Biography

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21 Mar 1949 Born in Malabon, Rizal, Philippines
17 Jun 1971 Professed (Perpetual Vows) with the Member of Congregation of the Mission
1 Jun 1974 Ordained Priest of Congregation of the Mission
6 Apr 2011 Appointed Bishop of Alotau-Sideia, Papua New Guinea
3 Jul 2011 Ordained Bishop of Alotau-Sideia, Papua New Guinea

A priest for 40.75 years

A bishop for 3.66 years

Appointed Fr. Rolando Santos, C.M. provincial superior of the Lazarist Fathers, Philippines, as Bishop of Alotau-Sideia (area 20,000 [square kilometres], population 245,000, Catholics 41,137, priests 23, religious 43), Papua New Guinea. The bishop-elect was born in Rizal, Philippines, in 1949 and ordained a priest in 1974.

The priests and brothers of the Congregation of the Mission, to which Bishop-elect Santos belongs, are known in the English-speaking world as the Vincentians, after their founder, St Vincent de Paul. They are widely known elsewhere as the Lazarists, from the priory of St Lazarus in Paris, which they were given shortly after their foundation.

Before he was appointed Provincial in the Philippines Bishop-elect Santos had been working in Papua New Guinea.

As far as I know, Bishop-elect Santos will be the second Filipino bishop to be ordinary, ie, the person in charge, usually a bishop, of a jurisdiction in the church. The other is Bishop Wenceslao S. Padilla CICM of the Prefecture Apostolic of Ulaanbaatar, which covers the vast country of Mongolia (1,566,500 square kilometres, compared to the 300,000 of the Philippines) with a Catholic population in 2004 of 168 out of 2,400,000 people. Bishop Padilla is the first bishop ever in Mongolia and the first Filipino to be appointed bishop of a jurisdiction outside of the Philippines