Reverend Father Dario Endiape was born in Quezon Province in the Philippines on December 18, 1965 to Ligaya and Dario Endiape, one of eight children.
He attended Saint Francis De Sales Seminary in the Archdiocese of Lipa, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy. Father Dario completed his formation at the Saint Alphonsus School of Theology before being ordained a priest for the Diocese of Lucena on September 24, 1993.
His first assignments include Saint Roche Parish (Pastor 1993-1998); Dominican Academy (Chaplain 1996-1998); Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Parish (Pastor 1998-2001); St. Ferdinand Cathedral Parish (Associate Pastor 2001-2003); Maryhill Academy (Chaplain 2001-2003), all in the Philippines.
In 2004, Father Dario first arrived in the USA to work as an Associate Pastor at Saint Thomas More Parish in Elgin, Illinois in the Diocese of Rockford. After his stint in Rockford Diocese, he moved to Metuchen Diocese to be the Associate Pastor of the Church of Saint James in Basking Ridge, NJ from 2007 -2010, when he was asked to return to the Philippines to serve as a professor and procurator of the Major Seminary in his home Diocese of Lucena. In 2011, he returned to the Metuchen Diocese and was stationed at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Milltown until 2013, when he was welcomed back to the Church of Saint James for a second stint as Associate Pastor.
Father Dario is actively involved in the Cursillo Movement, Parish Youth Ministry, and Altar Servers. He also conducts talks and retreats, enriching and assisting the Filipino-American Community of the Diocese of Metuchen.
Father Dario is an extern, a canonical term used to describe a priest who, with the permission of his Ordinary, Bishop Emilio Marquez, is working outside of the diocese to which he is incardinated. He is one of the priests from the Diocese of Lucena who are working in New Jersey, thanks to his bishop who, blessed with a bumper crop of vocations to the priesthood, is willing to share his harvest with sees like our own, which are presently suffering from a vocational drought.