Jorge Barlin

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Jorge Barlin
Bishop of Nueva Caceres
Jorge Barlin monument
In office1905–1909
SuccessorJohn Bernard MacGinley
OrdinationApril 23, 1850
ConsecrationJune 29, 1906
by Archbishop Ambrose Agius, O.S.B.
Personal details
Birth nameJorge Barlin y Imperial
Born(1850-04-23)April 23, 1850
Baao, Camarines, Captaincy General of the Philippines, Spanish Empire
DiedSeptember 4, 1909(1909-09-04) (aged 59)
Rome, Kingdom of Italy
BuriedCimitero Comunale Monumentale Campo Verano, Rome, Italy
ParentsMateo Alfonso Barlin and Francisca Imperial

Jorge Barlin (April 23, 1850, Baao, Camarines Sur, Philippines – September 4, 1909, Rome, Italy) also known as Jorge Barlin Imperial, Jorge Alfonso Imperial Barlin and Jorge Barlin y Imperial following Spanish naming customs, was the first Filipino consecrated a bishop in the Roman Catholic Church. He served as Archbishop of Caceres in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Caceres in the Philippines until 1909. He was the first Filipino and Bicolano bishop and was parish priest and Vicar Forane of Sorsogon from 1887 to 1906.[1]


Barlin was born April 23, 1850 in Baao, Camarines Sur, the Philippines to Mateo Alfonso Barlin and Francisca Imperial and died in Rome, Italy in 1909.[2]

He was ordained a priest on September 19, 1875 and consecrated a bishop on June 29, 1906 by Archbishop Ambrose Agius, O.S.B. along with co-consecrators Archbishop Jeremiah James Harty and Bishop Frederick Zadok Rooker.[2] "Barlin proved very capable and loyal, dealing a blow to the schismatic Iglesia Filipinia Independiente by resisting its recruitment efforts and winning a court battle over church property," according to Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines.[3]

He died and was interred in that holy city.[2] Attempts to have his body returned to the Philippines were not successful.[2]

There is a monument commemorating Jorge Barlin called Plaza Barlin in Naga, Camarines Sur [4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ page 32, Tracing from Solsogon to Sorsogon, 2nd Edition (2007), ISBN 978-971-814-099-4
  2. ^ a b c d "Rev Fr Jorge Alfonso Imperial Barlin". Find a Grave. Retrieved March 27, 2016. Edit this at Wikidata
  3. ^ "The Philippines: "Arsenal of Faith, Deposit of Christianity in the East"". Pope Francis Papal Visit 2015. Retrieved 27 March 2016.
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Further reading[edit]

  • Alarcon, R.A. (2009). The Episcopal Consecration of Bishop Jorge Barlin: A New Phase in Philippine Church History. Philippiniana Sacra XLIV(131).

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Arsenio del Campo y Monasterio
Bishop of Nueva Caceres
Succeeded by
John Bernard MacGinley