Supreme Bishop

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Bishop of Philippine Independent Church
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Rhee Timbang
Elected: May 10, 2017
Cathedral National Cathedral of the Holy Child
First incumbent Gregorio Aglipay

The Supreme Bishop (Spanish: Obispo Máximo) abbreviated O.M., is the leader or primate of the Iglesia Filipina Independiente (Philippine Independent Church), known informally as Aglipayans. The Supreme Bishop is elected by the General Assembly of the Church and heads the Executive Commission, which is the highest policy-making body in the absence of the General Assembly. Rhee Millena Timbang was elected Obispo Máximo on 09 May 2017 by unanimous vote of delegates to the 13th Triennial General Assembly of the Iglesia Filipina Independiente after serving as bishop of the Diocese of Surigao. The Supreme Bishop's office is at the National Cathedral of the Holy Child, Taft Avenue, Manila. He is the thirteenth in a line of succession from Gregorio Aglipay, the first Obispo Máximo.[1]

Election and term of office[edit]

The Supreme Bishop is the primate, spiritual head and chief executive of the Philippine Independent Church. A Supreme Bishop is elected every six years, and cannot be re-elected. He is responsible for the ecclesiastical government of the Church and is the spiritual head of almost 6 million Aglipayans throughout the Philippines and some dioceses in the United States and Canada.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Obispo Maximo". Philippine Independent Church. Retrieved 30 August 2016. 

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