Roman Catholic Diocese of Antipolo

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Diocese of Antipolo
Dioecesis Antipolensis
Diyosesis ng Antipolo
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Location
Country Philippines
Territory Province of Rizal, and City of Marikina
Ecclesiastical province Manila
Metropolitan Manila
Statistics
Area 1,828 km2 (706 sq mi)
Population
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2015)
3,650,000
3,280,000 (96%)
Information
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 Francisco Mendoza de Leon
Metropolitan Archbishop Luis Antonio Tagle
Vicar General Rigoberto De Guzman
Emeritus Bishops Protacio G. Gungon (†) (1983-2001)
Crisostomo Yalung (2001-2002)
Gabriel V. Reyes (2003-2016)
Website
Website of the Diocese
Most Rev. Gabriel Villaruz Reyes, D.D., Bishop 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, followed by Gabriel V. Reyes, former Bishop of Kalibo in Aklan as the third diocesan bishop. Bishop Reyes was assisted by the then-auxiliary and coadjutor bishop, Francisco M. De Leon, who was named his successor and fourth diocesan bishop effective September 10, 2016.

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

Ordinaries[edit]

Auxiliary bishop[edit]

Vicars General[edit]

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

Vicariates[edit]

Vicariate of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage (Antipolo City; Angono, Rizal; Teresa, Rizal)
  • Vicar Forane: Rev. Fr. Jose Victor D. Nepomuceno
Name of Church Founded Administered Address Feast Day Parish Priest
National Shrine and Cathedral of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage, Immaculate Conception Parish (Antipolo Cathedral) 1578 P. Oliveros St., Antipolo City December 8 Rev. Fr. Reynante U. Tolentino (Rector)
Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish 2003 Hinulugan Taktak Road, Brgy. Dela Paz, Antipolo City May or June (Movable) Rev. Fr. Jose Victor D. Nepomuceno
San Antonio de Padua Parish 2000 San Antonio Village, Antipolo City June 13 Rev. Fr. Felipe L. Pedraja
San Isidro Labrador Parish 2002 Cor. Duhat & Atis Streets, Brgy. San Luis, Antipolo Hills Subd., Antipolo City May 15 Rev. Fr. Aladin C. Alisbo, Jr.
Saint Joseph the Worker Parish 2014 Order of Servants of Mary (Servites) Grand Valley Subdivision, Mahabang Parang, Angono, Rizal May 1 Rev. Fr. Pascual Salas, OSM
Saint Rose of Lima Parish 1903 Brgy. San Gabriel, Teresa, Rizal August 23 Rev. Fr. Romarico V. Hilario
Transfiguration of Christ Parish 2002 ML Quezon Ext., Brgy. San Roque, Antipolo City August 6 Rev. Fr. Arnel S. Vitor
Vicariate of Saint Jerome (Binangonan, Rizal; Cardona, Rizal; Morong, Rizal)
  • Vicar Forane: Rev. Fr. Vicentico C. Flores Jr.
Name of Parish Founded Administered Address Feast Day Parish Priest
Nuestra Señora de los Angeles Parish 2013 Brgy. Pila-Pila, Binangonan, Rizal August 2 Rev. Fr. Jeffrey M. Santos
Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Parish 1872 Cardona, Rizal October 7 Rev. Fr. Vicentico C. Flores, Jr.
Our Lady of Lourdes Parish 2003 Brgy. Navotas, Talim Island, Cardona, Rizal February 11 Rev. Fr. Moises DC. Villamayor
Sacred Heart Parish 1984 National Road, Brgy. Tayuman, Binangonan, Rizal May or June (Movable) Rev. Fr. Aguedo A. Gula
