Almighty and ever loving Father, we thank you for granting your Church an exemplary sheperd, ALFREDO MA. OBVIAR. May we learn from his prayerful life, faithful and silent endurance in suffering and humble obedience to the church. In your merciful love, grant us the grace to raise him up to the altars so that in him you maybe glorified. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ your Son who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit one God forever and ever. Amen.
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Father, in your loving compassion, lead us always to do your will, even as we ask you the grace (say your particular petition or favor)__________________, wherein you may always be praised and your faithful servant ALFREDO MA. OBVIAR can be presented as another example of holiness in the Church. This we ask also through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.
Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be…
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, pray for us
St. Joseph, pray for us
St. Therese of the Child Jesus, pray for us
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In praise and thanksgiving to the Lord for the gift of His Servant and Pastor, Most Rev. Alfredo Maria Aranda Obviar, D.D.Clergy of Lipa
First Auxiliary Bishop of Lipa
First Bishop of Lucena
Founder of the MCST (Missionary Catechists of St. Therese)
The Bishop’s Personal Information
Most Rev. Alfredo Maria Aranda Obviar was born on 29 August 1889 in Mataas na Lupa, Lipa City, Batangas to Telesforo Obviar and Florentina Catalina Aranda.
He received his early religious formation and education at the Jesuit College of St. Francis Xavier in Manila where he graduated in 1901. He earned his degree in Bachelor of Arts at Ateneo de Manila in 1914. He then proceeded to the University of Sto. Tomas Pontifical Seminary for Theological Studies.
The Rev. Obviar received the Sacerdotal Ordination on 15 March 1919. His pastoral ministry began that same year at Luta, now Malvar, Batangas, and continued as Pastor of the Cathedral Parish in Lipa City (1927-1944). In both parishes, he established Catechetical Centers at the Poblacion and the barrios. He was also Vicar General for the Archdiocese of Lipa.
After 25 years in the ministry, Fr. Obviar was ordained to the Episcopate on June 29, 1944 and served as the first Auxiliary Bishop of Lipa.
In January 22, 1951, Bishop Obviar was installed Apostolic Administrator of the new Diocese of Lucena. Motivated by his geat work for catechesis, he founded the Missionary Catechists of St. Therese (MCST) on August 12, 1958.
After more than 18 years as Administrator, Bp. Obviar was declared First Residential Bishop of the Diocese of Lucena on July 15, 1969.
On October 1, 1978, Most Rev. Alfredo Maria Aranda Obviar returned to his loving Father. Providentially, it was also the Feast of his patron saint, St. Therese of the Child Jesus.