José S. Palma

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José Serofia Palma O.P., D.D. (born 19 March 1950) is a Filipino prelate who is currently serving as the Archbishop of Cebu since 15 October 2010.[1] He had previously served as Archbishop of Palo in Leyte. He also served as president of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines from 2011 to 2013.

José S. Palma

Archbishop of Cebu
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Archbishop Palma celebrating the Pontifical High Mass in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite in 2012
ChurchLatin Church
Appointed15 October 2010
Installed13 January 2011
PredecessorRicardo Cardinal Vidal
Ordination21 August 1976, Archdiocese of Jaro
Consecration13 January 1998
by Gian Vincenzo Moreni
Personal details
Born (1950-03-19) 19 March 1950 (age 71)
Dingle, Iloilo, Philippines
Previous post(s)
Alma materSt. Vincent Ferrer Seminary
St. Joseph Regional Seminary
Pontifical and Royal University of Santo Tomas
Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas
MottoLatin: Non nobis Domine ("Not to us O Lord", Psalm 115:1)
Coat of armsJosé S. Palma's coat of arms
Styles of
José S. Palma
Coat of arms of Archbishop Jose Palma.svg
Reference styleThe Most Reverend
Spoken styleYour Excellency
Religious styleArchbishop

Early lifeEdit

Palma was born in Dingle, Iloilo in the Archdiocese of Jaro. He studied philosophy at St. Vincent Ferrer Seminary and theological studies at the St. Joseph Regional Seminary. He received his licentiate in Sacred Theology at the Pontifical and Royal University of Santo Tomas in Manila, and was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Jaro on 21 August 1976.[2]

Palma earned a doctorate from the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas, Angelicum in Rome in 1987 with a dissertation entitled Death as an act : a dialogue in eschatology with contemporary theologians.


After a year as assistant priest at the Jaro Cathedral, he taught at his alma mater, St. Vincent Ferrer Seminary. After his studies in Rome, he became rector of the Seminary until he was appointed rector of the Major seminary of the Metropolitan Province of Jaro-the St. Joseph Regional Seminary, in 1988. Meanwhile, he also held various positions in several diocesan commissions. In 1997 he was made parish priest of the Parish of St Anthony of Padua in Barotac Nuevo, Iloilo (Archdiocese of Jaro). On 28 November 1997, Pope John Paul II appointed him Titular Bishop of Vazari Diddi and Auxiliary Bishop of Cebu. He was consecrated on 13 January 1998. Exactly a year later, he was made Bishop-Ordinary of the See of Calbayog.

As ArchbishopEdit

Archbishop of PaloEdit

On 18 March 2006, Palma was appointed Archbishop of Palo by Pope Benedict XVI, succeeding Archbishop-Emeritus Pedro R. Dean.

Archbishop of CebuEdit

On 15 October 2010 he was appointed Archbishop of Cebu, replacing Ricardo Cardinal Vidal, who had been archbishop for 29 years. He was installed on 13 January 2011 at the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral.[3] He served as Vice-President of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines from 1 December 2009 until 11 July 2011 on which he was elected president.

Pope Francis named him a member of the Pontifical Council for Culture on 11 November 2019.[4]


  2. ^ Giga
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 14 January 2017. Retrieved 14 January 2011.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "Resignations and Appointments, 11.11.2019" (Press release). Holy See Press Office. 11 November 2019. Retrieved 11 November 2019.

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Pedro R. Dean
Archbishop of Palo
Succeeded by
John F. Du
Preceded by
Ricardo Vidal
Archbishop of Cebu
Preceded by
Nereo P. Odchimar
CBCP President
Succeeded by
Socrates B. Villegas