By Umatuna Si Yu’os
Hundreds gathered to witness the episcopal ordination of Father Julio Angkel as Coadjutor Bishop of the Diocese of the Caroline Islands in Micronesia Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018.
The Mass took place at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Cathedral in Weno, Chuuk.
Pope Francis had appointed the Reverend Angkel to the position Nov. 18, 2017 according to the Vatican Press office. Archbishop Martin Kreb, the Apostolic Delegate for the Pacific Islands attended as the pope’s representative.
The celebration continued after the episcopal ordination Mass, lasting all day and featuring dances, songs and talks, said Father Francis Hezel, SJ.
The Coadjutor Bishop celebrated a Mass of thanksgiving Monday morning, Feb. 5.
Bishop Julio was born in the island of Parem, Chuuk State, in the Federated States of Micronesia according to a story in the NorthStar, the official publication of the Diocese of Chalan Kanoa. He studied at Chuuk High School and at the University of Guam. He was ordained into the priesthood in Dec. 13, 1983.
As Coadjutor Bishop in the Caroline Islands, Bishop Julio has the right of succession to Bishop Amando Samo.