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Roman Catholic Diocese of Antipolo

Most Rev. Gabriel Villaruz Reyes, D.D., Bishop, Roman Catholic Diocese of Antipolo Roman Catholic Diocese 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 Protacio G. Gungon. On December 3, 2001, he was replaced by the Crisostomo Yalung as the second diocesan bishop. The third local ordinary of the diocese is the present bishop, Gabriel V. Reyes, former Bishop of Kalibo in Aklan. Bishop Reyes is assisted by his auxiliary bishop, Francisco M. De Leon.

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 1
  • Ordinaries 2
  • Vicar-generals 3
  • Vicariates 4
  • See also 5

The Diocese today

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 64 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 of the Antipolo Statue


  • Jesse E. Mercado - Apostolic Administrator, Sede Vacante (October 2002-January 2003) (currently Bishop of the Diocese of Paranaque)


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


Vicariate of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage

  • National Shrine and Cathedral of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage, Immaculate Conception Parish (F-1578, Antipolo Cathedral) - Most Rev. Gabriel Reyes, Parish Priest, Rev. Msgr. Rigoberto De Guzman, PC, STL, VG, Rector and Parish Administrator
  • San Antonio de Padua Parish (F-2000, San Antonio Village, Antipolo, Rizal) - Rev. Fr. Alfredo E. Meneses, Jr., Parish Priest
  • St. Rose of Lima Parish (F-1903, Teresa, Rizal) - Rev. Fr. Romarico V. Hilario, Parish Priest
  • San Isidro Labrador Parish (F-2002, Antipolo Hills) - Rev. Fr. Arnel Vitor, Parish Priest
  • Transfiguration of Christ Parish (F-2002, San Roque, Antipolo City) - Rev. Fr. Joel Francis Victorino, Parish Priest
  • Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish (F-2003, Taktak, Antipolo City) - Rev. Fr. Alexander Enhaynes, Parish Priest
  • St. Joseph the Worker Parish (F-2014, Grand Valley Subdivision, Mahabang Parang, Angono, Rizal) - Rev. Fr. Gregorio Ma. L. Obejas, OSM, Parish Priest

Vicariate of Saint Francis Xavier

  • St. Francis Xavier Parish (F-1978, Mayamot, Antipolo) - Rev. Fr. Bienvenido C. Miguel, Parish Priest
  • St. John Marie Vianney Parish (F-1994, Marcos Highway, Mambugan, Antipolo) - Rev. Fr. Lourdesto Garcia, Parish Priest
  • Sto. Niño de Praga Parish (F-2003, Cogeo, Antipolo) - Rev. Fr. Pedro Noel L. Rabonza III, Parish Priest
  • Diocesan Shrine and Parish of St. Therese of the Child Jesus (F-2003, Marcos Highway, Masinag, Antipolo) - Rev. Fr. Aly A. Barcinal, Rector and Parish Priest
  • St. Anthony of Padua Parish (F-2003, Brgy. Inarawan, Antipolo, Rizal) - Rev. Fr. Norman Rodrigo G. Banzuela, OSJ, Parish Priest
  • Our Lady of Fatima Parish (F-2009, Tanza, Antipolo, Rizal) - Rev. Fr. Elmer Balofinos, OAD, Parish Priest
  • Nuestra Señora de la Anunciata Parish (F-2004, Boso-Boso, Antipolo) - Rev. Fr. Renato P. Sales, MI, Parish Priest
  • Blessed Lodovico Pavoni Parish (F-2012, Agnesville, Mambugan, Antipolo)- Rev. Fr. Javier Garcia Mata, SMI, Parish Priest

