HISTORY AND PROFILE
His Excellency Most Rev. James T.G.
With the creation of the Archdioceses of Zamboanga (May 19, 1958), Davao (June 29, 1970), Cotabato (November 5, 1979) and Ozamiz (January 24, 1983), the present suffragan dioceses of Cagayan de Oro now are: Malaybalay (Province of Bukidnon), Butuan (Provinces of Agusan Norte and Sur), Surigao (Province of Surigao Norte) and Tandag (Province of Surigao Sur).
The Patron Saint of the Archdiocese is St. Augustine of Hippo whose feast falls on August 28. The choice of St. Augustine as Patron Saint can perhaps be explained by the fact that the Augustinian Recollects came to Cagayan de Oro in 1624 and worked in earnest for the spread of Christianity.
The Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro has been served up to the present by three Archbishops, namely, Most Rev. James T. G. Hayes, SJ, an Irish-American, who retired in 1970; Most Rev. Patrick H. Cronin, SSC, an Irish Columban, who retired in 1988: and the present Archbishop, Most Rev. Jesus B. Tuquib, the first Filipino diocesan Archbishop, who immediately succeeded the late Archbishop Cronin upon the latter’s retirement.
Archbishop Tuquib, a Boholano diocesan priest who became the
first Bishop of Pagadian, who came as a Co-Adjutor with the
right of succession in 1984, the Archdiocese also had a number
of either Co-Adjutor or Auxilliary Bishops, namely, Most Rev.
Teofilo Camomot, a Cebuano diocesan priest, who was Co-Adjutor
Archbishop with the right of succession but who resigned before
he could succeed or before the retirement of Archbishop Hayes,
and who died some years later in a car accident in Cebu; Most
Rev. Ireneo Amantillo, CSsR, an Ilonggo Redemptorist who has
become the first
Bishop of Tandag; Most Rev. Jesus Dosado, CM, a Cebuano
Vincentian priest, who has become the first Archbishop of Ozamiz;
Most Rev. Christian Noel, a Cebuano diocesan priest, who has
become the first Bishop of Talibon.
The Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro is at present made up of 45 parishes and 8 chaplaincies, i.e., communities on the way of becoming full-pledged parishes (40 parishes and 8 chaplaincies in Misamis Oriental and Bukidnon and 5 parishes in Camiguin). Definitely more parishes will have to be opened in the future especially in the city because of the expanding population of the City due to its rapid economic growth and development attracting many people from all over the country.
Chinese Catholics especially in the city proper also have their
own personal parish, the San Lorenzo Ruiz Catholic Community,
under the pastoral care of one of our diocesan priests.
There are now 88 diocesan priests incardinated to the archdiocese. By the end of the celebration of the Golden Jubilee there may be 6 or 7 more. Most of them are in the parishes but there are also others without a parish maybe because they are either in the seminary or are having diocesan or apostolate tasks. Some are outside the archdiocese either on study-leave, on mission, working in other dioceses, or just on leaves from the ministry, while some are now in retirement.
Most of the diocesan priests have become members of a society of diocesan priests founded by Archbishop Camomot: the Society of St. John Vianney or SSJV. All the founding fathers, except Fr. Wang, are now dead.
religious priests who are now taking care of 3 parishes help the
priests in the parishes.
present there are 5 male religious congregations in the
Archdiocese (Jesuits, Blessed Sacrament Fathers, Sacred Heart
Fathers, St. Paul Fathers, Sacred Stigmata Fathers or
Stigmatines) and 2 Societies of Apostolic Life (Columbans or SSC
and the members of the Mission Society of the Philippines or MSP).
There are at present in the archdiocese, 1 institute of contemplative life (Carmelite nuns), 17 religious institute of active life (Carmelite Missionaries or CM, Canossian Daughters of Charity or FDCC, Daughters of St. Paul or FSP, Hijas de Jesus or FI, Company of Mary or ODN, Augustinian Sisters of Our Lady or OSA, Poor Lady’s Missionaries or OLM, Religious of the Assumption or RA, Religious of the Good Shepherd or RGS, Religious Sisters of Mercy or RSM, Religious of the Virgin Mary or RVM, Siervas de Nuestra Señora de la Paz or SNSP, Sisters of St. Paul de Chartres or SPC, Ursuline Missionaries of the Sacred Heart or UMSC); and 3 Pious associations on the way of becoming religious institutes of diocesan right (Missionary Sisters of the Holy Family or MSHF, Theresian Missionary of Mary or TMM, and Sisters of Social Apostolate or SSA). (The MSHF and the TMM are outgrowths of the original group founded by Archbishop Camomot and brought by him to Cagayan de Oro: the Daughters of St. Teresa or DST, which group is now based in Cebu.) The Franciscan Missionaries of Mary or FMM used to have a house here. And there is 1 lay association, the Teresiana.
religious sisters are in various fields of apostolate (like
running or administering schools, campus ministry, parish work,
catechetic, family life, hospital work, running orphanages,
taking care of young ladies, and others).
