The Diocese of Novaliches is a Church for the new millenium.
Formally called the Roman Catholic Bishop of Novaliches (RCBN), it was one of the two Dioceses established in the country at the beginning of the 21st century, along with the Diocese of Paranaque in 2002. The Dioceses of Cubao, Pasig, and Kalookan followed in 2003.
The Diocese of Novaliches was decreed by the Vatican to “encompass the whole area circumscribed in the present Civil Statute of the city known as Caloocan City-North and of a part of Quezon City that lies to the north of the road called Tandang Sora”. Such a canonical jurisdiction was not defined arbitrarily. This was actually a by-product of the changes in the area the locality of Novaliches belongs to.
It may also be said that the Diocese is blessed to be situated in an area which is replete with monumental landmarks in Philippine history and society. Landmarks like the site of Himlayang Pilipino in Pasong Tamo, Quezon City were Andres Bonifacio once established his new revolutionary government. Then there’s the La Mesa Dam, which is an important water reservoir for the whole Metro Manila.
Over the centuries, changes in the locality can be seen with the Diocese’s vast grassfields converted into highly commercial, industrial and residential areas where big manufacturing firms, premiere shopping malls, small-to-medium scale enterprises, gated subdivisions, and colleges abound.
The Diocese of Novaliches has similarly grown in the almost fourteen years since its establishment. Its once 50 Parishes and seven Vicariates in 2002 has now become 69 Parishes clustered into 12 Vicariates in 2016.
With a combined geographical population of 2.6M*, the Diocesan thrust to serve the marginalized and help them attain decent lives through pastoral services that range from feeding programs to scholarships, youth formation, and family planning has grown to include legal assistance and care for the elderly, vulnerable adults, persons with disabilities, and even persons in need of spiritual liberation.
The Diocese has, in fact, become the seat of the Parish Renewal Experience (PREX) in the Philippines and is most responsive to programs cascaded by the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP).
More importantly, it is also commonly one of the first to respond to the disaster relief and recovery needs in Metro Manila and other parts of the Country such as during Typhoons Ondoy and Yolanda.
The Diocese, to meet the expansion of its services and “clientele”, has expanded its facilities that now include a retreat house in Tagaytay, a central building for Diocesan Offices, and a soon-to-be-completed retirement house for priests. This is not to mention a Diocesan Shrine for the Youth in the works that will serve as a central area for seminars and other diocesan-wide activities.
*As per 2015 National Statistics Office Census of Population, with 1.7M for Quezon City Districts 2, 3, 5, & 6 and 0.9M for Caloocan City District 1