A Filipino missionary priest has been ordained bishop in Papua New Guinea on August 29.
Bishop Joseph Durero formally assumed his post as the third shepherd of the Diocese of Daru-Kiunga, replacing Bishop Gilles Côté of the Missionaries of the Company of Mary, who retired after serving the diocese for 22 years.
The episcopal ordination was presided over by Cardinal Sir John Ribat of Port Moresby, with Archbishop Fermin Emilio Sosa Rodriguez, apostolic Nuncio to Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands, and Bishop Côté as co-consecrators.
They were joined by nine other bishops from different dioceses across Papua New Guinea, priests, religious, and laypeople from the diocese.
Born Dapa town in Surigao del Norte province, the 53-year-old priest has been a missionary of the Society of the Divine Word in Papua New Guinea for more than 20 years.
He becomes the third Filipino bishop in Papua New Guinea, joining Vincentian Bishop Rolando Santos of Alotau-Sideia and Salesian Bishop Pedro Baquero of Kerema.
Pope Francis on May 23 appointed Bishop Durero as prelate of Daru-Kiunga, a suffragan of the Port Moresby archdiocese.
At the time of his appointment, he was the vicar general of the Archdiocese of Madang.