Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Lipa

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Archdiocese of Lipa
Archidioecesis Lipaensis
Arsidiyosesis ng Lipa
Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Lipa.png
Country  Philippines
Territory Batangas
Ecclesiastical province Lipa
Metropolitan Lipa, Batangas
Area 3,165 km2 (1,222 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2004)
1,843,617 (96.8%)
Denomination Roman Catholic
Sui iuris church Latin Church
Rite Roman Rite
Established 10 April 1910 (Diocese), 20 June 1972 (Archdiocese)
Cathedral Cathedral of Saint Sebastian in Lipa, Batangas
Patron saint Saint Joseph
Immaculate Conception
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Metropolitan Archbishop Ramon Arguelles
Vicar General Ruben Dimaculangan
Jurisdiction of the metropolitan see within the Philippines.
Jurisdiction of the metropolitan see within the Philippines.
Website of the Diocese

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Lipa today comprises the civil province of Batangas located in the southwestern part of the island of Luzon in the Philippines.

Suffragan dioceses[edit]



It is bounded on the north by the provinces of Cavite and Laguna, on the east by Tayabas Bay, and Quezon Province, on the west by the China Sea, and on the south by the Balayan and Batangas Bays. Its land area is 3,165 square kilometers (1,222 sq mi) and the population as of the 1994 census is 1,668,480 of which 99.5 per cent are Catholics.

The province surrounds Lake Taal from which Taal Volcano rises in the center. The rich soil of Batangas was formed from volcanic tuff coming from the active volcanoes of Taal. The terrain is characterized by rolling hills, plateaus and low mountains, the highest of which is Mount Makiling which is only 1,109 meters (3,638 feet) in elevation.

The Archbishop of Lipa[edit]

As of 2004 The Archbishop of Lipa is Ramon Cabrera Arguelles.

Creation of the Diocese[edit]

The Diocese of Lipa was created on April 10, 1910, separating it from that of Manila under the supervision of Pope Pius X. The diocese then covered the provinces of Batangas, Laguna, Quezon, Marinduque and Mindoro, with Joseph Petrelli as the first bishop. There were initially very few priest for the large diocese.

Bishop Petrelli invited different religious Roman Catholic religious institutes to come to his diocese and help minister to the spiritual needs of the faithful. He also conceived the building of a seminary in the diocese. In June 1914 a diocesan seminary was built in Bauan, which was later transferred to San Pablo in Laguna. This initiative of the first bishop was continued by the next bishop, Alfredo Verzosa, who served a long term from 1916 to 1950. He invited priests from the Society of St. Vincent de Paul to help in the administration of the new seminary.

In 1950 Rufino Santos took over the diocese. Described as a financial administrator of great acumen, Bishop Santos applied for bank loans to help construct some buildings. This way he continued the construction work of the Lipa Cathedral and built a major seminary beside it.


With the departure of Monsignor Rufino Santos for the Archdiocese of Manila came a young bishop, Alejandro Olalia, D.D., who stayed with the diocese from 1953 to 1973. It was during his term that the Diocese of Lipa, on June 20, 1972, became the tenth Archdiocese and Ecclesiastical Province by order of Pope Paul VI. This same order elevated Bishop Olalia to the rank of archbishop on August 15, 1972.

Bishop Olalia died in 1973 and was replaced by Bishop Ricardo J. Vidal who stayed with the diocese until 1981. During his incumbency. Bishop Vidal organized the Pastoral Council, and initiated the construction of the Lipa Archdiocesan Formation Center.

Bishop Vidal was replaced in 1981 by Bishop Mariano Gaviola, who stayed with the diocese from 1981 to 1993. He was at the helm of the archdiocese as it celebrated its 75th anniversary on March 19, 1993, the reins of the archdiocese were again transferred, this time to Bishop Gaudencio Rosales, a native of Batangas City. He was ordained priest in Lipa in 1958, became Auxiliary Bishop of Manila in 1974, served as bishop in Malaybalay in 1982, and on December 30, 1992 he was elected Archbishop of Lipa.

