Most Rev. Buenaventura M. Famadico, D.D.

Bishop Ben was ordained as a priest on October 25, 1983. He became Auxiliary Bishop of Archdiocese of Lipa on June 19, 2002, and then appointed Bishop of Gumaca on June 11, 2003. Later, he was appointed as the Fourth Bishop of the Diocese of San Pablo and was installed on 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 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.

Coat of Arms

Compared to the Coat of Arms of his three predecessors as the Resident Roman Catholic Bishop of San Pablo, the Personal Coat of Arms of the present bishop is characterized its simplicity befitting the example of the heraldic insignia of Pope St. John Paul II and the incumbent Pope Francis.

Sinister Base - Using the unmistakable Christological sign of the Chi-Rho, the Bishop declares his continuing effort to submit to the will of the Redeemer King and Savior by his episcopal motto “Maghari Ka Sa Amin”(“Reign over us”).

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
Bishop of the Diocese of Gumaca