A Jesuit, Filipino, and Asian Ecclesiastical Faculty of Theology
HIS EXCELLENCY MOST REV. LUIS ANTONIO G. TAGLE, D.D., S.T.D.
Lecturer, Professor of Systematic Theology
Bachelor of Arts in Pre-Divinity, Ateneo de Manila University, Quezon City
Bachelor in Sacred Theology, Loyola School of Theology, Quezon City
Licentiate in Sacred Theology, Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.
Doctorate in Sacred Theology, Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.
Cardinal Luis Antonio Gokim Tagle was born in Manila on June 21, 1957. After completing elementary and high school at St. Andrew’s School in Parañaque City, an establishment led by the CICM Fathers, he studied Philosophy at the Ateneo de Manila University as a seminarian of San Jose Major Seminary. He did theological studies at the Loyola School of Theology from where he graduated in 1982.
He was ordained to the priesthood on February 27, 1982, and was appointed associate pastor at St. Augustine Parish in Mendez, Cavite from 1982 to 1985, while he also taught Theology at San Carlos Seminary (Makati City), Loyola School of Theology (Quezon City) and Divine Word Seminary (Tagaytay City). He also held the positions of spiritual director at the Diocesan Seminary of Imus, Tahanan ng Mabuting Pastol (Tagaytay City), from 1982-1983, then rector of that Seminary from 1983 to 1985. From 1985 to 1992, he was sent to further studies in Sacred Theology at the Catholic University of America (Washington D.C.) where he obtained a Doctorate in Sacred Theology in 1991. In 1997, he was appointed member of the International Theological Commission of the Vatican. In 1998, he was an expert at the Special Assembly of the Synod of Bishops for Asia that took place in Rome. He also became president of the Commission on the Doctrine of the Faith of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines. In September 2001, at the request of the Congregation for the Clergy, he took part in a series of video conferences on the subject of ongoing formation of priests.
He was appointed Bishop of Imus and was ordained to the Episcopacy by His Eminence Jaime Cardinal Sin, Archbishop of Manila, on December 12, 2001. Since he became Bishop of Imus, his activities have been as numerous as in the past. He travels throughout the country in answer to many invitations as a guest speaker. At the Synod of Bishops that was held in Rome in October 2005, he was elected member of the post-synodal Council and assistant to Cardinal Angelo Scola, general reporter of this Synod.
Pope Benedict XVI appointed Tagle as the 32nd Archbishop of Manila on October 13, 2011, succeeding Cardinal Gaudencio Rosales. On June 12, 2012, Archbishop Tagle was appointed a member of the Congregation for Catholic Education for a five-year renewable term. He received the pallium from Pope Benedict XVI on June 29, 2012 along with several archbishops from various countries. Pope Benedict XVI named Tagle as one of the papally-appointed Synod Fathers for the 13th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on the New Evangelization on September 18, 2012. He then named Archbishop Tagle to the College of Cardinals on October 24.
On January 31, 2013, Cardinal Tagle was appointed by Pope Benedict XVI to serve as a Member of the Presidential Committee of the Pontifical Council for the Family and the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant Peoples.