José S. Palma

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Not to be confused with José Palma, the 19th century lyricist of the Philippine National Anthem.
The Most Reverend
José S. Palma
D.D., S.Th.D.
Archbishop of Cebu
Province Ph seal cebu.png Cebu
See Coat of Arms of the Archdiocese of Cebu.jpgCebu
Appointed 15 October 2010
Installed 13 January 2011
Predecessor Coat of arms of Ricardo Jamin Vidal.svg Ricardo Cardinal Vidal
Successor incumbent
Other posts Archbishop of Palo
Bishop of Calbayog
St. Vincent Ferrer Seminary Coat of Arms.jpgSt. Vincent Ferrer Seminary
St. Joseph Regional Seminary
Ordination Coat of Arms of the Archdiocese of Jaro.jpgArchdiocese of Jaro, 21 August 1976
Consecration 13 January 1998
Personal details
Born (1950-03-19) 19 March 1950 (age 66)
Dingle Iloilo.png Dingle, Iloilo, Philippines
Nationality Coat of arms of the Philippines.svg Filipino
Denomination Emblem of the Papacy SE.svg Roman Catholic
Alma mater St. Vincent Ferrer Seminary Coat of Arms.jpgSt. Vincent Ferrer Seminary
St. Joseph Regional Seminary
Pontifical and Royal University of Santo Tomas
Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas logo.jpgPontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas
Coat of arms {{{coat_of_arms_alt}}}
Styles of
José S. Palma
Coat of arms of Archbishop Jose Palma.svg
Reference style The Most Reverend
Spoken style Your Excellency
Religious style Archbishop

José Serofia Palma (born 19 March 1950) was appointed Archbishop of Cebu by Pope Benedict XVI on 15 October 2010.[1] He had previously served as Archbishop of Palo in Leyte. He also served as president of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines from 2011-2013.

Early life[edit]

Palma was born in Dingle, Iloilo in the Archdiocese of Jaro. He studied philosophy at St. Vincent Ferrer Seminary and theological studies at the St. Joseph Regional Seminary. He received his licentiate in Sacred Theology at the Pontifical and Royal University of Santo Tomas in Manila, and was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Jaro on 21 August 1976.[2]

Palma earned a doctorate from the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas, Angelicum in Rome in 1987 with a dissertation entitled Death as an act : a dialogue in eschatology with contemporary theologians.


After a year as assistant priest at the Jaro Cathedral, he taught at his alma mater, St. Vincent Ferrer Seminary. After his studies in Rome, he became rector of the Seminary until he was appointed rector of the Major seminary of the Metropolitan Province of Jaro-the St. Joseph Regional Seminary, in 1988. Meanwhile, he also held various positions in several diocesan commissions. In 1997 he was made parish priest of the Parish of St Anthony of Padua in Barotac Nuevo, Iloilo (Archdiocese of Jaro). On 28 November 1997, Pope John Paul II appointed him Titular Bishop of Vazari Diddi and Auxiliary Bishop of Cebu. He was consecrated on 13 January 1998. Exactly a year later, he was made Bishop-Ordinary of the See of Calbayog.

Archbishop of Palo[edit]

On 18 March 2006, Palma was appointed Archbishop of Palo by Pope Benedict XVI, succeeding Archbishop-Emeritus Pedro R. Dean.

Archbishop of Cebu[edit]

On 15 October 2010 he was appointed Archbishop of Cebu, replacing Ricardo Cardinal Vidal, who had been archbishop for 29 years. He was installed on 13 January 2011 at the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral.[3] He served as Vice-President of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines from 1 December 2009 until 11 July 2011 on which he was elected President.


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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Pedro R. Dean
Archbishop of Palo
18 March 2006,– 15 October 2010
Succeeded by
John F. Du
Preceded by
Ricardo Vidal
Archbishop of Cebu
13 January 2011–present
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Nereo P. Odchimar
CBCP President
Succeeded by
Socrates B. Villegas