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Diocese of Antipolo

Dioecesis Antipolensis

Diyosesis ng Antipolo
Coat of Arms Diocese of Antipolo.svg
Coat of arms
Country Philippines
Ecclesiastical provinceManila
Area1,828 km2 (706 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics (including non-members)
(as of 2015)
3,280,000 (90%)
Parishes73 parishes (8 diocesan shrines, 1 national shrine), 2 quasi-parishes
Sui iuris churchLatin Church
RiteRoman Rite
EstablishedJanuary 24, 1983[1]
CathedralNational Shrine of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage (Immaculate Conception Parish)
Patron saint
Current leadership
BishopFrancisco Mendoza de Leon
Metropolitan ArchbishopJose F. Cardinal Advincula
Auxiliary BishopsNolly Camingue Buco
Bishops emeritusCrisostomo Ayson Yalung (2001–2002)
Gabriel Villaruz Reyes (2003–2016)
Website of the Diocese

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Antipolo (Lat: Dioecesis Antipolensis; Filipino: Diyosesis ng Antipolo) is a diocese of the Latin Rite of the Catholic Church in the Philippines that comprises the Province of Rizal and the city of Marikina in Metro Manila.

On January 24, 1983, during his Angelus message, Pope John Paul II announced the creation of the Diocese of Antipolo, which would encompass the whole province of Rizal, the entire Marikina, and part of Pasig (Barangays Dela Paz, Santolan, Manggahan, Rosario, and Santa Lucia, which altogether formed the 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 bishop of Antipolo was Protacio G. Gungon. On December 3, 2001, he was succeeded by Crisostomo Yalung as the second bishop, followed by Gabriel V. Reyes, former Bishop of Kalibo in Aklan, as the third bishop. Bishop Reyes was assisted by the then-auxiliary and later coadjutor bishop, Francisco M. De Leon, who was named his successor and fourth bishop effective September 10, 2016.

The diocese had its First Diocesan Synod in 1993 held at Saint Michael's Retreat House in Antipolo City. The diocese has experienced some jurisdictional changes since the time the Diocese of Pasig was created, whereby six parishes within the civil boundaries of Pasig were given to the new local church, together with seven diocesan priests serving in them.

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. Among the 86 ecclesiastical jurisdictions present in the Philippines today, the diocese is the third largest local church in terms of its Catholic population after the Archdiocese of Cebu, and the Diocese of Malolos (Bulacan and Valenzuela City). The population of the whole area covering the diocese is 3,650,000, of which 3,280,000 (or 90%) are Catholics. The seat or center of the diocese is the Antipolo Cathedral, one of the most popular Marian shrines in the country where the historic Canonically crowned image of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage (Nuestra Señora de la Paz y Buen Viaje) (the Virgin of Antipolo) is enshrined.


Ordinary Period in Office Coat of Arms
1. Protacio Guevara Gungon June 25, 1983 – October 18, 2001
Coat of Arms of Bishop Protacio Guevara Gungon.svg
2. Crisostomo Ayson Yalung December 3, 2001 – October 19, 2002
Coat of Arms of Bishop Crisostomo Yalung.svg
3. Gabriel Villaruz Reyes January 29, 2003 – September 9, 2016
Coat of Arms of Bishop Gabriel Villaruz Reyes.svg
4. Francisco Mendoza de Leon September 10, 2016 – present
Coat of arms Francisco de Leon.svg

Auxiliary Bishops


See also

Coordinates: 14°35′15″N 121°10′37″E / 14.5876°N 121.1770°E / 14.5876; 121.1770


  1. ^ "Antipolo Diocese | Diocese of Antipolo Philippines | Ucanews". Retrieved 22 January 2022.
  2. ^ "Bishop of Antipolo Diocese Francisco mendoza De Leon | UCA News". Retrieved 22 January 2022.
  3. ^ "Auxiliary Bishop of Antipolo Diocese Nolly Camigue Buco | UCA News". Retrieved 22 January 2022.