Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cebu

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Archdiocese of Cebu
Archidiocesis Sanctissimi Nomini Iesu sive Cæbuanus
Artsidiyosesis sa Sugbo
ArchdioceseofCebu.jpg
Location
Country  Philippines
Territory Central Visayas and Southern Leyte
Ecclesiastical province Cebu
Statistics
Area 5,088 km2 (1,964 sq mi)
Population
- Total
- Catholics
(as of December, 2007)
4,144,610
3,733,822 (90.08%%)
Parishes 140
Information
Denomination Roman Catholic
Sui iuris church Latin Church
Rite Roman Rite
Established February 6, 1579 (Under the Diocese of Manila) , August 14, 1595 (Diocese), April 28, 1934 (Archdiocese)
Cathedral Cathedral of St Vitales, Cebu City
Patron saint Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe de Cebú
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Metropolitan Archbishop Jose Serofia Palma
Auxiliary Bishops Emilio L. Bataclan
Emeritus Bishops Ricardo Vidal Cardinal Archbishop-Emeritus
Antonio Rañola Auxiliary Bishop-Emeritus
Map
Jurisdiction of the metropolitan see(not the archdiocese)
Jurisdiction of the metropolitan see
(not the archdiocese)
Website
Website of the Archdiocese

The Metropolitan Archdiocese of Cebu is one of the ecclesiastical provinces of the Roman Catholic Church in the Philippines that is composed of the entire civil province of Cebu (Cebu and the nearby islands of Mactan, Bantayan, and Camotes). The dioceses of Tagbilaran and Talibon in Bohol, the diocese of Dumaguete in Negros Oriental, and the diocese of Maasin in Southern Leyte are its suffragans. The ecclesiastical seat of the archdiocese is the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral. The current archbishop is the Most Reverend José S. Palma, D.D., STD, who was recently installed on January 13, 2011 replacing Ricardo Cardinal Vidal who had been archbishop of Cebu for 29 years. Like the Archbishop of Manila, the Cebu Archbishop is also customarily elevated to the status of Cardinal sometime after his enthronement.

As of 2006, the archdiocese registered a total of 3,415,000 baptized Catholics.[1] It is currently the largest archdiocese in the Philippines having the most number of Catholics, seminarians, and priests.[2]

History[edit]

Cebu originally belonged to the Diocese of Manila which was established on February 6, 1579 as a suffragan to the See of Mexico. When Manila was elevated to an archdiocese by Pope Clement VIII, Cebú was created as a suffragan diocese on 14 August 1595 along with the dioceses of Nueva Caceres and Nueva Segovia. Its first bishop was Pedro Agurto, an Augustinian.

As a diocese, Cebú had a very extensive territory[3] which then included the whole of the Visayas and Mindanao and the Marianas.[4]

On April 28, 1934, it was elevated to a metropolitan archdiocese with the Most Rev. Gabriel M. Reyes was its first archbishop.

The archdiocese honours Our Lady of Guadalupe of Cebú as its patroness while the 2nd Filipino Saint St. Pedro Calungsod as the secondary patron saint.

Suffragan dioceses[edit]

Prelates[1][edit]

Archbishop Jose Palma
  • Pedro de Agurto, O.S.A. † (30 Aug 1595 Appointed - 14 Oct 1608 Died)
  • Pedro Arce, O.S.A. † (17 Sep 1612 Appointed - 16 Oct 1645 Died)
  • Juan Velez † (26 Jan 1660 Appointed - 1662 Died)
  • Juan López † (23 Apr 1663 Appointed - 14 Nov 1672 Appointed, Archbishop of Manila)
  • Diego de Aguilar, O.P. † (16 Nov 1676 Appointed - 1 Oct 1692 Died)
  • Miguel Bayod, O.F.M. † (13 May 1697 Appointed - 28 Aug 1700 Died)
  • Pedro Sanz de la Vega y Landaverde, O. de M. † (26 Jan 1705 Appointed - 17 Dec 1717 Died)
  • Sebastián Foronda, O.S.A. † (2 Mar 1722 Appointed - 20 May 1728 Died)
  • Manuel de Ocio y Campo † (20 Jan 1734 Appointed - 21 Jul 1737 Died)
  • Protacio Cabezas † (29 Aug 1740 Appointed - 3 Feb 1753 Died)
  • Miguel Lino de Ezpeleta † (18 Jul 1757 Appointed - 1771 Died)
  • Mateo Joaquin Rubio de Arevalo † (13 Nov 1775 Appointed - 1788 Died)
  • Ignacio de Salamanca † (24 Sep 1792 Appointed - Feb 1802 Died)
  • Joaquín Encabo de la Virgen de Sopetrán, O.A.R. † (20 Aug 1804 Appointed - 8 Nov 1818 Died)
  • Francisco Genovés, O.P. † (21 Mar 1825 Appointed - 1 Aug 1827 Died)
  • Santos Gómez Marañón, O.S.A. † (28 Sep 1829 Appointed - 23 Oct 1840 Died)
  • Romualdo Jimeno Ballesteros, O.P. † (19 Jan 1846 Appointed - 17 Mar 1872 Died)
  • Benito Romero, O.F.M. † (28 Jan 1876 Appointed - 4 Nov 1885 Died)
  • Martín García y Alcocer, O.F.M. † (7 Jun 1886 Appointed - 30 Jul 1904 Resigned)
  • Thomas A. Hendrick † (17 Jul 1903 Appointed - 29 Nov 1909 Died)
  • Juan Bautista Gorordo † (2 Apr 1910 Appointed - 19 Jun 1931 Resigned)
  • Gabriel M. Reyes † (29 Jul 1932 Appointed - 25 Aug 1949 Appointed, Coadjutor Archbishop of Manila)
  • Julio Cardinal Rosales y Ras † (17 Dec 1949 Appointed - 24 Aug 1982 Retired)
  • Ricardo Cardinal Vidal (24 Aug 1982 Succeeded - 15 Oct 2010 Retired)
  • Jose S. Palma (15 Oct 2010 Appointed, 13 Jan 2011 Installed–Present)

Diocese[edit]

Basilica Minore Sto. Niño, Cebu City
Magellan's Cross outside of the Basilica del Santo Niño, Cebu City

Cathedral[edit]

Minor Basilica[edit]

National Shrines[edit]

Diocesan Seminaries[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]