Catholics in the Tandag diocese in Surigao del Sur now have a new shepherd after Pope Francis named Fr. Raul Dael the diocese’s new bishop.
Dael, a native of Jasa-an in Misamis Oriental, will be the third bishop of Tandag diocese. He will replace Bishop Nereo Odchimar, 77, who is retiring.
The incoming bishop had been serving as Vicar for the Clergy of the Cagayan de Oro Archdiocese ().
Odchimar, a former president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, had passed the retirement age of 75.
Dael, born on Oct. 10, 1966, earned his Philosophy course at Xavier University in Cagayan de Oro City.
He then studied Theology at St. John Vianney Seminary of Theology, and was ordained at age 27 in 1993.
After serving as Parochial Vicar of the Metropolitan Cathedral, he was assigned to be Parochial Administrator of St. Peter the Apostle parish in Sugbongcon, Misamis Oriental.
In 2000, he earned a Licentiate in Theology at the Loyola School of Theology of the Ateneo de Manila University and served as a professor and director of spiritual and pastoral formation at St. John Vianney Seminary of Theology.
He studied spirituality at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome in 2003, then returned to the Philippines and became professor of Pastoral Theology.