Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Manila
|Archdiocese of Manila
Arkidiyosesis ng Maynila
|Territory||Manila, Makati, Mandaluyong, Pasay, and San Juan|
|Area||549 km2 (212 sq mi)|
|(as of 2004)
|Members||347 over all|
|Sui iuris church||Latin Church|
|Established||February 6, 1579 (Diocese), August 14, 1595 (Archdiocese)|
|Cathedral||Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception|
|Co-cathedral||Pro-Cathedral Church of San Fernando de Dilao (Pro-Cathedral; 2012-2014)
San Miguel Pro-Cathedral Church (Pro-Cathedral; 1945-1958)
|Patron saint||Immaculate Conception|
|Metropolitan Archbishop||Luis Antonio G. Tagle|
|Auxiliary Bishops||Bernardino C. Cortez
Broderick S. Pabillo
|Vicar General||Rolando R. de la Cruz|
Jurisdiction of the metropolitan see within the Philippines.
The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Manila (Latin: Archidioecesis Manilensis) is a particular church or diocese of the Catholic Church in Manila, Philippines. It is also considered as the primatial see of the country, currently held by the Archbishop as de facto Primate of the Philippines. The archbishop is customarily elevated to the status of Cardinal after his enthronement.
Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle, formerly the Bishop of Imus, was appointed as Archbishop by Pope Benedict XVI on October 13, 2011. The cathedral church is the Cathedral-Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, with the Virgin Mary, under the title of Immaculate Conception as the principal patroness of the Republic of the Philippines and Filipino people.
Archdiocesan vision statement
- A people called by the Father in Jesus Christ to become a community of persons with fullness of life witnessing to the Kingdom of God by living the Paschal Mystery in the power of the Holy Spirit with Mary as companion.
Per the efforts of conquistador Martin de Goiti, the original Diocese of Manila was then canonically erected on February 6, 1579 through the Papal bull Illius fulti præsidio by Pope Gregory XIII, encompassing all of the Spanish colonies in Asia, as a suffragan of Mexico. Fray Domingo de Salazar, a Dominican from the Convent of San Sebastian in Salamanca, Spain, was selected by King Philip II of Spain as the Bishop of the new diocese and was presented to the pope.
Over the course of history and growth of Catholicism in the Philippines, the diocese was elevated and new dioceses had been carved from its territory. On August 14, 1595, Pope Clement VIII raised the diocese to the status of an archdiocese with Bishop Ignacio Santibáñez elevated as its first archbishop. Three new dioceses were created as suffragan to Manila: Nueva Caceres, Nueva Segovia, and Cebu. With the creation of these new dioceses, the territory of the archdiocese was reduced to the city of Manila and the adjoining civil provinces in proximity including Mindoro Island. It was bounded to the north by the Diocese of Nueva Segovia, to the south by the Diocese of Cebu, and to the southeast by the Diocese of Nueva Caceres.
During the Hispanic period, the Archdiocese was ruled by a succession of Latino and Spanish archbishops. The British occupation of Manila then witnessed the temporal conversion of Sultan Azim ud-Din I of Sulu to Catholicism but it also saw massive looting and destruction of Ecclesiastical treasures and burning of churches by British soldiers, Sepoy Mercenaries and rebellious Chinese residents at Binondo. This episode was particularly deadly to Philippine scholarship due to the fact that the monasteries holding the archives and artifacts about the precolonial Philippine Rajahnates, Datudoms, Sultanates and Huangdoms and their conversion to Catholicism; were either burnt, lost or looted by the British. An example of which would be the Boxer Codex whose earliest owner Lord Giles of Ilchester had inherited it from an ancestor who stole it from Manila during the British Occupation.
Nevertheless, peace was subsequently restored after the Protestant British occupation. In the time after this, the Catholic religious orders (with the exception of the Jesuits who were temporarily suppressed by the Spaniards due to their role in anti-imperialist movements in Latin America) became the powerful driving force in the Archdiocese of Manila. The local diocesan clergy resented the foreign religious orders due to their near monopoly of ecclesiastical positions. The opposition of the religious orders against an autonomous diocesan clergy independent of them lead to the martyrdom of priests Mariano Gomez, José Burgos, Jacinto Zamora collectively known as Gomburza. This inspired the Jesuit educated Jose Rizal to form the La Liga Filipina, to ask for reforms from Spain and recognition of local clergy.
