Roman Catholic Apostolic Vicariate of Puerto Princesa

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The Apostolic Vicariate of Puerto Princesa is an Apostolic Vicariate in the Philippines. Within the Catholic Church hierarchy, it operates like a diocese and is headed by a titular bishop. Its episcopal see is the Immaculate Conception Cathedral-Parish in Puerto Princesa, Palawan. It is not a part of an ecclesiastical province as it is directly subject to the Holy See, yet for the purpose of apostolic cooperation usually grouped with the Archdiocese of Manila, along with the Roman Catholic Apostolic Vicariate of Taytay. The Catholic Church in the Philippines is organized into 72 dioceses in 16 Ecclesiastical Provinces, as well as 7 Apostolic Vicariates and a Military Ordinariate.

Roman Catholic Apostolic Vicariate of Puerto Princesa

Apostolicus Vicariatus Portus Principis in Philippins

Katoliko Romanong Apostolico Vicariato ng Puerto Princesa
Vicariato Apostólico de Puerto Princesa
Immaculate conception Cathedral Parish in the Apostoloc Vicariate of Puerto Princesa.jpg
Immaculate Conception Cathedral
TerritoryPalawan (except for Agutaya, Araceli, Busuanga, Coron, Culion, Cuyo, Dumaran, El Nido, Linapacan, Magsaysay, Roxas, San Vicente, Taytay)
MetropolitanImmediately subject to the Holy See
Area8,552 km2 (3,302 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2010)
319,768 (51.6%)
DenominationRoman Catholic
Sui iuris churchLatin Church
RiteRoman Rite
Established10 April 1955
CathedralImmaculate Conception Cathedral in Puerto Princesa
Patron saintImmaculate Conception
Secular priests43
Current leadership
BishopSocrates Calamba Mesiona
Vicar GeneralJuan Felipe Torrecampo
Bishops emeritusPedro D. Arigo
Jurisdiction of the Apostolic Vicariate of Puerto Princesa.
Jurisdiction of the Apostolic Vicariate of Puerto Princesa.
Source of statistics: "Apostolic Vicariate of Puerto Princesa". Diocesan Directory. UCANews. Retrieved 28 November 2011.

The current bishop is Socrates Calamba Mesiona.


It was established on 10 April 1910 as the Apostolic Prefecture of Palawan when it split off from the then Roman Catholic Diocese of Jaro (now a Metropolitan Archdiocese).

On 3 July 1955, it was promoted to an Apostolic Vicariate (then the Apostolic Vicariate of Palawan).

On 27 March 2002, it was renamed as the Apostolic Vicariate of Puerto Princesa and lost part of its territory when the Apostolic Vicariate of Taytay was established.

Incumbent OrdinariesEdit

The early incumbents were missionary members of the order of Augustinian Recollects (O.A.R.)

Apostolic Prefects of Palawan
Apostolic Vicars of Palawan
Apostolic Vicars of Puerto Princesa

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