Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Davao

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Archdiocese of Davao

Archdioecesis Davaensis

Arsidyosesis sa Davao
Arkidiyosesis ng Davao
Arquidiócesis de Davao
Archdiocese of Davao coat of arms.svg
Country Philippines
Ecclesiastical provinceDavao
Area2,443 km2 (943 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2019)
1,498,149 (82.5%)
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 priests74
Current leadership
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.

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.[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.



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

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]


As of 2019

  • Total Population – 1,816,529
  • Catholic Population – 1,498,149
  • Diocesan Priests – 74
  • Religious Priests – 88
  • Male Religious – 354
  • Female Religious – 552
  • Parishes – 39
  • 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