Archdiocese of Los Angeles gets new Filipino auxiliary bishop

After having the first Filipino Bishop in the US, the City of Angels now has the second Filipino bishop.

Archbishop Jose Gomez announced on Tuesday morning that Alex Aclan will be the newest auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.

The 68-year-old Aclan, who has spent the past seven months on sabbatical, has served as associate pastor for a pair of local churches. He’s been the vicar for clergy for archdiocese since 2015, but his journey has been unique.

The son of a Philippine Army pilot, Aclan studied medicine, but eventually worked in the IT sector.

He then moved to the US in 1982 with his family where he worked in the banking industry as a project manager.

But in 1988 he answered a calling, and was ordained in 1993 working for several parishes and the Filipino community including the first Filipino Bishop in US, Oscar Solis.

After serving in Los Angeles for 12 years, Solis was called upon to head the Diocese of Salt Lake City, Utah in 2017.

Aclan says he looks to strengthen LA’s Filipino faithful.

“It is still unknown which pastoral district the bishop-elect will be assigned, but no matter what his role will be in the country’s largest archdiocese — he already has a goal.”

Bishop-elect Aclan will be ordained as Bishop May on 16 and will hold his first Mass shortly after that.

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