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
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
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.
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.