Bishop Ryan P. Jimenez was born in Dumaguete City in the Philippines on December 18, 1971. He, along with his three siblings, Roy, Ray, and Rochelle, were nurtured by their mother, Lila P. Jimenez, 74, and father, Rogelio B. Jimenez, who passed away at the age of 64 of massive heart attack.

As a teenager, Bishop Jimenez joined his older brother, Roy, in enrolling at a high school seminary in Sibulan, Negros Oriental the Philippines.  It was at Saint Joseph Seminary that his love for the priesthood flourished. Upon telling his parents of his interest, they expressed elation and thanked God for the opportunity for him to continue serving. To this day, Jimenez attributes discovering his vocation to his older brother and the many people he crossed paths with in his journey.

In 1995, Bishop Jimenez traveled to the U.S. island  territory of Rota in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands to serve as a teacher at a small Catholic school, Eskuelan San Francisco de Borja, the he taught for two years. Jimenez’s determination to become a priest solidified during his time there as he continued his studies to the priesthood so that he can serve the people of the Diocese of Chalan Kanoa.

Bishop Jimenez enrolled at the San Jose Seminary in Quezon City and studies philosophy at  the Ateneo de Manila University. He went on to complete his studies in the United States at St. Patrick’s Seminary in Menlo Park, California, where he successfully attained his masters in 2003.

Bishop Jimenez achieved his childhood dream of becoming when priest as he was ordained by Bishop emeritus Tomas A. Camacho in the Diocese of Chalan Kanoa on June 08, 2003. In December of  2010, Pope Benedict XVI appointed him as the Apostolic Administrator for the diocese. Bishop Jimenez has served in various capacities in his religious life in the islands, ranging from Secretary of the Bishop to the Superintendent of Catholic Schools.

Bishop Jimenez continues to play an active role in the Church and maintain active life style. He played tennis while studying in California and garnered several medals in CNMI tournaments when he moved to the islands.

After being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in 2005, he has fervently advocated for healthy lifestyles and emphasized its relation to spiritual health as well. Jimenez, whose health condition has substantially improved,  reached a milestone after completing his first triathlon on March 6, 2016, after competing in other sports events such as Guam’s Koko marathon and Hell of the Marianas. His first act as bishop-elect was a call on parishioners to live healthier lives.

Bishop Jimenez enjoys spending time with those he considers family and friends  at gatherings, novenas, and fiestas. As a priest, he expresses deep respect for deceased loved ones and values the centrality of faith in people’s lives.

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Chalan Kanoa
P.O. Box 500745, Saipan, MP 96950

Telephone: 1670 234 3000
Fax: 1670 235 3002


On top, on a red field symbolizing sacrifice, the monogram-seal of the Society Jesus, in gold, representing the role of the Jesuit Order in the years of formation and ministry of the bishop. The Ignatian values of “finding God in all things” and doing everything “for the greater glory of God” have always been the bishop’s spiritual guide in his ministry in Saipan.

On the middle quadrant, on a blue field representing the Pacific skies, the figure of an outrigger canoe, proper, between two representations of islands in green, to symbolize the origin and ministry of the bishop: from the island of Siquijor in the Philippines, to the islands of Northern Marianas, surmounting wavy lines in blue to depict the Pacific Ocean. The boat with unfurled sail is also a figure of the Church that is guided by the Holy Spirit.

On base, on a green field symbolizing abundance, joy and hope, the figure of the Holy Spirit as a dove, representing the guidance of the Spirit in the bishop’s work with the community on issues facing the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands, as well as his advocacy for healthy living: the human body as a temple of the Holy Spirit. Below is the figure of a family under a representation of a roof in red, symbolizing strength. For the bishop, family is the foundation of values, and foundation of the Church. The family also represents unity notwithstanding differing cultural backgrounds.

The entire shield is impaled by the episcopal cross in gold, and ensigned by the heraldic headgear of the bishop with six tassels on either side, in green, the traditional color assigned to bishops. 

