Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Davao

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Archdiocese of Davao
Archdioecesis Davaensis
Arsidyosesis sa Davao
Phils Davao City San Pedro Cathedral.JPG
Cathedral of St Peter
Country Philippines
Territory Davao Region
Metropolitan Davao
Area 2,443 km2 (943 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2006)
913,000 (69.3%)
Denomination Roman Catholic
Sui iuris church Latin Church
Rite Roman Rite
Established June 29, 1970
Cathedral Cathedral of St Peter in Davao City
Patron saint Saint Peter
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Metropolitan Archbishop Romulo Valles
Auxiliary Bishops George Beluso Rimando
Emeritus Bishops Fernando Capalla Archbishop Emeritus (1996-2012)
Jurisdiction of the metropolitan see within the Philippines.
Jurisdiction of the metropolitan see within the Philippines.
Website of the Archdiocese

The Archdiocese of Davao is an ecclesiastical jurisdiction of the Catholic Church in the Philippines. It is a metropolitan see in southern Mindanao. The archdiocese comprises the city of Davao, The Island Garden City of Samal, and the municipality of Talaingod, Davao del Norte in Davao del Norte.

Under its jurisdiction are the three suffragan dioceses of Digos, Tagum, and Mati the capital cities of the three Davao provinces.

Brief history[edit]

The beginnings of the Archdiocese started with the arrival of the Augustinian Recollects in 1848 followed by the Jesuits soon after.[1]

Its official beginnings came during its establishment as a Prelature Nullius on December 17, 1949 having the Archdiocese of Cebu as its Metropolitan. It was elevated into a Diocese on July 11, 1966 and eventually became an Archdiocese on June 29, 1970[2] taking as its titular patron St. Peter the Apostle whose feast day is celebrated also on June 29.

The official name given to the ecclesiastical jurisdiction is "Archidioecesis Davaensis" and San Pedro Cathedral Parish as the seat of the Archbishop.

On December 29, 1954, Clovis Thibault, PME was appointed the first bishop of the Prelature of Davao.[3] He was a priest of the Foreign Mission Society of Quebec. Antonio Lloren Mabutas, a native of Agoo, La Union, succeeded him on December 9, 1972 as Archbishop of Davao.[4] He was then succeeded by Fernando Capalla who first became Coadjutor Archbishop on June 28, 1994 and became its Archbishop on November 06. 1996.[5]


Prelate of Davao[edit]

Bishop of Davao[edit]

  • Clovis Joseph Thibauld PME, 1966–1970

Archbishop of Davao[edit]

Auxiliary bishops[edit]

Suffragan dioceses[edit]

Vicariates and Parishes[edit]

Vicariate of San Pablo

  • San Pablo Parish (Founded: 1982)
Address: Juna Subdivision, Matina, Davao City
Parish Priest: Most Rev. George B. Rimando, Auxiliary Bishop of Davao
Parochial Vicar(s): Fr. Zenon Ampong, Fr. Leomel Puerto
Resident Priest: Fr. Ritchie Gamaya
  • Ascension of the Lord Parish (Founded: 2002)
Address: GSIS Heights, Matina, Davao City
Parish Priest: Fr. Leonardo Dublan Jr.
  • Our Lady of Lourdes Parish (Founded: 2003 )
Address: Bangkal, Davao City
Parish Priest: Fr. Dexter Veloso
  • Saint Francis of Assisi Parish (Founded: 1995)
Address: Maa, Davao City
Parish Priest: Fr. Emmanuel Gonzaga
Parochial Vicar : Fr. Loreto Bastasa
  • San Isidro Labrador Parish (Founded: 2000)
Address: Catalunan Grande, Davao City
Parish Priest: Fr. Joel Caasi
  • Shrine of the Most Holy Infant of Prague (Founded: 1968)
Address: Shrine Hills, Matina, Davao City
Rector: Msgr. Edgar Rodriguez

