The Fourth Bishop of the Diocese of San Pablo
MOST. REV. BUENAVENTURA M. FAMADICO, D.D.
Presbyteral Ordination: October 25, 1983
Episcopal Ordination: June 19, 2002
Installation: March 2, 2013
Most Rev. Buenaventura M. Famadico, D.D hails from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Romblon. He was born on July 13, 1956, in Bonton, Romblon. He has completed his Secondary education at St. Augustine Seminary, Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro, while finishing his Philosophical and Theological studies at Divine Word Seminary Tagaytay. He was ordained priest on October 25, 1983. On July 10, 2002, Pope John Paul II appointed him as the Auxiliary Bishop of Lipa. Then he was ordained on June 19, 2002. He was appointed as the Second Bishop of the Diocese of Gumaca on June 11, 2003.
With the resignation of Most. Rev. Leo M. Drona, SDB, DD, Bishop Famadico was appointed as the fourth Bishop of the Diocese of San Pablo, Province of Laguna on January 25, 2013 and was installed on March 2, 2013. Bishop Ben, as he is fondly called by many, was the former member of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) Episcopal Commission on Clergy and Episcopal Commission on Family and Life.
The Coat of Arms of the Bishop is a heraldic symbol of his identity as well as his mission as a shepherd in his diocese. There are several elements in the Coat of Arms:
Green Galero and Tassle - These images refer to the rank of the Bishop in Ecclesiastical Heraldry.
Mitre and Crozier - The Mitre’s infulae (the two bands hanging from the mitre) embraces the Coat of Arms while the Crozier is diagonally placed at the back of the Coat.
Sinister Base - There is a symbol of Chi-Ro, an ancient symbol of Christ, believed to be used by Emperor Constantine in his battle that brought him victory.
Dexter Point - The image of a crow holding in its beak a bread. This image is taken from the story of St. Paul the First Hermit where a crow is believed to bring him food during hermitage period.
Dexter Flank - The images of nine blue circles and the Laguna De Bay. The nine circles symbolizes the nine known lakes in the Province of Laguna.
Maghari Ka sa Amin - The motto of the Bishop is taken from the Tagalog translation of the Lord’s Prayer in the Gospel of St. Matthew (6:10). This motto envisions the Bishop’s desire to let Jesus Christ reign in the hearts of the People of God in the Diocese so to allow each one of these faithful to live their vocation as God’s beloved sons and daughters.
1984-1985 - Parochial Vicar, St. Joseph Parish
1986-1991 - Spiritual Director, St. Augustine Major Seminary
1991-1997 - Director, St. Augustine House of Spirituality
1994-1996 - Chaplain, St. Anne Chaplaincy
1996-1997 - Parish Priest, Holy Spirit Parish
1998-2002 - Parish Priest, Sto. Niño Parish, Calapan City
2002-2003 - Auxiliary Bishop of Archdiocese of Lipa
2003-2013 - Bishop of the Diocese of Gumaca