Pedro Dean

The Most Reverend
Pedro R. Dean, Jr.
D.D., Ph.L., S.T.L.
Archbishop Emeritus of Palo
Province Leyte
See Palo
Installed 12 October 1985
Term ended 18 March 2006
Predecessor Cipriano V. Urgel
Successor Jose S. Palma
Other posts Bishop of Tagum
Ordination 30 November 1956
Consecration 25 January 1978
Personal details
Born (1930-02-21) February 21, 1930
Calbayog, Samar, Philippine Islands
Nationality Filipino
Denomination Roman Catholic
Occupation Archbishop Emeritus

Pedro Rosales Dean, Jr., D.D., Ph.L., S.T.L. (born 21 February 1930) is the Archbishop emeritus of Palo since the appointment of Archbishop Jose S. Palma as his successor. He served the Archdiocese of Palo from 12 October 1985 until 18 March 2006.[1]

Styles of
Pedro R. Dean, Jr.
Reference style The Most Reverend
Spoken style Your Excellency
Religious style Archbishop

Early life

Pedro Rosales Dean, Jr. was born in Calbayog City, Samar. Eldest among two to Dr. Pedro Castillo Dean, Sr. and Luz Rosario Ras Rosales, the cousin of the late Cebu Archbishop Julio Cardinal Rosales. He grew up in Manila. Studied at St. Paul's Institution (now St. Paul's University) in Herran (now Pedro Gil) Street, Malate, Manila and at Paco catholic School, in Paco Manila. On 1946, at the age of 16, he entered the Minor Seminary of San Vicente de Paul, Calbayog City, under the Padres Paules. On June, 1950 he entered the Central Seminary, University of Santo Tomas, Manila, to take up Philosophy and Theology. He obtained Licentiate's Degree in Philosophy on March, 1953 at UST and became Cum Laude. March, 1957, obtained Licentiate's Degree in Theology, UST.


Pedro was ordained priest on 30 November 1956 by the Most Rev. Julio R. Rosales Archbishop of Cebu, at a Mass Ordination in Manila during the II National Eucharistic Congress. Almost a year after his ordination as priest, he was appointed as a Private Secretary to the Archbishop of Cebu, Julio Cardinal Rosales, from 1958 to 1977. He was appointed as the Archdiocesan Oeconomus from 1958 until 1977. Appointed Vicar Forane of the Vicarial District of Santo Niño in Cebu, promoted as Honorary Prelate, elevated to Protonotary Apostolic Supernumerary, and appointed as parish priest of San Nicolas, Cebu City.


Pope Paul VI appointed Dean as titular Bishop of Thuccabora and an auxiliary bishop to Archbishop Antonio Lloren Mabutas, the Archbsihop of Davao on 12 December 1977. On 25 January 1978, Dean was consecrated on 25 January 1978 by his uncle, Julio Cardinal Rosales, at the Manila Cathedral with Archbishop Jesus Dosado, D.D., Archbishop of Ozamis. He was welcomed to the Archdiocese of Davao, installed as parish priest of San Pedro Cathedral, Davao City and appointed vicar general of the Archdiocese of Davao on 28 February 1978. He was transferred to the Prelature of Tagum and was appointed first Bishop of Tagum when in the same decree of Pope Paul VI the prelature became a diocese. He was installed on 29 October 1980.

Archbishop of Palo

On 1985, the first Archbishop of Palo, Cipriano V. Urgel died. He was appointed as the new Archbishop of Palo on October 12, 1985 and installed on December 13 of the same year. Before he was installed as the second Archbishop of Palo, he was appointed as Apostolic Administrator of his hometown, the Diocese of Calbayog, on 28 October 1985 after the resignation of Bishop Sincero Lucero, the seventh Bishop of Calbayog. He received the pallium from the hands of Pope John Paul II on the Solemn Ceremony on the Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul at St. Peter's Basilica on 29 June 1986. During his incumbency, he founded the St. John the Evangelist School of Theology in 1988 and constructed the Archdiocesan Chancery during the 90s. He was a former Member of the following Episcopal Commissions:

He was elected as member of the Administrative Board (now Permanent Council) from 1986 to 1988 and re-elected from 1989 to 1991.And on 1993, he was elected Chairman of the Commission on Doctrine of Faith, and Member of the Commission on Clergy.


On March 18, 2006, Pope Benedict accepted Archbishop Dean's resignation and appointed the Bishop of Calbayog, Bishop Jose S. Palma. Archbishop Dean was 76 when he retired. He served the Archdiocese from 12 October 1985 until 18 March 2006 for 20 years and 5 months and 6 days, the longest reign in the history of the Archdiocese of Palo.


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