Biography of Bishop Buzon

Bishop Patricio Buzon, SDB, (Salesian Society of St. John Bosco/Salesians) was born March 14, 1950, in Cebu City, central Philippines, where he finished elementary education at the Asilo de la Milagrosa school. He entered the Don Bosco Academy High School in San Fernando, Pampanga, and later the University of Santo Tomas (UST) in Manila where he got his Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Education, majoring in Electricity. He completed his Bachelor of Sacred Theology in the same university.

His first religious profession in the Salesian order was on June 29, 1967, and his perpetual profession was on May 24, 1973. A year after his priestly ordination on Dec. 8, 1976, he became the spiritual moderator of Don Bosco Missionary Seminary in Talisay, Cebu (1977-1982) and later served as its rector (1982-1988). He was also rector of Don Bosco Technical High School in Punta Princesa, Cebu (1988-1992).

For five years from 1992, he was the vice-provincial of the province. Afterwards, he served as provincial of the Salesians' Mary Help of Christians Province-South. He was ordained as a bishop on Feb. 19, 2003 at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Punta Princesa.

On March 12, 2003 he was installed as the second bishop of the Diocese of Kabankalan. After 13 years as prelate of Kabankalan, he was appointed as the sixth shepherd of the Diocese of Bacolod on May 24, 2016. He was installed at the San Sebastian cathedral last August 9, 2016.


Coat of Arms

Left Upper Portion: On dexter chief (gold), a Cross argent (silver) with two crossed arrows in gules (red), symbols of the martyrdom of St. Sebastian and Titular of both the Diocese and Cathedral of Bacolod.
Left Lower Portion: On a field of azure (blue) at base, the cathedral of Bacolod on a hill terrain – hence, the name Bacolod and a sugarcane stalk with vegetation to depict the major industry of Negros Occidental
Right Half Top: The green shamrock is the symbol which St. Patrick, patron of Ireland and namesake of the bishop, used to teach about the Trinity, the source of every communion (NMI, 42)
Right Half Middle: The acronym MAC stands for Maria Auxilium Christianorum (Mary Help of Christians), Patroness the Salesian Society to which the bishop belongs; to her he entrusts his life and ministry.
Right Half Bottom: The Cross of Magellan is a landmark of Cebu, the birthplace of the bishop.


Pastoral Letters


Bishop's Homilies

15th May, 2022

5th Sunday of Easter (C)

As I Have Loved You

Today’s short gospel reading begins the lengthy farewell discourse of Jesus given at the last supper. He tells his apostles, “I give you a new commandment: love one another....

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8th May, 2022

4th Sunday of Easter (C)

In the Shepherd’s Hand

The image of the Good Shepherd is one of the most beautiful and best loved icons of Jesus since the early days of the Church. It speaks of the providence, care, protection and security...

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24th April, 2022

2nd Sunday of Easter (C)

The Lord is Peace

“Peace be with you!” Peace is the first gift of the Risen Lord, the peace which the whole world desperately seeks. Just think of what’s happening today in Ukraine,...

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17th April, 2022

Easter Sunday (C)

All Shall Be Well

In a recent interview with Pres. Volodymyr Zelensky, the BBC correspondent asked the Ukrainian leader, “How do you maintain hope in the future, given everything that is happening?”...

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10th April, 2022

Passion Sunday of the Lord’s Passion (C)

The Way of the Cross

Today, we begin the solemn celebration of Holy Week, as we recall the last days of Jesus on earth. It was during these days when he fully accomplished the Father’s mission for...

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3rd April, 2022

5th Sunday of Lent (C)

I Don’t Remember

In today’s gospel, Jesus arrives in the temple area to teach, when some Pharisees and scribes bring in a woman caught in adultery. They make her stand in the middle and ask Jesus’...

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27th March, 2022

4th Sunday of Lent (C)

Madly In Love

The parable of the prodigal son is often touted as one of the greatest stories ever told not only for its extraordinarily artful narration, but more significantly for revealing the...

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20th March, 2022

3rd Sunday of Lent (C)

Repent or Perish

While writing this homily, I could not help but think of the many innocent people in Ukraine, who are suffering and dying from the relentless and merciless bombings of the Russian army. Read More

13th March, 2022

2nd Sunday of Lent (C)

Listen to Him

The story of the Lord’s transfiguration happens eight days after Peter’s profession of faith and Jesus’ first prediction of his suffering, death and resurrection....

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20th February, 2022

8th Sunday of the Year (C)

A True Leader

Today’s gospel brings to a close the Sermon on the Plain, which has been the subject of our reflection for the past two Sundays. It is Luke’s shorter version of Matthew’s...

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13th February, 2022

7th Sunday of the Year (C)

Love Your Enemies

The story of Viktor Frankl, who survived the horrors of the Nazi camp, remains one of the most inspiring stories of our time. In his book, “Man’s Search for Meaning”,...