Vicariate of Saint John the Baptist

  • St. John the Baptist Parish (F-1579, Taytay, Rizal) - Rev. Msgr. Arnel F. Lagarejos, PC, STD, Parish Priest
  • St. Clement Parish (F-1933, Angono, Rizal) - Rev. Fr. Roy B. Crucero, Parish Priest
  • Christ the King Parish (F-1984, Muzon, Taytay, Rizal) - Rev. Fr. David Vincent F. Onilongo, Parish Priest
  • Mary the Queen Parish (F-2002, Meralco Village, Taytay, Rizal) - Rev. Fr. Joselito Rocero, Parish Priest
  • San Antonio de Padua Parish (F-1997, St. Anthony Subdivision, Taytay, Rizal) - Rev. Fr. Albert Thomas B. Tan, Parish Priest
  • St. Arnold Janssen Parish-Shrine (F-2003, Janssenville, Taytay, Rizal) - Rev. Fr. Edilberto Orpilla, SVD, Parish Priest

Vicariate of Saint Jerome

  • St. Jerome Parish (F-1586, Morong, Rizal) - Rev. Fr. Bienvenido Guevara, Parish Priest
  • Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Parish (F-1872, Cardona, Rizal) - Rev. Fr. Bonifacio Chavez, Parish Priest
  • Sta. Ursula Parish (F-1621, Binangonan, Rizal) - Rev. Fr. Rodrigo Eguia, MA Educ., Parish Priest
  • Sacred Heart Parish (F-1984, Tayuman, Binangonan, Rizal) - Rev. Fr. Aguedo Gula, Parish Priest
  • Sto. Domingo Parish (F-2003, Janosa, Talim Island, Binangonan, Rizal) - Rev. Fr. Ferdinand C. Delatado, Parish Priest
  • Our Lady of Lourdes Parish (F-2003, Navotas, Talim Island, Cardona, Rizal) - Rev. Fr. Alan Joshua Oresca, Parish Priest
  • San Isidro Labrador Parish (F-2005, San Guillermo, Morong, Rizal) - Rev. Fr. Rienero Silgas, CSJBP, Parish Priest
  • San Francisco ng Assisi Parish (F-2011, Macamot, Binangonan, Rizal) - Rev. Fr. Jeronimo Maria Jacobo, OFM Conv., Parish Priest
  • Nuestra Señora de los Angeles Parish (F-2013, Pila-Pila, Binangonan, Rizal) - Rev. Fr. Jeffrey M. Santos, Parish Priest

Vicariate of San Ildefonso

  • San Ildefonso de Toledo Parish (F-1606, Tanay, Rizal) - Rev. Fr. Noeh Elnar, Parish Priest
  • St. Joseph Parish (F-1605, Baras, Rizal) - Rev. Msgr. Pedro C. Cañonero, PC, Parish Priest
  • St. Jude Thaddeus Parish (F-1996, Sampaloc, Tanay, Rizal) - Rev. Fr. Antonio Gerardo R. Sanchez, Parish Priest
  • St. Mary Magdalene Parish (F-1590, Pililla, Rizal) - Rev. Fr. Jose Victor Nepomuceno, Parish Priest
  • St. Gabriel the Archangel Parish (F-1996, Malaya, Pililla, Rizal) - Rev. Fr. Aladin Alisbo Jr., Parish Priest
  • St. Michael the Archangel Parish (F-1882, Jala-Jala, Rizal) - Rev. Fr. Gerald G. Metal, Ph.L, Parish Priest
  • San Diego de Alcala Parish (F-2012, Quisao, Pililla, Rizal) - Rev. Fr. Rodolfo P. Mejia, Jr., Parish Priest

Vicariate of Our Lady of Aranzazu

  • Diocesan Shrine and Parish of Nuestra Señora de Aranzazu (F-1596, San Mateo, Rizal) - Rev. Fr. Lawrence Paz, Rector and Parish Priest
  • St. Raphael the Archangel Parish (F-2003, San Rafael, Rodriguez, Rizal) - Rev. Fr. Virgilio Lachica, Parish Priest
  • Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Parish (F-1877, Balite, Rodriguez, Rizal) - Rev. Fr. Rowie Reyes, Parish Priest
  • Sta. Cecilia Parish (F-1992, Maly, San Mateo, Rizal) - Rev. Fr. Rodney Cruz, Parish Priest
  • San Jose de Ampid Parish (F-2002, Ampid, San Mateo, Rizal) - Rev. Fr. Felipe Pedraja, Parish Priest
  • San Isidro Labrador Parish (F-1993, Nangka, Marikina)- Rev. Fr. Jeffrey Quintela, Parish Priest
  • Maria, Ina ng Kapayapaan Parish (F-2004, Kasiglahan Village, Rodriguez, Rizal) - Rev. Fr. Demetrio Suriben Jr., Parish Priest

