Fr. Isidro Marinay (left) and Fr. Carmelo Arada, Jr. (right)

MANILA Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula has appointed Fr. Isidro Marinay as the new chancellor and Fr. Carmelo Arada, Jr. the new vice chancellor of the Archdiocese of Manila. 

The appointments were announced on Nov. 4 through a circular letter from Fr. Reginald Malicdem, who had been chancellor of Manila since August 2015. 

Marinay will also be the episcopal vicar for chancery matters and a member of the presbyteral council and college of consultors of the archdiocese.

Marinay is the dean of studies in the philosophy department of the San Carlos Seminary.

Marinay obtained his licentiate in sacred theology and master’s in oriental religions and cultures, magna cum laude, from UST. He finished his doctorate degree in Philippine studies from the University of the Philippines-Diliman.

Marinay was the editor of the Witness or religion section of the Varsitarian in 1994.

He had served as editor in chief of the UST Journal of Theology, the official student publication of the UST Faculty of Sacred Theology Inter Nos and the Benavides Newsletter.

Under the pen name Jose Maria de Nazareno, he has written biographies of the late Manila Archbishop Jaime Cardinal Sin (“Happy Life of Sin”) and Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma (“Jose S Palma – In the Palm of God’s Hand”).

In 2011, he won the Inter Nos lifetime achievement award during the University’s quadricentennial celebration.

His book “Sick Situations and Pastoral Heart” was named Best Book in the ministry category of the Catholic Mass Media Awards in 2013.

He was also one of the 12 fellows of the 54th University of the Philippines National Writers Workshop in 2015.

Meanwhile, Arada will occupy the vacant vice chancellor post of the archdiocese.

Arada graduated from the UST Central Seminary in 2005 and earned his licentiate in sacred theology in 2010.

Before he was appointed, Arada was assistant commissioner of the Commission on Liturgy of the archdiocese.

He is also a parish priest of Our Lady of Peñafrancia Parish in Paco, Manila and a member of the Dominican Clerical Fraternity of the Philippines.

The new appointments will take effect on Monday, Nov. 15.

Malicdem said he was grateful for his term as chancellor.

“Thank you for the opportunity to serve you as chancellor of the archdiocese for the past six years,” he said. Allyssa Mae C. Cruz


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