With the resignation of Cardinal Jaime Sin in 2003, there was a vacancy at the Holy See of Manila. Archbishop Gaudencio Rosales was chosen by Pope John Paul II to be the new Archbishop of Manila. With Archbishop Rosales' appointment, the Vatican appointed Bishop Ramon Arguelles to the new Archbishop of Lipa.

The province[edit]

Main article: Batangas

The province is rich in natural resources. Almost 80 per cent of Batangueños have a piece of land to cultivate, and the Batangas farmer is a model farmer known for his intensive cultivation of land. This was brought about in large part by big landowners selling portions of their land, thus eliminating social unrest.

Fishing and mineral reserves abound in the province which also has a number of manufacturing industries including petroleum refineries, sugar centres, food and beverage companies, and countless cottage industries. The coastline is dotted with beach resorts often frequented by local and foreign tourists. it is popular with foreign diving aficionados.

As they have a stable source of income, most families in Batangas can afford to send their children to schools and colleges in Batangas or in Manila. This explains why 90 per cent of the population is educated.

Batangas was originally called Balayan, with Taal as its first capital. In 1754 the capital was moved to Batangas City, its capital today. Historically, Batangas is known as the birthplace of Apolinario Mabini, a Filipino hero known as the "Sublime Paralytic" who became Secretary of State of the First Philippine Republic. The last Filipino general to surrender to Americans in the Philippine–American War, Miguel Malvar, was also from this province.


Archdiocese of Lipa[edit]

Province of Batangas

Vicar General: Rev. Msgr. Ruben Dimaculangan

Vicariate I: Vicariate of Saint Francis Xavier[edit]

Municipality Parish Address Feast Day Parish Priest
Balayan Immaculate Conception Parish Balayan, Batangas December 8 Rev. Fr. Virgilio B. Hernandez
Calaca Archdiocesan Shrine of Saint Raphael the Archangel Parish Calaca, Batangas October 24 Rev. Fr. Joseph Rodem C. Ramos
Calatagan Saint Dominic of Silos Parish Calatagan, Batangas August 28 Rev. Fr. Leo Edgardo O. Villostas
Lian Archdiocesan Shrine and Parish of Saint John the Baptist Lian, Batangas June 24 Rev. Fr. Romulo C. Dolor
Nasugbu Saint Francis Xavier Parish Nasugbu, Batangas December 3 Rev. Fr. Armando M. Lubis
Tuy Saint Vincent Ferrer Parish Tuy, Batangas May 8 Rev. Fr. Aloysius H. Buensalida

Vicariate II: Vicariate of Saint John Mary Vianney[edit]

Municipality Parish Address Feast Day Parish Priest
Agoncillo Our Mother of Perpetual Help Parish Agoncillo, Batangas April 28 Rev. Fr. Ariel O. Gonzales
Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Parish Subic, Agoncillo, Batangas November 27 Rev. Fr. Exequiel M. Dimaculangan
Alitagtag Invencion dela Santa Cruz Parish Alitagtag, Batangas May 7 Rev. Fr. Carlo Magno C. Ilagan
Cuenca Saint Isidore the Farmer Parish Cuenca, Batangas May 15 Rev. Fr. Bernard A. Aguila
Lemery Saint Roch Parish Lemery, Batangas August 16 Rev. Msgr. Ruben M. Dimaculangan
Holy Cross Parish Bukal - Matingain, Lemery, Batangas September 14 Rev. Fr. Eugenio E. Valencia
[1]Our Lady of All Nations Parish Payapa, Lemery, Batangas Monday, after Pentecost Sunday Rev. Fr. Milo C. Malabuyoc
San Luis Saint Isidore the Farmer Parish San Luis, Batangas last Sunday of February Rev. Fr. Sabas D. Titular
San Nicolas Saint Nicolas of Tolentino Parish San Nicolas, Batangas September 10 Rev. Fr. Onofre Bimbo M. Pantoja
Santa Teresita Archdiocesan Shrine of Saint Therese of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face Santa Teresita, Batangas May 17 Rev. Fr. Noel V. Abutal
Taal Minor Basilica of Saint Martin of Tours Taal, Batangas November 11 Rev. Msgr. Alfredo A. Madlangbayan
Archdiocesan Shrine of Our Lady of Caysasay Labac, Taal, Batangas December 8 Rev. Fr. Jose Ma. Loyola D. Cumagun

