Bishop Ciriaco Quintanay Francisco is the new bishop assigned to the Davao Episcopal Area of the Philippine Central Conference of The United Methodist Church for the 2013-2016 quadrennium.
He was elected and consecrated as Bishop of The United Methodist Church during the recent assembly of the Philippine Central Conference of The United Methodist Church held at Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya last December 12-16, 2012.
He will be supervising and presiding over the different annual conferences under the Davao Episcopal Area of The United Methodist Church which are:
- Mindanao Philippine Annual Conference;
- East Mindanao Philippines Annual Conference;
- Northwest Mindanao Philippines Annual Conference;
- Visayas Philippines Annual Conference;
- Bicol Philippine Provisional Annual Conference.
Geographically the Davao Episcopal Area is located in the Bicol, Visayas and Mindanao
Islands. His supervisory and presidential work would entail him to travel by land, by air and by sea.
Quoting from an article written by Mr. Tafadzwa Mudambanuki, the director of Central Conference Communications for United Methodist Communications, we see a glimpse early life of Bishop Cerrie Francisco.
“He was born to impoverished Methodist parents, who depended on subsistence farming and his mother Clara’s peddled wares to eke out a living. Because of limited means, Francisco learned very early in life to fend for himself.
“My election today reinforced the notion birthed during my formative years at my parents’ subsistence farm that the difference between the impossible and possible is hidden in self-determination,” Francisco said.
Francisco shared that his parents influenced his values for manual labor, discipline, persistence, courage and love. “All these virtues have helped me in my ministry all these years, and the episcopal office will be no exception,” he said.
At his father’s farm, Francisco watered the carabaos — animals that have similar features to oxen and are used in the rice fields of the Philippines. From his mother, Clara, Francisco also learned business skills and relationship skills.
He paid his own school tuition by working from 2 to 10 p.m. in factories, at the end of a school day that began at 7 a.m.
He has faced rejection in his ministry. Francisco recalls that when he was appointed district superintendent, the district leadership rejected him as unfit for the office. On his first day in office, the district officials wore black armbands as a sign of protest for his appointment. Instead of being vindictive to the district officials, Francisco said he wore his own black armband.
Francisco said he took a cue from the Apostle Paul who wrote in 1 Corinthians 9:20, “To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win the Jews. To those under the law I became like one under the law (though I myself am not under the law), to win those under the law.”
Bishop Francisco is married to Restetita Victoria Francisco, a university professor in the field of guidance and counseling in Manila. They have three grown-up children—one girl and two boys. Bishop Francisco is pursuing a doctoral degree in educational management and is now doing research to complete his dissertation.
BISHOP CIRIACO QUINTANAY FRANCISCO
Davao Episcopal Area
Date of Birth: July 19, 1952 Place of Birth: Valenzuela, Metro Manila
Married to Restetita Victoria Francisco, D.Ed. Professor at Bulacan State University, Malolos City, Bulacan
Blessed with 3 Grown up children;
1. Naomie Ruth F. Cabral married to Michael P. Cabral, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, University of the Philippines
2. Timothy Paul V. Francisco married to Mylyn S. Mateo, Bachelor of Science in Electronics Communications Engineering (BSECE), Bulacan State University, Malolos City
3. Ian Michael V. Francisco, Certified Public Accountant , graduated from Polytechnic University of the Philippines
Doctor of Philosophy, Educational Management (Candidate),
Bulacan State University, Malolos City, Bulacan
Master of Education, Educational Administration,
University of the Philippines Diliman, Quezon City, 1995;
Awardee: Katibayan ng Kagalingan, First Semester, 1992- 1993
Master of Divinity, Union Theological Seminary, Dasmarinas, Cavite, 1985;
Awards: Cum Laude, Best in Preaching Award Batch 1985
Bachelor of Arts, Major in Bible and Theology, Febias College of Bible, Karuhatan, Valenzuela,
Metro Manila, 1981
⊗ Pastor of the UMC for 28 years
⊗ District Superintendent for 8 years
⊗ School Administrator
⊗ UMYF Worker with Youth for 4 years
⊗ School for Christian Youth Development (SCYD) Teacher for 4 years
⊗ UTS, TEE Supervisor and Adjunct Faculty for 10 years
⊗ Part-time Faculty Member, Harris Memorial College, 2007-2008
Administrative Pastor Central UMC, Manila 2009- 2012
District Superintendent North Bulacan District 2001- 2008
Taal UMC, Bocaue, Bulacan 1998- 2001
Cottingham UMC, Malolos, Bulacan 1988- 1996
Guiguinto UMC, Guiguinto, Bulacan 1984- 1988
Pamarawan UMC, Malolos, Bulacan 1980- 1984
Cacarong North/ South UMC, Pandi 1977- 1980
Pulong Gubat, Pandi UMC 1976- 1977