Rectors

FR. REGINALD RIVERA MALICDEM (2015 – PRESENT)

He was appointed Rector of the Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception (Manila Metropolitan Cathedral) on July 1, 2015. At 37 years old, he is the youngest to be appointed to administer the premier church of the Archdiocese of Manila and of the Philippines.

Fr. Regie is the eldest son of Emmanuel Blancaflor Malicdem and Amelita Aguilera Rivera. He was born on March 9, 1978 in Mandaluyong City. He has a younger brother, Reinier Malicdem.

He studied at Lourdes School of Mandaluyong from 1983 to 1994 for his primary and secondary education. He graduated Second Honorable Mention and a candidate of the St. Francis Award.

He then entered San Carlos Seminary for his seminary formation. In 1999, he graduated Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, magna cum laude. In 2004, he graduated Master of Arts in Theology, summa cum laude.

He took up post-graduate studies at San Beda University Graduate School of Liturgy and graduated in 2011, summa cum laude. His masteral thesis is on “The Liturgical Calendar of the Archdiocese of Manila” under the guidance of Fr. Anscar J. Chupungco, OSB. In 2017, he obtained his doctorate in liturgy from the same university, summa cum laude.

Fr. Regie was ordained deacon by His Eminence Gaudencio B. Cardinal Rosales on March 20, 2004 at the Manila Cathedral. He was assigned as a resident deacon at St. Anthony of Padua Parish in Singalong, Manila.

On September 8, 2004, he was ordained priest by His Eminence Gaudencio B. Cardinal Rosales at the Manila Cathedral.

Fr. Regie served as Private Secretary to His Eminence Cardinal Gaudencio B. Rosales (2005-2011) and to His Eminence Luis Antonio G. Tagle (2011-2020). He was the Chancellor of the Archdiocese of Manila and Episcopal Vicar for Chancer Matters from 2015 to 2021. He was also a member of the Board of Consultors and the Presbyteral Council of the Archdiocese of Manila from 2005 to 2021.

He is a guest professor of liturgy and theology at San Carlos Seminary Graduate School of Theology in Makati City, CICM Maryhill School of Theology in Quezon City, Immaculate Conception Major Seminary Graduate School of Theology in Bulacan, Don Bosco School of Theology in Parañaque City, and at the Graduate School of Liturgy of San Beda University in Manila.

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