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Celebrating the 500th Anniversary of Catholicism in the Philippines

“…500 years have passed since the Christian message first arrived in the Philippines. You received the joy of the Gospel... And this joy is evident in your people … We see it in your eyes, on your faces, in your songs and in your prayers. In the joy with which you bring your faith to other lands …”

~ Pope Francis said in his homily of the Mass at the Vatican on March 14, formally opening the yearlong celebrations marking the 500th anniversary of Catholicism’s arrival in the Philippines.

A country of 7,641 islands at the sea of southeast Asia with a population of 109 million, of which more than 10 million are migrants living in almost 100 countries across the world.

Why the Pope calls Filipinos “smugglers of faith”? What makes the local Church so unique?

What is the Catholic population in the country? How many dioceses, bishops are there?

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Diocese of Antipolo

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Religious Congregations, Societies and Institutes

Religious Institutes of Men

  • Alagad ni Maria [E-1990] ~ AM (PA)
  • Association of Men-Religious of the Diocese of Antipolo ~ AMRA
  • Brothers of Christian Schools (De La Salle Brothers) [E-1911] ~ FSC
  • Clerics Regular of St. Paul (Barnabites) [E-1989] ~ CRSP
  • Congregation of Mission (Vincentian Fathers and Brothers) ~ CM
  • Congregation of the Canossian Sons of Charity [E-1983] ~ FdCC
  • Congregation of the Immaculate Heart of Mary [E-1907] ~ CICM
  • Congregation of the Passion of Christ [E-1958] ~ CP
  • Congregation of the St. John the Baptist the Precursor [E-1986] ~ CSJBP
  • Little Brothers of Jesus [E-1977] ~ LBJ
  • Marian Missionaries of the Holy Cross [E-1976] ~ MMHC
  • Marist Brothers of Schools [E-1948] ~ FMS
  • Missionaries of Jesus (Clerical Public Association) [E-2002] ~ MJ
  • Oblates of St. Joseph [E-1915] ~ OSJ
  • Order of St. Camillus (Camillians) [E-1975] ~ OSC
  • Order of the Augustinian Recollects [E-1606] ~ OAR
  • Poor Servants of Divine Providence ~ PSDP
  • Society of Divine Word ~ SVD
  • Society of Jesus ~ SJ
  • St. Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows Parish (F-2004)

Religious Institutes of Women

  • Daughters of St. Paul [E-1938] ~ FSP
  • Adorers of the Blood of Christ ~ ASC
  • Angelic Sisters of St. Paul [E-1986] ~ ASP
  • Association of Consecrated Women of Antipolo ~ ACWA :Chairperson: Sister Adelina Mumpar, MMCC
    Vice- Chairperson: Sister Helen Catangcatang, FI
    Secretary: Sister Marivella, FDZ
  • Carmelite Missionary Sisters of St. Therese of the Child Jesus [F-1987] ~ CMSSTCJ
  • Congregation of Dominican Sisters of St. Catherine of Siena ~ OP
  • Congregation of Hijas de Jesus [E-1932] ~ FI
  • Congregation of Sisters of St. Anne [E-1980] ~ SSA
  • Congregation of the Daughters of St. Dominic ~ OP-DSD
  • Congregation of the Missionary Benedictine Sisters of Tutzing [E-1906] ~ OSB
  • Congregation of the Sisters Little Workers of the Sacred Heart [E-1994] ~ LWSH
  • Congregation of the Sisters of St. Paul of Chartres [E-1904] ~ SPC
  • Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth [E-1982] ~ CSFN
  • Congregations of the Franciscans of the Immaculate Conception ~ SFIC
  • Convent and Formation House (F-1988) ~ SHC
  • Daughters of St. Francis of Assisi [E-1995] ~ IFSF
  • Dominican Contemplative Nuns [E-1977] ~ OP
  • FDZ - Daughters of Divine Zeal [E-1978] ~ FDZ
  • Franciscan Missionary Sisters of the Infant Jesus [E-1980] ~ FMIJ
  • Medical Mission Sisters [E-1960] ~ MMS
  • Missionaries of Charity [E-1977] ~ MC
  • Missionary Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary [E-1910] ~ ICM
  • Mother of Divine Providence Convent (E-1986)
  • Order of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mt. Carmel (Ancient Observance) [E-1958] ~ O.Carm
  • Passionist Sisters of St. Paul of the Cross [F-1987] ~ CP
  • Pious Disciple of the Divine Master (Contemplative-Apostolic) [E-1956] ~ PDDM
  • Religious of the Assumption [E-1892] ~ RA
  • RSCJ - Religious of Sacred Heart ~ RSCJ
  • Rural Missionary Sister of the Holy Trinity [E-1988] (Association of the Faithful) ~ RM
  • Sister of Charity of Our Lady Mother Mercy [E-1832] ~ SCMM
  • Sisters Ministers of the Sick of St. Camillus (Camillian Sisters) ~ CS
  • Sisters of Charity of St. Anne ~ SCSA
  • Sisters of Our Lady of Amersfoot (Indonesia) ~ SPM
  • Sisters of the Holy Cross [E-1986] ~ SHC (DIOC/PU)
  • Sisters of the Poor of St. Catherine of Siena [F-1981] ~ SDP
  • Society of Our Mother of Peace [F-1966; E-1998] ~ SMP

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