Saint Jerome Parish 1586 Turentigue St., Brgy. San Jose, Morong, Rizal First Sunday of February Rev. Fr. Bienvenido M. Guevara
San Francisco ng Assisi Parish 2011 Order of Friars Minor Conventual Cequeña St., Brgy. Macamot, Binangonan, Rizal October 4 Rev. Fr. Geronimo Jacobo, OFM Conv.
San Isidro Labrador Parish 2005 Congregation of St. John the Baptist the Precursor San Guillermo, Morong, Rizal May 15 Rev. Fr. Celso Bagabaldo, CSJBP
Santa Ursula Parish 1621 Paterno Ext., Brgy. Libid, Binangonan, Rizal October 21 Rev. Fr. Alexander V. Enhaynes
St. Bernard of Clairvaux Parish 2017 Brgy. Darangan, Binangonan, Rizal August 20 Rev. Fr. David Vincent Onilongo
Santo Domingo Parish 2003 Brgy. Janosa, Talim Island, Binangonan, Rizal August 8 Rev. Fr. Ferdinand C. Delatado
Vicariate of San Ildefonso (Pililla, Rizal; Tanay, Rizal; Baras, Rizal; Jala-Jala, Rizal)
  • Vicar Forane: Rev. Fr. Manuel S. Cuevas
Name of Parish Founded Administered Address Feast Day Parish Priest
Holy Cross Parish 2016 Priests of the Sacred Heart Sitio Bukal, Barangay Tandang Kutyo, Tanay, Rizal First Monday of May Rev. Fr. Marcial Aguirre, SCJ
San Diego de Alcala Parish 2012 Brgy. Quisao, Pililla, Rizal November 12 Rev. Fr. Rodolfo P. Mejia, Jr.
San Ildefonso de Toledo Parish 1606 MH Del Pilar St., Tanay, Rizal January 23 Rev. Msgr. Rigoberto S. De Guzman
Saint Gabriel the Archangel Parish 1996 JP Rizal St., Brgy. Malaya, Pililla, Rizal September 29 Rev. Fr. Manuel S. Cuevas
Saint Joseph Parish 1605 San Jose St., Brgy. San Juan, Baras, Rizal March 19 Rev. Fr. Rodney B. Cruz
Saint Jude Thaddeus Parish 1996 J.P. Rizal Ave., Brgy. Sampaloc, Tanay, Rizal October 28 Rev. Fr. Demetrio R. Suriben, Jr.
Saint Mary Magdalene Parish 1590 Brgy. Imatong, Pililla, Riza July 22 Rev. Fr. Alfredo E. Meneses, Jr.
Saint Michael the Archangel Parish 1882 Ciriaco Villaran St., Brgy. 1st District, Jala-Jala, Rizal September 29 Rev. Fr. Michael B. Balatbat
Vicariate of the Saint John the Baptist (Taytay, Rizal; Angono, Rizal)
  • Vicar Forane: Rev. Fr. Joselito R. Rocero
Name of Parish Founded Administered Address Feast Day Parish Priest
Christ the King Parish 1984 Dela Cuesta Hills, Brgy. San Juan, Muzon, Taytay, Rizal November (Movable) Rev. Fr. Rowie R. Reyes
Mary the Queen Parish (formerly Mary Queen of Peace Parish) 2002 Dollar St., Meralco Village, Brgy. San Juan, Taytay, Rizal August 22 Rev. Fr. Joselito R. Rocero
San Antonio de Padua Parish 1997 Narra St., St. Anthony Subd., Brgy. San Isidro, Taytay, Rizal June 13 Rev. Fr. Albert Thomas B. Tan
Saint Arnold Janssen Parish-Shrine 2003 Society of the Divine Word Janssenville Subd., Brgy. San Juan, Taytay, Rizal January 15 Rev. Fr. Edilberto Orpilla, SVD
Saint Clement Parish 1933 Doña Aurora St., Poblacion Ibaba, Angono, Rizal November 23 Rev. Fr. Gervacio C. Evarola
Saint John the Baptist Parish 1579 Sumulong St., Brgy. San Isidro, Poblacion, Taytay, Rizal June 24 Rev. Msgr. Arnel F. Lagarejos, SThD, PC
Vicariate of Our Lady of the Light (Cainta, Rizal; Taytay, Rizal)
  • Vicar Forane: Vacant
Name of Parish Founded Administered Address Feast Day Parish Priest
