Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Davao

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Archdiocese of Davao

Archdioecesis Davaensis

Arsidyosesis sa Davao
Arquidiócesis de Davao
Phils Davao City San Pedro Cathedral.JPG
Country Philippines
Ecclesiastical provinceDavao
Area2,443 km2 (943 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2016)
1,407,303 (80.6%)
DenominationRoman Catholic
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 priests79
Current leadership
Metropolitan ArchbishopMost Rev. Romulo Valles, D.D.
Auxiliary BishopsMost Rev. George Beluso Rimando, D.D.
Bishops emeritusMost Rev. Fernando Capalla, D.D. 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 (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.


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, P.M.E. was appointed as prelate of the Prelature of Davao.[3] 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.[4] He was then succeeded by Fernando Capalla who first became Coadjutor Archbishop on June 28, 1994 and became its Archbishop on November 6, 1996.[5] The current Archbishop of Davao is Romulo Valles who was appointed in 2012.



  • Clovis Joseph Thibauld, P.M.E. (1954–1966)


  • Clovis Joseph Thibauld, P.M.E. (1966–1970)


No Name In office
1. Clovis Joseph Thibauld, P.M.E. (1970–1972)
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, P.M.E. † (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)[6]

Suffragan dioceses[edit]

Vicariates and Parishes[edit]


  • St. Francis Xavier Pre-College Seminary, Ulas, Davao City
  • 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
  • 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
  • Rector: Msgr. Abel Apigo
  • Dean of Seminarians: Fr. Joel Caasi

Religious Congregations[edit]



Archdiocesan Apostolates[edit]

Archdiocesan Offices[edit]

Vicars General:

  • Bishop George Rimando
  • Msgr. Leonardo Vicente


  • 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

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.


As of 2016

  • Total Population – 1,747,000
  • Catholic Population – 1,407,303
  • Diocesan Priests – 79
  • Religious Priests – 82
  • Male Religious – 314
  • Female Religious – 523
  • Parishes – 38
  • Vicariates – 7
  • 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. Archived from the original on 23 September 2015. 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

External links[edit]

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