Roman Catholic Diocese of Antipolo

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Diocese of Antipolo
Dioecesis Antipolensis
Diyosesis ng Antipolo
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Country Philippines
Territory Rizal, Marikina
Ecclesiastical province Manila
Metropolitan Manila
Area 1,828 km2 (706 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2015)
3,280,000 (96%)
Denomination Roman Catholic
Sui iuris church Latin Church
Rite Roman Rite
Established January 24, 1983
Cathedral Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Antipolo
Patron saint Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop Gabriel Villaruz Reyes
Metropolitan Archbishop Luis Antonio Tagle
Auxiliary Bishops Francisco Mendoza de Leon (Coadjutor Bishop)
Vicar General Rigoberto De Guzman
Emeritus Bishops Protacio G. Gungon (†) Bishop Emeritus (1983-2001)
Crisostomo Yalung Bishop Emeritus (2001-2002)
Website of the Diocese
Most Rev. Gabriel Villaruz Reyes, D.D., Bishop, Roman Catholic Diocese of Antipolo Roman Catholic Diocese of Antipolo, Presider, Homilist at Golden/Silver Jubilee, August 15, 2012, Our Lady of the Assumption Chapel, Religious of the Virgin Mary Motherhouse

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Antipolo (Lat: Dioecesis Antipolensis) is a Roman Rite diocese of the Latin Church of the Catholic Church in the Philippines.

On January 23, 1983, during his Angelus message, Pope John Paul II announced the creation of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Antipolo. It comprised the area of the whole province of Rizal, the entire Marikina City, and part of Pasig City (the former Vicariate of Santo Tomas de Villanueva, now belonging to the Diocese of Pasig). It is an area that was previously known in the Archdiocese of Manila as the Ecclesiastical District of Eastern Rizal. The diocese was canonically established on the June 25, 1983 and is a suffragan of the said archdiocese.

The first diocesan bishop of Antipolo was the late Protacio G. Gungon. On December 3, 2001, he was replaced by the Crisostomo Yalung as the second diocesan bishop. The third local ordinary of the diocese is the present bishop, Gabriel V. Reyes, former Bishop of Kalibo in Aklan. Bishop Reyes is assisted by the then-auxiliary but now the coadjutor bishop, Francisco M. De Leon.

The diocese had its First Diocesan Synod in 1993 held at St. Michael's Retreat House in Antipolo City. The diocese has experienced some jurisdictional changes since the time the Diocese of Pasig was created. Around six well-established parishes from the diocese within the civil boundaries of Pasig City was given to the newly established Pasig diocese together with the diocesan priests serving in them.

The Diocese today[edit]

At present, the Diocese of Antipolo is considered to be one of the largest local churches in the Philippines in terms of its Catholic population. Diocesan priests serving the diocese is number 76. There are about 30 major (college and theology) seminarians and 117 minor (high school) seminarians from the John Paul II Minor Seminary in the diocese. There are also around 50 religious congregations serving the diocese. A good number of lay men and women have dedicated themselves into serving the local church as lay ministers of the Word and communion, catechists, lectors, youth leaders among others.

Among the 86 ecclesiastical jurisdictions present in the Philippines today, the Diocese is the fifth largest local church in terms of its Catholic population after the Archdioceses of Cebu, San Fernando (Pampanga), Manila, and the Diocese of Malolos (Bulacan). The population of the whole area covering the diocese is 3,037,029, of which 2,429,665 (or 80%) are Catholics.

With 66 parishes that comprise the whole diocese within the whole province of Rizal and the City of Marikina, it has been a common desire among the flock that the Virgin of Antipolo, Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage, may continue to lead each faithful to her Son, Jesus. The diocesan motto is Ad Jesum Per Mariam.

The Antipolo Cathedral is one of the most popular Marian shrines in the country where the much loved and venerated image of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage (the Virgin of Antipolo) is enshrined.

