Back in July, The Holy Father elected our very own Msgr. Robert Llanos to be the new Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Port of Spain. On Saturday, September 14th of September, all was made official when he was ordained before his fellow brother priests, the neighbouring bishops of the A.E.C., the clergy and the laity. That day was also a significant day in the Catholic church, since it was the feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross so it was quite appropriate to have the ordination fall on that day. The special mass took place at Our Lady of Fatima, Curepe at 9AM.
So many are wondering what is the role of an Auxiliary Bishop. The Auxiliary Bishop is an additional bishop assigned to a diocese because the diocesan bishop requests some assistance in the administration of the Archdiocese since the diocese is so extensive that it requires the labour of more than one bishop to administer the needs of the church.
When Archbishop Harris was appointed , he was appointed Coadjutor of the diocese, this time around, Bishop Llanos holds the title of being the Auxiliary Bishop. The primary difference is that the Coadjutor has the Rite of Succession. This means that when Archbishop Gilbert left, Archbishop Harris immediately became the new leader of the local church. The Auxiliary, on the other hand, does not have the Rite of Succession. As such when Archbishop Harris resigns as the Archbishop of POS, Bishop Llanos may not automatically be entitled to that position. In a press conference back in July, when His Grace made the public announcement of the New Auxiliary-elect, he clearly stated that "When he leaves, another scrutiny will be done to decide who will be Archbishop." However, Archbishop Harris is being hopeful adding that the possibility is high for Bishop Llanos to take the position when that time comes.
THE PARISH OF ST.JOSEPH/MT.D'OR WISHES TO CONGRATULATE THE MOST REV. ROBERT LLANOS ON BEING ORDAINED THE NEW AUXILIARY BISHOP. MAY GOD BLESS HIM.