By Catholic News Service

   GREENSBURG, Pa. — Father Medil Sacay Aseo, 63, a priest from the Philippines who is serving in the Diocese of Greensburg’s International Priests Program, has been appointed bishop of the Diocese of Tagum in the Philippines by Pope Francis.

   The appointment was announced at the Vatican April 7. Bishop-designate Aseo, who arrived in the Diocese of Greensburg in August 2017, has served as parochial vicar of St. Mary, Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, in Kittanning and St. Mary, Mother of God Parish, in Yatesboro since Sept. 20, 2017.

   Greensburg Bishop Edward C. Malesic said he was excited for Bishop-designate Aseo and happy for the people of the Diocese of Tagum. “It is a great honor for the Diocese of Greensburg to have Pope Francis send a priest serving in Kittanning and Yatesboro back to his home diocese as a bishop,” he said.

   Bishop-designate Aseo, who lives at St. Mary, Mother of God Parish, said he is indebted to the Diocese of Greensburg. “I was shocked to receive the news,” he said. “I thought I would be here five years, but this is God’s call for me. I did not have ambitions to be a bishop. God’s grace is sufficient for me in my future role, and I will trust in him.” 

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