Roman Catholic Diocese of Cabanatuan
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Roman Catholic Diocese of Cabanatuan
Diocese of Cabanatuan

Dioecesis Cabanatuanensis

Diyosesis ng Cabanatuan
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St. Nicholas of Tolentine Cathedral-Parish Facade (2018)
Diocese of Cabanatuan coat of arms.svg
Coat of arms
Location
Country Philippines
Territorysouthern Nueva Ecija (Aliaga, Bongabon, Cabanatuan, Cabiao, Gabaldon, Gapan, General Mamerto Natividad, General Tinio, Jaen, Laur, Palayan, Peñaranda, San Antonio, San Isidro, San Leonardo, Santa Rosa, Talavera, Zaragoza)
Ecclesiastical provinceLingayen-Dagupan
MetropolitanLingayen-Dagupan
Statistics
Area2,743 km2 (1,059 sq mi)
Population
- Total
- Catholics (including non-members)
(as of 2012)
1,285,000
1,046,000 (81.4%)
Information
DenominationRoman Catholic
Sui iuris churchLatin Church
RiteRoman Rite
Established16 February 1963
CathedralCathedral-Parish of St. Nicholas of Tolentine
Patron SaintsSt. Nicholas of Tolentine (Patron)
La Virgen Divina Pastora (Patroness)
Secular priests37
Current leadership
PopeFrancis
BishopSofronio Aguirre Bancud
Metropolitan ArchbishopSocrates Buenaventura Villegas
Vicar GeneralNoel J. Jetajobe
Judicial VicarReynold H. Oliveros
Website
Website of the Diocese

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Cabanatuan (Latin: Dioecesis Cabanatuanensis) is a diocese of the Roman Catholic Church in the Philippines. The diocese comprises 16 towns of Nueva Ecija including the cities of Cabanatuan, Palayan, and Gapan. The diocese is a suffragan of the Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan.[1]

The diocese was created on June 3, 1963 from the territory of Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan. It was put under the patronage of St. Nicholas of Tolentine and the Virgin Mary under the title Divine Shepherdess (Divina Pastora) which is popularly venerated in Gapan City every May 1. The seat of the diocese is the St. Nicholas of Tolentine Cathedral in Cabanatuan City with a feast day of September 10.

The diocese lost territory in 1984 when the Diocese of San Jose was formed.

The current bishop of the diocese is Most Rev. Sofronio Aguirre Bancud, SSS, DD. He was appointed as auxiliary bishop on 2004 and installed as bishop on January 25, 2005.

Ordinaries

  • Mariano Garces Gaviola, DD: 8 Mar 1963 - 31 May 1967
  • Vicente Posada Reyes, JCD, DD: 8 Aug 1967 - 30 Apr 1983
  • Ciceron Santa Maria Tumbocon, DD: 7 Apr 1983 - 11 Nov 1990
  • Sofio Guinto Balce, Jr., DD: 11 Nov 1990 - 25 Jun 2004
  • Sofronio Aguirre Bancud, SSS, DD: 6 Nov 2004-Present

See also

References

  1. ^ "Dioceses in the Philippines - Diocese of Cabanatuan" Claretian Communications Foundation, Inc. Retrieved on 2013-01-11.

External links

Coordinates: 15°27?05?N 120°57?10?E / 15.4514°N 120.9529°E / 15.4514; 120.9529


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