Diocese of AntipoloJESU, IN TE CONFIDO
“Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.”
FRANCISCO MENDOZA DE LEON, DD
Fourth Bishop of Antipolo
Born: June 11, 1947 in La Huerta, Parañaque.
Ordained Priest: June 28, 1975 in the Archdiocese of Manila.
Ordained Bishop: September 1, 2007 at Manila Cathedral.
Received as Auxiliary Bishop of Antipolo: September 8, 2007
Appointed Apostolic Administrator of Kalookan: January 25, 2013 – October 14, 2015
Appointed Coadjutor Bishop of Antipolo: November 21, 2015
Succeeded as Bishop of Antipolo: September 9, 2016
Canonical Possession of the Diocese as Bishop: September 10, 2016 at Antipolo Cathedral.
Appointed Titular Bishop of Bosetano and Auxiliary Bishop of Antipolo: June 27, 2007
EPISCOPAL MOTTO: “JESU, IN TE CONFIDO.”
In the vision given to St. Faustina, Jesus asked her, as His “secretary,” to sign below the image of the Divine Mercy the words: “Jezu, Ufam Tobie,” which means: “Jesus, I trust in You.” This simple and direct aspiration of confidence in the Lord Jesus has reverberated throughout the world, touching many souls to repent and return to God’s loving embrace of forgiveness.
In the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy (December 8, 2015 – November 20, 2016) decreed by Pope Francis, the Bishop earnestly declares to Jesus his steadfast trust in Him. Several times throughout the day the Bishop renews in his heart this pious supplication – before doing the first activity of the day, before making a pastoral and administrative decision, before going to sleep, in moments of prayer, joys, triumphs, sadness, pains, difficulties, problems, temptations, and even failures. The Lord Jesus never disappoints the Bishop. Thus, the Bishop trusts the Most Merciful Jesus to grant him the wisdom and strength to fulfill his shepherding ministry humbly and in a manner always pleasing to God.
The Bishop entrusts his and the future of the Diocese of Antipolo to the loving and compassionate heart of Jesus, the Divine Mercy.
OFFICE OF THE BISHOP
REV. FR. MABINI O. CABILDO
Secretary to the Bishop
ARMAND P. SALVADOR
Contact Number: +63 2 584-9518 loc. 20 and 24
REV. MSGR. PEDRO C. CAÑONERO, PC
REV. FR. ALEJANDRO L. PESTAÑO, DMD
RHODALYN C. PENTIÑO
Secretary to the Chancellor
JIMMIE L. CATAPANG
LEFT PANEL: Diocese of Antipolo Coat of Arms
The chevron background symbolizes the mountainous terrain of the diocese. The shield is blue and white, the colors associated with Mary. The tipolo leaves stand for the name of the place and of the diocese – ANTIPOLO.
The silver seal of the diocese features heraldic symbolisms salient to the history and life of the diocese. There is the simplified image of the Virgin of Antipolo that is renowned all over the Philippines. The Immaculate Conception is prominently expressed by the radiant vestment of the Virgin. The blue garment with wave-like designs represents the sea honoring Mary as Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage or Nuestra Señora dela Paz y Buen Viaje, the Patron of the diocese. The gold crown signifies the canonical coronation of the Virgin in June 19, 1905 as decreed by Pope Pius XI.
The eyes, nose, and lips of the Virgin remain to be unseen to denote that enigma of changing appearances whenever photographs are taken of the image. Moreover, the faceless image is reminiscent of a 19th century tale about a great painter, Justiniano Asuncion, who was advised by an old man that unless he kneels down in prayer while painting, he cannot accurately portray the face of the Virgin.
A dove hovers the Virgin signifying the descent of the Holy Spirit upon her who is highly favored by God (cf. Luke 1:28). The olive leaves refer to peace, in honor of Mary, the Queen of Peace.
The sun, the moon and the twelve stars, all bespeaks of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The stars are patterned after the Star of David highlighting Mary as the “pearl of Davidic lineage.”
The Virgin stands on tipolo leaves, illustrating the miraculous discovery of the image on a tipolo tree. These two sets of tipolo leaves depict the Local Church as enriched by the gift of faith and hope that remain characteristic of the Christian Faithful in the diocese. These attributes continue to beckon pilgrims and devotees all over the country to flock in the shrine of the Virgin of Antipolo.
At the background of the image lie a green meadow, a fisherman’s net and an axle, representing the robust industrial and business activities in the diocese, including fishing as a home-grown livelihood. Together with these is a galleon that sails to Manila, exemplifying the Virgin’s assiduous guidance and protection to her people, then and now.
RIGHT PANEL: Coat of Arms of Bishop Francisco M. de Leon
The upper portion is in gold, symbolizing JESUS and evocative of the gift of gold given by the Magi when He was born (cf. Matthew 2:11).
There is the cross, for the Bishop firmly believes that the cross is essential in following Christ, as He himself had admonished the disciples: “Whoever does not carry the cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.” (Luke 14:27).
The red and white rays are symbols of the blood and water that gushed from the side of Christ. These symbols remind the Bishop of the devotion to the Divine Mercy, an ardent devotion he began when he was the Rector of the Archdiocesan Shrine of Divine Mercy at Maysilo Circle, Mandaluyong City.
The white cloth hanging on the cross tells the Bishop that Jesus is not just the Crucified One, but also the Risen Lord, Who “came so that they might have life and have it more abundantly” (John 10:10).
The Blue background of the lower portion is reminiscent of the once blue waters of the Parañaque River, the town of birth of the Bishop. The “salambao,” a bamboo water craft used by fishermen to work throughout the night in catching fish, articulates the zealous desire of the Bishop to follow faithfully the Lord Jesus, who lovingly called and chose him: “Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching men” (Luke 5:10)
The nine fishes symbolize the nine Vicariates of the Diocese of Antipolo. It challenges the Bishop with the mission entrusted by Jesus to Peter and Andrew, “Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.” (Matthew 4:20).
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