2013 photo of the Cathedral
2012 photo


  • Protacio G. Gungon † (June 25, 1983 to October 18, 2001)
  • Crisostomo A. Yalung (December 3, 2001 to October 2002)
  • Gabriel Villaruz Reyes (January 29, 2003–present)
  • Jesse E. Mercado - Apostolic Administrator, Sede Vacante (October 2002-January 2003) (currently Bishop of the Diocese of Paranaque)

Auxiliary Bishops[edit]


  • Rev. Msgr. Jose B. Cruz, PA † (1983-1986)
  • Rev. Msgr. Mariano T. Balbago, Jr.., PC (Ret.) (1986-1999)
  • Rev. Msgr. Rigoberto S. de Guzman, PC (appointed in 1999)


Vicariate of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage

  • National Shrine and Cathedral of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage, Immaculate Conception Parish (F-1578, Antipolo Cathedral)
  • San Antonio de Padua Parish (F-2000, San Antonio Village, Antipolo City)
  • St. Rose of Lima Parish (F-1903, Teresa, Rizal)
  • San Isidro Labrador Parish (F-2002, Antipolo Hills)
  • Transfiguration of Christ Parish (F-2002, San Roque, Antipolo City)
  • Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish (F-2003, Taktak, Antipolo City)
  • St. Joseph the Worker Parish (F-2014, Grand Valley Subdivision, Mahabang Parang, Angono, Rizal), administered by the Order of Servants of Mary (Servites)

Vicariate of Saint Francis Xavier

  • St. Francis Xavier Parish (F-1978, Mayamot, Antipolo City)
  • St. John Marie Vianney Parish (F-1994, Marcos Highway, Mambugan, Antipolo City)
  • Sto. Niño de Praga Parish (F-2003, Cogeo, Antipolo City)
  • Diocesan Shrine and Parish of St. Therese of the Child Jesus (F-2003, Marcos Highway, Masinag, Antipolo City)
  • St. Anthony of Padua Parish (F-2003, Brgy. Inarawan, Antipolo City), administered by the Oblates of Saint Joseph
  • Our Lady of Fatima Parish (F-2009, Sitio Tanza II, San Jose, Antipolo City), administered by the Order of the Discalced Augustinians
  • Nuestra Señora de la Anunciata Parish (F-2004, Sitio Boso-Boso, San Jose, Antipolo City), administered by the Ministers of the Infirm (Camillians)
  • Blessed Lodovico Pavoni Parish (F-2012, Agnesville, Mambugan, Antipolo City), administered by the Sons of Mary Immaculate (Pavonians)

Vicariate of Saint John the Baptist

  • St. John the Baptist Parish (F-1579, Taytay, Rizal)
  • St. Clement Parish (F-1933, Angono, Rizal)
  • Christ the King Parish (F-1984, Muzon, Taytay, Rizal)
  • Mary the Queen Parish (F-2002, Meralco Village, Taytay, Rizal), formerly known as the Mary Queen of Peace Parish
  • San Antonio de Padua Parish (F-1997, St. Anthony Subdivision, Taytay, Rizal)
  • St. Arnold Janssen Parish-Shrine (F-2003, Janssenville, Taytay, Rizal), run by the Society of the Divine Word

Vicariate of Saint Jerome

  • St. Jerome Parish (F-1586, Morong, Rizal)
  • Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Parish (F-1872, Cardona, Rizal)
  • Sta. Ursula Parish (F-1621, Binangonan, Rizal)
  • Sacred Heart Parish (F-1984, Tayuman, Binangonan, Rizal)
  • Sto. Domingo Parish (F-2003, Janosa, Talim Island, Binangonan, Rizal)
  • Our Lady of Lourdes Parish (F-2003, Navotas, Talim Island, Cardona, Rizal)
  • San Isidro Labrador Parish (F-2005, San Guillermo, Morong, Rizal) , administered by the Congregation of St. John the Baptist the Precursor
  • San Francisco ng Assisi Parish (F-2011, Macamot, Binangonan, Rizal), administered by the Order of Friars Minor Conventual
  • Nuestra Señora de los Angeles Parish (F-2013, Pila-Pila, Binangonan, Rizal)

