Pope Francis on January 2 appointed a new bishop in the Diocese of Daet in the Philippines. Father Rex Andrew C. Alarcon of the Archdiocese of Caceres, until now the superintendent of the parish schools of the Archdiocese.
Curriculum Vitae of Fr. Rex Andrew Alarcon:
Fr. Alarcon was born in Daet, Camarines Norte, on August 6, 1970. After high school and philosophy courses at the Holy Rosary Minor Seminary in Naga, he studied theology at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila.
He was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Caceres on 9 November 1996, following which he served as assistant parish priest of St. John the Evangelist Parish in Naga and educator at the minor seminary until 1997.
From 1997 to 1999 he served as private secretary to the archbishop.
From 1999 and 2001 he studied at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, Italy, obtaining a licentiate in Church History.
Back home from Rome, he became Professor at the Holy Rosary Minor Seminary Rosary.
Since 2002 he has been the director of the Stewardship programme of the Archdiocese of Caceres, and since 2007, the superintendent of the Naga parochial school and president of the Catholic Association of Education.
Since 2013 he has been superintendent of the Catholic Schools of the Archdiocese, a member of the College of Consultants and spokesperson for the Archdiocese. Since 2016 he has been president of the Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines.
The See of Daet has been vacant since February 2, 2017, after Pope Francis transferred Bishop Gilbert Armea Garcera to Lipa as Archbishop.