Roman Catholic Diocese of Parañaque

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Diocese of Parañaque
Dioecesis Paranaquensis
Diyosesis ng Parañaque
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Arms of the diocese
Country  Philippines
Territory Parañaque, Las Piñas, Muntinlupa
Ecclesiastical province Manila
Metropolitan Manila
Area 126 km2 (49 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2013)
(as of 2013) 2,234,786 (94%%)
Parishes 50 (4 diocesan shrines 2 national shrines)
Churches 58 churches
Congregations 18
Schools 12
Denomination Catholic Church
Sui iuris church Latin Church
Rite Roman Rite
Established December 7, 2002
Cathedral Cathedral Parish of St. Andrew
Patron saint St. Andrew the Apostle
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop Most Rev. Jesse Eugenio Mercado, DD, STL
Metropolitan Archbishop Luis Antonio Tagle
Cardinal-Archbishop of Manila
Vicar General Very Rev. Msgr. Felipe Ocol, PC, JCL

The Diocese of Parañaque is one of the 72 ecclesiastical territories called dioceses of the Catholic Church in the Philippines. It comprises the cities of Parañaque, Las Piñas, and Muntinlupa. Formerly belonging to the Archdiocese of Manila, It was established on December 7, 2002 by Pope John Paul II by virtue of the Papal Bull Ad Efficacius. Bishop Jesse Eugenio Mercado, an Auxiliary Bishop of Manila and then the district Bishop of the Ecclesiastical District of Parañaque (formerly, PPLM), was designated as its first Bishop. He was formally installed on January 28, 2003.

The diocese comprises 50 full-fledged parishes (4 of which are pronounced diocesan shrines, 2 of which are national shrines), 2 quasi-parishes, 2 sub-parishes and 1 non-parochial shrine. The Cathedral Parish of St. Andrew in La Huerta, Parañaque City, serves as the seat of the diocese.


We, the local church of the Diocese of Parañaque, envision ourselves as a communion of diverse communities, embracing and sharing in Jesus' mission to proclaim the Reign of the Father, constantly renewed by the Holy Spirit and accompanied by Mary, our Mother and Model.


As a Diocese, we commit ourselves to proclaim the Kingdom of God by:

  1. Recognizing the primacy of grace and our need for continual renewal (Aggiornamento)
  2. Building BECs as the way of being church and experiencing communion (Communion);
  3. Engaging in the integral evangelization of all, particularly the developing communities, the family and the youth (Missio).

Core values[edit]

Pastoral priorities[edit]

  • Call to conversion, to bring about serious paradigm shifts particularly in the areas of:
    • the mission and identity of the Church
    • the roles and responsibilities of the lay apostolate, organizations and movements and
    • the traditional expressions and structures, attitudes and practices of faith-life.
  • Renew focus on the sectors of Youth, Family and Developing Communities.
  • Renew and strengthen relationships among the clergy, between the clergy and the laity, with the religious, and with the Bishop.
  • Enhance liturgical celebration as the focal point of communio in worship, the source and summit of Christian Life.
  • Promote, develop and sustain BEC as the basic mode of being church, and the parish as the focal point of unity and harmony.
  • Strengthen, standardize, and harmonize catechesis and formation programs for all strata: Children, Young Adults, Clergy, Laity, Church worker, professional Church worker, volunteer, Ministries, Mandated organizations.
  • Learn how to influence and renew our urbanized culture in Parañaque, Las Piñas and Muntinlupa and with it over towards renewed integral evangelization, reaching out to its critical centers (malls, offices, schools, medial, local governments) utilizing the language it understands and the modern means and ways it employs.
  • Intensify the missionary spirit that will move people to evangelize outside their personal sphere of comfort, whether in their neighborhood, their parish, the diocese of beyond our borders. We should all be missionaries
  • Intensify the call for vocations
  • Acquire and apply the most appropriate management techniques and principles of transparency, equity and mutual trust in marshalling and managing resources.


  • Jesse Mercado (January 28, 2003– Present)


The diocese has 2,234,786 Roman Catholics out of a total population of 2.53 million.[1]

Diocesan arms[edit]

The arms of the Diocese of Parañaque.

The mitre symbolises the pastoral authority of the bishop, which he exercises within the three cities: Parañaque (an “M” in a crown); Las Piñas (the Bamboo Organ); and Muntinlupa (the mountains over water), comprising the Diocese of Parañaque.

