List of Filipino Saints, Blesseds, and Servants of God

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This page is a list of Filipino Saints, Blesseds, Venerables, and Servants of God recognized by the Roman Catholic Church. Majority of these men and women of religious life were born, died, or lived within the Philippine Country.

The Metropolitan Cathedral of Cebu.

The Roman Catholic faith has already existed since the country's earliest history. Indeed, Ferdinand Magellans' expedition of 1521 included Catholic priests and missionaries among the crew. In fact, some Catholic missionaries became one the explorers of the native land's while converting and persuading the Indios towards Christianism. Through because of the Spanish colonization that had began by Miguel Lopez de Legazpi, they introduced Christianity as settling within Cebu. Now, Cebu is a well known Catholic Island.

Catholics continue to contribute to Filipino religious life up to the present day. Consequently, several these Filipino Catholics have been considered for sainthood over the past centuries. Most of these Catholic saints-to-be were from the 20th Century and so on. Few only of those, in the days of the Spanish era within the Philippines founded the way of sanctity.

The very first Filipino saint canonized was Lorenzo Ruiz, a married lay Dominican and member of the Rosarian Confraternity in dedication to Our Lady. Ruiz died as a martyr of faith, during the persecutions at the Nagasaki, Japan were the Kingdom organized an anti-clericalism. Lorenzo Ruiz was beatified by Pope John Paul II in Manila, and without any further a do, was canonized at St. Peter's Square, Vatican City along with his Companion Martyrs in 1987. And after 25 years later, the title of a saint was followed by another martyr, named Pedro Calungsod, whom was canonized on October 2012 by Pope Benedict XVI.

Saints[edit]

  • Saint Lorenzo Ruiz, Married Layperson of the Archdiocese of Manila; Member of the Confraternity of the Rosary; Martyr of Nagasaki, Japan
  • Saint Pedro Calungsod, Young Layperson of the Archdiocese of Cebu; Catechist; Martyr of Micronesia
    • Born: ca. 1654 - Ginatilan, Cebu, Philippines
    • Died: April 2, 1672 - Tumon, Guam
    • Nihil Obstat: October 7, 1994
    • Beatified: March 5, 2000 By Pope John Paul II
    • Canonized: October 21, 2012 By Pope Benedict XVI

Blesseds[edit]

In Some sources, Diego Luis de San Vitores, a Jesuits Missionary is being included within the list of Filipino Saints. Through because of his long life living on the Philippines, and being accompanied by Pedro Calungsod in his mission at Guam. As well as that his cause for Canonization was petitioned by the Archdiocese of Manila next with Archdiocese of Agana.

Venerables[edit]

  • Venerable Isabel Larrañaga Ramírez, Founder of the Sisters of Charity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
    • Born: November 19, 1836 - Manila, Philippines
    • Died: January 17, 1899 - Havana, Cuba
    • Nihil Obstat: December 17, 1982
    • Declared Venerable: March 26, 1999
  • Venerable Ignacia del Espiritu Santo Juco, Founder of the Religious of the Virgin Mary
    • Born: February 1, 1663 - Binondo, Manila, Philippines
    • Died: September 10, 1748 - Manila, Philippines
    • Nihil Obstat: October 20, 1986
    • Declared Venerable: July 6, 2007
  • Venerable Joaquina Maria Mercedes Barcelo Pages, Cofounder of the Augustinian Sisters of Our Lady of Consolation
    • Born: July 24, 1857 - Sarria, Barcelona, Spain
    • Died: August 4, 1940 - Manila, Philippines
    • Nihil Obstat: June 18, 2002
    • Declared Venerable: December 20, 2012
  • Venerable Aloysius Schwartz, Priest of the Archdiocese of Manila; Founder of the Sisters of Mary of Banneux and Brothers of Christ
    • Born: September 18, 1930 - Washington D.C., USA
    • Died: March 16, 1992 - Manila, Philippines
    • Nihil Obstat: November 27, 2003
    • Declared Venerable: January 22, 2015

Servants of God[edit]

