Cebuano bishop moving a step closer to sainthood

ARCHBISHOP TEOFILO CAMOMOT during his consecration

By Jeanne Michael Penaranda

CEBU CITY – The Philippines may yet have a third saint after San Lorenzo Ruiz and Pedro Calungsod.

This after members of the Theological Commission of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints in the Vatican have unanimously approved the heroic virtues of the Cebuano candidate for sainthood, Servant of God Archbishop Teofilo Camomot.

The Archdiocese of Cebu announced  that the positio or document on the life and heroic virtues of Camomot gained the unanimous vote or “9 out of 9 votes” from the members of the commission.

“With this favorable outcome, the Cause of Beatification and Canonization of Bishop Camomot will be forwarded for further examination to the Commission of Bishops and Cardinals of the said Congregation,” according to the announcement.

“Upon completion of their study, the cause will be presented to the Holy Father for his approval. Then Bishop Camomot will be considered “Venerable”.”

The canonization process of the Cebuano Archbishop is spearheaded by the Archdiocese of Cebu with Fr. Samson Selloriquez, OAR, the main postulator, and Fr. Mhar Vincent Balili as vice postulator.

Archbishop Teofilo “Lolong” Camomot was born in Carcar City in Cebu was known for his charitable works, dedication to pastoral work, and devotion to prayer.

Bilocation is among the stories related by some witnesses, including the late Cebu Archbishop Ricardo Cardinal Vidal himself. Camomot, they said, was seen in two different places at the same time.

Camomot was auxiliary bishop of Jaro in Iloilo and coadjutor archbishop of Cagayan de Oro. He founded several religious congregations.

He died in a vehicular accident in Sitio Magtalisay, Barangay Sangat in San Fernando town, Cebu on Sept. 27, 1988.