Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Davao

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Archdiocese of Davao

Archdioecesis Davaensis

Arsidyosesis sa Davao
Arkidiyosesis ng Davao
Arquidiócesis de Davao
Coat of arms
Country Philippines
Ecclesiastical provinceDavao
Area2,443 km2 (943 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2021)
1,635,540[1] (77.9%)
Sui iuris churchLatin Church
RiteRoman Rite
EstablishedDecember 17, 1949 (As Prelature)
July 11, 1966 (As Diocese)
June 29, 1970 (As Archdiocese)
CathedralCathedral of St. Peter
Patron saintSaint Peter
Secular priests77
Current leadership
Metropolitan ArchbishopRomulo Valles
Auxiliary BishopsGeorge Beluso Rimando
Jurisdiction of the metropolitan see within the Philippines.
Jurisdiction of the metropolitan see within the Philippines.

The Archdiocese of Davao (Latin: Archidioecesis Davaensis) 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.


Former Coat of arms of then-diocese of Davao (as illustrated in Philippine Studies)

The beginnings of the Archdiocese started with the arrival of the Augustinian Recollects in 1848 followed by the Jesuits soon after.[2]

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,[3] taking as its titular patron saint 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 was appointed prelate of the prelature of Davao.[4] He was a priest of the Foreign Mission Society of Quebec. He became the first bishop and archbishop when the prelature was elevated into a diocese and later into an archdiocese. Antonio Lloren Mabutas, a native of Agoo, La Union, succeeded him on December 9, 1972.[5] He was then succeeded by Fernando Capalla who first became Coadjutor Archbishop on June 28, 1994, and became its archbishop on November 6, 1996.[6] The current archbishop of Davao is Romulo Valles, who was appointed in 2012.



No Name In office Coat of arms
1. Clovis Joseph Thibauld 1954–1966 (as Prelate)
1966–1970 (as Bishop)
1970–1972 (as Archbishop)
2. Antonio Lloren Mabutas 1972–1996
3. Fernando Capalla 1996–2012
4. Romulo Geolina Valles 2012–present

Auxiliary bishops[edit]

  • Fernando Capalla (1975–1977)
  • Pedro Rosales Dean (1977–1980)
  • Generoso Cambronero Camiña (1978–1979)
  • Patricio Hacbang Alo (1981–1984)
  • Juan de Dios Mataflorida Pueblos (1985–1987)
  • Alfredo Banluta Baquial (1988–1993)
  • Guillermo Dela Vega Afable (2001–2002)
  • George Beluso Rimando (2006–present)[7]

Suffragan dioceses[edit]


As of 2021[8]:

  • Total Population – 1,953,049
  • Catholic Population – 1,520,885
  • Diocesan Priests – 77
  • Religious Priests – 70
  • Male Religious – 331
  • Female Religious – 381
  • Parishes – 39
  • Vicariates – 7 [citation needed]
  • Catholic educational institutions – 3 seminaries, 2 universities, 6 colleges, and 14 high schools [citation needed]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Davao (Catholic Metropolitan Archdiocese)". Retrieved September 16, 2023.
  2. ^ "Archdiocese of Davao". Catholic Bishop Conference of the Philippines. Archived from the original on September 23, 2015. Retrieved March 28, 2016.
  3. ^ "Archdiocese of Davao". Retrieved March 28, 2016.
  4. ^ "Archbishop Clovis Joseph Thibauld (Thibault), P.M.E. †". Retrieved March 28, 2016.
  5. ^ "Archbishop Antonio Lloren Mabutas †". Retrieved March 28, 2016.
  6. ^ "Archbishop Fernando Robles Capalla". Retrieved March 28, 2016.
  7. ^ Catholic Hierarchy: "Bishop George Beluso Rimando retrieved November 7, 2015
  8. ^ "Archdiocese of Davao". Retrieved May 5, 2024.

External links[edit]

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