This Sunday, Rev. Father Ryan Pagente Jimenez will be officially ordained and installed as the second Bishop of the Diocese of Chalan Kanoa at 9:00AM at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Cathedral in Chalan Kanoa, Saipan. The 44 year-old diocesan priest, originally from Dumaguete Province in the Phillipines will be consecrated by Archbishop Savio Hon Tai-Fai, SDB, Apostolic Administrator of the Archdiocese of Agana, Guam.
Co-Consecrating Bishops will be Bishop Julito B. Cortes from Jimenez’s home diocese, and Bishop-Emeritus Tomas Aguon Camacho, Jimenez’s predecessor and the bishop who ordained him to the priesthood in 2003. The event will be a culmination of events that were put into motion after the Vatican announced that Pope Francis named Jimenez the next bishop of the diocese on June 24. Prior to his appointment, Fr. Ryan served as Chancellor under then-Bishop Tomas Camacho, and later became Apostolic Administrator after the death of Fr. Manuel Corcuera in 2010 who took administrative duties after Camacho’s retirement at the age of 76.
In a statement issued by the Office of the Governor, Governor Ralph DLG. Torres and Lt. Governor Victor B. Hocog offered these words to the new bishop:
“Volumus Iesum Videre (We Would Like To See Jesus)
This simple sentence is something all Christians all long for the opportunity to experience in their lifetime. Since the arrival of Bl. Diego Luis de San Vitores to our shores nearly four centuries ago, our islands’ faithful wished to be one with the Creator, and today a great blessing has come to one day fulfill that wish…in the form of a man who though not born here, has made this place his home to nurture our people’s faith and spirituality.
On behalf of the people of the Commonwealth, we congratulate the Most Reverend Ryan Pagente Jimenez on becoming the second Bishop of the Diocese of Chalan Kanoa. May the blessings of the Almighty be with you as you assume the great responsibility of shepherding the flock here in the Northern Marianas. Through the investiture of the miter and crosier on you this coming Sunday, you will continue a great lineage of leadership passed down from the islands’ first bishop, Bishop-Emeritus Tomas A. Camacho, which was passed down to him from the missionaries who helped bring the faith to our islands.
This is truly a great day for our Diocese, and our Commonwealth, and on behalf of our families, we wish you all the best as you officially take the seat of leadership and counsel this weekend.
Miles Siha Felisidades Siñot Ubispu!“
The ordination will also be available to those who can’t make it to the ceremonies via local cable television channel 6, as well as streamed online via the Diocese’s YouTube channel to allow access from any mobile device.