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 Most Rev. Jose F. Oliveros, D.D.
Metropolitan Archbishop Luis Antonio Tagle
Vicar General Rev. Msgr. Bartolome G. Santos, Jr., P.C.

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 Cathedral-Basilica Minore of the Immaculate Conception Malolos Cathedral located in Malolos City, Bulacan.[1]

The diocese was created on November 25, 1961 from its metropolitan, the Archdiocese of Manila. It was canonically created on March 11, 1962 with Most Rev. Manuel P. Del Rosario, DD as its first diocesan bishop. Most Rev. José Francisco Oliveros, its fourth bishop 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. Most Rev. Manuel P. del Rosario, DD was installed Papal Nuncio Salvatore Siino as the first bishop of the Diocese. He was succeeded by Most Rev. Cirilo Almario Jr, DD in 1977; Bishop Cirilo Almario died in October 14, 2016. While Most Rev. Rolando Tria Tirona, OCD, DD, who is now the Archbishop of Nueva Caceres, became the third bishop in 1996. The current and 4th Bishop of Malolos is Most Rev. Jose F. Oliveros, D.D.

Parishes of the Diocese of Malolos[edit]

VICARIATE OF MALOLOS - Malolos City and Bulacan

  • PARISH OF OUR LADY OF MOUNT CARMEL DE BARASOAIN - Barasoain Church, Malolos, Bulacan
  • Parish of San Isidro Labrador - Bambang, Bulacan, Bulacan
  • Parish of Nuestra Sra de la Asuncion - Bulacan, Bulacan
  • Parish of Stella Maris - Pamarawan, Malolos, Bulacan - (MISSION PARISH)
  • Parish of St. Joseph the Worker- Panasahan, Malolos, Bulacan
  • St. Elizabeth of Hungary - Sta. Isabel, Malolos, Bulacan
  • Parish of Hearts of Jesus and Mary - San Felipe Subd, Mojon, Malolos, Bulacan
  • Parish of the Holy Spirit - Alido Heights, Malolos, Bulacan
  • San Isidro Labrador - Bulihan, Malolos, Bulacan
  • Parish of Our Lady of the Lord's Presentation - Maunlad Homes Subd, Malolos, Bulacan
  • Parish of the Most Holy Trinity - Santisima Trinidad, Malolos, Bulacan

Vicariate of Santa Maria - Santa Maria and Pandi

  • La Purísima Concepción - Santa Maria, Bulacan
  • Immaculate Conception - Pandi, Bulacan
  • Our Lady of Mt. Carmel - Pulong Buhangin, Sta. Maria, Bulacan
  • Sto. Niño - Parada, Sta. Maria, Bulacan
  • Sto. Cristo - Siling Bata, Pandi, Bulacan
  • St. Gabriel the Archangel - 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
  • San Isidro Labrador - Partida, Sta. Maria, Bulacan - (QUASI-PARISH)

Vicariate of Hagonoy - Hagonoy, Calumpit and Paombong

  • St. Anthony of Padua - Iba, Hagonoy, Bulacan
  • St. Joseph the Worker - San Jose, Calumpit, Bulacan
  • Parish of 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 San Miguel - San Miguel, San Rafael and San Ildefonso

  • Diocesan Shrine of Sacred Heart of Jesus - Cruz na Daan, San Rafael, Bulacan
  • Sacred Heart of Jesus - Pinaod, San Ildefonso, Bulacan
  • Sacred Heart of Jesus - Salacot, San Miguel, Bulacan
  • St. Ildephonse - San Ildefonso, Bulacan
  • Nuestra 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 Bocaue - Bocaue, Balagtas and Marilao

  • St. Lawrence Deacon and 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
  • National Shrine of the Divine Mercy - Sta. Rosa I, Marilao, Bulacan
  • St. Joseph the Worker - Panginay, Balagtas, Bulacan
  • Our Lady of Guadalupe - Deca Homes, Marilao, Bulacan - (QUASI-PARISH)

Vicariate of Meycauayan - Meycauayan and Obando

  • St. Francis of Assisi - Meycauayan, Bulacan
  • Nuestra Sra. de Salambao - Binuangan, Obando, Bulacan
  • San Isidro-San Roque - Malhacan, Meycauayan, Bulacan
  • Diocesan Shrine of Nuestra Señora de la Inmaculada Concepcion de Salambao-San Pascual Baylon Parish - Obando, Bulacan
  • Sta. Cruz - Paco, Obando, Bulacan
  • Sto. Niño - Sto. Niño Village, Meycauayan, Bulacan
  • Our Lady of Fatima - Heritage Homes, Meycauayan, Bulacan
  • Quasi-Parish of St. Bartholomew - Tugatog, Meycauayan, Bulacan
  • St. Joseph - St. Francis Village, Meycauayan, Bulacan
  • Muling Pagkabuhay - Lawa, Meycauayan, Bulacan

