Roman Catholic Diocese of Cabanatuan
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.
Diocese of Cabanatuan
Diyosesis ng Cabanatuan
Cabanatuan Cathedral in 2019
Coat of arms
|Territory||southern 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)|
|Area||2,743 km2 (1,059 sq mi)|
- Catholics (including non-members)
|(as of 2012)|
|Sui iuris church||Latin Church|
|Established||16 February 1963|
|Cathedral||Cathedral-Parish of St. Nicholas of Tolentino|
|Patron Saints||St. Nicholas of Tolentine (Patron) |
La Virgen Divina Pastora (Patroness)
|Bishop||Sofronio Aguirre Bancud|
|Metropolitan Archbishop||Socrates Buenaventura Villegas|
|Vicar General||Noel J. Jetajobe|
|Judicial Vicar||Reynold H. Oliveros|
|Website of the Diocese|
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.
- 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
National Shrine of La Virgen Divina Pastora and Three Kings Parish in Gapan City, Home of the Biggest Pilgrimage in Central Luzon
- "Dioceses in the Philippines - Diocese of Cabanatuan" Claretian Communications Foundation, Inc. Retrieved on 2013-01-11.
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