ROXAS City (Jan 19)— Emotional in his speech before a crowd of faithful, the Most Reverend Jose Advincula Jr. related how he seemed to have been “returned to sender” when he was assigned in the Archdiocese of San Carlos City, and sent back to Capiz.
Advincula has officially been installed as the new metropolitan archbishop of Capiz last Jan. 11.
The Papal Nuncio to the Philippines, the Most Reverend Giuseppe Pinto, inducted Advincula during a two-hour Eucharistic Mass and installation rites at the Roxas City Metropolitan Cathedral here.
The Most Reverend Vicente Navarra, the bishop of Bacolod City, served as the homilist.
About 10,000 people including officers and members of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), clergies and families of the new archbishop attended the event.
Advincula, a native of Dumalag, Capiz, is the first St. Pius X Seminary alumna to be installed as the archbishop of Capiz.
He replaced Gordoncillo who served Capiz for 26 years and resigned when he turned 75 in February last year. Gordocillo will serve as the archbishop emeritus of the archdiocese.
The provincial government tendered a grand luncheon to the new archbishop and his family, the visiting bishops, clergies and guests at the Capiz Gym.
Advincula arrived noon on Tuesday, January 10, and was welcomed at the Roxas City airport at about 11 a.m. by monsignori, vicars forane and lay papal honorees, with a military troop reception.
Gov. Victor Tanco and Mayor Angel Alan Celino have entrusted symbolic keys to Advincula during a welcome reception at the Roxas City Bandstand the other day. An ecclesiastical reception followed at the cathedral.
Advincula was also tendered with a welcome luncheon at the Archbishop’s Residence with the outgoing archbishop, Msgr. Onesimo Cadiz Gordoncillo.
A dinner and cultural show at the CAP Auditorium followed later in the afternoon.
A few months ago, Pope Benedict XVI has named Advincula, a vocal opponent of the Reproductive Health bill, as the new leader of the Archdiocese of Capiz.
Advincula, 59, will head an archdiocese with 715,128 Catholics, 113 priests and 122 religious.
The diocese of Capiz was created on January 27, 1951 and elevated to an archdiocese on January 17, 1976.
The archdiocese comprises the whole province of Capiz and this city, as well as the satellite dioceses of Kalibo and Romblon.
Advincula was born on March 30, 1952. He was ordained priest on March 4, 1976 and bishop in September 8, 2001.
He finished high school and philosophy at St. Pius X Seminary in Brgy. Lawaan here, and theology at the University of Santo Tomas (UST) Central Seminary in Manila.
Advincula earned a master’s degree in guidance and counseling from the De La Salle University in 1983 and subsequently studied canon law at UST and in Rome.
He is a member of the CBCP Permanent Commissions on Women, Family and Life, Indigenous Peoples and Doctrine of the Faith.