Vicariate of Valenzuela - Valenzuela City

Vicariate of Plaridel - Plaridel, Calumpit, Guiguinto and Pulilan

  • Diosean Shrine of St. John the Baptist - Calumpit, Bulacan
  • St. Michael the Archangel - Dampol, Plaridel, Bulacan
  • Sto. Rosario - Pulong Gubat, Guiguinto, Bulacan
  • Parish of San Ildefonso de Toledo - 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
  • Banal na Mag-anak - Violeta Village, Sta. Cruz, Guiguinto, Bulacan
  • Sto. Niño - Sto. Niño, Calumpit, Bulacan (QUASI-PARISH)
  • Holy Angels - San Jose, Plaridel, Bulacan -

Vicariate of San Jose del Monte - San Jose del Monte City and Norzagaray

  • PARISH OF SAINT 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
  • Quasi-Parish of Virgen delas Flores - Bigte, Norzagaray, Bulacan

Vicariate of Baliwag - Baliwag, Angat, Bustos, Doña Remedios Trinidad and San Rafael

  • PARISH OF SAINT AUGUSTINE - Baliuag, Bulacan
  • Nuestra Sra. 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 the 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.

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 poultry and fishpond production. Other products are sugar and corn.

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.

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 with Malolos Church as 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 Jr. He 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. He is now the Archbishop of Nueve Caceres.

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 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.

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.

The Second Synod of the Diocese was convened by Most Rev. Jose F. Oliveros, DD. It was held from April 8 to April 13, 2016. It had the theme "Contemplating the face of Christ and proclaiming God's transforming grace with unwavering faith towards the new evangelization in the Diocese of Malolos."

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 of early christian missions in Luzon 1572–1581[edit]

The present territory of the Diocese of Malolos historically traces to the early catholic missions as of 1572 of the Spanish Missionaries promulgated primarily by the Order of Saint Augustine (OSA) and secondarily in 1578 upon the arrival of the Order of Franciscan Minor (OFM) in the present day 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 and Martin de Goiti as Encomienda under Conquistador Sargento Mayor Juan Moron on November 14, 1571, it was christiniazed by Fray Diego Ordoñez de Vivar only in April 1572 where the Augustinians first arrived at Meyto and made it ministerios of Tondo but classified as semi-convent para cathequezar the east-west Pampanga and north-western Bulacan on May 1, 1572. They built a parish and convent under the patronage of San Nicolas de Tolentino with Fray Diego de Hererra as Prior but replaced by Fray Martin de Rada, the prior provincial itself. The Church and Convent renamed San Juan Bautista in December 1576 and Our Lady of Presentation in Panducot as patroness. Former visitas of Calumpit are Macabebe, Candaba, Malolos, Hagonoy and Apalit, all separated as town later except Panducot, Meyto, Meysulao and Santa Lucia still a barrios of Calumpit.

BULAKAN (1578): It was established by the Augustinians thru Fray Alonso Alvarado as one of the visitas of Tondo on April 30, 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 Caluya (Balagtas) but the later where ceded to Malolos Convent in the 1600s.

MEYCAUAYAN (1578): Established thru the apostolic zeal of Fray Juan de Plasencia OFM and Diego Oropesa OFM who arrived in Lagolo in 1578, 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 (1580): Contemporary with Calumpit, it was primarily established secularly by Don Miguel Lopez de Legaspi and Martin de Goiti as Encomienda of Malolos under Don Marcos de Herrera on November 14, 1571, but in April 5, 1572 Legaspi merged the two encomiendas under the name of Pueblo de Calumpit. Also on the same yeat Prior Provincial Martin de Rada acts as the prior of Calumpit when Fray Diego de Herrera dispatched to Spain,and it was made visita of Convent of Calumpit with Fray Diego Vivar as vicar. The parochial beginnings was officially established June 11, 1580 under the patronage of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception with Fray Matheo de Mendoza as its first minister. Former visitas of Malolos are Quingua, Paombong and Bigaa.

HAGONOY (1581): Christianized by the friars from nearby Calumpit by Fray Diego Ordonez de Vivar, On December 28, 1578 Gov.Francisco Sande ordered the inclusion of Agonoy in the territory of Calumpit,thus it was also the same year when it was established as "ministerios" vis-a-vis, visita of the Calumpit Convent. In April 1581 it was separated as Parish and having Fray Diego Vivar as its first Prior.

QUINGUA (1605): Quingua was originally one of the visitas of Malolos Convent and it was Christianized by Fray Matheo de Mendoza in 1581. When Fray Roque de Barrionuevo came he endorsed the creation of a quasi parish of Quingua in 1602, Fray Diego Pardo was installed as its first parochial minister in 1605. 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, October 14, 2016 Died)
  • 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 Congregations 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
  • Ministry of Altar Servers/Knights of the Altar
  • Mother Butler’s Mission Guild
  • Parish Renewal Experience (PREX)
  • Soldiers of Christ

See also[edit]