Vicariate III: Vicariate of the Immaculate Conception[edit]

Municipality Parish Address Feast Day Parish Priest
Batangas City Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception Batangas City January 16 Rev. Fr. Aurelio Oscar B. Dimaapi
Saint Michael the Archangel Parish Ilijan, Batangas City May 8 Rev. Fr. Jonathan M. Tamayo
Saint Paul the Apostle Parish Isla Verde, Batangas City June 28 Rev. Fr. Oscar L. Andal
San Isidro Labrador Parish San Isidro, Batangas City May 15 Rev. Fr. Oscar Larry F. Famarin
Saint Mary Euphrasia Parish Kumintang Ilaya, Batangas City April 24 Rev. Fr. Rogelio Maynardo T. Beredo
Saint Rita de Cascia Parish Bolbok, Batangas City May 22 Rev. Fr. Gerardo Gil V. Lipat
Most Holy Trinity Parish and Shrine of the Archdiocesan Glorious Cross Pallocan West, Batangas City fourth Sunday of May Rev. Msgr. Rafael L. Oriondo
Lobo Saint Michael the Archangel Parish Lobo, Batangas May 8 Rev. Fr. Joseph P. Mendoza
Taysan Nuestra Señora dela Merced Parish Taysan, Batangas September 24 Rev. Fr. Johannes M. Arada
Saint Lorenzo Ruiz Parish Dagatan, Taysan, Batangas September 28 Rev. Fr. Estelito L. Africa, Jr

Vicariate IV: Vicariate of Saint Joseph[edit]

All parishes are under the supervision of the Oblates of Saint Joseph.

Municipality Parish Address Feast Day Parish Priest
Ibaan Saint James the Greater Parish Ibaan, Batangas July 25 Rev. Fr. Napoleon G. Jinon, OSJ
Padre Garcia Most Holy Rosary Parish Padre Garcia, Batangas first Sunday of October Rev. Fr. Carlito S. Argente, OSJ
Rosario Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Parish Rosario, Batangas April 22 Rev. Fr. Maximo A. Sevilla, Jr., OSJ
Holy Family Parish Alupay, Rosario, Batangas January 12 Rev. Fr. Rolan C. Indicio, OSJ
San Jose Archdiocesan Shrine of Saint Joseph the Patriarch San Jose, Batangas March 19 Rev. Fr. Delbert A. Jardinaso, OSJ
San Juan Saint John Nepomucene Parish San Juan, Batangas May 16 Rev. Fr. John A. De Castro, OSJ

Vicariate V: Vicariate of Saint Sebastian[edit]

Municipality Parish Address Feast Day Parish Priest
Lipa City Metropolitan Cathedral of San Sebastian Lipa City January 20 Rev. Fr. Cecilio M. Arce
Santo Niño Parish Pinagtung-ulan, Lipa City January 2 Rev. Fr. Mateo L. Orario
Archdiocesan Shrine of Saint Vincent Ferrer Banay-Banay Lipa City April 5 Rev. Fr. Armando R. Panganiban
Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage Parish Lodlod, Lipa City January 24 Rev. Fr. Gabriel R. Gonzales
San Isidro Labrador Parish San Isidro, Lipa City May 15 Rev. Fr. Hermogenes R. Rodelas
Saint Anthony of Padua Parish Bolbok, Lipa City June 13 Rev. Fr. Crispin U. De Guzman
Santo Niño Parish Marauoy, Lipa City third Sunday of January Rev. Fr. Angel Marcelo M. Pastor
Divina Pastora Parish Tambo, Lipa City May 6 Rev. Fr. Ildefonso T. Dimaano
Saint Therese of the Child Jesus Parish Talisay Lipa City October 1 Rev. Fr. Eugenio T. Peñalosa III
Our Lady, Mary Mediatrix of All Grace Parish Antipolo del Norte, Lipa City September 12 Rev. Fr. Conrado G. Castillo
Balete Nuestra Señora dela Paz y Buen Viaje Parish Balete, Batangas May 1 Rev. Fr. Ambrosito M. Andal
Mataas na Kahoy Immaculate Conception Parish Mataas na Kahoy, Batangas December 8 Rev. Fr. Godofredo C. Mendoza

