Ramon Arguelles

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Ramón C. Argüelles

Archbishop-Emeritus of Lipa
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ChurchMetropolitan Cathedral of San Sebastian
SeeLipa (emeritus)
ElectedMarch 15, 2004
InstalledJuly 16, 2004
Term endedFebruary 2, 2017
PredecessorGaudencio Rosales
SuccessorGilbert Garcera
Other postsMilitary 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 74)
Batangas, Batangas, Commonwealth of the Philippines
DenominationRoman Catholic
MottoServus, ancillae filius ("I am Your servant, the son of Your handmaid") – Wisdom 9:5
Styles of
Ramón C. Argüelles
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Reference styleThe Most Reverend
Spoken styleYour Excellency
Religious styleArchbishop

Ramón Cabrera Argüelles (born November 12, 1944) was appointed Archbishop of the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Lipa in the province of Batangas, on the island of Luzon, Philippines, on March 15, 2004. Prior to his appointment as Archbishop, he was an Auxiliary Bishop of the same diocese, appointed to that position on November 26, 1993.

Arguelles' first appearance in the news was for urging a boycott of a Madonna concert,[1] but became widely known for calling of prayers for Ferdinand Marcos after the latter's burial at Heroes' Cemetery was allowed by the Supreme Court. On 2 February 2017, Pope Francis accepted his resignation as Archbishop of Lipa and appointed Bishop of Daet Gilbert Garcera as the new archbishop.[2]


Arguelles was ordained a priest on December 21, 1969. Argüelles served as rector of San Carlos Seminary from 1982 to 1986. On November 26, 1993, Pope John Paul II elevated him to the office of bishop, and appointed him titular Bishop of Roscrea.

Arguelles was auxiliary bishop of Manila. Afterwards, he took the administration of the Military Ordinariate of the Philippines. In 2004, he was named Archbishop of Lipa succeeding Gaudencio Rosales, who became Archbishop of Manila in 2003.

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 City (1959–1963). He studied philosophy (1963–1966) and theology (1966–1970) at the San Carlos Seminary in Makati City.

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' priestly ministry began when he served as assistant parish priest at San Jose de Navotas in Navotas City, Metro Manila (1970–1972). He also served at these parishes in Germany: Hoxter 1 Luchtringen (1973–1974); Clemenskirche, Hannover (1975); and Grosskollnbach/Isar (1976).

Arguelles was also former 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 City (1982–1986) and professor of Spirituality at the Summer Institute (1983–1985). He was parish priest and chaplain at the University of the Philippines in Quezon City (1986–1988) and then became parish priest of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Quezon City.

Arguelles served as rector of the Colegio Filipino in Rome (1990–1994) and became chaplain of Filipinos in that country for two years (1990–1992).

Pope John Paul II appointed him an auxiliary bishop for Manila on Nov. 27, 1993 and he was consecrated at St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. He was appointed head of the military ordinariate of the Philippines on Aug. 25, 1995 and served until 2005.

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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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Gaudencio Rosales
Archbishop of Lipa
Succeeded by
Gilbert Garcera