A Chinoy priest from Cebu has made his way into the Vatican.
Recently, Pope Francis has granted Msgr. Jan Thomas Limchua the title of a “Chaplain of His Holiness,” allowing him to be addressed as “Monsignor.” Though typically given only to bishops, those assigned important roles and duties in the Church may also receive the address, as in Limchua’s case.
A monsignor is a member of the Papal Household. He is provided with certain privileges in regard to ecclesiastical dress and vestments.
While announcing his newly conferred position on a Facebook post, Limchua expressed his gratitude and feelings on the matter:
“While I give thanks to the Almighty and to His Holiness for such a privileged honor bestowed upon me, my family, and the Archdiocese of Cebu, I graciously ask for your continued prayers as I, with my own limitations, commit myself more deeply to serve the Church with joy, humility, and generosity.”
Msgr. Jan Thomas Limchua was ordained a priest for the Cebu archdiocese in 2010. He then pursued studies in theology at the University of Navarra in Spain and earned a doctor’s degree in Canon Law at the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome.
In 2014, Limchua also served the Apostolic Nunciature, the Holy See’s diplomatic service, in Benin, Togo, and Egypt for a total of eight years.
Now he is currently an official of the Section for the Relations with States of the Holy See, as appointed by the Vatican’s Secretary of State His Eminence Pietro Cardinal Parolin earlier this year. Limchua will continue his work as a chaplain in this position.
Msgr. Joseph Tan, the spokesperson of the Archdiocese of Cebu, commented on the positive nature of Limchua’s new position. “His appointment is an indication that Pope Francis is pleased with his service to the Pope and the Catholic Church,” said Tan.
“This is a symbol that he has served in the pleasure of the Holy Father and of the entire Church,” Tan continued, forwarding congratulations from priests and religious laymen.