Pope Francis has named Fr. Mel Rey Uy, a priest of the Diocese of Romblon, as the new bishop of the Diocese of Lucena.
Uy, currently the diocesan economus of Romblon, succeeds Bishop Emilio Marquez who last year reached the canonical retirement age of 75.
Marquez, former chairman of the bishops’ Office on Women, retired after serving the diocese for almost 14 years.
The bishop-elect was born in San Agustin, Romblon, on January 6, 1968.
He completed philosophical studies at the San Pius X Seminary in Roxas City, and theology at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila, from where...