Cardinal José F. Advincula, Metropolitan Archbishop of Manila, Philippines, was born in Dumalag, in the Archdiocese of Capiz, on 30 March 1952. After finishing his primary school education in Dumalag, he entered the high school seminary of Saint Pius X in Roxas City, where he also remained for his philosophical studies. He then attended theology courses at Santo Tomas University in Manila.
He was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Capiz on 14 April 1976. He was later appointed spiritual director of Saint Pius X Seminary, also acting as professor and dean of studies. He then began further studies, first in psychology at De la Salle University in Manila and then in canon law at both the Santo Tomas University in Manila and the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum) in Rome, obtaining a licentiate in canon law. Upon returning home, he served in the seminary of Vigan, Nueva Segovia and then in the regional Seminary of Jaro. In 1995 he was appointed Rector of Saint Pius X Seminary in Capiz, becoming also Defender of the Bond, Promoter of Justice and then Judicial Vicar in Capiz. In 1999 he became pastor of Santo Tomas de Villanueva Parish in Dao.
He was appointed Bishop of San Carlos on 25 July 2001, and received episcopal consecration the following 8 September. On 9 November 2011 he was transferred to the metropolitan See of Capiz, in Panay Island in the Visayas Archipelago (Central Philippines). Within the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, he has served as member of the Commission for the Doctrine of the Faith and the Commission for Indigenous Peoples.
On 25 March 2021 the Holy Father has appointed Cardinal José F. Advincula as Metropolitan Archbishop of Manila, Philippines.
Created and proclaimed Cardinal by Pope Francis in the consistory of 28 November 2020, of the Title of San Vigilio.
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