Vicariate of San Ildefonso

  • San Ildefonso de Toledo Parish (F-1606, Tanay, Rizal)
  • St. Joseph Parish (F-1605, Baras, Rizal)
  • St. Jude Thaddeus Parish (F-1996, Sampaloc, Tanay, Rizal)
  • St. Mary Magdalene Parish (F-1590, Pililla, Rizal)
  • St. Gabriel the Archangel Parish (F-1996, Malaya, Pililla, Rizal)
  • St. Michael the Archangel Parish (F-1882, Jala-Jala, Rizal)
  • San Diego de Alcala Parish (F-2012, Quisao, Pililla, Rizal)

Vicariate of Our Lady of Aranzazu

  • Diocesan Shrine and Parish of Nuestra Señora de Aranzazu (F-1596, San Mateo, Rizal)
  • St. Raphael the Archangel Parish (F-2003, San Rafael, Rodriguez, Rizal)
  • Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Parish (F-1877, Balite, Rodriguez, Rizal)
  • Sta. Cecilia Parish (F-1992, Maly, San Mateo, Rizal)
  • San Jose de Ampid Parish (F-2002, Ampid, San Mateo, Rizal)
  • San Isidro Labrador Parish (F-1993, Nangka, Marikina)
  • Maria, Ina ng Kapayapaan Parish (F-2004, Kasiglahan Village, Rodriguez, Rizal)
  • San Isidro Labrador Parish (F-2015, Southville 8, San Isidro, Rordiguez, Rizal), administered by the Congregation of the Immaculate Heart of Mary

Vicariate of the Immaculate Conception

  • Immaculate Conception Parish (F-1958, Concepcion, Marikina)
  • Sto. Niño Parish (F-2003, Modesta, San Mateo, Rizal), administered by the Missionaries of Jesus
  • St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria Parish (F-2003, AFP, Silangan, San Mateo, Rizal), administered by the Clerics Regular of St. Paul (Barnabites)
  • Holy Family Parish (F-1984, Parang, Marikina)
  • St. Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows Parish (F-2003, Marikina Heights), administered by the Congregation of Discalced Clerks of the Most Holy Cross and Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ (Passionists)
  • Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish (F-2009, Tumana-Malanday, Marikina), administered by the Xaverian Missionaries

Vicariate of Our Lady of the Abandoned

  • Diocesan Shrine and Parish of Our Lady of the Abandoned (F-1690, Marikina)
  • Nativity of Our Lady Parish (F-1992, Industrial Valley Complex, Marikina)
  • San Antonio de Padua Parish (F-2002, Calumpang, Marikina)
  • San Jose Manggagawa Parish (F-1975, Barangka, Marikina)
  • St. Paul of the Cross Parish (F-1975, SSS Village, Marikina)
  • San Isidro Labrador Parish (F-2012, Balanti, San Isidro, Cainta, Rizal)
  • Immaculate Conception Parish (F-2013, Provident Villages, Jesus dela Peña, Marikina City)

Vicariate of Our Lady of Light

  • Our Lady of Light Parish (F-1760, San Andres-Poblacion, Cainta, Rizal)
  • Holy Trinity Parish (F-2002, Village East, Cainta)
  • Our Lady of Fatima Parish (F-2003, Cainta Greenpark Village)
  • Immaculate Conception Parish (F-2003, Vista Verde, Cainta, Rizal)
  • Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish (F-1998, Brookside Hills, Cainta, Rizal)
  • San Lorenzo Ruiz Parish (F-1992, San Juan Resettlement, Taytay, Rizal), administered by the Poor Servants of Divine Providence
  • San Andres Apostol Parish (F-2009, Greenwoods, San Andres, Cainta, Rizal)
  • St. Francis of Assisi Parish (F-2011, Cambridge Village, Kabisig, Floodway, Cainta)
  • St. Joseph the Worker Parish (F-2015, Mayflower St., Greenland, Cainta)

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Coordinates: 14°35′15″N 121°10′37″E / 14.5876°N 121.1770°E / 14.5876; 121.1770