  • Servant of God Cecilia Rosa de Jesús Talangpaz, Cofounder of the Augustinian Recollect Sisters
    • Born: July 16, 1693 - Calumpit, Bulacan, Philippines
    • Died: July 31, 1731 - San Sebastian, Manila, Philippines
    • Nihil Obstat: September 10, 1999
  • Servant of God William Finnemann, Professed priest of the Society of the Divine Word; Apostolic Vicariate of Calapan; Martyr
    • Born: December 18, 1882 - North Rhine-Wesphalia, Germany
    • Died: October 26, 1942 - near Verde Island, Batangas, Philippines
    • Nihil Obstat: December 7, 1999
  • Servant of God Alfredo Maria Aranda Obviar, Bishop of Lucena; Founder of the Missionary Catechists of Saint Therese of the Infant Jesus
    • Born: August 29, 1889 - Lipa, Batangas, Philippines
    • Died: October 1, 1978 - Tayabas, Quezon, Philippines
    • Nihil Obstat: March 6, 2001
  • Servant of God Francisca Fuentes, Founder of the Dominican Sisters of Saint Catherine of Siena
    • Born: ca. 1647 - Manila, Philippines
    • Died: August 24, 1711 - Intarmuros, Manila, Philippines
    • Nihil Obstat: March 11, 2003
  • Servant of God Iustus Takayama Ukon (1552–1615), Layperson of the Archdiocese of Tokyo
    • Born: c. 1552 - Haibara-cho, Nara, Japan
    • Died: February 4, 1615 - Manila, Philippines
    • Nihil Obstat: ----
Mother Jeronima in her later years
  • Servant of God Maria Beatriz Del Rosario Arroyo, Founder, Dominican Sisters of the Most Holy Rosary of the Philippines
    • Born: February 17, 1884 - Molo, Iloilo, Philippines
    • Died: June 14, 1957 - Molo, Iloilo, Philippines
    • Nihil Obstat: March 14, 2009
  • Servant of God Teofilo Bastida Camomot, Coadjutor Archbishop of Cagayan de Oro; Titular Archbishop of Marcianopolis; Founder of the Daughters of Saint Teresa
    • Born: March 3, 1914 - Cagon, Carcar, Cebu, Philippines
    • Died: September 27, 1988 - Bario Baho, San Fernando, Cebu, Philippines
    • Nihil Obstat: September 20, 2010
  • Servant of God Carlo Braga, Professed Priest of the Salesians of Don Bosco
    • Born: May 23, 1889 - Tirano, Sondrio, Italy
    • Died: January 3, 1971 - Pampanga, Philippines
    • Nihil Obstat: January 31, 2013
  • Servant of God Alfredo Verzosa, Bishop of Lipa; Founder of the Missionary Catechists of the Sacred Heart*
    • Born: December 9, 1877 - Vigan, Ilocos Sur, Philippines
    • Died: June 27, 1954 - Vigan, Ilocos Sur, Philippines
    • Nihil Obstat: 2014
  • Servant of God Rhoel Gallardo, Professed Priest of the Claretians; Martyr*
    • Born: November 29, 1965 - Olongapo, Zambales, Philippines
    • Died: May 3, 2000 - Punoh Mahadji, Basilan, Philippines
    • Nihil Obstat:
  • Servant of God Dalisay Lazaga, Professed Religious of the Canossians Daughters of Charity*
    • Born: March 17, 1940 - Santa Rosa, Laguna, Philippines
    • Died: January 30, 1971 - Manila, Philippines
    • Nihil Obstat:
  • Servant of God George Willmann, Professed Priest of the Jesuits* (cause petitioned by the Philippines)
    • Born: June 29, 1897 - Brooklyn, New York, United States
    • Died: September 14, 1977 - Fordham, New York, United States
    • Nihil Obstat:
  • Servant of God Francesco Palliola, Professed Priest of the Jesuits; Martyr*
    • Born: May 10, 1612 - Nola, Naples, Italy
    • Died: January 29, 1648 - Dipolog, Zamboanga del Norte, Philippines
    • Nihil Obstat:
  • Servant of God Amador Tajanlangit, Married Layperson of the Archdiocese of Jaro*
    • Born: April 30, 1911 - Miag-ao, Iloilo, Philippines
    • Died: March 09, 1977 - Jaro, Iloilo, Philippines
    • Nihil Obstat:
  • Servant of God Joseph Verbis Lafleur, Priest of the Military Ordinate of the United States*
    • Born: January 24, 1912 - Ville Platte, Louisiana, USA
    • Died: September 07, 1944 - off Sindangan Point, Liloy, Zamboanga del Norte, Philippines
    • Nihil Obstat:


In order of Sanctity[edit]

This section is a list of men and women, proposed by each Dioceses and Archdioceses for the cause of sainthood. Some are already in the process within the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, waiting to receive the title as "Servant of God" and to continue the process.