Vicariate of San Pedro

  • San Pedro Cathedral (Founded: 1848)
Address: San Pedro Street, Davao City
Parish Priest: Msgr. Leonardo Vicente
Parochial Vicars: Fr. Elvie Bordios, Fr. Gary Glen Yba
Resident Priest: Fr. Arturo Abarca
  • Our Lady of the Assumption Parish (Founded: 1959)
Address: F. Torres Street, Davao City
Parish Priest: Fr. Felix Elverio, SSS
Parochial Vicar: Fr. Hermogenes Garcia, SSS
  • Our Mother of Perpetual Help Parish (Founded: 1972)
J.P. Laurel Avenue, Bajada, Davao City
Parish Priest: Fr. Nestor Gaspe, CSsR
Parochial Vicar: Fr. Cruzito Manding, CSsR
  • San Alfonso de Ligouri Parish (Founded: 2001)
Address: Mandug, Davao City
Parish Priest: Fr. Vicente Candia Jr.
Parochial Vicar: Fr. Jorge Angga
  • Saint Jude Thaddeus Parish (Founded: 1965)
Address: Malvar Street, Davao City
Parish Priest: Fr. Pedro Lamata
Resident Priest: Fr. Pablo Dagangon
  • Saint Mary of the Perpetual Rosary Parish (Founded: 1987)
Address: Buhangin, Davao City
Parish Priest: Fr. Jesus Samaniego
Resident Priest: Msgr. Maximo Sarno
  • Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Parish (Founded: 2009)
Address: Indangan, Davao City
Parish Priest: Fr. Elneri Meñez

Vicariate of St. Anne

  • Our Lady of Fatima Parish (Founded: 1952)
Address: Fatima Street, Davao City
Parish Priest: Fr. Henry Campeon
  • Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish (Founded: 1967)
Address: Obrero, Davao City
Parish Priest: Msgr. Paul Cuison
Resident Priest: Fr. Russel Bantiles
  • San Antonio de Padua Parish (Founded: 1964)
Address: Agdao, Davao City
Parish Priest: Fr. Leonie España
Parochial Vicar: Fr. Anthony Silvosa
  • Santa Ana Shrine Parish (Founded: 1949)
Address: Santa Ana Street, Davao City
Parish Priest: Msgr. Martiniano Gorgonio
Parochial Vicars: Fr. Sixto Vistal, Fr. Neil Sombrio
Resident Priest: Fr. Junar dela Victoria

Vicariate of St. James, The Apostle

  • San Miguel Parish (Founded: 1994)
Address: Panacan, Davao City
Parish Priest: Fr. Proceso Gimeno Jr.
  • Saint Francis Xavier Parish (Founded: 1965)
Address: Tibungco, Davao City
Parish Priest: Fr. Severino Capulong Jr.
Parochial Vicar: Fr. Roland Boy Ong
  • Saint James the Apostle Parish (Founded: 1962)
Address: Bunawan, Davao City
Parish Priest: Fr. Rommel Banilad
  • Saint John the Baptist Parish (Founded: 1965)
Address: Lasang, Davao City
Parish Priest: Fr. Arnulfo Cubero
Parochial Vicar: Fr. Florencio Acedo Jr.
  • Saint Joseph the Worker Parish (Founded: 1964)
Address: Sasa-Pampanga, Davao City
Parish Priest: Fr. Dionisio Tabiliran
Parochial Vicar: Fr. Victor Isidore Gilay
  • Saint Francis of Assisi Quasi-Parish (Founded: 2013)
Address: La Verna Hills Subdivision, Buhangin, Davao City
Parish Priest: Fr. Orlando Angelia

Vicariate of Our Lady of the Rosary

  • Immaculate Conception Parish (Founded: 1959)
Address: Mintal, Davao City
Parish Priest: Fr. Jovilo Bonggay
Parochial Vicar: Fr. Amado Arroyo
  • San Lorenzo Ruiz Parish (Founded: 1985)
Address: Talomo, Davao City
Parish Priest: Fr. Roger Duhaylungsod
Parochial Vicar: Fr. Nestor Dalumpines
  • Santo Rosario Parish (Founded: 1948)
Address: Toril, Davao City
Parish Priest: Fr. Roy Mejias
Parochial Vicar: Fr. Leif Simbajon
  • Virgen delos remedios parish (founded :2011)
Address:Crossing bayabas toril,Davao city
Parish Priest:Fr.Johnny Autida
  • Holy Family Parish (Founded: 2004)
Address: Baliok, Toril, Davao City
Parish Priest: Fr. Ricky Penalosa
  • Blessed John Paul II Parish (Founded: 2012)
Address: Los Amigos, Davao City
Parish Priest: Fr. Pedro Maniwang