Vicariate VI: Vicariate of the Most Holy Rosary[edit]

Municipality Parish Address Feast Day Parish Priest
Tanauan City Saint John the Evangelist Parish Tanauan City December 27 Rev. Fr. Ernesto I. Mandanas, Jr.
Our Lady, Queen of all Saints Parish Balele, Tanauan City first Sunday of June Rev. Fr. Glenn P. Cantos
Holy Family Flight into Egypt Parish Luyos, Tanauan City January 22 Rev. Fr. Wilfredo A. Rosales
Nuestra Señora dela Soledad Parish Darasa, Tanauan City September 15 Rev. Fr. Jesse Lucas A. Balilla
Saint Augustine Parish Santor, Tanauan City August 28 Rev. Fr. Jose Dennis S. Tenorio
Laurel Immaculate Conception Parish Laurel, Batangas December 29 Rev. Fr. Gerardo F. Garcia
Malvar Immaculate Conception Parish Malvar, Batangas January 10 Rev. Fr. Pablito C. Malibiran
Santo Tomas Saint Thomas Aquinas Parish Santo Tomas, Batangas March 7 Rev. Fr. Edgardo B. Pagcaliuangan
Saint Claire of Assisi Parish Santa Clara, Santo Tomas, Batangas August 11 Rev. Fr. Donaldo V. Dimaandal
Parish and National Shrine of Saint Padre Pio of Pietrelcina San Pedro, Santo Tomas, Batangas June 28 and September 23 Rev. Fr. Joselin C. Gonda
Talisay Saint William the Hermit Parish Talisay, Batangas February 10 Rev. Fr. Eriberto R. Cabrera

Vicariate VII: Vicariate of the Holy Cross[edit]

Municipality Parish Address Feast Day Parish Priest
Bauan Immaculate Conception Parish Bauan, Batangas May 3 Rev. Fr. Federico A. Magboo
Our Mother of Perpetual Help Parish Aplaya, Bauan, Batangas May 2 Rev. Fr. Roy L. Macatangay
Holy Family Parish Bolo, Bauan City last Sunday of December Rev. Fr. Roy Jose C. Reyes
Mabini Saint Francis of Paola Parish Mabini, Batangas April 25 Rev. Fr. Timoteo Gameline D. Balita
San Pascual San Pascual Baylon Parish San Pascual, Batangas May 17 Rev. Fr. Eric Joaquin V. Arada
Saint Mary Magdaelene Parish Bayanan, San Pascual, Batangas July 22 Rev Fr. Gregorio G. Landicho
Tingloy Saint Roch Parish Tingloy, Batangas August 16 Rev. Fr. Lauro M. Abante

Religious institutes and associations[edit]

A. Religious institutes of men

  1. Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer ~ CSsR, Redemptorists
  2. Brothers of the Christian Schools ~ FSC, De La Salle Brothers
  3. Order of Friars Minor Capuchin ~ OFM Cap
  4. Oblates of St. Joseph ~ OSJ
  5. Salesian Society of St John Bosco ~ SDB
  6. Order of Preachers ~ OP, Dominicans
  7. Society of the Divine Word ~ SVD
  8. Oblates of St. Francis de Sales ~ OSF
  9. Institute of the Incarnate Word ~ IVE

