STRS congratulates Most Rev. Luis Antonio Tagle, Bishop of Imus, Philippines, for being appointed Archbishop of Manila on October 13.
Luis Antonio Tagle was born in Manila on 21 June 1957, and ordained to the priesthood on 27 February 1982. From 1985 to 1992, he studied at The Catholic University of America, Washington D.C., where he earned a doctorate in theology and wrote his dissertation entitled “Episcopal collegiality in the teaching and practice of Paul VI (1959-1967).” In 1997, he was appointed to the International Theological Commission. In 1998, he was named a peritus (expert) for the Special Assembly of the Synod of Bishops for Asia.
On 22 October 2001, Fr. Tagle was appointed the fourth bishop of Imus, one of the nine suffragan dioceses of the Archdiocese of Manila, and, on 12 December 2001, was ordained bishop by Jaime Cardinal Sin, Archbishop of Manila. The Diocese of Imus with a Catholic population of 2.2 million has 46 parishes, served by 184 priests and over 600 members of religious communities. The new archbishop currently chairs the Commission on the Doctrine of the Faith of the Conference of Catholic Bishops of the Philippines.
Archbishop Tagle succeeds Cardinal Gaudencio Rosales, who has served as Archbishop of Manila for the past eight years; Cardinal Rosales turned 79 last August and had submitted his resignation.
The Diocese of Manila dates back to 1579, when the Philippines were part of the Spanish Empire; Manila became an archdiocese in 1595. Currently, the Archdiocese has 85 parishes with a population of 2.7 million Catholics, who are served by two auxiliary bishops, 475 priests and about 2100 members of religious communities.