Holy Trinity Parish 2002 Village East Ave., Village East Exec. Homes, Brgy. Sto. Domingo, Cainta, Rizal Sunday after Pentecost Rev. Fr. Francisco Louie M. Deang
Immaculate Conception Parish 2003 Alfonso St., Phase 7, Vista Verde Executive Village, Brgy. San Isidro, Cainta, Rizal December 8 Rev. Fr. Joel Francis S. Victorino
Our Lady of Fatima Parish 2003 5 Hyacinth St., Greenpark Village, Cainta, Rizal May 13 Rev. Fr. Giovanni Osias O. Yago
Our Lady of Light Parish 1760 Bonifacio Ave., Brgy. San Andres, Cainta, Rizal December 1 Rev. Fr. Nolly C. Buco, JCD
Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish 1998 Brookside Hills, Cainta, Rizal May or June (Movable) Rev. Fr. Jaime Padilla
San Andres Apostol Parish 2009 L1, Blk. 6, Palmetto St., Greenwoods Executive Village, Brgy. San Andres, Cainta, Rizal November 30 Rev. Fr. Antonio Gerardo R. Sanchez
San Lorenzo Ruiz Parish 1992 Poor Servants of Divine Providence San Juan Resetllement, Brgy. San Juan, Taytay, Rizal September 28 Rev. Fr. Reynaldo Olan, PSDP
Saint Francis of Assisi Parish 2011 Cambridge Village, San Andres, Cainta, Rizal October 4 Fr. Roy B. Crucero
Saint Joseph the Worker Parish 2015 Mayflower St., Greenland Subd., Brgy. San Juan, Cainta, Rizal May 1 Rev. Fr. Jose Rock C. Berdos
San Felipe Neri Parish 2016 Sons of Charity Samagta, Floodway, San Juan, Taytay, Rizal May 26 Rev. Fr. Jhonas F. Enopia, FC
Vicariate of Saint Francis Xavier (Antipolo City)
  • Vicar Forane: Rev. Fr. Bienvenido C. Miguel, Jr.
  • Alternate Vicar Forane: Rev. Fr. Lourdesto C. Garcia
Name of Parish Founded Administered Address Feast Day Parish Priest
Saint Lodovico Pavoni Parish 2012 Sons of Mary Immaculate (Pavonians) Agnesville, Sumulong Highway, Antipolo City May 28 Rev. Fr. Odair Novais, FMI
Diocesan Shrine and Parish of St. Therese of the Child Jesus 2003 Marcos Highway, Masinag, Antipolo City October 1 Rev. Fr. Aly A. Barcinal
Nuestra Señora de la Anunciata Parish 2004 Ministers of the Infirm (Camillians) Sitio Old (Lower) Boso-Boso, Brgy. San Jose, Antipolo City March 25 Rev. Fr. Wilson Peñaranda, MI
Our Lady of Fatima Parish 2009 Order of the Discalced Augustinians Sitio Tanza II, San Jose, Antipolo City May 13 Rev. Fr. Joel Sumooc, OAD
Saint Anthony of Padua Parish 1978 Oblates of Saint Joseph St. Anthony St., Brgy. Inarawan, Antipolo City June 13 Rev. Fr. George de Chavez, OSJ
Saint Francis Xavier Parish 2003 Greenheights Newton Subd., Brgy. Mayamot, Antipolo City December 3 Rev. Fr. Bienvenido C. Miguel, Jr.
Saint John Marie Vianney Parish 1994 cor Marcos Highway, Sevilla St., Brgy. Mambugan, Antipolo City August 4 Rev. Fr. Lourdesto C. Garcia
Santo Niño de Praga Parish 2003 GSIS Ave., Cogeo Vill., Brgy. Bagong Nayon, Antipolo City Third Sunday of January Rev. Fr. Pedro Noel L. Rabonza III
Vicariate of Our Lady of Aranzazu (San Mateo, Rizal; Rodriguez, Rizal; Montalban, Rizal)
  • Vicar Forane: Rev. Fr. Rodrigo R. Eguia
Name of Parish Founded Administered Address Feast Day Parish Priest
Diocesan Shrine and Parish of Nuestra Señora de Aranzazu 1596 Gen Luna St., Gitnangbayan 1, San Mateo, Rizal September 9 Rev. Fr. Lawrence C. Paz (Parish Priest/ Rector)
Maria, Ina ng Kapayapaan Parish 2004 Blk. 31, Phase 1-A, , Kasiglahan Village, Brgy. San Jose, Rodriguez, Rizal February 22 Rev. Fr. Bonifacio V. Chavez, Jr.
Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Parish 1877 135 JP Rizal, Brgy. Balite, Rodriguez, Rizal October 7 Rev. Fr. Rodrigo R. Eguia
Saint Anthony Mary Zaccaria Parish 2003 Clerics Regular of St. Paul (Barnabites) Tierra Monte, Phase 4-A, Silangan, San Mateo, Rizal July 5 Rev. Fr. Jimmy George Anastacio, CRSP
Saint Raphael the Archangel Parish 2003 P. Rodriguez St., Brgy. San Rafael, Rodriguez, Rizal September 29 Rev. Fr. Noeh E. Elnar
San Isidro Labrador Parish 2015 Congregation of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Brgy. San Isidro, Montalban, Rizal May 15 Rev. Fr. Romeo Nimez, CICM
San Jose de Ampid Parish 2002 Gen. Luna St., Ampid I, San Mateo, Rizal May 1 Rev. Fr. Virgilio C. Lachica, Jr.
San Jose Manggagawa Parish 2016 San Jose, Rodriguez, Rizal May 1 Rev. Fr. Paul V. Mérida
Santo Niño Parish 2003 Missionaries of Jesus Modesta, San Mateo, Rizal Third Sunday of January Rev. Fr. Benedicto Lagarde, MJ
Santa Cecilia Parish 1992 2 Sta. Cecilia St., Brgy. Maly, San Mateo, Rizal November 22 Rev. Fr. Alan V. Oresca
Vicariate of Immaculate Conception (Marikina City)
  • Vicar Forane: Rev. Fr. Luisito S. Atanacio
Name of Parish Founded Administered Address Feast Day Parish Priest
Holy Family Parish 1984 C.M. Recto, Parang, Marikina City Sunday after Christmas Rev. Fr. Luisito S. Atanacio
Immaculate Conception Parish 1958 Bayan-Bayanan Ave., Brgy. Concepcion, Marikina City December 8 Rev. Msgr. Generoso A. Mediarito, PC
Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish 2009 Xaverian Missionaries Brgy. Tumana-Malanday, Marikina City December 12 Rev. Fr. Emanuele Borelli, SX
Saint Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows Parish 2003 Congregation of Discalced Clerks of the Most Holy Cross and Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ (Passionists) 143 Narra St., cor East Drive, Brgy. Marikina Heights, Marikina City February 27 Rev. Fr. Renato Ventajar, CP
San Isidro Labrador Parish 1993 Buenmar Ave., Greenland Subd., Phase I, Nangka, Marikina May 15 Rev. Fr. Jeffrey B. Quintela
Vicariate of Our Lady of the Abandoned (Marikina City; Cainta, Rizal)
  • Vicar Forane: Rev. Fr. Peter Ymari C. Balatbat
Name of Parish Founded Administered Address Feast Day Parish Priest
Diocesan Shrine and Parish of Our Lady of the Abandoned 1690 Brgy. Sta. Elena, Marikina City May 12 Rev. Msgr. Pedro C. Cañonero (Parish Priest/ Rector)
Immaculate Conception Parish 2013 Provident Villages, Jesus dela Peña, Marikina City December 8 Rev. Fr. Michael A. Pacag
Nativity of Our Lady Parish 1992 Major Dizon St., Industrial Valley Complex, Marikina City September 8 Rev. Fr. Lopito P. Hiteroza
Saint Paul of the Cross Parish 1975 Sapphire cor Sandalwood Sts., SSS Village, Brgy. Concepcion Dos, Marikina City October 19 Rev. Fr. Peter Ymari C. Balatbat
San Antonio de Padua Parish 2002 76 JP Rizal St., Kalumpang, Marikina June 13 Rev. Fr. Jose C. Bautista
San Isidro Labrador Parish 2012 Brgy. Balanti, Cainta, Rizal May 15 Rev. Fr. Fernando A. Cornejo
San Jose Manggagawa Parish 1975 Chorillo-Barangka, SSS Village, Marikina May 1 Rev. Fr. Roland M. Alcones

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

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