Bishop Ciriaco Quintanay Francisco is commonly called “Cerrie” by his friends. He was born on July 19, 1952 to Santos and Clara Francisco in Lawang Bato, Valenzuela, Bulacan.
He spent his younger days in the farm with his loving and caring parents. He earned his education as a working student. He attended school from 7:00 in the morning till 12:00 noon and worked in a textile factory from 2:00 in the afternoon until 10:00 in the evening. He learned discipline, hard work, faithfulness and the value of time early in life.
He entered a Bible School and finished his Bachelor’s degree at FEBIAS College of Bible and then went to Union Theological Seminary to earn his Master of Divinity degree. He was challenged when he was assigned to a local church operating a kindergarten, hence, he enrolled at the University of the Philippines and earned his Master of Education, major in Educational Administration.
Bishop Francisco heard the call of God when he was 21 years old. He was assigned to various local churches from 1976-2000, served as District Superintendent from 2001-2009 and returned to the local church in 2009-2012. He was also a delegate to the 2000 General Conference in Cleveland, Ohio, USA.
He is married to Restetita Victoria, Doctor of Education, a license Guidance Counselor, a Professor of Bulacan State University.
They are blessed with three children;
- Naomie Ruth Francisco, a graduate of Psychology from the University of the Philippines; married to Michael Cabral and are blessed with two children, Mischa Adriannah Francisco Cabral, and Miguel Antonio Francisco Cabral.
- Timothy Paul Francisco, a graduate of Electronic Communications Engineering from Bulacan State University; married to Mylene Mateo, blessed with one child, Tyler Paul Mateo Francisco
- Ian Michael Francisco, a graduate of Bachelor of Accountancy from Polytechnic University of the Philippines, a Certified Public Accountant; married to Kenneth Lou Salac
Bishop Francisco was elected and consecrated to the episcopacy during the 20th Regular Session of the Philippines Central Conference in Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya on December 16, 2012.
He was assigned to supervise Davao Episcopal Area for the 2013-2016 quadrennium. And during his term as the episcopal leader, he experienced various challenges. Most significant of which are as follows
- Typhoon Pablo that wiped out some barangays in Compostela Valley
- the MILF siege in Zamboanga led by Nur Misuari
- 7.2 magnitude earthquake in Bohol which caused the collapse of many heritage buildings in Bohol including our only local church in Sagbayan, Bohol.
- Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda that devastated Eastern and Western Visayas
- Mamasapano SAF 44 Carnage
- the violent dispersal of farmers in Kidapawan right in front of Spotswood Methodist Mission Center
- the bombing of the night market in Roxas St., Davao City
In all these tragedies, God proved his saving grace and his faithfulness through his protection and never-ending provisions.
Bishop Francisco advocates for the improvement of the living condition of the church workers by increasing or subsidizing the financial support of Pastors and Deaconesses who receive meager support from the local church and the enrolment of pastors whose salary are below the minimum standard pay in the PCC Clergy Retirement and Pension Program.
He passionately supports the journey of the lumad, the indigenous people of Mindanao, who are displaced, marginalized and remain vulnerable to human rights violations.
Bishop Francisco is the resident and presiding bishop of the Manila Episcopal Area for the 2017-2020 quadrennium.
Bishop Francisco is a member of the Council of Bishops of the United Methodist Church; a member of the Executive Committee of the Council of Bishops; president of the Standing Committee on Central Conference Matters; and vice- chairperson of the Connectional Table.
In December 2016, the United Methodist News Service unanimously chose Bishop Francisco as the United Methodist of 2016. The UMNS strongly believes that he is “someone whose actions furthered the mission of the church and benefited people outside the denomination”.