Bishop's coat of arms[edit]

  • The Cross – The cross is traditionally an element in most episcopal coats of arms. The Episcopal ministry is always Jesus’ ministry and the bishop is only a servant of Jesus, collaborating in His ministry.
  • The Staff with lilies – The staff is traditionally the symbol of the pastoral authority of the bishop. The lilies denote St. Joseph, patron of the seminary from which the bishop had had his formation (San Jose Seminary, Quezon City). The bishop-elect envisions his pastoral role as patterned after St. Joseph himself, who acted in a fatherly manner to Jesus, who was entrusted to him and Mary by the heavenly Father.
  • The Crown with an “M”Mary is hailed as Queen in Heaven. But she exercises her queenship as a mother to her children entrusted to her by God. Moreover, Mary is the patroness of Parañaque, venerated under the title Nuestra Señora del Buen Suceso, the first city of the diocese.
  • The Bamboo Organ – The Bamboo Organ is an internationally acclaimed musical instrument currently housed in the Parish of St. Joseph. This symbolizes the second city under the bishop-elect’s pastoral administration – the city of Las Piñas.
  • The small mountain near a body of water – This is the symbol of the third city under the pastoral care of the bishop-elect, namely, Muntinlupa City.
  • The Motto – “CONFIRMA FRATRES TUOS” – Taken from the gospel of Luke 22:32 wherein Jesus expressed his hope that after Peter’s denial and subsequent conversion, he is commanded to strengthen his brethren (strengthen your brethren).
  • The color schemes – Green refers us to St. Joseph whose fatherly care to the Holy Family earned him the title patron of the Universal Church. The blue field on the other hand, refers us to Mary, who, given to the care of Joseph, conceived the child Jesus by the power of the Holy Spirit (red shade). The movement from dark to bright as seen in the area of Muntinlupa is the hope that through the bishop-elect’s humble ministry, the “dawn from on high (Jesus Christ) will come upon us all” in the diocese.


College of Consultors[edit]

Chairman: Bishop Jesse E. Mercado, D.D.

  • Msgr. Felipe E. Ocol, HP, JCL, VG
  • Msgr. Manuel G. Gabriel, PC, STD
  • Msgr. Albert A. Venus, PC
  • Msgr. Ernesto A. Joaquin
  • Fr. Augusto C. Pulido
  • Fr. Carmelo O. Estores

Roster of Vicar-Generals[edit]

  • 2003-2004 Very Rev. Msgr. Jose Bernardo Jr., PC, MA (Msgr. Chito)
  • 2004–present, Very Rev. Msgr. Felipe E. Ocol, HP, PC, JCL (Msgr. Philip)

Presbyteral Council[edit]

Chairman: Bishop Jesse E. Mercado, D.D.

  • Msgr. Felipe E. Ocol, HP, JCL, VG
  • Msgr. Manuel G. Gabriel, PC, STD
  • Msgr. Albert A. Venus, PC
  • Msgr. Allen C. Aganon
  • Fr. Don Einar S. Cambe
  • Fr. Eusebio A. Balcueva
  • Fr. Enrico S. Salazar
  • Fr. Enrico Emmanuel A. Ayo
  • Fr. Santiago Avelino Z. Fernandez
  • Fr. Jerico H. Habunal
  • Fr. Augusto C. Pulido
  • Fr. Rodel D. Paulino
  • Fr. Rolando R. Agustin
  • Fr. Carmelo O. Estores

Commission and ministry heads[edit]

  • COMMISSION ON YOUTH, Chairperson – Fr. John Francis Frederick K. Manlapig; Co-Chair: Fr. Angel Venancio Sanchez
  • COMMISSION ON FAMILY & LIFE, Chairperson – Fr. Lamberto B. Legaspino
  • COMMISSION ON HUMAN PROMOTION, Chairperson – Msgr. Albert A. Venus
  • DIOCESAN BIBLICAL APOSTOLATE, Chairperson - Fr. Christian Emmanuel C. Gabinete ; Co-Chair - Fr. Ulrich C. Gacayan, RCJ

Curia officers[edit]

Diocesan Commission on the Clergy

  • Chairman: Bishop Jesse E. Mercado, D.D.


  • Incardinated Priests: Msgr. Felipe E. Ocol, HP, JCL, VG
  • Religious/Consecrated Life: Fr. Rolando R. Agustin


Bishop Jesse E. Mercado is born on June 6, 1951 in Kalookan City he grew up in a small parish of Sacred Heart at Morning Breeze Subdivision he entered seminary on 1968 where he studied his philosophy and theology on March 19, 1977 he was ordained priest for the Archdiocese of Manila in this he handled many post in the archdiocese even to the seminary where he became one of the formators 20 years after his priestly ordination he was appointed as auxiliary bishop of Manila he was ordained as a bishop on March 31, 1997 by Jaime Cardinal Sin 5 years later he was appointed as bishop of Paranaque on January 23, 2003 he was formally installed in his cathedral.