After the execution of Jose Rizal and the dissolution of the La Liga Filipina, the secret societies began to destabilize and dismantle the Catholic Archdiocese of Manila in favor of the masonic and schismatic Iglesia Filipina Independiente. This coincided with a nationalist revolution orchestrated by the Katipunan. The Americans then invaded the Archdiocese of Manila and despite sharing common Masonic affiliations with the Filipino nationalists, proceeded to suppress Philippine Nationalism and destroy the Malolos Republic. The Americans then installed fellow Americans as Archbishops over Manila rather than recognize the native clergy. The Katipunan, disillusioned by the betrayal of the secret societies against them, turned to the Catholic Church, especially to the Jesuit order, who had supported Philippine nationalism right from the very beginning.
The province of Mindoro was established as an independent diocese on April 10, 1910 by virtue of a Decretum Consistoriale executed by Pope Pius X, implementing the Bull “Quae Mari Sinico” of Pope Leo XIII. Also on that date saw the creation of the Diocese of Lipa (now known as the Archdiocese of Lipa) which had jurisdiction over the provinces of Batangas, Tayabas, Marinduque and some parts of Masbate.
Eighteen years later, on May 19, 1928, Pope Pius XI established the Diocese of Lingayen, carved from Manila and Nueva Segovia. In this creation 26 parishes were separated from Manila. He also named Our Lady of Guadalupe as a patroness of the Filipino people in 1938.
December 8, 1941, marked the beginning of the Japanese occupation of the Philippines. Members of the secretive Black Dragon Society, had infiltrated all facets of Philippine life and had greatly guided the invading Japanese forces. World War 2 marked a period of irreplaceable loss to the Archdiocese of Manila. The combination of violent theft and arson done by the Japanese and the indiscriminate carpet bombing perpetuated by the convenience leaning Americans lead to the permanent loss of many of the ancient Gothic, Art-Deco and Earthquake Baroque Cathedrals found around the Archdiocese of Manila.
In the aftermath of the war, in September 1942, Pope Pius XII declared Our Lady of Immaculate Conception as the Principal Patroness of the Philippines on the Papal Bull, Impositi Nobis, along with Saints Pudentiana and Rose of Lima as secondary patrons.
July 4, 1946, marked the date of Philippine independence from America. After this point, the Archdiocese of Manila was no longer just the archdiocese of a mere colony or territory but officially became the Eclessiastical Metropolis of a sovereign nation's capital.
On December 11, 1948, the Apostolic Constitution, “Probe noscitur” further divided the Archdiocese of Manila by separating the northern part of the Archdiocese and establishing it as the Diocese of San Fernando. On November 25, 1961, the Archdiocese of Manila was again partitioned. The civil provinces of Bulacan in the north and Cavite in the south were separated from the Archdiocese, the northern part becoming the Diocese of Malolos and towards the south the Diocese of Imus.
In 2002, two more dioceses were carved out of the Archdiocese: the Diocese of Novaliches in the north and the Diocese of Parañaque in the south, which also comprised the cities of Las Piñas and Muntinlupa.
In 2003, by the recommendation of Jaime Cardinal Sin (The spiritual leader of the People Power Revolution) and by papal decree, the archdiocese was further partitioned to form three new dioceses: the dioceses of Cubao, Caloocan and Pasig.
The seat of the archbishop is the Manila Cathedral, under the patronage of the Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception. The archbishop is also the metropolitan bishop of several suffragan archdioceses and dioceses as well as the Primate of the Philippines.
After having been served by a single residential bishop, nineteen archbishops were appointed from Spain. In 1903, the archdiocese received its first American archbishop as appointed by the Holy See. Following the tenure of Archbishop Jeremiah James Harty from St. Louis, Missouri, the Irishman Michael J. O'Doherty was appointed, and received on September 6, 1916.
