Ramon Arguelles

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Ramón C. Argüelles

Archbishop-Emeritus of Lipa
Argüelles in 2016
ChurchMetropolitan Cathedral of San Sebastian
SeeLipa (emeritus)
ElectedMarch 15, 2004
InstalledJuly 16, 2004
Term endedFebruary 2, 2017
PredecessorGaudencio Rosales
SuccessorGilbert Garcera
Other post(s)Military Bishop
Auxiliary Bishop of Manila
OrdinationDecember 21, 1969
ConsecrationJanuary 6, 1994
by Pope John Paul II
Personal details
Born (1944-11-12) November 12, 1944 (age 79)
DenominationRoman Catholic
MottoServus, ancillae filius
('I am Your servant, the son of Your handmaid', Wisdom 9:5)
Coat of armsRamón C. Argüelles's coat of arms
Styles of
Ramón C. Argüelles
Reference styleThe Most Reverend
Spoken styleYour Excellency
Religious styleArchbishop

Ramón Cabrera Argüelles, D.D., S.T.L. (born November 12, 1944) is a Filipino cleric who served as Archbishop of the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Lipa in the province of Batangas on the island of Luzon, Philippines from 2004 to 2017. Prior to his appointment as archbishop, he was an auxiliary bishop of the same diocese, appointed to that position on November 26, 1993.

Argüelles first appeared in the news for urging Filipinos to boycott Madonna's concert[1] and for calling for prayers for President Ferdinand Marcos after the latter's burial at the Heroes' Cemetery was permitted by the Supreme Court. On February 2, 2017, Pope Francis accepted his resignation as Archbishop of Lipa and appointed Bishop of Daet Gilbert Garcera as Argüelles' successor.[2]


Arguelles attended Batangas South Elementary School from grades 1 to 4 (1951–1955) and St. Bridget's College from grade 5 to 2nd year high school (1955–1959). He finished 2nd to 5th year high school at Our Lady of Guadalupe Minor Seminary in Makati (1959–1963). He studied philosophy (1963–1966) and theology (1966–1970) at the San Carlos Seminary in Makati.

Arguelles studied for the Bachelor of Sacred Theology and Licentiate in Sacred Theology at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (the Angelicum) in Rome (1972–1976) where he also studied sociology (1974–1976). He studied French at the Universite d'Ete in Paris, France (1973); German at the Goethe Institute, Passau, Germany (Summer 1976); Teresa de Avila at the Centre Spirituel, France (1981–1982); Tertianship at the Nemi Renewal Institute, Rome (July–December 1988); Poustinia at Madonna House, Comberemere, Ontario, Canada (December 1988-February 1989); and apostolic spirituality at St. Bueno's, North Wales (February–May 1989).

Arguelles was ordained a priest on December 21, 1969. Arguelles' priestly ministry began when he served as assistant parish priest at San Jose de Navotas in Navotas (1970–1972). He also served at these parishes in Germany: Hoxter 1 Luchtringen (1973–1974); Clemenskirche, Hannover (1975); and Grosskollnbach/Isar (1976). He then served as rector of San Carlos Seminary from 1982 to 1986.

Arguelles was also a prefect and acting pastor of the Guadalupe Minor Seminary (1977–1978). For three years, he was priest-in-charge of the Fil-Mission (Mission Society of the Philippines) Seminary in Tagaytay (1978–1981) where he was also professor of Introduction to the Scriptures. He served as rector of San Carlos Seminary in Makati (1982–1986) and professor of spirituality at the Summer Institute (1983–1985). He was parish priest and chaplain at the University of the Philippines Diliman in Quezon City (1986–1988) and then became parish priest of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Quezon City. On November 26, 1993, Pope John Paul II elevated him to the office of bishop, and appointed him titular Bishop of Roscrea.

Pope John Paul II appointed him an auxiliary bishop of Manila on November 27, 1993, and he was consecrated at St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. He also served as rector of the Colegio Filipino in Rome (1990–1994) and became chaplain of Filipinos in that country for two years (1990–1992). He was appointed head of the Military Ordinariate of the Philippines on August 25, 1995, and served until 2004. In 2004, he was named Archbishop of Lipa succeeding Gaudencio Rosales, who became Archbishop of Manila in 2003.

Since 1995, Arguelles has been chairman of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines' Episcopal Commission on Migrants and Itinerant Peoples (ECMI). Since 1988 he has been spiritual director of the National Service Committee of the National Charismatic Renewal Movement.

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  1. ^ Cinco, Maricar. "Bishop urges boycott of Madonna concert", The Inquirer, San Pedro City, February 24, 2016. Retrieved on February 24, 2016.
  2. ^ "Rinunce e nomine".

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by Rector of San Carlos Seminary
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Pedro G. Magugat
Military Ordinary of the Philippines
Succeeded by
Preceded by Archbishop of Lipa
Succeeded by