B. Religious institutes of women

  1. Congregation of the Augustinian Recollect Sisters ~ AR
  2. Clarisas Capuchinas Sacramentarias ~ CCS, Contemplative
  3. Canossian Daughters of Charity ~ FdCC
  4. Daughters of St. Paul ~ FSP
  5. Daughters of St. Francis of Florence ~ DSFF
  6. Franciscan Missionary Sisters of the Infant Jesus ~ FMIJ
  7. Missionary Catechists of the Sacred Heart ~ MCSH
  8. Missionary Catechists of St. Therese of the Infant Jesus ~ MCST
  9. Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of Fatima ~ MSOLF
  10. Discalced Nuns of the Order of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mt. Carmel ~ OCD, Contemplative
  11. Augustinian Sisters of Our Lady of Consolation ~ OSA-ASOLC
  12. Benedictines of the Incarnate Word ~ OSB
  13. Sisters Oblates of the Holy Spirit ~ OSS
  14. Oblates of Sisters of St. Joseph ~ OSSJ
  15. Congregation of the Mother of Sorrows Servants of Mary ~ OSM, Servite Sisters
  16. Pious Worker Sisters of the Immaculate Conception ~ POIC
  17. Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd~ RGS/CGS
  18. Missionary Sisters of the Catechism ~ SMC
  19. Congregation of the Sisters of St. Paul of Chartres ~ SPC
  20. Minim Nuns of St. Francil of Paola ~ OM
  21. Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate ~ FSI
  22. La Salle Sisters of Guadalupe ~ HGS
  23. Congregation of the Daughters of St. Dominic ~ OP-DSD
  24. Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth ~ CSFN

C. Lay religious organizations/Movements and their heads

  1. Pondong Batangan Community Foundation, Inc
  2. Cursillo Movement
  3. Adoracion Nocturna Filipina
  4. Apostleship of Prayer
  5. Archdiocesan Charismatic Movement
  6. El Shaddai Movement
  7. Knights of Columbus
  8. Basic Ecclesial Communities
  9. Legion of Mary
  10. Barangay Sang Birhen
  11. Mother Butler's Guild
  12. Holy Name Society
  13. Daughters of Mary Immaculate:
  14. Catholic Women's League
  15. Propagation of the Devotion to St. Lorenzo Ruiz
  16. Prisoner's Welfare
  17. Defenders of the Faith
  18. Lipa Archdiocesan Divine Mercy Apostolate
  19. Couples for Christ Foundation for Family and Life (CFCFFL)

Territorial re-organisation[edit]

Metropolipan Cathedral of Saint Sebastian, seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Lipa

As the Archdiocese of Lipa changed hands over the years, changes too were happening to its territorial jurisdiction over certain areas. These were proud moments for the archdiocese, when a number of provinces had acquired the capability to stand on their own. Thus in 1936 Mindoro was separated and became the Apostolic Prelature of Calapan. In 1950 Lucena City became a diocese of its own, and also in 1950 the Prelature of Infanta was created, comprising the northern part of Quezon Province, Polilio and Aurora, Laguna's turn came next and became a separate diocese in 1967, that of San Pablo. The Diocese of Boac in Marinduque was created in 1977 and that of Gumaca in 1984. Both dioceses were part of the Diocese of Lucena before their establishment. In 1983 the new Apostolic Vicariate of San Jose in Occidental Mindoro was created.

Today the Archdiocese of Lipa is for the province of Batangas alone. But the population has multiplied many times over. The archdiocese is divided into 7 vicariates, each headed by a vicar forane . Except for the parishes in Vicariate IV which are run by the Oblates of St. Joseph, all other parishes are run by the diocesan clergy. There are 49 parishes in all, served by 143 priests. 122 of them diocesan. There are 13 religious brothers, and 197 religious sisters. Catholic schools number 23, high school seminaries 2 and college seminaries 3. Two pastoral centers are being maintained.


On August 18, 1995, after much review, and meetings presided over by Archbishop Gaudencio Rosales himself, the archdiocese's vision was conceived:

"A people of God called by the Father in Jesus Christ to be communities of totally developed human persons in the world, witnessing to the Kingdom of God by living the Paschal Mystery in the power of the Holy Spirit."

In the News[edit]

On June 20, 2012, the Archdiocese of Lipa celebrated the 40th anniversary of its elevation to an archdiocese by launching the coffeetable book, "A Century of Faith: The Local Church of Lipa". The event was held at the historic Basilica of St. Martin of Tours in Taal, Batangas.[2]

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Coordinates: 13°56′27″N 121°09′47″E / 13.9408°N 121.1630°E / 13.9408; 121.1630