O'Doherty would lead the church in its most difficult times, when Filipinos were petitioning for sovereignty from the United States, followed by the Japanese Occupation of the Philippines during World War II.
When O'Doherty died after Philippine independence, a Filipino was chosen to become the next archbishop. Fr. Gabriel Reyes was already serving as coadjutor archbishop before being raised to the position. His successor, Archbishop (later Cardinal) Rufino Jiao Santos, became the first Filipino to become a cardinal.
Jaime Sin became the most recognized archbishop worldwide when he challenged the authoritarian regime of Ferdinand Marcos. Having become only the third Filipino cardinal, Cardinal Sin was credited as one of the architects of the 1986 People Power movement that deposed Marcos and dismantled his government.
In 2003, Pope John Paul II appointed Archbishop Gaudencio Rosales of Lipa as the new archbishop, succeeding Cardinal Sin; he was later elevated by Pope Benedict XVI to the cardinalate on March 24, 2006.
On October 13, 2011, the Apostolic Nunciature in Manila announced the appointment of Bishop Luis Antonio Tagle of Imus as the new Archbishop, assisted by two auxiliary bishops, replacing Cardinal Rosales, who had resigned at the compulsory age of retirement. Rosales retired from public ministry but bore the honorary title of Archbishop Emeritus.
|1||Domingo de Salazar, O. P.||February 6, 1579||December 4, 1594|
|2||Ignacio Santibáñez, O.F.M.||August 30, 1595||August 14, 1598|
|3||Miguel de Benavides, O. P.||October 7, 1602||July 26, 1605|
|4||Diego Vázquez de Mercado||March 28, 1608||June 12, 1616|
|5||Miguel García Serrano, O.S.A.||February 12, 1618||June 14, 1629|
|6||Hernando Guerrero, O.S.A.||January 9, 1634||July 1, 1641|
|7||Fernando Montero de Espinosa||May 20, 1644||1645|
|8||Miguel de Poblete||September 9, 1650||December 8, 1667|
|9||Juan López, O. P.||1672||February 12, 1674|
|10||Felipe Pardo, O. P.||October 28, 1681||December 31, 1689|
|11||Diego Camacho y Ávila||August 19, 1696||January 14, 1704|
|12||Francisco de la Cuesta, O.S.H.||August 12, 1707||1722|
|13||Carlos Bermudez Gonzalez||1722||November 13, 1729|
|14||Juan Ángel Rodríguez, O.S.T.||May 18, 1731||June 24, 1742|
|15||Pedro de la Santísima Trinidad Martínez de Arizala, O.F.M.||February 3, 1744||May 28, 1755|
|16||Manuel Antonio Rojo del Río y Vieyra||1758||1764|
|17||Basilio Sancho de Santa Justa, S.P.||April 14, 1766||December 15, 1787|
|18||Juan Antonio Orbigo de Gallego, O.F.M.||December 15, 1788||May 17, 1797|
|19||Juan Antonio Zulaibar, O. P.||March 26, 1804||March 4, 1824|
|20||Hilarión Díez, O.S.A.||July 3, 1826||May 7, 1829|
|21||José Seguí, O.S.A.||July 5, 1830||July 4, 1845|
|22||José Aranguren, O.A.R.||January 19, 1846||April 18, 1861|
|23||Gregorio Melitón Martínez Santa Cruz||December 23, 1861||1875|
|24||Pedro Payo y Piñeiro, O.P.||January 28, 1876||January 1, 1889|
|25||Bernardino Nozaleda y Villa, O. P.||May 27, 1889||February 4, 1902|
|26||Jeremiah James Harty||June 6, 1903||May 16, 1916|
|27||Michael J. O'Doherty||September 6, 1916||October 13, 1949|
|28||Gabriel M. Reyes||October 13, 1949||October 15, 1952|
|29||Rufino J. Cardinal Santos||February 10, 1953||September 3, 1973|
|30||Jaime Cardinal Sin||September 3, 1973||November 18, 2003|
|31||Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales||November 21, 2003||December 12, 2011|
|32||Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle||December 12, 2011||present|
College of Consultors
Below are member priests of the College of Consultors of the Archdiocese of Manila since January 18, 2012. Auxiliary bishops also serve as vicar generals.
