Roman Catholic Diocese of Imus
|Diocese of Imus
Diyosesis ng Imus
|Area||1,427.06 km2 (550.99 sq mi)|
|(as of 2011)
|Sui iuris church||Latin Church|
|Established||November 25, 1961|
|Cathedral||Cathedral of Our Lady of the Pillar (Imus Cathedral)|
|Patron saint||Nuestra Señora del Pilar|
|Bishop||Reynaldo G. Evangelista|
|Metropolitan Archbishop||Luis Antonio Tagle|
|Vicar General||George A. Morales|
|Emeritus Bishops||Manuel C. Sobreviñas
Bishop Emeritus (1993-2001)
Map of the province of Cavite, which forms the entire jurisdiction of the Diocese of Imus
The Diocese of Imus (Latin: Dioecesis Imusensis) comprises the entire province of Cavite. The diocese was canonically erected on November 25, 1961, when it was excised from the Archdiocese of Manila. Imus Cathedral, located along General Castañeda Street in the poblacion of Imus, serves as the see of the diocese. It is one of twelve cathedrals founded by the Order of Augustinian Recollects in the Philippines.
The diocese is home to around 2,210,000 Roman Catholics spread across four episcopal districts, eleven vicariates, 56 parishes, four quasi-parishes, eight pastoral centers, a Catholic community, a national shrine (Our Lady of La Salette), and three diocesan shrines. There are 184 priests in the diocese, 95 of which are diocesan and 89 are religious.
In 2011, the Diocese of Imus celebrated the Golden Jubilee of its establishment. Activities were held within the diocese to mark the momentous event. Prior to the occasion, the celebration of the 5th Asian Youth Day in 2009 was also held in the diocese.
The diocese is under the patronage of the Our Lady of the Pillar, whose feast day is celebrated on October 12. The image of Our Lady was canonically crowned by Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle, the Archbishop of Manila and former Bishop of Imus, in a solemn ceremony held in 2012.
Through the zeal of the first missionaries of spreading the Catholic faith, they also helped in founding most of the towns of Cavite province. Among the religious orders that Christianized the Caviteños were the Franciscans, the Recollects, the Dominicans and the Jesuits. They established their first center of faith in Cavite Puerto (now Cavite City). The Catholic faith first came to Imus in 1571, then in Silang in 1581, in Cavite Viejo (now Kawit) in 1587, in Maragondon in 1611, Indang in 1655, Ternate in 1700 and in San Francisco de Malabon (now General Trias City) in 1758. As early as 1614, Cavite became a politico-military province.
The province of Cavite is rich with historical significance. It had been the site of many battles and uprisings against Spain, one of which was that of 1872, which resulted in the execution of three priests: Gomez, Burgos and Zamora (Gomburza). Cavite is also where General Emilio Aguinaldo proclaimed the Philippine Independence from Spanish rule on June 12, 1898, in the town of Kawit.
The province is named after its shape, that of a hook – hence Kawit, meaning hook, in Tagalog. It is geographically situated at the very entrance to Manila Bay, a location which has made it, along with Bataan on the north, the scene of many battles in the past. It is bounded on the northwest by the Bay, on the northeast by the provinces of Rizal and Laguna, on the southwest by the province of Batangas. Its capital city is Imus, with the seat of the provincial government located in Trece Martires City.
Early in the American regime, a U.S. naval garrison was stationed at Sangley Point in Cavite City after a civil government was established in 1901. Because of mutual defense agreements, this base remained in Cavite long after the country was granted its independence in 1946.
The topography of the province is gentle upward sloping towards the south, peaking in Tagaytay Ridge and Mts. Palay-Palay - Mataas-na-Gulod Range, at the border with Batangas province. Areas near the coast are flat where rice is an important crop. Fishing is another major industry in the coastal towns. The language spoken is Tagalog, which is the basis for Filipino, the national language of the country. More than 60 per cent of the inhabitants live in urbanized areas because of its proximity to Manila. Today, Cavite is witnessing a more radical urbanization as factories, subdivisions, golf courses, resorts and an Export Processing Zone (EPZA) have sprung up in the province. Tagaytay City, with its cool climate and a scenic view of Taal Lake and Taal Volcano, draws many tourists each year.
