New archbishop of Jaro installed

Most Rev. Jose Romeo Lazo, newly-installed Archbishop of Jaro meets the media here during a press conference held April 17 at the St. Vincent Ferrer Seminary Audio Visual Room, Jaro, Iloilo City. (Photo by PIA-6)

Archbishop Jose Romeo Lazo was installed Tuesday, April 17, as the new leader of the archdiocese of Jaro.

The liturgical celebration for the installation was held at St. Elizabeth of Hungary Metropolitan Cathedral in Jaro, Iloilo City.

The 6th archbishop of Jaro, who is a native of San Jose de Buenavista, Antique, was appointed by Pope Francis to head the archdiocese on August 14, 2017.

Lazo began his seminary formation at St. Vincent Ferrer Seminary in Jaro and he proceeded for Philosophy at Peter’s Seminary in Antique. He was ordained priest on April 1, 1975 at the St. Joseph Cathedral, San Jose de Buenavista, Antique. Upon ordination he assumed pastoral duties beginning with the Parish of San Nicolas de Tolentino in Tobias Fornier, Antique.

He became the Vicar General of the diocese in 1987 and worked in the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) Assisted Intensive Renewal (AIR) for Priests program in Tagaytay City from 1998 to 2003.

Lazo was appointed Bishop of Kalibo by St. Pope John Paul II on November 15, 2003. On July 21, 2009, he was appointed as the 4th Bishop of Antique by his Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI.

In the CBCP, he worked as vice chairman of the Commission on the Clergy and a member of the Commission on Seminaries from 2013 to 2015.PIA-6