National Shrine of St.Padre Pio in Batangas

Archdiocese of Lipa

Historical Events

             With a vision to build a sanctuary that is centered on Jesus Christ, as inspired by St. Padre Pio, whose holiness was grounded on his great love for the Holy Eucharist, the Sacrament of Reconciliation, and Mama Mary (whom he fondly called his heavenly mother), St. Padre Pio Parish and Shrine was established.

June 19, 2002

A quasi-parish comprising ten (10) barangays in Sto. Tomas, Batangas, namely: San Agustin; Sta. Ana; Sta. Elena; San Felix; San Isidro Norte; San Isidro Sur; San Jose; San Juan; San Pablo; and, San Pedro, was established under the leadership of Rev. Fr. Ricardo Echague, the Parish Priest of St. Thomas Aquinas Parish.

September 29, 2002

Fr. Cesar Acuin, OFM Cap. enthroned the relic of St. Padre Pio in the quasi-parish of St. Padre Pio in Brgy. San Pedro, Sto. Tomas, Batangas

June 28, 2003

The first Parish established in Santo Padre Pio’s name in the Philippines was instituted by the former Archbishop of Lipa, now Archbishop Emeritus of Manila, His Eminence Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales, DD.

Rev. Fr. Dale Anthony Q. Barretto Ko, a Padre Pio devotee, was appointed as the First Parish Priest.

November 7, 2005

The parishioners’ great desire to express their faith in God and in the Holy Catholic Church led to the donation of a 1.6 - hectare land by Ernesto and Adelaida Gonzaga’s family to the Archdiocese of Lipa.

March, 2006

Groundbreaking Ceremonies took place in led by His Excellency Ramon C. Arguelles, D.D., Archbishop of Lipa

September 27, 2009

Rev. Fr. Joselin (Fr. Jojo) C. Gonda was installed as the new Parish Priest and Rector of the Archdiocesan Shrine of St. Padre Pio

September 14, 2012

The church’s altar, the sacristy, and the Blessed Sacrament Chapel were blessed

July 13, 2013

The Shrine’s Mother of Mercy Belfry was blessed by His Eminence Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle, D.D., Archbishop of Manila.

September 23, 2013

The Church of St. Padre Pio Parish and Shrine was dedicated to God

May 25, 2014

Sanctuary of the Relic of the Most Sacred Cross of Christ was blessed

February 23, 2015

The Shrine’s St. John Marie Vianney Chapel of Reconciliation was blessed

September 14, 2015

The Solemn Declaration of the Archdiocesan Shrine of St. Padre Pio as a National Shrine took place with His Excellency Socrates Villegas, D.D., Archbishop of Lingayen & CBCP President as the main celebrant

All the structures found in this Shrine are nature-friendly and are designed to suit Filipino culture and climate, as conceptualized by Rev. Fr. Jojo C. Gonda. His idea of a “salakot”-shaped roof of the church serves as a reminder that God protects us against all evil and harm like how the “salakot” protects farmers and fishermen from the rains and the heat of the sun in a tropical country like the Philippines. The conceptual design of the main church as well as the other structures in the Shrine, therefore, also serve as a form of evangelization and catechism for all the faithful who visit here.