The US-based Pinoy priest is the new auxiliary bishop of Sacramento

Pope Francis on Saturday appointed another Filipino priest in the US to the episcopate.

Newly elected Auxiliary Bishop Reynaldo Bersabal of Sacramento will be the fifth Filipino to be appointed bishop in the US.

His appointment came about four months after Auxiliary Bishop Efren Esmilla was appointed to his post in December 2023.

Bersabal, 59, is currently pastor of St. Francis of Assisi Parish in California’s capital since 2022.

The bishop-elect was born on October 15, 1964 in Magsaysay, a city in the southern Philippine province of Misamis Oriental.

He was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro in 1991. The positions he held there include that of parochial vicar in the parish of Our Lady of Snows; parish administrator at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish; and pastor at St. Francis Xavier Parish.

He also served as a matrimonial case assessor for the Metropolitan Tribunal of the Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro City; chancellor; and Archdiocesan Director of the Pontifical Missionary Societies in the Philippines.

In April 2004, Bersabal was incardinated into the Diocese of Sacramento and served in various posts from 1999 to 2001, including parochial vicar at St. James Parish in Davis; parochial vicar at St. Anthony Parish in Sacramento from 2002 to 2003; pastor at St. Paul Parish in Sacramento from 2003 to 2008; pastor at St. John the Baptist Parish in Folsom from 2008 to 2016; and pastor at St. James Parish in Davis from 2016 to 2022.

He also served as Treasurer of the Diocesan Presbyteral Council from 2007 to 2010 and currently serves on the Diocesan Priests’ Staff Council, the Diocesan Liturgical Commission and the Diocese’s Independent Review Board.

Since 2012 to date, Bersabal has been the contact person for the Philippine Presbytery.

The Diocese of Sacramento, one of California’s twelve dioceses, covers the northern and eastern regions, with a population of 3.7 million, including more than 1 million Catholics.

The diocese also includes 102 parishes, 40 missions, 36 primary schools and six secondary schools.