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Apostolic Administrator Florentino Galang Lavarias
Archbishop Galang Lavarias
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Apostolic Administrator Florentino Galang Lavarias
Cathedral Parish of St. Joseph,
Aguirre St., Balanga,
2100 Bataan, Philippines

Phone: (047)237.3226
Email: [email protected]

Archbishop Florentino Galang Lavarias was born on March 14, 1957, in Santa Ines, Mabalacat. He graduated in college at the Holy Angel University in 1978 before entering the San Carlos Seminary. He was ordained a priest on September 26, 1985, at the Our Lady of Grace Parish. He served various parishes under the Archdiocese of San Fernando. He was appointed Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Iba. He was consecrated on August 12, 2004, at the Metropolitan Cathedral of San Fernando. His consecrator was then the Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines, Antonio Franco while his co-consecrators are Paciano Aniceto and Gaudencio Rosales .

On July 25, 2014, Pope Francis named him as Archbishop of San Fernando (De Pampanga), succeeding Aniceto, who resigned on reaching the age limit.

On July 22, 2023 following the installation of Bishop Ruperto Santos as Bishop of Antipolo, Pope Francis appointed him as the Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Balanga in Bataan while awaiting for the installation of Santos' successor as Bishop of Balanga.

Previous Ordinaries:

  • Bishop Ruperto Cruz Santos (1 Apr 2010 Appointed - 24 May 2023 Appointed, Bishop of Antipolo)
  • Bishop Socrates Buenaventura Villegas (2004 - 2009 Appointed Archbishop of Lingayen-Dagupan)
  • Bishop Honesto F. Ongtioco (1998 - 2003. Appointed Bishop of Cubao June 28, 2003)
  • Bishop Celso N. Guevarra † (1975 - 1998)

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