CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Bishop-elect Monsignor Victor Ocampo, a native of Angeles City, is calling for prayers for his new post as he prepares to lead the Diocese of Gumaca in Quezon province.
"Like what Pope Francis said after his election, pray for me," said Ocampo, in a statement through the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) website.
But before taking on his new role, Ocampo would be ordained bishop at the Cathedral Shrine of St. Joseph in Balanga on August 29.
"St. Paul said that to be a bishop is good but not everybody is capable of becoming one. So this is a grace given to me so I have to accept it," Ocampo said.
The Vatican on June 12 announced Ocampo’s appointment as the new bishop of Gumaca.
CBCP reports said that Gumaca "is one of the country's growing dioceses with almost a million Catholic population and about 130 priests and religious."
The Diocese of Gumaca was created on April 9, 1984 and currently has 22 parishes with San Diego de Alcala as its titular patron.
Ocampo was born in Angeles City, Pampanga in 1952. He was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Balanga in 1977. Since ordination, he has served in various pastoral and diocesan roles, most recently as chancellor of the Diocese of Balanga (since 2008); pastor of St. Dominic de Guzman Parish in Abuvay, Balanga (since 1986); director of the Biblical Apostolate (since 1986); director of the Commission on the Family and Life (since 2008); and member of the College of Consultors (since 2013).
There is no date yet for the installation of Ocampo as bishop of Gumaca but it is likely that that this would come at least a month after his ordination this August.
"Like what Pope Francis said after his election, pray for me," Ocampo added.
The Bishop-elect is currently the chancellor of the Balanga Diocese in Bataan and the parish priest in Santo Domingo church in Abucay.