The Diocese of Imus was created on November 12, 1961. It comprises the civil province of Cavite and covers a land area of 1,287 km2 (497 sq mi), with a population of 1,643,549 of which 76 per cent are Catholics. Its titular patroness is Nuestra Señora del Pilar. The diocese is a suffragan of the Archdiocese of Manila.
There are two episcopal districts in the diocese, with 11 vicariates, 56 parishes, 4 quasi-parishes, 8 pastoral centers, a catholic community, a national shrine (Our Lady of La Salette), and 3 diocesan shrine served by a total of 180 priests. Among the religious organizations are the Legion of Mary, Catholic Women's League, Adoracion Nocturna, El Shaddai, Knights of Columbus, Catholic Youth Movement and Couples for Christ.
On April 8, 2013, Reynaldo Gonda Evangelista was appointed by Pope Francis as the fifth bishop of Imus. He is the first appointee of Pope Francis on the Catholic hierarchy of the Philippines. He was installed last June 5, 2013.
The list of the assigned bishops of the diocese since its establishment are as follows:
|Coat of Arms||Name||From||Until||No.|
|Artemio G. Casas||December 11, 1961||September 4, 1968||1|
|Felix P. Perez||February 25, 1969||February 29, 1992||2|
|Manuel C. Sobreviñas||February 25, 1993||October 22, 2001||3|
|Luis Antonio G. Tagle||October 22, 2001||October 13, 2011||4|
|Reynaldo G. Evangelista, O.F.S.||June 5, 2013||Incumbent||5|
Golden Jubilee celebration
In 2011, the diocese celebrated its Golden Jubilee since its separation from the Archdiocese of Manila. The festivities centered on the theme "Tena't Mag-KA-RA-KOL" (Let's do the karakol), a pray-dance procession performed in fiestas in Cavite. The karakol spelled as KA-RA-KOL, is an acronym with "KA" for "KAhapong kay yaman" - an introspective look into the glorious history of the diocese; "RA" for "RAdikal na pagsunod kay Kristo," a call for reconciliation and conversion into the fullness of God's love by following the example of Jesus Christ; and "KOL" for "KOLektibong pagkilos," which envisioned a collective effort on the part of all Catholic faithful in the province to fulfill its mission of spreading God's word.
Prior to the jubilee year, a three-year preparation for the celebration (from 2009 to 2011) was led by then Bishop Luis Antonio Tagle, who was later appointed as the Archbishop of Manila. He led the opening of the jubilee year with a Mass celebrated at the patio of the Imus Cathedral on the midnight of the foundation day of the diocese, November 25, 2011. Among the highlights of the event was the opening of the cathedral's Jubilee Door. All the Catholic faithful who would pass through the door would be granted a plenary indulgence under the usual conditions. On October 16, 2012, a Mass for the celebration of the anniversary of the Cathedral's dedication was celebrated by Most Rev. Bishop Pedro Arigo D.D., then apostolic vicar of Puerto Princesa and a native of Kawit. The Grand Diocesan Procession was held on the streets of Imus after the Mass which featured the images of the patron saints of every parish in the Diocese.
On November 26, 2012, Mass and the closing of the Cathedral's Jubilee door was celebrated by Archbishop Rolando Tria Tirona Archbishop of Caceres and a native of Kawit. His concelebrants included Most Rev. Pedro Arigo D.D., Vicar of Puerto Princesa (also a native of Kawit), Most Rev. Manuel Sobreviñas, Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese of Imus , and Rev. Teodoro Buhain, Auxiliary Bishop-Emeritus of the Archdiocese of Manila.
The solemn Canonical Coronation of the image of Our Lady of the Pillar of Imus, Patroness of the Diocese concluded the celebration of the Golden Jubilee. The Marian image was crowned by Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle on December 3, 2012.
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