  • Miguel de Ayatumo, Young Layperson of the Diocese of Tagbiliran
  • Martha de San Bernardo, Professed Religious of the Colettine Poor Clare Nuns*
    • Born: ? - San Fernando, Pampanga, Philippines
    • Died: 1939? - Macao, China
  • Juan de Guerra, Layperson of the Archdiocese of Manila; Catechist
    • Born: ? - Philippines
    • Died: 1940 - Macao, China
  • Maddalena de la Concepcion, Professed Religious of the Colettine Poor Clare Nuns*
    • Born: ? - Pampanga, Philippines
    • Died: April 05, 1685 - San Fernando, Pampanga, Philippines
  • Pedro Peláez, Priest and Vicar Administrator of the Archdiocese of Manila; Reformer
    • Born: June 29, 1812 - Pagsanjan, Laguna, Philippines
    • Died: June 03, 1863 - Manila, Philippines
  • Margarita Roxas de Ayala, Married Layperson of the Archdiocese of Manila
    • Born: July 29, 1826 - Manila, Philippines
    • Died: November 01, 1869 - Manila, Philippines
  • Ines Barcelo Pages, Founder of the Augustinian Sisters of Our Lady of Consolation (cause petitioned by the Archdiocese of Manila)
    • Born: April 20, 1843 - Sarria, Barcelona, Spain
    • Died: May 14, 1904 - Barcelona, Spain
  • Victor Baltanas Berceo, Professed Priest of the Augustinian Recollects
    • Born: November 17, 1869 - Berceo, La Rioja, Philippines
    • Died: May 15, 1909 - Escalante, Negros Occidental, Philippines
  • Cristina Ventura (Asuncion), Professed Religious of the Daughters of Charity of Saint Vincent de Paul
    • Born: 1853 - Bacolor, Pampanga, Philippines
    • Died: November 22, 1923 - San Fernando, Pampanga, Philippines
  • Fausta Labrador, Layperson of the Diocese of Lucena; Catechist
    • Born: December 19, 1858 - Tayabas, Quezon, Philippines
    • Died: December 13, 1942 - Lucena, Quezon, Philippines
  • Francis Douglas, Priest of the Missionary Society of Saint Columban
    • Born: May 22, 1920 - Johnsonville, Wellington, New Zealand
    • Died: August 27, 1943 - Paete, Laguna, Philippines
  • William Thomas Cummings, Priest of the Maryknoll Missionary Society
    • Born: October 30, 1903 - San Francisco, California, USA
    • Died: January 28, 1945 - on sea aboard a POW ship, between Taiwan and Japan
  • William Kelley (Egbert Xavier), Professed Religious of the Brothers of the Christian Schools (De La Salle Brothers)
    • Born: May 24, 1894 - Baltinglass, Wicklow, Ireland
    • Died: February 07, 1945 - Malate, Manila, Philippines
  • Thomas Flynn, Priest of the Missionary Society of Saint Columban
    • Born: November 5, 1908 - Sixmilebridge, Clare, Ireland
    • Died: November 26, 1950 - Labrador, Pangasinan, Philippines
  • Laura Latorre Mendoza, Cofounder of the Missionary Catechists of the Sacred Heart
    • Born: August 17, 1877 - La Paz, Lipa, Batangas, Philippines
    • Died: July 06, 1969 - Lipa, Batangas, Philippines
  • Santiago Arce, Married Layperson of the Diocese of Bangued
    • Born: ? - Bangued, Abra, Philippines
    • Died: September 04, 1974 - Bangued, Abra, Philippines
  • Carlos Tayag, Professed Deacon of the Benedictines (Subiaco Congregation)
    • Born: August 24, 1942 - Angeles, Pampanga, Philippines
    • Disappeared: August 17, 1976 - Quezon City, Manila, Philippines
  • Purificacion Pedro, Layperson of the Diocese of Quezon City and the Apostolic-Vicariate of Bontoc-Lagawe
    • Born: September 22, 1948 - Laoag, Ilocos Norte, Philippines
    • Died: January 23, 1977 - Balanga, Bataan, Philippines
  • Conrado De la Cruz, Professed Priest of the Congregation of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (Scheut)
    • Born: 27 July 1946 in Baguio, Benguet, Philippines
    • Disappeared: 01 May 1980 in Guatemala City (Guatemala)
  • Martyrs of Charity
