Roman Catholic Diocese of Malolos

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Diocese of Malolos
Dioecesis Malolosinae
Diyosesis ng Malolos
Malolos cathedral church.jpg
Malolos Cathedral
Country Philippines
Territory Bulacan and Valenzuela City
Ecclesiastical province Manila
Metropolitan Manila
Area 2,672 km2 (1,032 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2003)
2,467,108 (87.5%)
Denomination Roman Catholic
Sui iuris church Latin Church
Rite Roman Rite
Established Nov. 25, 1961 (canonically erected on March 11, 1962)
Cathedral Minor Basilica of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception
Secular priests 230 diocesan priests
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop Jose Oliveros
Metropolitan Archbishop Luis Antonio Tagle
Vicar General Bartolome Santos
Emeritus Bishops Cirilo R. Almario Bishop Emeritus (1977-1996)

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Malolos (Lat: Dioecesis Malolosinae) is a Roman Rite diocese of the Latin Church of the Catholic Church in the Philippines. The motherchurch of the Diocese is the Malolos Cathedral located in Malolos City, Bulacan

The diocese was erected in 1961 from its metropolitan, the Archdiocese of Manila.

The diocese has compiled a book containing its synodal documents, finalized at the First Diocesan Synod of Malolos. Among other things it outlines the structural organizations of the diocese, the composition of the people in the diocese, the areas of pastoral concern, the handling of the temporal goods of the diocese, and sanctions and processes. This book compilation serves as a guide to clergy and laity where pastoral matters are concerned.

José Francisco Oliveros was appointed bishop in 2004.

Diocese of Malolos[edit]

The Diocese of Malolos, with jurisdiction over the Province of Bulacan and the City of Valenzuela in Metropolitan Manila and suffragan to the Archdiocese of Manila, was created on March 11, 1962 by Pope John XXIII. Rev. Manuel del Rosario was installed Papal Nuncio Salvatore Siino as the first bishop of the Diocese.The latest and 4th Bishop of Malolos is Most Rev. Jose F. Oliveros, D.D.

Parishes of the Diocese of Malolos[edit]

Vicariate of the Immaculate Conception (i) - Malolos City, Bulacan

  • Immaculate Conception - Malolos City, Bulacan - (MINOR BASILICA)
  • Our Lady of Mt. Carmel - Barasoain Church, Malolos, Bulacan
  • San Isidro Labrador - Bambang, Bulacan, Bulacan
  • Ntra. Sra. de la Asuncion - Bulacan, Bulacan
  • Stella Maris - Pamarawan, Malolos, Bulacan - (MISSION PARISH)
  • St. Joseph the Worker- Panasahan, Malolos, Bulacan
  • St. Elizabeth of Hungary - Sta. Isabel, Malolos, Bulacan
  • Hearts of Jesus and Mary - San Felipe Subd, Mojon, Malolos, Bulacan
  • Holy Spirit - Alido Heights, Malolos, Bulacan
  • San Isidro Labrador - Bulihan, Malolos, Bulacan
  • Our Lady of the Lord's Presentation - Maunlad Homes Subd, Malolos, Bulacan
  • Santisima Trinidad - Santisima Trinidad, Malolos, Bulacan

Vicariate of St. Anne - Hagonoy, Bulacan

  • St. Anne - Hagonoy, Bulacan - (NATIONAL SHRINE)
  • St. Anthony of Padua - Iba, Hagonoy, Bulacan
  • St. Joseph the Worker - San Jose, Calumpit, Bulacan
  • St. John the Baptist - San Juan, Hagonoy, Bulacan
  • St. Helena, the Empress - Sta. Elena, Hagonoy, Bulacan
  • Sto. Rosario - Sto. Rosario, Hagonoy, Bulacan
  • Our Mother of Perpetual Help - San Pedro, Hagonoy, Bulacan
  • St. James the Apostle - Paombong, Bulacan
  • Sta. Cruz - Sta. Cruz, Paombong, Bulacan - (MISSION PARISH)

