The Catholic University of America

Jan. 23, 2014

New Philippine Cardinal Has Ties to University

  Cardinal-elect Orlando Quevedo, O.M.I.

On Jan. 12, Pope Francis announced that he would elevate 19 bishops to the College of Cardinals. Among those named was Archbishop Orlando Quevedo, O.M.I., who leads the Archdiocese of Cotabato in the Philippines. He will become the second cardinal in the Philippines who was educated at The Catholic University of America.

At 74, Cardinal-elect Quevedo will serve as the eighth appointee from the Philippines and the first cardinal from the island of Mindanao. Ordained in 1964, Cardinal-elect Quevedo was appointed bishop of Kidapawan, where he served from 1980 to 1986. In 1986 he was appointed archbishop of Nueva Segovia. He became archbishop of Cotabato in 1998.

Archbishop Quevedo studied for his Bachelor of Sacred Theology degree at Oblate College in Washington, D.C., graduating in 1964. At the time, Oblate College was affiliated with The Catholic University of America. That enabled him to take courses at CUA from 1961 to 1963.

When he enters the College of Cardinals on Feb. 22, Archbishop Quevedo will join Cardinal Luis Tagle of Manila, Philippines, who received his licentiate and doctorate in sacred theology at CUA in 1987 and 1992, respectively.

Cardinal-elect Quevedo will become the 12th cardinal with links to Catholic University. Each of the cardinals currently administering U.S. archdioceses (DiNardo, Dolan, George, O’Malley, and Wuerl) received degrees at the University. So too did Cardinal Raymond Burke who is posted to the Vatican. Rounding out the contingent of CUA alumni are four retired cardinals (Mahony, McCarrick, Rigali, and Stafford).



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