Daniel Arichea

Bishop Daniel Arichea




Bishop Daniel C. Arichea, Jr., was a retired Bishop of The United Methodist Church. He passed on June 1, 2021.

Bishop Arichea was born in San Narciso, Zambales, Philippines, to Daniel Arichea Sr. and Tarsila Castillo, both public school teachers. The schools he attended include the University of the Philippines (pre-law), Union Theological Seminary (Bachelor of Theology, magna cum laude,), and Duke University (M.R.E. and Ph.D. in Biblical Studies). He also studied linguistics at Ohio State University and was a visiting scholar at Princeton Theological Seminary. 

He served churches in Bataan and Manila before joining the faculty of Union Theological Seminary, teaching New Testament. He later joined the United Bible Societies as a translation consultant, and served in that capacity in the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam, and Indonesia and Malaysia. In 1987 he moved to Hong Kong, SAR, P.R. of China to assume the office of Regional Transition Coordinator for the Asia-Pacific Region, a position which he held until his election to the Episcopacy (in absentia) in November 1994. 

While serving as resident bishop of the Baguio Episcopal Area for 1994-2000, he also held the following positions: Vice-chair of the National Council of Churches in the Philippines (NCCP), 1995-1997; Chair, NCCP, 1997-1999; President and Chair, Philippine Bible Society (1997-1998), honorary translation adviser, United Bible Societies (1995 to present), and member, Roman Catholic-Methodist International Commission, 1996-2000.

Danny (as he was called by friends) was the author of four commentaries primarily written for translators: Galatians (with Eugene A. Nida), 1 Peter (with Eugene A. Nida), Jude and 2 Peter (with Howard A. Hatton), and the Pastoral Letters (with Howard A. Hatton). He also wrote many articles on Bible translation, published most often in The Bible Translator.

Bishop Arichea was married to Ruth Cabralda Mandac, and their marriage was blessed with three children, Miriam, Stephen, and Michael; grandchildren: Joshua Thomas, Arielle Marie and Daniel Benjamin, Ansel, Evan, and Rizzi.


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