Vicariate of St. Michael the Archangel - San Miguel, Bulacan

  • St. Michael the Archangel- San Miguel, Bulacan
  • Sacred Heart of Jesus - Cruz na Daan, San Rafael, Bulacan - (DIOCESAN-SHRINE)
  • Sacred Heart of Jesus - Pinaod, San Ildefonso, Bulacan
  • Sacred Heart of Jesus - Salacot, San Miguel, Bulacan
  • St. Ildephonse - San Ildefonso, Bulacan
  • Ntra. Sra. del Sto. Rosario - Malipampang, San Ildefonso, Bulacan
  • Our Lady of Remedies - Sibul, San Miguel, Bulacan
  • San Jose, Esposo de Maria - San Jose, San Miguel, Bulacan
  • Most Holy Eucharist - Gabihan, San Ildefonso, Bulacan - (QUASI-PARISH)

Vicariate of St. Martin of Tours - Bocaue, Bulacan

  • St. Martin of Tours - Bocaue, Bulacan - (DIOCESAN-SHRINE)
  • St. Lawrence the Martyr - Balagtas, Bulacan
  • Sto. Cristo and St. Andrew Kim Taegon - Lolomboy, Bocaue, Bulacan
  • St. Michael the Archangel - Marilao, Bulacan
  • St. Peter of Alcantara - Taal, Bocaue, Bulacan
  • Our Lady of Fatima - Meralco Village, Lias, Marilao, Bulacan
  • St. Peter the Apostle - Burol II, Balagtas, Bulacan
  • Divine Mercy - Sta. Rosa I, Marilao, Bulacan - (NATIONAL-SHRINE)
  • St. Joseph the Worker - Panginay, Balagtas, Bulacan
  • Our Lady of Guadalupe - Deca Homes, Marilao, Bulacan - (QUASI-PARISH)

Vicariate of St. Francis of Assisi - Meycauayan City, Bulacan

  • St. Francis of Assisi - Meycauayan, Bulacan
  • Ntra. Sra. de Salambao - Binuangan, Obando, Bulacan
  • San Isidro-San Roque - Malhacan, Meycauayan, Bulacan
  • San Pascual Baylon - Obando, Bulacan - (DIOCESAN-SHRINE)
  • Holy Cross - Paco, Obando, Bulacan
  • Sto. Niño - Sto. Niño Village, Meycauayan, Bulacan
  • Our Lady of Fatima - Heritage Homes, Meycauayan, Bulacan
  • St. Bartholomew - Tugatog, Meycauayan, Bulacan - (QUASI-PARISH)
  • St. Joseph - St. Francis Village, Meycauayan, Bulacan
  • Muling Pagkabuhay - Lawa, Meycauayan, Bulacan

Vicariate of St. Didacus of Alcala - Valenzuela City

  • Our Lady of Fatima - Valenzuela City - (NATIONAL-SHRINE)
  • San Isidro Labrador - Malinta, Valenzuela City
  • Risen Lord - Veinte Reales, Valenzuela City
  • Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary - Maysan, Valenzuela City
  • San Diego de Alcala - Polo, Valenzuela City
  • Sto. Cristo - Marulas, Valenzuela City
  • Holy Cross - Gen. T. de Leon, Valenzuela City
  • San Juan Dela Cruz Parish - Ugong, Valenzuela City
  • Holy Family - Karuhatan, Valenzuela City
  • Hearts of Jesus and Mary - Malanday, Valenzuela City
  • St. Joseph - Punturin, Valenzuela City - (QUASI-PARISH)

Vicariate of St. James the Apostle - Plaridel, Bulacan

  • St. James the Apostle - Plaridel, Bulacan
  • St. John the Baptist - Calumpit, Bulacan - (DIOCESAN-SHRINE)
  • St. Michael the Archangel - Dampol, Plaridel, Bulacan
  • Sto. Rosario - Pulong Gubat, Guiguinto, Bulacan
  • St. Ildephonse - Guiguinto, Bulacan
  • San Isidro Labrador - Pulilan, Bulacan
  • San Marcos - San Marcos, Calumpit, Bulacan
  • Sta. Rita de Cascia - Sta. Rita, Guiguinto, Bulacan
  • Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal - Pulilan, Bulacan
  • Holy Family - Violeta Subdivision, Tabang, Guiguinto, Bulacan
  • Sto. Niño - Sto. Niño, Calumpit, Bulacan (QUASI-PARISH)
  • Holy Angels - San Jose, Plaridel, Bulacan - (QUASI-PARISH)

