COTABATO, July 25, 2016–Pope Francis has appointed Bishop Colin M. Bagaforo as bishop of the Diocese of Kidapawan. The announcement was made at 6PM today.
Until this appointment, Bishop Bagaforo was auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Cotabato since his Episcopal ordination in 2006. Ordained a priest in 1980, he was born in Cotabato City in 1954.
Before becoming a bishop, Bagaforo was president of Notre Dame of Tacurong College and vicar general of the Archbishop of Cotabato.
At the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines he was appointed vice-chairman of the Episcopal Commission on Health Care (2009-2011) and vice-chairman of the Episcopal Commission on Interreligious Dialogue (2013-2015).
The Diocese of Kidapawan was left without a bishop since March 2014 when Bishop Romulo de la Cruz was appointed Archbishop of Zamboanga.
The date of his installation as bishop of Kidapawan will be announced later. (CBCPNews)
MOST REV. JOSE COLIN M. BAGAFORO, D.D.
Auxiliary Bishop of Cotabato
Bishop’s Residence, P.O. Box 186 Sinsuat Avenue 9600 Cotabato City
Tel. (064) 421-2918/421-7045 Fax: (064) 421-1446
Birth: January 30, 1954
Place of Birth: Cotabato City
Sacerdotal Ordination: March 25, 1980
Episcopal Ordination: April 25, 2006
- Elementary – P. C. Hill Elementary School, Cotabato City (1960-1966)
- High School – Notre Dame of Cotabato for Boys, Cotabato City (1966-1967), Notre Dame Diocesan Seminary, Maguindanao (1967-1970)
- Philosophy – Notre Dame University, Cotabato City (1975)
- Theology – St. Francis Xavier Regional Major Seminary, Davao City (1980)
- M.A. in Educational Management, Xavier University (1995)
- Sabbatical Studies in Systematic Theology, Weston School of Theology
- National Jesuit School, Cambridge, Boston, Massachusetts
- 1980-1981 – Parochial Vicar, “Nuestra Sra. Dela Candelaria Parish, Sultan Kudarat
- 1982-1990 – Director/Superintendent of Archdiocesan Schools of Cotabato
- 1991-1997 – Parish Priest, “Immaculate Conception Cathedral”, Cotabato City
- 1997-1999 – Parish Priest, “Nuestra Señora dela Candelaria Parish”, Sultan Kudarat
- 1999-2001 – Parish Priest, “Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish”, Parang, Maguindanao
- 2001-2002 – Finance Officer, Archdiocese of Cotabato
- 2002-2007 – President, Notre Dame of Tacurong College, Tacurong
- 2004 at present – Vicar General, Archdiocese of Cotabato