Vicariate of the Immaculate Conception

  • Birhen Dolorosa Parish (Founded: 1960)
Address: Babak, Island Garden City of Samal
Parish Priest: Msgr. Nelson Lucas
Parochial Vicar: Fr. Arnold Balaquinto
  • Immaculate Conception Parish (Founded: 1951)
Address: Peñaplata, Island Garden City of Samal
Parish Priest: Fr. Danilo Dotollo
  • Santo Niño Parish (Founded: 1983)
Address: Kaputian, Island Garden City of Samal
Parish Priest: Fr. Rico Enriquez

Vicariate of the Sacred Heart

  • Mary, Help of Christian Parish (Founded: 2007)
Address: Barangay Dacudao, Calinan, Davao City
Parish Priest: Fr. Mercelino Benabaye, SDB
  • Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish (Founded: 1948)
Address: Calinan, Davao City
Parish Priest: Fr. Arnel Tadeo
Parochial Vicars: Fr. Robert Adam Cajipo, Fr. Ricky Montero
  • San Francisco de Asis (Founded: 2000)
Address: Barangay Tagakpan, Tugbok, Davao City
Parish Priest: Fr. Pedro Calvo Jr., OSJ.
  • San Isidro Labrador Parish (Founded: 1993)
Address: Lomondao, Davao City
Parish Priest: Fr. Edsel Paloma
  • San Roque Parish (Founded: 1984)
Address: Malabog, Davao City
Parish Priest: Fr. Jemasol Ortiz
  • San Miguel Parish (Founded: )
Address: Marahan, Davao City (under the Missionaries of Jesus)
Parish Priest: Fr.


    • St. Francis Xavier Pre-College Seminary, Ulas, Davao City

Tel. (082) 296-1421

  • Coordinator: Fr. Hover Jocson
  • Spiritual Director: Fr. Russel Bantiles
  • Resident Priest: Msgr. Edgar Labagala

(Vocation Director of the Archdiocese: Fr. Elvie Bordios)

    • St. Francis Xavier College Seminary, Catalunan Grande, Davao City

Tel. (082) 299-0160; 299-0161

  • Rector: Fr. Maximo Bahinting
  • Dean of Academics: Fr. Urbano Pardillo, Jr.
  • Dean of Seminarians: Fr. Allan Rodriguez
  • Spiritual Directors: Fr. Pepe Retorca, Fr. Hover Jocson and Msgr. Edgar Rodriguez
    • St. Francis Xavier RegionalL Major Seminary of Mindanao (Remase), Catalunan Grande, Davao City

Tels. (082) 298-0991; 298-0992; Fax: (082) 297-0180

  • Rector: Msgr. Abel Apigo
  • Dean of Seminarians: Fr. Joel Caasi

Religious Congregations of the Archdiocese of Davao[edit]




Archdiocesan Apostolates[edit]

  • Apostolate of The Sea (AOS)
  • Archdiocesan Biblical Apostolate (ABAD)
  • Archdiocesan Center For Ecumenism And Interreligious Dialogue (ACEID)
  • Archdiocesan Liturgical Center (ALC)
  • Archdiocesan Social Action Center (ASAC)
  • Caritas Davao Foundation
  • Catholic Campus Ministry of Davao (CCMD)
  • Center for Overseas Workers (COW)
  • Davao Archdiocesan Youth Coordinating Apostolate (DAYCA)
  • Family And Life Apostolate (FLA)
  • John XXIII Catechetical Center (JCC)
  • Social Communications Apostolate
  • Bishop Thibault Media Center
  • Davao Catholic Herald
  • DXGN-FM Radio Station

Archdiocesan Offices[edit]

Vicars General: -Bishop George Rimando -Msgr. Leonardo Vicente Chancellor: -Msgr. Jaime Gamboa

Judicial Vicar: -Fr. Msgr. Nelson Lucas, STB., JCL.

Episcopal Vicar for the Clergy: -Msgr. Martiniano Gorgonio

Episcopal Vicar for the Consecrated Life: -Fr. William J. LaRousse, MM.