Vicariate of St. Joseph the Worker - San Jose del Monte City, Bulacan

  • St. Joseph the Worker - San Jose del Monte, Bulacan
  • Our Lady of the Rosary - Sapang Palay, San Jose del Monte, Bulacan
  • St. Peter the Apostle - Tungkong Mangga, San Jose del Monte, Bulacan
  • San Isidro Labrador - Muzon, San Jose del Monte, Bulacan
  • Sacred Heart of Jesus - Francisco Homes, San Jose del Monte, Bulacan
  • Christ the King - Area H, Sapang Palay, San Jose del Monte, Bulacan
  • San Lorenzo Ruiz - Pleasant Hills, San Jose del Monte, Bulacan
  • Sagrada Familia Parish - Sta. Cruz I, Sapang Palay, San Jose del Monte, Bulacan
  • St. Andrew the Apostle - Norzagaray, Bulacan
  • Virgen delas Flores - Bigte, Norzagaray, Bulacan - (QUASI-PARISH)

Vicariate of the Immaculate Conception - Sta. Maria, Bulacan

  • Immaculate Conception - Sta. Maria, Bulacan
  • Sto. Niño - Parada, Sta. Maria, Bulacan
  • Immaculate Conception - Pandi, Bulacan
  • Sto. Cristo - Siling Bata, Pandi, Bulacan
  • St. Gabriel the Arcanghel - San Gabriel, Sta. Maria, Bulacan
  • Holy Family - Catmon, Sta. Maria, Bulacan
  • St. John the Evangelist - Bagbaguin, Sta. Maria, Bulacan
  • Blessed Sacrament - Cay-pombo, Sta. Maria, Bulacan
  • Our Lady of Mt. Carmel - Pulong Buhangin, Sta. Maria, Bulacan
  • San Isidro Labrador - Partida, Sta. Maria, Bulacan - (QUASI-PARISH)

Vicariate of St. Augustine of Hippo - Baliuag, Bulacan

  • St. Augustine - Baliuag, Bulacan
  • Virgen delas Flores - Virgen delas Flores, Baliuag, Bulacan
  • Sta. Monica- Angat, Bulacan
  • Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary - Makinabang, Baliuag, Bulacan
  • Sagrada Familia - Tangos, Baliuag, Bulacan
  • Our Lady of Mt. Carmel - Sabang, Baliuag, Bulacan
  • Sto. Niño - Bustos, Bulacan
  • San Isidro Labrador - Liciada, Bustos, Bulacan
  • St. Paul the Apostle - Niugan, Angat, Bulacan
  • St. John of God - San Rafael, Bulacan
  • Ntra. Sra. de Lourdes - Doña Remedios Trinidad, Bulacan
  • Sto. Cristo - Caingin, San Rafael, Bulacan
  • Sta. Rita de Cascia - Binagbag, Angat, Bulacan
  • Sto. Cristo - Sto. Cristo, Pulilan, Bulacan - (QUASI-PARISH)
  • Immaculate Conception - Concepcion, Baliuag, Bulacan - (QUASI-PARISH)


Bulacan was Christianized in 1500s by the Augustinians at the West headed by Fray Diego Ordoñez e Vivar from Gualajara Mexico the Western Bulacan became the centers of Augustinians Order in Towns of Calumpit with Hagonoy and Apalit,Bulakan with Bigaa and Caluya,Malolos with Quingua while on the South was Christianized by Franciscans.

Prior to the creation of the Diocese of Malolos it is part of Archdiocese of Manila as Vicaria de La Inmaculada Concepcion or Vicaria dela Provincia de Bulacan which Malolos Church is the headquarters of Vicariate of Bulacan comprising the whole Province of Bulacan including Polo (now Valenzuela City)

The Diocese of Malolos was created on November 25, 1961. On March 11, 1962, the Malolos Cathedral became the site of the formal canonical installation of the first resident bishop of Malolos, Most Reverend Manuel del Rosario, D.D. For Malolos, it was a new chapter in its already fabled history. It was the late Pope John XXIII who created the Diocese of Malolos as a suffragan of the Archdiocese of Manila. In the celebration, Bishop del Rosario was installed by Archbishop Salvatore Siino, then papal nuncio to the Philippines.