The deacons of the diocese is assigned in one of the parishes of the diocese for a pastoral exposure they are also in service to the bishop in special occasions and Masses, only men who had completed their one year pre-diaconal program can be ordained as deacons.(as of April 5, 2014 they are the deacons of the diocese)

Rev. Jonathan T. Cadiz[edit]

  • Parish of Origin: Good Shepherd Parish
  • Present Assignment: San Antonio de Padua Parish
  • Alma Mater: San Carlos Seminary
  • Class year: 2013
  • Schedule of priestly ordination: before the end of 2014

Rev. Gilbert T. Romulo, Jr.[edit]

  • Parish of origin: San Isidro Labrador Parish, Almanza, Las Pinas City
  • Present Assignment: Office of the Bishop
  • Alma Mater: Holy Apostles Senior Seminary (under San Carlos Seminary)
  • Class year: 2013
  • Schedule of priestly ordination: before the end of 2014

Deacons are ordained by the bishop at the cathedral after 6 to 12 months they can be a candidate for priestly ordinations.


St. Andrew's Cathedral, seat of the Diocese of Parañaque

Vicariate of Sta. Rita De Cascia (Paranaque City)

  • Saint Andrew Cathedral-Parish (Diocesan Shrine of Nuestra Señora del Buen Suceso)
  • Mary, Queen of Apostles Parish
  • National Shrine of Our Mother of Perpetual Help
  • Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Parish (Multinational Village)
  • Saint Joseph Parish (Tambo)
  • Santa Rita de Cascia Parish
  • Santo Niño Parish

Vicariate of San Antonio De Padua (Paranaque City)

Vicariate of San Martin de Porres (Parañaque City)

Vicariate of St. Joseph (Las Pinas City)

  • St. Joseph Parish (Las Piñas Bamboo Organ Church)
  • Christ the King Parish (Pamplona)
  • Good Shepherd Parish (Dona Manuela)
  • Last Supper of Our Lord Parish (Times Village)
  • Our Lady of Fatima Parish (Philam Village)
  • Saint Joseph the Worker Parish (BF Mariposa)
  • Immaculate Conception Parish

Vicariate of the Holy Family (Las Pinas City)

  • Santo Cristo Parish
  • Holy Family Parish
  • Five Wounds of Our Lord Parish and Diocesan Shrine
  • Mary Immaculate Parish
  • Mary, Mother of the Church Parish
  • Our Lady of the Pillar Parish
  • San Isidro Labrador Parish
  • Madonna del Divino Amore Quasi-Parish

Vicariate of Our Lady of Abandoned (Muntinlupa City)

  • San Roque Parish
  • Ina ng Awa Parish
  • L’Annunziata Parish
  • Mary Cause of Our Joy Parish
  • Mary, Mother of God Parish
  • Our Lady of Miraculous Medal Parish and National Shrine
  • Our Lady of the Abandoned Parish and Diocesan Shrine
  • Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish
  • San Nicolas De Tolentino Parish
  • Saint James the Great Parish
  • Saint Jerome Emiliani and Santa Susana Parish
  • Saint Peregrine Laziosi Parish and Diocesan Shrine
  • San Pedro Calungsod Quasi-Parish
  • NBP Reservation Chapel

Priestly formation[edit]

The Diocese of Paranaque sends its seminarians to San Carlos Seminary for their seminary formations they are endorsed by the bishop as an aspirant qualifies after his seminary formations a male graduate of theology will undergo pre-diaconal program for the diocese for a year before he can be qualify to be ordained as deacon and after 6 months or a year a deacon exposed in one of the parishes of the diocese will be qualified to be ordained as priest. The diocese also sends some seminarians in other seminaries in an arrangement.

Diocesan events[edit]

San Pedro Calungsod visit (October 29–30, 2012)[edit]

The statue of San Pedro Calungsod has visited the diocese a concelebreted Mass was celebrated by Bishop Mercado at 6pm and a veneration and vigil continue until midnight, starting 5am until 11am an hourly Mass is celebrated for its honor at 12nn another concelebrated Mass was celebration to mark its departure.

Diocesan Eucharistic Congress (September 14, 2013)[edit]

This happened at St. Andrew's Cathedral as one of the highlights of the Year of the Eucharist of the diocese 200 priests and laity interact on the importance of the Eucharist.


  1. ^ Cheney, David. "Statistics, Diocese of Parañaque". Retrieved 2007-08-31. 

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