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6th February, 2022

6th Sunday of the Year (C)

Happiness

Our readings today speak about something that is of supreme importance. They speak of the deepest desire of every human heart – happiness. All our life is spent in pursuit of...

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23th January, 2022

4th Sunday of the Year (C)

Bearer of Truth

Today, we continue to read from last Sunday’s gospel wherein Jesus picked the passage from the Book of Isaiah, describing the messianic time. At the end of the reading, Jesus...

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16th January, 2022

Feast of the Santo Niño (C)

The Power of a Child

The devotion to the Santo Niño is one of the oldest and most popular devotions in the Philippines. Observed all over the country, the feast of the Santo Niño is colorfully...

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16th January, 2022

3rd Sunday of the Year (C)

Jesus Has Brought God

The first reading taken from the Book of Nehemiah is probably one of the most poignant stories in the Old Testament. After fifty years of captivity in Babylon, a portion of the Jewish...

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9th January, 2022

The Baptism of the Lord (C)

God’s Beloved

Today, the Church formally closes the Season of Christmas and starts the Ordinary of the Year with the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord. The baptism of Jesus in the Jordan marks the...

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9th May, 2021

6th Sunday of Easter

I Have Called You Friends

During the past Sundays, Jesus revealed his desire to enter into a personal and intimate relationship with each of us. He expressed this by using images, like the good shepherd, who...

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18th April, 2021

3rd Sunday of Easter (B)

Witnessing

Today’s gospel gives us Luke’s version of the risen Lord’s appearance to his apostles on Easter night. The apostles and some disciples were gathered in a locked room...

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10th April, 2021

2nd Sunday of Easter

Divine Mercy in Action

On the Easter Octave of 2000, Pope John Paul II canonized St. Faustina Kowalska, a nun and a mystic, whose apparitions and messages from the Lord inspired the devotion to the Divine...

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27th March, 2021

Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion

Palm Sunday or Passion Sunday marks the start of Holy Week when we reverently remember the last days of the Lord. Palm Sunday recounts the triumphant entry of Jesus to Jerusalem, as...

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13th March, 2021

4th Sunday of Lent (B)

God's Saving Love

“God so loved the world that he sent his only Son, so that those who believe in him might not perish, but might have eternal life.” (Jn 3:16)

A favorite of...

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27th February, 2021

2nd Sunday of Lent (B)

The Mountain of God

Every second Sunday of Lent, the gospel reading tells the story of the Lord’s Transfiguration. This event happens six days after that deciding moment in Caesarea Philippi when...

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14th February, 2021

6th Sunday of the Year (B)

The Touch of God

For the past Sundays, we have seen Jesus healing all kinds of diseases. Today a leper approaches him and asks to be cured. Leprosy is considered among the most serious and dreaded illnesses...

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7th February, 2021

5th Sunday of the Year (B)

Even Jesus Prays

Our gospel reading is the continuation of last Sunday’s narrative wherein Jesus starts his Sabbath day by preaching in the synagogue and driving out an unclean spirit from an...

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31th January, 2021

4th Sunday of the Year (B)

A Credible Church

Last Sunday, we witnessed the beginning of Jesus’ ministry as he started to preach repentance and the gospel and called his first disciples. Today, we see him taking his ministry...

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24th January, 2021

3rd Sunday of the Year (B)

Fishers of Men and Women

In today’s gospel, Jesus inaugurates his ministry of preaching and calls his first disciples. He begins his ministry where John the Baptist ends his mission. John had earlier...

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10th January, 2021

Baptism of the Lord (B)

Beloved Son, Suffering Servant

Today’s feast of the Baptism of the Lord reminds us of our own baptism. Since most of us were baptized as infants, we generally take this sacrament for granted. This is unfortunate...

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27th December, 2020

Feast of the Holy Family (B)

Every Family, Holy Family

On this Sunday following Christmas, the Church joyfully celebrates the Feast of the Holy Family, and most fittingly so. After all, is not Christmas the most significant and memorable...

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20th December, 2020

4th Sunday of Advent (B)

Flat

As we come to the end of Advent, we see the final unfolding of God’s plan of salvation through history replete with surprises at every turn. Today’s readings tell of God’s...

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13th December, 2020

3rd Sunday of Advent (B)

Rejoice Always!

Today, John the Baptist is once again presented to us, this time by the gospel of John, as one sent by God “to testify to the light.” This light is Christ who, “stands...

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6th December, 2020

2nd Sunday of Advent (B)

Desert Experience

“Comfort, O comfort my people, says your God. Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and cry to her that she has served her term, that her penalty is paid…”

How...

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28th November, 2020

1st Sunday of Advent (B)

Wake Up!

Today we begin a new year in the Church calendar (cycle B). As with every liturgical year, we start with the season of Advent which prepares us for the celebration of Christmas. While...

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