In Guiguinto, Bulacan town, the Immaculate Conception Minor Seminary soon got under construction. The seminary, considered the nucleus potential of the diocese, has become the alma mater of some fifty priests who have now assumed responsible positions in the diocese and its 73 parishes. The seminary has grown to include new buildings for a college seminary, a formation institute, and hopefully, in due time, a theology school.

A few years later two auxiliary bishops were assigned to Malolos: Most Reverend Leopoldo Arcaira who arrived in 1966, then Most Reverend Ricardo Vidal. When Monsignor Vidal was elevated to the position of archbishop and was assigned to Lipa, Pope Paul VI gave Malolos a young and energetic prelate, Most Reverend Cirilo R. Almario became the bishop of Malolos from December 15, 1977 up to January 20, 1996.

The third bishop is the former auxiliary bishop of Manila, Most Rev. Rolando Tria Tirona, OCD, a Carmelite Discalced. He started his episcopacy on the December, 1996. He was later transferred in June 2003 to the Prelature of Infanta to replace another Carmelite Discalced prelate, Bishop Julio Xavier Labayen, OCD.

The current bishop is a priest from the Diocese of Gumaca in Quezon, Most Rev. Jose Francisco Oliveros, DD. He took the office on May 14, 2004.

The pomp and pageantry that accompanied the installation of the First Bishop of Malolos was repeated in a celebration in 1987 to mark the silver jubilee of the diocese. All roads led to Malolos that day.

The Diocese of Malolos comprises the entire civil province of Bulacan and the city of Valenzuela in Metro Manila. Its titular patron is the Immaculate Conception whose feast is celebrated December 8. The population covered by the diocese is 1,650,000 of which 85 per cent are Catholics.

Malolos is the capital of Bulacan Province which lies in the Central Plains of Luzon, or Region III. Bulacan is bounded by Nueva Ecija on the north, Aurora (Dingalan) on the northeast, Quezon (General Nakar) on the east, Rizal (Rodriguez) on the southeast, Metro Manila (Valenzuela City, Malabon City, Navotas City, Caloocan City and Quezon City) on the south, Manila Bay on the southwest, and Pampanga on the west. The province of Bulacan is rich in rice, in fruits and in fishpond production. Other products are sugar and corn. In poultry raising the town of Sta. Maria is known as the "egg nest" of the country.

Historically, Bulacan, together with other Central Luzon provinces, was among the first to take up arms against Spanish authorities. It played an important role in the Philippine Revolution of 1896. When the capital of the new Republic was moved from Bacoor in Cavite to Malolos in Bulacan, the First Revolutionary Congress met at the Barasoain Church, a landmark in Philippine history, to draft the first constitution of the First Philippine Republic. And on January 21, 1899 Emilio Aguinaldo, the first president of the First Philippine Republic, promulgated what is now known as the Malolos Constitution. It was the first important Filipino document to come out of people's representation.

In June and July 1987, Bishop Cirilo Almario convened the First Diocesan Synod of Malolos. It had for its theme - "To Prepare for the Lord a Perfect People." Together with the priests and the Christian faithful of the province the Synod formulated its own vision-mission statement. To fulfill its mission, a restructuring of the diocesan organization was called for in line with the spirit of Vatican II.

Diocese of Malolos' present Organizational chart photo in the convent.
The Diocese's incumbent Malolos Bishop José Francisco Oliveros, in a solemn Mass at the Malolos Cathedral.

Bulacan: One of the bastion early christian missions in Luzon 1572-1581[edit]

The present territory of the Diocese of Malolos historically traced to the early catholic missions as of 1572 of the Spanish Missionaries promulgated primarily by the Augustinian Order and secondarily the Franciscans in the Province of Bulacan which was one of the earliest catholic missions in the Philippines 440 years ago.

