Servant of God: Bishop Alfredo Maria Obviar


Alfredo Obviar

Alfredo Obviar (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Early life

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 the Ateneo de Manila in 1914. He then proceeded to the University of Santo 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.

Religious life

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.

On January 22, 1951, Bishop Obviar was installed as Apostolic Administrator of the new Diocese of Lucena. Motivated by his great work for catechesis, he founded the Missionary Catechists of St. Therese (MCST) on August 12, 1958.

After more than 18 years as Administrator, Bishop Obviar was declared First Residential Bishop of the Diocese of Lucena on July 15, 1969.

Death

Bishop Obviar died on October 1, 1978, on the Feast of his patron saint, St. Therese of the Child Jesus.

Veneration

Bishop Obviar has the Saint protocol number: 2398 He was declared Servant of God in 6 March 2001

Now, I’m ready for my schedule of Interview in Tayabas, Quezon.

Just finished the Script Draft 1 regarding the Life of  Bishop Alfredo Obviar.

A documentary and drama of the life of our Servant of God Bishop Obviar

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