    • Henrica Berentse, Professed Religious of the Sisters of the Christian Schools of Saint Julie Postel
      • Born: March 30, 1935 - Beltrum, Eibergenin, Belgium
    • Remedios Chuidian, Professed Religious of the Religious of the Good Shepherd
      • Born: May 4, 1937 - Manila, Philippines
    • Lourdes Conti, Professed Religious of the Religious of the Good Shepherd
      • Born: February 5, 1937 - Bauan, Batangas, Philippines
    • Virginia Gonzaga, Professed Religious of the Religious of the Good Shepherd
      • Born: June 9, 1941 - Bacolod, Negros Occidental, Philippines
    • Lucinda Loreto, Professed Religious of the Religious of the Good Shepherd
      • Born: April 30, 1944 - Pasig, Metro Manila, Philippines
    • Amparo Gilbuena, Professed Religious of the Missionary Sisters of Mary
      • Born: ? - Philippines
    • Josephine Medrano, Professed Religious of the Daughters of Mary of the Assumption
      • Born: ? - Philippines
    • Jan Simon Westendorp, Professed Priest of the Carmelites of Ancient Observance
      • Born: November 19, 1936 - Hengevelde, Twente, Netherlands
      • Died: November 21, 1983 - aboard the M/V Cassandra, off Camiguin, Philippines
  • Roderick Flores, Young Layperson of the Archdiocese of Manila*
    • Born: 1969 - Mandaluyong City, Manila, Philippines
    • Died: August 18, 1984 - Mandaluyong City, Manila, Philippines
  • Mario Estorba, Professed Priest of the Society of the Divine Word
    • Born: October 17, 1952 - Tagbiliran, Bohol, Philippines
    • Died: July 01, 1988 - Butuan City, Philippines
  • Nery Lito Satur, Priest of the Diocese of Malaybalay
    • Born: May 26, 1961 - Matonggao, Lanao del Norte, Philippines
    • Died: October 14, 1991 - Guinoyoran, Bukidnon, Philippines
  • Rosalina Abejo, Professed Religious of the Religious of the Virgin Mary
    • Born: July 13, 1922 - Tagoloa, Misamis Oriental, Philippines
    • Died: June 05, 1991 - Fresno, California, USA
  • Salvatore Carzedda, Priest of the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions
    • Born: December 20, 1943 - Bitti, Nuoro, Italy
    • Died: May 02, 1992 - Zamboanga City, Philippines
  • Richard Michael Fernando, Professed Cleric of the Jesuits
    • Born: February 27, 1970 - Quezon City, Philippines
    • Died: October 17, 1996 - Phnom Penh, Cambodia
  • Benjamin de Jesus, Professed Priest of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate; Apostolic Vicar of Jolo
    • Born: July 25, 1940 - Hulong Dagat, Malabon, Metro Manila, Philippines
    • Died: February 04, 1997 - Jolo, Sulu, Philippines
  • Victoria Espejon (Mary Michael), Professed Religious of the Missionary of Charity of Mother Teresa
    • Born: September 21, 1961 - Gen. Luna, Siargao, Surigao del Norte, Philippines
    • Died: July 27, 1998 - Al Hudaydah, Yemen
  • Benjamin Inocencio, Professed Priest of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate
    • Born: January 17, 1958 - Ugong, Pasig, Metro Manila, Philippines
    • Died: December 28, 2000 - Jolo, Sulo, Philippines
  • Rufus Halley, Priest of the Missionary Society of Saint Columban
    • Born: January 5, 1944 - Butlerstown, Waterford, Ireland
    • Died: August 28, 2001 - Malabang, Lanao del Sur, Philippines
  • Marco Candelario Laspuna, Novice of the Missionaries of the Poor
    • Born: February 2, 1974 - Botolan, Zambales, Philippines
    • Died: October 28, 2005 - Kingston, Jamaica
  • Justin Daniel Bataclan, Seminarian of the Society of Saint Paul (Paulines); Martyr
    • Born: July 17, 1986 - Cubao, Quezon City, Manila, Philippines
    • Died: June 07, 2007 - Cubao, Quezon City, Manila, Philippines
  • Florante Rigonan, Priest of the Diocese of Laoag; Martyr*
    • Born: 1959 - Philippines
    • Died: July 27, 2007 - Pinili, Ilocos Norte, Philippines


