Caloocan Cathedral

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Kaloocan Cathedral
San Roque Cathedral-Parish
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14°39′1″N 120°58′22″E / 14.65028°N 120.97278°E / 14.65028; 120.97278Coordinates: 14°39′1″N 120°58′22″E / 14.65028°N 120.97278°E / 14.65028; 120.97278
Location A. Mabini Street corner 10th Avenue, Dagat-Dagatan, Caloocan City, Metro Manila, Philippines
Country Philippines
Denomination Catholic
Former name(s) San Roque Parish
Founded 8 April 1815
Founder(s) Manila Archbishop Juan Antonio Zulaibar y Aldape, O.P.
Dedication San Roque, also known as Saint Roch
Dedicated December 2003
Parish San Roque Parish
Archdiocese Archdiocese of Manila
Diocese Diocese of Kalookan
Bishop(s) Most Rev. Pablo Virgilio S. David, D.D., STh.D
Pastor(s) Rev. Msgr. Jeronimo Ma. J. Cruz (Parish Priest and Rector)
The main altar of San Roque Cathedral

Kalookan Cathedral, known canonically as San Roque Cathedral-Parish, is the cathedral or seat of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Kalookan, located near the intersection of 10th Avenue and A. Mabini Street in Dagat-Dagatan, Caloocan City, Metro Manila, Philippines. The church is located some meters away from the poblacion or central vicinity of the city. Its present Parish Priest and Rector is Reverend Monsignor Jeronimo Maria J. Cruz, V.G.


The parish started as a small visita (chapel-of-ease) initiated by Manuel Vaquero, assistant priest of Tondo, Manila, who with the cooperation of the people also built a place of worship in one of the districts of Caloocan called Libis Aromahan (Sitio de Espinas) in 1765. The priest gave this community two statues: San Roque and the Nuestra Señora dela Nieva (Our Lady of Snow). The church was erected a parish on April 8, 1815, by the Archbishop of Manila Juan Antonio de Zulaibar, O.P. with Fray Manuel de San Miguel, OAR as the first parish priest. Its formal erection as an independent parish also marked the transfer of the church to its present site. This site was called Paltok, an elevated district in the town of Caloocan. Construction began on a bigger church in 1819 under Fray Vicente de San Francisco Xavier, OAR and was finished in 1847 under Fray Cipriano Garcia, OAR.

In 1889 San Roque ceased as a parish as it did not meet requirements posted by the archbishop. The church could not raise the proper tributos y numero de las almas (tributes and alms) prescribed by the archbishop. Jose Aranguren, OAR, revived San Roque into a parish upon his appointment as archbishop in 1892.

Caloocan Church shortly after the attack by American forces on February 10, 1899.

During the Philippine revolution against the Spaniards and later, against the Americans, San Roque Church played a part as the meeting place of the Katipuneros coming from the west coast of Manila going to Balintawak. On February 10, 1899, the church was partly destroyed by US forces during the Philippine-American War when General Antonio Luna sought refuge at the church. After the capture of the place, the Americans used the whole area as a field hospital. In 1900, General Arthur MacArthur invaded Caloocan and the church of San Roque was made caballeriza by the regiment of Col. Frederick Funston.

After the havoc of the war, the church was again constructed by the Confradia de Sagrado Corazon de Jesus in 1914 under the administration of parish priest Victor Raymundo.

Fr. Eusebio Carreon (1934) put black and white tiles along the aisles; Fr. Pedro Abad (1947) renovated the façade and Msgr. Pedro Vicedo (1962) built additional wings on both sides of the church.

The church deteriorated over the years. In 1977 Msgr. Augurio Juta planned a new church but this plan did not materialize due to his abrupt transfer to Sta. Ana, Taguig in December 1979. He was succeeded by Msgr. Boanerges "Ben" A. Lechuga, who renovated the church. It was blessed on November 30, 1981 by Manila Archbishop Jaime Cardinal Sin.

In the Jubilee Year 2000, San Roque Church was declared one of the Jubilee Churches in the Archdiocese of Manila.

Pope John Paul II, in his Apostolic Letter “Quoniam Quaelibet” of June 28, 2003, created the new Diocese of Kalookan, consisting of Caloocan City-South, Malabon City and Navotas City, and elevated the church to a cathedral. The Pope appointed Deogracias S. Iñiguez, Bishop of Iba, Zambales, as the first Bishop of the diocese. He took possession of the diocese on August 22, 2003. Msgr. Boanerges "Ben" Lechuga, then parish priest during that time, was the first cathedral rector and the first Vicar-General of the diocese. In 2008, Bishop Iñiguez took over as Parish Priest soon after Lechuga's early retirement, and served until 2013, coterminal to his term as bishop. After, Father Elpidio Erlano Jr. became the acting parish priest and rector of the cathedral for six months, until the diocese's Apostolic Administrator, Bishop Francisco M. De Leon, named Father Gaudioso Sustento as parish priest and rector. In February 2017, Monsignor Jerome Cruz was installed as Vicar-General and Parish Priest and Rector of the Cathedral.

Parish Priests[edit]

Name Years serving Present assignment
Rev. Msgr. Pedro Abad, HP (†) 1947–1957 in the Diocese of Imus / deceased
Rev. Msgr. Pedro Vicedo, PC 1957–1977 deceased
Rev. Msgr. Augurio Juta, HP 1977–1979 deceased
Rev. Msgr. Boanerges Lechuga, PC (Msgr. Ben) December 1979 – October 2008 retired
Bishop Deogracias Iñiguez, DD October 2008 – January 2013 retired
Rev. Fr. Elpidio Erlano Jr. (Fr. Jun) January 2013 – July 2013 San Bartolome de Malabon Parish (Rizal Avenue, Barangay San Agustin, Malabon City)
Rev. Fr. Rafael Gaudioso A. Sustento (Fr. Gau) July 2013 – January 2. 2016 Sacred Heart of Jesus (Morning Breeze, Caloocan City)
Rev. Msgr. Jeronimo Ma. J. Cruz, V.G. (Msgr. Jerome) January 5, 2017 – present

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