Diocese of Novaliches

Bishop Tobias

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Bishop Antonio. R Tobias

Office of the Bishop of Novaliches, Cathedral of the Good Shepherd, Regalado Avenue, Fairview Park 1, 1118 Quezon City, Philippines

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Bishop Antonio Tobias was born on June 13, 1941 in Manila. His parents are Norberto F. Tobias and Trinidad L. Rialubin and his siblings are Romulo, Loreto, Marita, Ofelia and Manolo. Bishop Tobias was ordained a priest on Dec. 21, 1965 at the Manila Cathedral, where he was also ordained bishop on Jan. 25, 1983. He has been serving as Bishop of Novaliches since his appointment on Nov. 25, 2003.

Educational Background
Elementary School: Epifanio de los Santos
High School: Our Lady of Guadalupe Minor Seminary (1952-1953)
Philosophy: Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, Minor in English, San Carlos Seminary, Makati City (1958-1962)
Theologate: San Carlos Seminary (1962-1966)
Licentiate: Canon Law (Magna Cum Laude), University of Santo Tomas (1966-1968)

Previous Ministries
Assistant Priest, San Juan Nepomuceno, Malibay, Pasay City 1966-1970
Metropolitan Matrimonial Tribunal, San Carlos Seminary 1966-1983
Seminary Formator, Our Lady of Guadalupe Minor Seminary 1970-1982
Auxiliary Bishop, Zamboanga City 1983-1984
Bishop, Pagadian City 1984-1993
Bishop, San Fernando de La Union 1993-2003
He is presently the chairman of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) Episcopal Commission on Ecumenical Affairs.

Previous Ordinaries:

  • Bishop Teodoro Bacani, Jr. (Appointed December 7, 2002 - Resigned November 25, 2003)