2012, January 25. Diocese of Malolos - 50th Anniversary
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DIOCESE OF MALOLOS - 50th ANNIVERSARY
50 Years of Transforming Grace and Unwavering
The Diocese of Malolos was created on November 25, 1961. On March
11, 1962, the Malolos Cathedral became the site of the formal
installation of the first resident bishop of Malolos, Most Reverend
Manuel del Rosario, D.D. For Malolos, it was a new chapter in its
already fabled history. It was the late Pope John XXIII who created
the Diocese of Malolos as a suffragan of the Archdiocese of Manila.
In the celebration, Bishop del Rosario was installed by Archbishop
Salvatore Siino, then papal nuncio to the Philippines.
In Guiguinto town, the Immaculate Conception Minor Seminary soon got
under construction. The seminary, considered the nucleus potential
of the diocese, has become the alma mater of some fifty priests who
have now assumed responsible positions in the diocese and its 73
parishes. The seminary has grown to include new buildings for a
college seminary, a formation institute, and hopefully, in due time,
a theology school.
A few years later two auxiliary bishops were assigned to Malolos:
Most Reverend Leopoldo Arcaira who arrived in 1966, then Most
Reverend Ricardo Vidal. When Monsignor Vidal was elevated to the
position of archbishop and was assigned to Lipa, Pope Paul VI gave
Malolos a young and energetic prelate, Most Reverend Cirilo R.
Almario became the bishop of Malolos from December 15, 1977 up to
January 20, 1996.
The Diocese of Malolos comprises the entire civil province of
Bulacan and the city of Valenzuela in Metro Manila. Its titular
patron is the Immaculate Conception whose feast is celebrated
December 8. The population covered by the diocese is 1,650,000 of
which 85 per cent are Catholics.
Malolos is the capital of Bulacan Province which lies in the Central
Plains of Luzon, or Region III. Bulacan is bounded by Nueva Ecija on
the north, Aurora (Dingalan) on the northeast, Quezon (General Nakar)
on the east, Rizal (Rodriguez) on the southeast, Metro Manila
(Valenzuela City, Malabon City, Navotas City, Caloocan City and
Quezon City) on the south, Manila Bay on the southwest, and Pampanga
on the west. The province of Bulacan is rich in rice, in fruits and
in fishpond production. Other products are sugar and corn. In
poultry raising the town of Sta. Maria is known as the "egg nest" of