Diocese of Imus
The Catholic faith first came to Imus in 1571. Among the
religious orders that Christianized the Caviteños were the Franciscans, the Recollects, the Dominicans and the Jesuits. They established their first center of faith in
Cavite (now Cavite City), then in Silang in 1581, in Kawit in 1587, in Maragondon in 1611, Indang in 1655, Ternate in 1700 and in San Francisco de Malabon (now General
Trias) in 1758. Through the zeal of the first missionaries of faith spread fast I the area. The missionaries also helped in the founding of most of the towns in Cavite. As
early as 1614 Cavite became a politico-military province.
The province of Cavite is rich with historical significance. It had been the site of many battles ad uprisings against
Spain, one of which was that of 1872, which resulted in the execution of three priests: Gomez, Burgos and Zamora. Cavite is also where General Emilio
Aguinaldo proclaimed the First Philippine Republic on June 12, 1898, in Kawit.
The province is named after its shape, that of a hook – hence Kawit, meaning
hook, in Tagalog. It is geographically situated at the very entrance to Manila Bay, a location which has made it, along with Bataan on the north, the scene of many
battles in the past. It is bounded on the northwest by the Bay, on the northeast by the provinces of Rizal and Laguna, on the southwest by the province of Batangas. Its capital city is Trece Martires.
Early in the American regime a U.S. naval garrison was stationed at Sangley Point in Cavite after civil government was established in 1901. Because of mutual
defense agreements, this base remained in Cavite long after the country was granted its independence in 1946.
The topography of the province is rather flat, so rice is an important crop. Fishing
is another major industry, taking into account its coastal waters. The language spoken is Tagalog, now the national language of the country. More than 60 per
cent of the inhabitants live in urbanized areas because of its proximity to Manila. Today Cavite is witnessing a more radical urbanization as factories, subdivisions,
golf courses, resorts and an export processing zone (EPZA) have sprung up in the province. Tagaytay City, with its cool climate and a scenic view of Taal Law and Taal Volcano draws many tourists each year.
The Diocese of Imus was created on November 12, 1961. It comprises the civil province of Cavite and covers a land area of 1,287 square kilometers, with a
population of 1,643,549 of which 76 per cent are Catholics. Its titular patron is Nuestra Señora del Pilar. The diocese is a suffragan of the Archdiocese of Manila.
There are 5 vicariates in the diocese, with 41 parishes, 2 quasi-parishes, and 5 pastoral centers served by a total of 80 priests. Among the religious
organizations are the Legion of Mary, Catholic Women's League, Adoracion Nocturna, El Shaddai, Knights of Columbus, Catholic Youth Movement and Couples for Christ.
Most Rev. Luis Antonio G. Tagle, D.D.
Ordained priest: February 27, 1982
Ordained bishop: December 12, 2001
Appointed Bishop of Imus: 2001