There are two seminaries in the Archdiocese: a college seminary and a theology seminary.
The college seminary, named, SAN JOSE DE MINDANAO SEMINARY, is mainly for the seminarians of the Archdiocese, although it continues to receive seminarians from other ecclesiastical jurisdictions. It has a pre-college year and four years of college. The seminarians used to study within the seminary but due to lack of personnel and other reasons, they now take their courses in Xavier University – formerly Ateneo de Cagayan – that is owned and run by the Jesuit Fathers. This college seminary was founded by Archbishop Hayes and opened in 1956.
ST. JOHN VIANNEY THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY caters mainly to the seminarians of the Ecclesiastical Province of Cagayan de Oro, although it also accepts seminarians from other ecclesiastical jurisdictions. It has a Spiritual Pastoral Formation Year and four years of Theology. In consortium with Xavier University it now offers a Masters Degree in Pastoral Theology. It is run mainly by the Jesuit Fathers though there are now many diocesan priests teaching in the seminary. The construction of the seminary was begun by Archbishop Cronin and finished by Archbishop Tuquib.
We have been blessed with so many vocations that our seminaries even have to refuse entry to many applicants due to lack of space.
older priests are products of either Sto. Tomas Central Seminary
(Manila), San Jose Seminary (Manila), San Carlos Seminary (Makati
or Cebu), or REMASE (Davao), most of the younger clergy are
products St. John Vianney Theological Seminary. Two of those who will soon be ordained priests are products
of a seminary in Spain.
we have in the archdiocese the many and varied traditional lay
organizations, like the Knights of Columbus, Catholic Women’s
League, Legion of Mary, Apostleship of Prayer, Cursillos de
Cristiandad, and many others, we have also experienced here the
blossoming of many lay groups and what they call now the
covenant communities. Thus,
we have, for example, the Christian Family Movement, the
Charismatic Movement (in all its many expressions and forms),
the Neo-Catechumenate, the many so-called covenant communities,
like the Couples for Christ and its many outreaches from the
widows to the kids, the Kahayag sa Dios (also with its many
outreaches), and many others.
This emergence started after Vatican II.
To respond to the need for catholic education, there is one university (Xavier University – run by the Jesuits); 5 colleges (Lourdes, St. Rita’s, Christ the King, Cathedral School Technology, now St. Mary’s) – all run by the RVM Sisters; and Fatima College in Mambajao, run by the Sisters of Mercy. Most of the catholic educational institutions were either founded by Archbishop Hayes himself or founded during his time.
are 18 catholic high schools, most of which are run by Sisters.
A group of Sisters, the Hijas de Jesus, administers the
only Chinese school in Cagayan de Oro.
are now 5 retreat centers or houses where people can go for
recollections, days of prayer or solitude, or retreats.
The latest of these is the Cardinal Hoffner’s House of
Prayer owned by the Archdiocese.
the physical, psychological, psychiatric or emotional sickness
of people, there are in the archdiocese 1 hospital (Maria Reyna
Hospital – founded by Archbishop Hayes and owned by the
archdiocese), and 4 rehabilitation centers, the more known of
which is the House of Hope of the Archdiocese for the mentally
The City of Cagayan de Oro and the Province of Misamis Oriental and the cities and provinces of the suffragan dioceses are experiencing economic boom and many even of the towns are being “urbanized” or “westernized”. With the influx of people from different places with varied backgrounds and persuasions and the consequent rise of socio-economic-political-spiritual problems, coupled with the thirst of people for God and His saving Word, a very big challenge lies ahead in terms of continuing evangelization and the maintenance of the catholic moral and spiritual life of the faithful.
pray very fervently that the Archdiocese will rise up to the
challenges as she journeys with the whole Church into the Third
Millennium bearing in mind the challenge of our Holy Father,
John Paul II, in his post-Jubilee Exhortation, “Novo
Millennio Ineunte”: “DUC IN ALTUM”.
That is why we have made this the theme of the Golden
Jubilee Celebration of the elevation of Cagayan de Oro into an
This we hope to do with
the blessing of God the Father, the guidance of the Holy Spirit,
the strength of the Risen Christ, the “living Door” who is
the same yesterday, today and forever, and accompaniment of
Mary, the Star of the New Evangelization.
This we hope to do with the blessing of God the Father, the guidance of the Holy Spirit, the strength of the Risen Christ, the “living Door” who is the same yesterday, today and forever, and accompaniment of Mary, the Star of the New Evangelization.