Francisco San Diego

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The Most Reverend

Francisco C. San Diego

Bishop Emeritus of Pasig
In officeAugust 21, 2003 - December 21, 2010
SuccessorMylo Hubert C. Vergara
OrdinationDecember 21, 1963
Personal details
Born(1935-10-10)October 10, 1935
Obando, Bulacan
DiedAugust 26, 2015(2015-08-26) (aged 79)
Cardinal Santos Hospital
DenominationRoman Catholic
Previous postBishop of San Pablo

Francisco Capiral San Diego, D.D., J.C.L. (October 10, 1935 – August 26, 2015) was the Bishop-Emeritus of the Diocese of Pasig, which belongs to the Archdiocese of Manila in the Metro Manila region of the Philippines.[1]

Styles of
Francisco San Diego
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Reference styleThe Most Reverend
Spoken styleYour Excellency
Religious styleBishop
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Francisco Capiral San Diego was born October 10, 1935, at Lawa, Obando, Bulacan. He spent his elementary years at Obando Elementary School, and was a high school salutatorian at Western Colleges in Naic, Cavite. He underwent Special Latin Course at the Our Lady of Guadalupe Minor Seminary, then proceeded to San Carlos Seminary for his philosophical and theological studies. He was ordained to the priesthood December 21, 1963, by the late Auxiliary Bishop of Manila, Most Rev. Hernando Antiporda.[2]

San Diego was appointed the following year as parochial vicar of the present-day Archdiocesan Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Guadalupe Nuevo, Makati City, after which in 1971, he succeeded as parish priest. He worked for the Metropolitan Matrimonial Tribunal of Manila from 1964 to 1983. From 1977 to 1979, he was vicar forane of the Our Lady of Guadalupe Vicariate. He obtained his Licentiate in Canon Law, cum laude, in 1979 from the Royal and Pontifical University of Santo Tomas, with his thesis entitled Those Who Practice Psychosexual Anomaly Cannot Contract A Valid Marriage. He spent some years teaching at San Carlos Seminary in Makati City and Our Lady of the Angels Seminary in Novaliches, Quezon City, and was appointed Episcopal Vicar of the Ecclesiastical District of Makati. Fr. San Diego was named parish priest of San Felipe Neri Parish in Mandaluyong City in 1981. That same year, he was named Monsignor with the dignity of Honorary Prelate by the late Pope John Paul II.

The late Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines, Archbishop Bruno Torpigliani consecrated him as bishop August 10, 1983. He served as Coadjutor Apostolic Vicar of Palawan from 1983 to 1987, and apostolic vicar from 1987 to 1995. From 1983 to 1985, he served as pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Narra, Palawan. He too served as rector of Seminario de San Jose in Puerto Princesa City from 1985 to 1988.

He succeeded Most Rev. Pedro Bantigue of Laguna in 1995, becoming the second bishop of the Diocese of San Pablo. While serving the local church of Laguna, he built a new Bishop's Residence and Chancery Office in San Pablo City. Pope John Paul II appointed San Diego as first bishop of Pasig in 2003.

On December 21, 2010, Pope Benedict XVI finally accepted San Diego's retirement as Bishop of Pasig, in compliance with Canon 401, Paragraph 1 of the Code of Canon Law requiring bishops to submit their resignation upon reaching the mandatory age of 75. Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales, concurrently Archbishop of Manila, was named Apostolic Administrator of the diocese. The Pope named Most Rev. Mylo Hubert Claudio Vergara, bishop of San Jose in Nueva Ecija and a native of Pasig, as new bishop of Pasig, April 20, 2011. He died on August 26, 2015 due to cardiac arrest, two months before his 80th birthday.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Cheney, David M. "Bishop Francisco Capiral San Diego [Catholic-Hierarchy]". Retrieved 10 May 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Filipinos mourn the death of pioneer Bishop Francisco San Diego of Pasig". Catholic News Agency.

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Bishop of Pasig
21 August 2003–21 December 2010
Succeeded by
Mylo Hubert C. Vergara
(appointed 20 April 2011)
Preceded by
Most Rev. Pedro Bantigue, D.D.
Bishop of San Pablo
22 August 1995–21 August 2003
Succeeded by
Most Rev. Leo Drona, S.D.B., D.D.