His Holiness Pope Francis has appointed Msgr Louie Patalinghug Galbines as the new Bishop of the Diocese of Kabankalan, in the Philippines. The Diocese of Kabankalan was erected in 1987. Bishop-elect Galbines is its 3rd Bishop, succeeding Bishop Patricio Abella Buzon, SDB who was appointed the Bishop of Bacalod in May 2016. Bishop-elect Galbines was ordained to the priesthood in 1994.
From 1994-1996 he served as Chancellor and Secretary of the Diocesan Curia for the Diocese of Bacolod, and spiritual director at the diocesan Sacred Heart Seminary. After his studies in Rome, he returned to the Philippines and served as treasurer of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (2001-2006), Vice-President and then President of the Diocesan Commision for Clergy, and Parochial Vicar of St Sebastian Parish in Bacolod City (2007-2012). In 2012 he became Rector of Sacred Heart Seminary in Bacolod City, and in 2013 he became Vicar General of the Diocese of Bacolod.