Pinoy priest named rector in Vatican

THE Vatican has confirmed the appointment of Father Gregory Ramon Gaston as the next rector of the Pontificio Collegio Filippino in Rome.

The Congregation of the Catholic Education (for Seminaries and Educational Institutions) reported the appointment of Father Gaston, who has been assigned at the Holy Apostles Senior Seminary Makati City since 2008.

A communiqué about Gaston’s appointment was also sent to the Manila Archdiocese by the congregations’ prefect, Zenon Cardinal Grocholewski.

Father Gaston will succeed Monsignor Ruperto Santos who has been appointed bishop of the Diocese of Balanga last April.

Father Gaston, 45, will oversee the management of the Pontificio Collegio Filippino, the residence for Filipino priests studying in Rome.

Father Gaston served as an official of the Pontifical Council for the Family in the Vatican from 2002 to 2007. He has been a vocal critic of measures to promote the use of contraceptives in the Philippines.

Born in 1965 in Silay City, Father Gaston finished a degree in Zoology at the University of the Philippines before deciding to join the priesthood.

In 1988, he was sent by the late Manila Archbishop Jaime Cardinal Sin to the University of Navarre in Spain for studies.

Gaston was ordained priest at the Vatican by Pope John Paul II in 1993 and served as assistant parish priest in Mandaluyong City’s San Roque Parish.

He obtained his doctorate in Sacred Theology in 1997 at the Angelicum in Rome, and later did a Post-Doctoral Fellowship Program in Bioethics at the National Catholic Bioethics Center in the United States.

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