At the base is inscribed the bishop’s motto, VOLUMUS IESUM VIDERE, “We wish to see Jesus” from John 12, 21. Applied to the bishop as chief shepherd, it reflects the dominant theme of his ministry to lead the people to Jesus and help them to recognize Him in his own person, as well as in the ministry of service of the Diocese of Chalan Kanoa.

Coat-of-arms and description by Rev. Tim. J. M. Ofrasio, S.J.

My dear brothers and sisters in Christ, peace be with you!

As we celebrate Christmas this year 2016 and bring to memory the birth of Jesus, may our lives be deeply touched by God's love. As we contemplate on the child Jesus who is born, may our hearts be filled with joy. As your spiritual leader in the Diocese of Chalan Kanoa, I manifest my spiritual closeness and accompaniment in prayer to all our faithful this season of Christmas. I also wish that every family, every home, every parish in the Diocese would live and share the memory of Jesus enshrined in peace, justice, unity, forgiveness, love and joy!

There is Christmas because God listened to the cry of every vulnerable heart longing for redemption. There is Christmas because in humble obedience Mary listened to the will of God amidst the canvass of a world in bleak uncertainty. There is Christmas for in the silence of the night in a lowly manger, God shared our humanity and made that human cry his very own, eloquently assuring us to listen to his promise of staying with us off to the road to reconciliation in relationship, hope in a reclaimed dignity and fullness of life.

Inspired by the very same spirit of listening, I hope to continue our pilgrimage of faith in 2017 by leading the Church of Chalan Kanoa to become a Church that reflectively listens. The memory of the love of God in Jesus which the Church keeps and safeguards, although does not change, but is relevantly challenged by the emerging pastoral situations and challenges in the contemporaneous times. That is why I desire to spend more time next year conducting pastoral visits and reflective discernments with the clergy, the parishes, the church organizations and communities—so that I may listen to you and with you in a consultative and dialogical manner and make my own “the joys and anxieties of the people.” With you, I also want to listen to the movement of the Spirit in the life and mission of our Diocese towards a more pastorally responsive direction that promotes the welfare of the people in the present times, attends to the needs of the poor and is joyfully faithful to the Lord’s call of evangelization.

Entrusting our Diocese to the protection of our Lady of Mount Carmel, may she accompany us as we continue to build, with the grace of God, our renewed spiritual home and revitalized Christian life which fosters communion, participation and mission and where the love of God is lived out through our love for one another.

Wishing you all and your families Christmas joy and a New Year filled with new blessings of God's goodness. Jesus is born! Let us rejoice!


+Ryan P. Jimenez, D.D.

Bishop of Chalan Kanoa

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

After the death of Jesus on the cross, his friends and followers got dispersed. They were sad and in anguish at their loss. They were dejected and downhearted. They were fearful and went into hiding. But then, from this situation of anguish, despondency and fear, a “reversal” took place, marked by deep fervor and enthusiasm for a “new beginning.”

The main reason for this “reversal” and “enthusiasm” was a series of experiences that were totally unexpected: these men and women encountered Jesus anew; they encountered the risen Lord; and they proclaimed his resurrection from the dead (cf. Mt 28, Mk 16, Lk 24, Jn 20-21). It was this encounter with the risen Lord that turned fear to courage, sadness to joy, and despondency to hope. The situation marked by death was transformed into one that bears life.

For the past few months, I have been visiting parishes in our beloved diocese. I have had the opportunity and the privilege to meet our priests and religious, our parishioners, our parish workers and volunteers. I have had the chance to listen to people and to see the condition of our parishes. From the various discussions and dialogue, there emerged some areas of concern. Let me just cite three: the youth, the clergy, and formation.

In these areas of concern, I think we can find the invitation to encounter Jesus Christ anew. We see in our youth the need for an experience of the Lord – one that will help them grow in their relationship with Him. We see our clergy being called to accompany the faithful more and more, and to encounter the Lord precisely in ministering to people. We see in our diocese the need for formation – at all levels – that would bring about a renewed encounter with the Lord. As the Easter story reminds us, it is this encounter with Jesus Christ that can truly transform us – as individuals and as an ecclesial community.