Vicariate of the Immaculate Conception

  • Immaculate Conception Parish (F-1958, Concepcion, Marikina) - Rev. Msgr. Generoso A. Mediarito, PC, Parish Priest
  • Sto. Niño Parish (F-2003, Modesta, San Mateo, Rizal) - Rev. Fr. Melchor N. Villero, MJ, Parish Priest
  • St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria Parish (F-2003, AFP, Silangan, San Mateo, Rizal) - Rev. Fr. Joselito Ortega, CRSP, Parish Priest
  • Holy Family Parish (F-1984, Parang, Marikina) - Rev. Fr. Luisito S. Atanacio, Parish Priest
  • St. Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows Parish (F-2003, Marikina Heights) - Rev. Fr. Ramon M. Ramos, CP, Parish Priest
  • Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish (F-2009, Tumana-Malanday, Marikina) - Rev. Fr. Emanuele Borelli, SX, Parish Priest

Vicariate of Our Lady of the Abandoned

  • Diocesan Shrine and Parish of Our Lady of the Abandoned (F-1690, Marikina) - Most Rev. Francisco M. De Leon, Rector and Parish Priest, Rev. Fr. Reynante U. Tolentino, Vice Rector and Parish Administrator
  • Nativity of Our Lady Parish (F-1992, Industrial Valley Complex, Marikina) - Rev. Fr. Lopito Hiteroza, Parish Priest
  • San Antonio de Padua Parish (F-2002, Calumpang, Marikina) - Rev. Fr. Nolly C. Buco, JCD, Parish Priest
  • San Jose Manggagawa Parish (F-1975, Barangka, Marikina) - Rev. Fr. Roland M. Alcones, Parish Priest
  • St. Paul of the Cross Parish (F-1975, SSS Village, Marikina) - Rev. Fr. Peter Ymari C. Balatbat, Parish Priest
  • San Isidro Labrador Parish (F-2012, Balanti, San Isidro, Cainta, Rizal) - Rev. Fr. Vhon Rudolf C. Villacarlos, Parish Priest
  • Immaculate Conception Parish (F-2013, Provident Villages, Jesus dela Peña, Marikina City) - Rev. Fr. Michael A. Pacag, Parish Priest

Vicariate of Our Lady of Light

  • Our Lady of Light Parish (F-1760, San Andres-Poblacion, Cainta, Rizal) - Rev. Fr. Neil Vincent M. Tacbas, Parish Priest
  • Holy Trinity Parish (F-2002, Village East, Cainta) - Rev. Fr. Francisco Louie M. Deang, Jr., Parish Priest
  • Our Lady of Fatima Parish (F-2003, Cainta Greenpark Village) - Rev. Fr. Giovanni Osias Delfin O. Yago, Parish Priest
  • Immaculate Conception Parish (F-2003, Vista Verde, Cainta, Rizal) - Rev. Fr. Arnaldo M. Layoc, Parish Priest
  • Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish (F-1998, Brookside Hills, Cainta, Rizal) - Rev. Fr. Gervacio C. Evarola, Parish Priest
  • San Lorenzo Ruiz Parish (F-1992, San Juan, Taytay) - Rev. Fr. Reynaldo Olan, PSDP, Parish Priest
  • San Andres Apostol Parish (F-2009, Greenwoods, San Andres, Cainta, Rizal) - Rev. Fr. Vicentico Flores, Jr., Parish Priest
  • St. Francis of Assisi Parish (F-2011, Cambridge Village, Kabisig, Floodway, Cainta) - Rev. Fr. Jaime Padilla, Parish Priest
  • St. Joseph the Worker Parish (F-2015, Mayflower St., Greenland, Cainta) - Rev. Fr. Jose Rock Berdos, Parish Priest

See also

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