishop-Elect Macaraeg finished his philosophical and theological studies at the UST Central Seminary and has a master of arts in oriental religions and cultures.

After ordination in 1979, he was assigned to various positions, particularly at the San Pablo Seminary in Baguio City and Our Lady of Fatima Parish in Quezon City, where he became dean and parish priest, respectively.

In Pangasinan, he had served as director of Santo Tomas School in Mangaldan, St. John Cathedral School in Dagupan, the Catholic School of Malasiqui, and St. Charles Academy. He also became director of the Archdiocesan Commission for the Clergy, diocesan director of the Pontifical Mission Societies, and zonal vicar.

Macaraeg has been parish priest of San Ildefonso Parish since 2005. Marie Danielle L. Macalino


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