CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Papal Nuncio Archbishop Giuseppe Pinto will preside over the installation of Bishop Florentino Lavarias who be officially installed as the fourth archbishop of San Fernando in the city’s Metropolitan Cathedral on October 27 in a ceremony expected to last some two hours, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines said.
"Thousands of faithful are expected to attend the rite, which symbolically starts with the archbishop-elect entering the front door, initiating a service that will culminate with Lavarias ‘taking possession’ of the cathedral and the entire archdiocese," the CBCP said in a news release.
Lavarias, 57, was born in Santa Ines, Mabalacat town. He was ordained a priest on September 26, 1985. Pope John Paul II appointed him Fourth Bishop of the Diocese of Iba on June 19, 2004. He was ordained bishop on August 12, 2004. Lavarias also served at the Mother of Good Counsel Seminary in various positions and was former parish priest of the Parish of the Lord’s Ascension at Lourdes Heights Subdivision in this city.
Lavarias has also held various committees at the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines. He was chairman of the Episcopal Commission on Vocations and recently the chairman of the Episcopal Commission on Clergy.
Last July 25, Pope Francis appointed Lavarias, who had been the bishop of the diocese in Iba, Zambales, to head the Pampanga archdiocese with about 3.3 million Catholics.
He will be the fourth Archbishop to hold the Metropolitan See upon his installation and formal canonical possession of the archdiocese replacing Archbishop Paciano Aniceto who has reached the mandatory retirement age of 75. Aniceto is now 77.
Aniceto will take the title of Archbishop Emeritus after the installation and will stay at the Domus Padtorum (Bale Pari or Home for Retired Priests at the Social Action Center of Pampanga).