The * signifies that their informations of their death and birth are incomplete.

Group Martyrs[edit]

This sections conclude the list of martyrs pending for the Cause for Sainthood. Majority of them are underway for canonization proposed by the CCS.

  • Jesuit Martyrs in Micronesia, is a list of the Catholic missionaries towards Guam and the Federated States of Micronesia, in which includes as well many Filipinos, whom died for Christian Faith and Mission.
  • De La Salle Martyrs of the year 1945, The Companion Martyrs of Bro. William Kelley (Egbert Xavier). All Professed Religious' of the Brothers of the Christian Schools (De La Salle Brothers)
    • John Concoran (Flavius Leo)
      • Born: June 13, 1876 - Castlecomer, Kilkenny, Ireland
    • Wilhelm Hengelbrock (Mutwald William)
      • Born: November 10, 1907 - Osnabruck, Germany
    • Alois Seipel (Paternus Paul)
      • Born: March 21, 1908 - Marborn, Steinau an der Strasse, Main-Kinzig, Germany
    • Wilhelm Spieker (Arkadius Maria)
      • Born: November 10, 1910 - Kassel, Germany
    • Joseph Hastreiter (Gerfreid Joseph)
      • Born: August 23, 1912 - Furth im Wald, Cham, Germany
    • Lorenz Kreitner (Hartmann Hubert)
      • Born: October 23, 1912 - Mannheim, Germany
    • Johann Nepomuk Meier (Maximin Maria)
      • Born: September 30, 1913 - Frommersbach, Zerf, Trier-Saarburg, Germany
    • Hermann Joseph Gelb (Berthwin Philibert)
      • Born: October 13, 1913 - Hockenheim, Rhein-Neckar-Kreis, Germany
    • Helmut Jakob Wegner (Romuald Suxtus)
      • Born: August 29, 1914 - Ludwigshafen, Germany
    • Gyula Miklos (De La Salle Janos Baptista)
      • Born: 1918 - Budapest, Hungary
    • Johannes Kuntz (Freidebert Johannes)
      • Born: July 15, 1915 - Rheinfelden, Lorrach, Germany
    • Ernst Kammerling (Lambert Romanus)
      • Born: April 28, 1917 - Erkelenz, Heinsburg, Germany
    • Alfons Bender (Adolf Gebhard)
      • Born: May 12, 1914 - Herdorf, Altenkirchen, Germany
    • Joseph Biely (Alemond Lucian)
      • Born: 1917 - Slovak Republic
    • Konrad Wehle (Viktorinus Heinrich)
      • Born: November 21, 1914 - Grunmettstetten, Freudenstadt, Germany
      • Died: February 12, 1945 - Malate, Manila, Philippines
  • Religious Martyrs of Santo Tomas, professed religious' of the Missionary Sisters Servants of the Holy Spirit, martyred at the end of March, year 1945.
    • Anna Unterscher (Adelheida)
      • Born: in Germany
    • Margareta Nieder (Aloysius)
      • Born: in Germany
    • Agnes Hoffman (Ansberta)
      • Born: in Germany
    • Paula Diancourt (Benedicta)
      • Born: October 6, 1899 - Dortmund, Erzdiözese Paderborn, Germany [1]
    • Maria Weisert (Bernia)
      • Born: in Germany
    • Palmaria Molina (Celia)
      • Born: in the Philippines
    • Petronilla Arjonilla (Cesaria)
      • Born: in the United States
    • Maria Klara Schnettler (Cleophana)
      • Born: in Germany
    • Sophie Horth (Franciscetta)
      • Born: in Germany
    • Maria Piebler (Gumberta)
      • Born: in Germany
    • Elisabet Faulstich (Isburga)
      • Born: in Germany
    • Elisabeth Maria Anna Hartelt (Passima)
      • Born: in Germany
    • Elisabeth Schofs (Placida)
      • Born: in Germany
    • Margarete Mzyk (Richarde)
      • Born: in Poland
    • Bernardina Jurcovic (Victimaria)
      • Born: in Slovak Republic
      • Died: at the end of March 1945 in Santo Tomas, Batangas, Philippines

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Moll, Helmut (2015). ZEUGEN FÜR CHRISTUS (Helmut Moll ed.). FERDINAND SCHÖNINGH. p. 1597. ISBN 978-3-506-78080-5. 

Bibliography[edit]

  • Moll, Helmut. ZEUGEN FÜR CHRISTUS (Das deutsche Martyrologium

des 20. Jahrhunderts), 2015. ISBN 978-3-506-78080-5.