Dear brothers and sisters, may the Easter celebration be an occasion for a renewed encounter with the risen Lord, who brings us peace, joy and life. God bless you all!


In Christ,


+Ryan P. Jimenez, D.D.

Bishop of Chalan Kanoa

January 28, 2018

My dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

Greetings of peace!

Migration is – as Pope Francis affirms – a “sign of the times” (cf. Message for the 104th World Day of Migrants and Refugees, 15 August 2017). It is a complex reality that for several years now we have been facing and addressing. On the national level, immigration has been and continues to be a topic of debate and discourse. On the local level, immigration reform continues to be a priority concern due to restrictions on the immigrant workforce and their families. 

 A few days ago, the Northern Mariana Islands U.S. Workforce Act was introduced on the U.S. Senate floor. The proposed bill seeks to extend the CW-1 program beyond 2019, push the CW cap limit to 13,000 and set a new CW visa category for what will be called “legacy workers” that could be renewed every three years.

 With the varied positions and continuing debate on how we as a nation, and as a Commonwealth, will achieve reform, we continue to move forward and do our best – together – to honor the good that is already in place and to change what can be made better. We continue to seek answers, explore options, weigh things, and find solutions. In this regard, I wish to offer some points for reflection, consideration and guidance.

 First of all, in anything we do, we should seek and promote the common good – that is, “the sum of those conditions” in society that will enable individuals and groups to grow and be fulfilled (cf. Gaudium et spes, 26). In other words, we should see to it that the social environment, which is composed of many aspects or factors, promotes the growth of individuals and groups in society. Clearly, the achievement of the common good is a concerted effort of people, who go beyond their personal interest or the interest of their own group. Narrow-mindedness is to be abandoned in order to serve the greater good.

 We should remember, too, that “in the present condition of global society, where injustices abound and growing numbers of people are deprived of basic human rights and considered expendable, the principle of the common good immediately becomes, logically and inevitably, a summon to solidarity and a preferential option for the poorest of our brothers and sisters.” (Laudato si’, 158)

 Second, we should always bear in mind that here, we are dealing with persons. We are not just addressing an issue. We are dealing with persons, who have their own personal stories, their rights and sentiments. We are concerned that local workers have access to jobs. We recognize the contribution of foreign workers and their families to our community.  Together we are a strong community.

 Once we lose sight of the fact that we are dealing with persons, we tend to be dismissive and detached.  It becomes easier for us to have that “throw away” mentality that Pope Francis criticizes. We may come up with quick solutions, but we may end up, too, treating people as expendable.

 Third, the reality of migration invites us to examine and to confront ourselves. Are we doing things to maintain “our lifestyle,” “our way of life”? Or are we being invited to change, even our way of life, because that is the good thing to do? Aren’t we perhaps being called to live simply so that others can simply live?

 Indeed, “Christian spirituality proposes an alternative understanding of the quality of life, and encourages a prophetic and contemplative lifestyle, one capable of deep enjoyment free of the obsession with consumption... [It] proposes a growth marked by moderation and the capacity to be happy with little.” (Laudato si’, 222)

 To those among us who would argue that migrant workers have no place in our islands, I wish to repeat the words of Deuteronomy: “You too should love the foreigner, for that is what you were.” (cf. Dt 10, 19). And to the migrant workers and their families, I wish to repeat what the prophet Jeremiah told the Jewish exiles in Babylon: “Seek the welfare of the city to which I have exiled you; pray for it to the Lord, for upon its welfare your own depends.” (Jer 29, 7).

 These words from Scripture remind us to look at one another with kindness, benevolence, and charity; to look at one another as neighbors, as human beings with gifts and talents – not as strangers, not as competitors or potential enemies. We are members of one family. We are all God’s children. Thus, dealing with migration should bring about in us – instead of tension and distrust – a keen sense of solidarity and compassion.

 May God bless us all!


Sincerely in Christ,

+ Most Reverend Ryan P. Jimenez, D.D.

Bishop of Chalan Kanoa