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The cathedral of the first diocese in India.

St. Thomas the Apostle, who is believed to have arrived on Kerala’s Malabar Coast in 52 AD, is considered the father of the Catholic faith in India.

Christian communities developed and expanded further when European missionaries arrived in the 13th and 14th centuries.

The history of a few ancient dioceses in Asia can be dated back to 13th century pre-Portuguese mission expeditions.

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Archdiocese of Jaro

Angel N. Lagdameo
Angel  N. Lagdameo
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Angel N. Lagdameo
Archbishop's Residence 5000 Jaro, Iloilo City, Philippines P.O. Box 209, Iloilo City
+63 33 329-4442
Fax :+63 33 329-3197
[email protected]

Archbishop Angel N. Lagdameo, DD, was born on August 2, 1940, in Lucban, Quezon. He was ordained a priest on Dec. 19, 1964. Pope John Paul II appointed him Titular Bishop of Oreto and Auxiliary Bishop of Cebu on June 19, 1980. He was ordained bishop on Aug. 12, 1980. On Jan. 31, 1986, he was appointed Coadjutor Bishop of Dumaguete and succeeded on May 30, 1989. He was installed as second Bishop of Dumaguete on August 2, 1989. On March 11, 2000 he was appointed Archbishop of Jaro. His installation took place on May 9, 2000.

Concurrently the bishop serves as National Spiritual Director of Bukas Loob sa Diyos Community, Mother Butler Guild and World Apostolate of Fatima.
* Minor
San Jose Seminary
* 1954 Philosophy
San Jose Seminary
* Theology
San Jose Seminary
* San Jose Seminary
Bachelor of Arts
* 1965- Asst. Pastor, Unisan, Quezon
* 1965-1972- Professor & Prefect of Discipline, Mt. Carmel Seminary, Sariaya, Quezon
* 1967-1972
* Professor & Prefect of Discipline, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Seminary
* Director of Mass Media
* Secretary & Vice-Chancellor of Lucena
* 1968-1980- Treasurer, Priests' Retirement Insurance System, Diocese of Lucena
* 1969-1976- Vice-Chancellor, Diocese of Lucena
* 1970-1979- Concurrently Spiritual Director of the order of Franciscan Seculars
* 1972-1979- Vice-Rector & Procurator, St. Alphonsus School of Theology
* 1978-1979- Chaplain, Carmel Monastery, Lucena City
* 1978-1980- Member, Preparatory & Steering Committee, First Diocesan Synod of Lucena
* Chairman, Synodal Commission on Presbyteral Community
* 1979-1980
* Spiritual Director and Procurator, St. Alphonsus School of Theology
* Protonotary, First Diocesan Synod of Lucena
* 1980- Appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Cebu
* 1984-1986- Secretary General, Fourth Diocesan Synod of Cebu
* 1986- Appointed Coadjutor Bishop of Dumaguete
* 1989- Recognized as Bishop of Dumaguete
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