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Pope Francis appointed Fr. Ryan P. Jimenez as bishop for the Diocese of Chalan Kanoa on the Solemnity of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist. The historic appointment comes after nearly six years of “sede vacante”, or the vacancy of an official seat, in the CNMI. His ordination took place on August 14, before the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Mother.

With Bishop Cortes was Fr Ramonito Maata, manager of DYWC and a host of other clergymen from Dumaguete like Fr Joe Limbaga and Fr Thadeau, Fr. Parco among others.

Bishop Jimenez addressed parishioners in his first mass after his appointment alongside brother priests and Bishop Emeritus Tomas A. Camacho at Mt. Carmel Cathedral recently.

The bishop-elect explained that after conducting prescheduled meetings on Rota last week, he “found peace or peace found me.” The island was where Jimenez started his religious life as a teacher there in 1995 for Eskuelan San Francisco de Borja.

He also expressed gratitude for his fellow priests, religious sisters, friends, long-time supporters, and devout followers.

Bishop Jimenez was born on December 18, 1971 in Dumaguete City, Philippines, joined the San Jose Seminary in Dumaguete and studied philosophy at the University of Sto Tomas in Manila. According to the Vatican bulletin, as a major seminarian for the Diocese of Saipan, he continued his studies in the United States, at St. Patrick’s Seminary and University in Menlo Park, California, getting a Masters in 2003.

He was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Chalan Kanoa on June 08, 2003. Jimenez was appointed Apostolic Administrator of the diocese by Pope Benedict XVI in December of 2010.

Jimenez has played roles in the Church ranging from assistant priest in Kristo Rai Parish and Secretary of the Bishop to Spiritual Director of the Cursillo Movement to Superintendent of Catholic Schools.


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