Episcopal Vicar for the Laity: -Msgr. Paul Cuison, PhL, JCD

Archdiocesan Oeconomus - Msgr. Paul Cuison

Secretary to the Archbishop and House Manager: - Fr. Jaime Gamboa STB

Pastoral Director: -Bishop George Rimando, DD

Catholic schools and colleges[edit]

Other institutions[edit]

  • Dominican House Of Prayer
  • Nazareth Retreat House
  • Rivier Retreat House
  • Sacred Heart Brothers Formation And Spirituality Center
  • St. Benedict Retreat House
  • St. Charles Borromeo Retreat House
  • TDM Retreat House


  • Clovis Thibauld (Thibault), P.M.E. † - 29 Dec 1954 Appointed - 9 Dec 1972 Resigned
  • Antonio L. Mabutas † - 9 Dec 1972 Succeeded - 6 Nov 1996 Retired
  • Fernando Capalla - 6 Nov 1996 Succeeded - 11 February 2012 Retired
  • Romulo Valles - since 11 February 2012
  • Auxiliary Bishop and Vicar General:

Bishop George Beluso Rimando.

Affiliated bishops[edit]

At present, the Archdiocese of Davao have produced three bishops. these are Most Rev. Patricio Alo of the Diocese of Mati in Davao Oriental, Most Rev. Guillermo Afable of the Diocese of Digos in Davao del Sur and Most Rev. Julius Tonel of the Prelature of Ipil (now a Diocese) in Zamboanga Sibugay.

  • Julius Sullan Tonel- Priest 12 April 1980; Bishop-Prelate, Prelature of Ipil- 30 June 207
  • George Beluso Rimando - Priest 22 April 1980; Auxiliary Bishop : 4 March 2006 – present
  • Guillermo Dela Vega Afable - Priest: 24 Apr 1976; Auxiliary Bishop-Archdiocese of Davao 21 Apr 2001 to 24 Apr 2002: Coadjutor 24 April 2002: Bishop of Digos-11 Feb 2003–present
  • Patricio Hacbang Alo - Auxiliary Bishop: 14 Apr 1981 to 9 Nov 1984: Bishop of Diocese of Mati 9 April 1984 – present
  • Alfredo Banluta Baquial - † Auxiliary Bishop: 2 Feb 1988 to 1 Mar 1993
  • Generoso C. Camiña, P.M.E. - Auxiliary Bishop: 9 Mar 1978 to 20 Dec 1979
  • Fernando R. Capalla - Auxiliary Bishop: 2 Apr 1975 to 25 Apr 1977; Coadjutor Archbishop: 28 Jun 1994; Archbishop: 6 Nov 1996–present
  • Pedro Rosales Dean - Auxiliary Bishop: 12 Dec 1977 to 23 Jul 1980
  • Antonio Lloren Mabutas - † (Coadjutor Archbishop: 25 Jul 1970; Archbishop: 9 Dec 1972 to 6 Nov 1996
  • Juan Nicolasora Nilmar - Coadjutor Bishop: 1967 to 18 Apr 1970
  • Juan de Dios Mataflorida Pueblos - Auxiliary Bishop: 29 Apr 1985 to 3 Feb 1987
  • Clovis Thibauld (Thibault), P.M.E. - † (Prelate: 29 Dec 1954; Bishop: 11 Jul 1966; Archbishop: 29 Jun 1970 to 9 Dec 1972


As of 2004

  • Total Population - 1,369,913
  • Catholic Population - 1,109,498
  • Diocesan Priests - 65
  • Religious Priests - 63
  • Male Religious - 110
  • Female Religious - 352
  • Parishes - 30
  • Vicariates - 5
  • Catholic educational institutions - 3 seminaries, 2 universities, 6 colleges, and 14 high schools

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Archdiocese of Davao". Catholic Bishop Conference of the Philippines. Retrieved 28 March 2016. 
  2. ^ "Archdiocese of Davao". Retrieved 28 March 2016. 
  3. ^ "Archbishop Clovis Joseph Thibauld (Thibault), P.M.E. †". Retrieved 28 March 2016. 
  4. ^ "Archbishop Antonio Lloren Mabutas †". Retrieved 28 March 2016. 
  5. ^ "Archbishop Fernando Robles Capalla". Retrieved 28 March 2016. 
  6. ^ Catholic Hierarchy: "Bishop George Beluso Rimando retrieved November 7, 2015

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Coordinates: 7°03′53″N 125°36′32″E / 7.0646°N 125.6090°E / 7.0646; 125.6090