- Auxiliary Bishop – Most Rev. Bernardino C. Cortez, STL
- Auxiliary Bishop – Most Rev. Broderick S. Pabillo, SSL
- Vicar General and Moderator Curiae – Rev. Msgr. Rolando R. Dela Cruz, PC
- Episcopal Vicar for Chancery Matters / Chancellor – Rev. Fr. Rufino C. Sescon, Jr.
- Episcopal Vicar for Foreign Communities Concern - Rev. Msgr. Esteban U. Lo, LRMS, PC
- Episcopal Vicar for the Diocesan Clergy - Rev. Fr. Generoso M. Geronimo
- Judicial Vicar - Rev. Msgr. Geronimo F. Reyes, PC, JCD
- Oeconomus - Rev. Fr. Ramon U. Merino
- Private Secretary to the Archbishop of Manila - Rev. Fr. Reginald R. Malicdem
As of 2004, the archdiocese has registered a total of 2,719,781 baptized faithful. They are served by 475 diocesan and religious priests – with a ratio of 5,725 faithful per priest, under 85 parishes. The archdiocese also houses 369 male religious and 1,730 female religious engaged in various social, pastoral and missionary works in various areas of the archdiocese.
Formation of Priests
The archdiocese operates San Carlos Seminary, which is responsible for the formation of future priests for the archdiocese and for its suffragan dioceses. Located in Guadalupe Viejo, Makati City, it has collegiate- and theologate-level formation houses as well as formation houses for Chinese Filipino future priests (which is the Lorenzo Ruiz Mission Society) and a center for adult vocations (Holy Apostles Senior Seminary). The seminary offers civil and ecclesiastical degrees in philosophy, theology and pastoral ministry.
The archdiocese also operates Our Lady of Guadalupe Minor Seminary, a seminary for young men in the secondary school level. It is located a few blocks away from San Carlos Seminary.
Other major seminaries that serve the spiritual and pastoral needs of the archdiocese include the San Jose Seminary (under the administration of the Jesuits, located within the Ateneo de Manila University complex) and the UST Central Seminary, the Royal and Pontifical Interdiocesan Seminary of the Philippines, (under the administration of the Dominicans, located within the University of Santo Tomas campus).
VICARIATE OF OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE Makati City
- Mary, Mirror of Justice Parish
- Mater Dolorosa Parish
- National Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe
- Nuestra Señora de Gracia Parish
- Saint John Mary Vianney Parish
- Saint John of the Cross Parish
- Santa Teresita Parish
- Santuario de San Antonio Parish
- Chapel of the Eucharistic Lord (SM Megamall)
- Mary the Queen, (San Juan - territorial/personal)
- Mary, Queen of Peace Quasi-Parish (EDSA Shrine)
- Saint Francis of Assisi Parish
- Saint John the Baptist Parish
- Santuario de San Jose Parish
- Santuario de Santo Cristo Parish
VICARIATE OF ST. JOSEPH THE WORKER Makati City
- San Ildefonso Parish
- Holy Family Parish
- Our Lady of Fatima Parish
- Saint Alphonsus Mary de Liguori Parish
- Saint Joseph the Worker Parish
VICARIATE OF STS. PETER AND PAUL Makati City
- Holy Cross Shrine, (Dambana ng Banál na Krus), Tejeros, Makati City
- Our Lady of La Paz Parish, La Paz, Makati City
- National Shrine of the Sacred Heart, San Antonio, Makati City
- Saint Andrew the Apostle Parish, Bel-Air, Makati City
- Saint John Bosco Parish, San Lorenzo, Makati City
- Saints Peter and Paul Parish, Poblacion, Makati City
- Santo Niño de Paz Chapel, Greenbelt
VICARIATE OF SAN FELIPE NERI Mandaluyong City
- Archdiocesan Shrine of the Divine Mercy
- Our Lady of Fatima Parish
- Our Lady of the Abandoned Parish
- Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish
- Saint Dominic Savio Parish
- San Felipe Neri Parish
- San Roque Parish
VICARIATE OF STA. CLARA DE MONTEFALCO Pasay City
- Archdiocesan Shrine of Jesus the Way, the Truth, and the Life (SM Mall of Asia Complex)
- Mary, Comforter of the Afflicted Parish
- Our Lady of Fatima Parish
- Our Lady of Sorrows Parish
- Our Lady of the Airways Parish
- Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Parish
- San Isidro Parish
- San Juan Nepomuceno Parish
- San Rafael Parish
- San Roque Parish
- Santa Clara de Montefalco Parish
VICARIATE OF THE HOLY FAMILY
- Our Mother of Perpetual Help Parish Punta, Santa Ana, Manila
- Our Lady of the Abandoned Parish Santa Ana, Manila
- Sagrada Familia Parish San Andres, Manila
- Saint Anthony of Padua Parish Malate, Manila
- Saint Pius X Parish Paco, Manila
- Santissima Trinidad Parish Malate, Manila
VICARIATE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
- Holy Spirit Parish Santa Cruz, Manila
- Immaculate Conception Parish Tondo, Manila
- Risen Christ Parish Tondo, Manila
- Saint Joseph Parish Tondo, Manila
- San Jose Manggagawa Parish Tondo, Manila
- San Rafael Parish Tondo, Manila
- San Roque de Manila Parish Santa Cruz, Manila
- Santa Monica Parish Tondo, Manila
VICARIATE OF NUESTRA SEÑORA DE GUIA
- Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception (Manila Cathedral)
- San Agustin Church (Shrine of Nuestra Señora de Consolacion y Correa) Intramuros, Manila
- Archdiocesan Shrine of Nuestra Senora de Guia Ermita, Manila
- Our Lady of Remedies Parish Malate, Manila
- Our Lady of the Assumption Parish Malate, Manila
- San Vicente de Paul Parish Ermita, Manila
VICARIATE OF OUR LADY OF LORETO
- Most Holy Trinity Parish Sampaloc, Manila
- Nuestra Señora del Perpetuo Socorro Parish Sampaloc, Manila
- Nuestra Señora de Salvacion Parish Santa Mesa, Manila
- Our Lady of Fatima Parish Santa Mesa, Manila
- Archdiocesan Shrine of Our Lady of Loreto Sampaloc, Manila
- Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish Santa Mesa, Manila
- Saint Anthony of Padua Shrine Sampaloc, Manila
- San Roque de Sampaloc Parish Sampaloc, Manila
- Santissimo Rosario Parish (University of Santo Tomas) Sampaloc, Manila
VICARIATE OF SAN FERNANDO DE DILAO
- Our Lady of Peñafrancia Parish Paco, Manila
- Saint Maria Goretti Parish Paco, Manila
- Saint Peter the Apostle Parish Paco, Manila
- San Fernando de Dilao Parish Paco, Manila
- Santo Niño de Pandacan Parish Pandacan, Manila
VICARIATE OF SAN JOSÉ DE TROZO
- Our Lady of the Pillar Parish (Sta. Cruz Church) Santa Cruz, Manila
- Saint John the Baptist Parish | Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene Quiapo, Manila
- National Shrine of St Jude San Miguel, Manila
- National Shrine of St Michael & the Archangels San Miguel, Manila
- Minor Basilica of San Sebastian and National Shrine of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Quiapo, Manila
- San José de Trozo Parish Santa Cruz, Manila
VICARIATE OF STO. NIÑO
- Saint John Bosco Parish Tondo, Manila
- San Pablo Apostol Parish Tondo, Manila
- Santo Niño de Tondo Parish Tondo, Manila
- Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage Parish Tondo, Manila
- Kambal na Krus Chapel
- Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Parish | Minor Basilica of St. Lorenzo Ruiz) Binondo, Manila
- Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Parish (Personal Parish-Chinese) Binondo, Manila
- Nuestra Señora De La Soledad Parish Binondo, Manila
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