CALUMPIT (1572) : Although it was established by Don Miguel de Legaspi as Encomienda under Sargento Juan Moron in November 14,1571, it was christiniazed by Fray Diego Ordoñez de Vivar only in February 1572 where the Augustinians first arrived at Meyto and made it visita of Tondo in May 3,1573. In March 3,1575 they build a parish and convent under the patronage of San Nicolas de Tolentino but renamed Saint John the Baptist in December 1576 and Our Lady of Presentation as patroness. Former visitas of Calumpit are Hagonoy,Candaba,Malolos,Apalit

BULAKAN (1578) : It was established by the Augustinians thru Fray Alonso Alvarado as one of the visitas of Tondo in August 1575 and in August 1578 under the patronage of Our Lady of Assumption it became parish and convent having Fray Diego Vivar as its first minister.Bulakan was the former capital of the provincia de Bulacan and its former visitas are Guiguinto and Bigaa (Balagtas) ceded to Malolos later in 1600s.

MEYCAUAYAN (1578) : Established thru the apostolic works of Fray Juan de Plasencia OFM and Diego Oropesa OFM,one of the first Franciscan missionaries in the Philippines and established the Catholic faith in Old Meycauayan and its visitas such as Polo (Valenzuela), Obando (Catanghalan),San Jose del Monte,Santa Maria,Marilao and Bocaue.

MALOLOS (1572) : Same with Calumpit,it was primarily established secularly by Don Miguel Lopez de Legaspi as Encomienda of Malolos under Don Marcos de Herrera as of November 14,1571 and Don Jeronimo Tirado later. It was christianized only in 1572 by Fray Diego Ordoñez de Vivar and it was made visita of Calumpit.The parochial beginnings was officially established in June 11,1580 under the patronage of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception with Fray Matheo de Mendoza as its minister.Former visitas of Malolos are Quingua,Paombong and Bigaa.

HAGONOY (1581) : Christianized also by Fray Diego Ordonez de Vivar and it was administered by Augustinian religious from the Convent of Calumpit. In 1581 it officially established as Prior.

QUINGUA (1581) : Quingua was originally one of visitas of Augustinians from Malolos Convent and it was christianized by Fray Matheo de Mendoza in 1581.Fray Diego Pardo was installed as its first parochial minister in 1602.Former visitas of Quingua are Baliwag,Bustos and Angat.


  • +Manuel Platon Del Rosario (11 Dec 1965 Appointed - 15 Dec 1977 )
  • Cirilo R. Almario (15 Dec 1977 Succeeded - 20 Jan 1996 Resigned)
  • Rolando Joven Tria Tirona, O.C.D. (14 Dec 1996 Appointed - 28 Jun 2003 Appointed, Prelate of Infanta)
  • José F. Oliveros (14 May 2004 Appointed - )

Religious Congregtions and Organizations[edit]

Religious Men[edit]

  • Blessed Sacrament Fathers (SSS)
  • Brothers of Mercy of St. John of God (FM-PA)
  • Missionaries of the Sacred Heart (MSC)

Religious Women[edit]

  • Order of St. Augustine (OSA) (Contemplative)
  • Sisters of the Divine Shepherd (SDS)
  • Order of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mt. Carmel Ancient Observance (O.Carm) (Contemplative)
  • Congregation of the Dominican Sisters of St. Catherine of Siena (OP)
  • Dominican Nuns of Perpetual Adoration (OP)(contemplative)
  • Handmaids of the Divine Word (HDW)
  • Missionary Catechists of the Sacred Heart (MCSH)
  • Dominican Sisters of St. Joseph (OP)
  • Augustinian Sisters of Our Lady of Consolation (OSA)
  • Religious Catechists of Mary (RCM)
  • Religious of the Virgin Mary (RVM)
  • Notre Dame de Vie Secular Institute (NDV)
  • Sisters of 0ur Lady of La Salette (SNDS)
  • Sisters Servants of the Holy Spirit (SSps)
  • Franciscan Sisters of the Sacred Heart (SFSC)
  • Sisters of the Divine Mercy (SDM)
  • St. Paul Charters (SPC)

Mandated Organizations and Renewal Movements[edit]

  • Adoracion Nocturna Filipina
  • Apostolado ng Panalangin
  • Basic Ecclesial Communities
  • Catholic Charismatic Renewal Movement
  • Catholic Women’s League
  • Council of the Laity
  • Cursillos in Christianity
  • Daughters of Mary Immaculate
  • El Shaddai
  • Knights of Columbus
  • Legion of Mary
  • Marriage Encounter
  • Mother Butler’s Mission Guild
  • Parish Renewal Experience (PREX)
  • Soldiers of Christ

See also[edit]