Roman Catholic Diocese of San Jose (Nueva Ecija)

The Roman Catholic Diocese of San Jose in the Philippines (Lat: Dioecesis Sancti Iosephi in Insulis Philippinis) is an ecclesiastical territory or diocese of the Latin Rite of the Roman Catholic Church in the Philippines.

Diocese of San Jose de Nueva Ecija

Dioecesis Sancti Iosephi in Insulis Philippinis

Diyosesis ng San Jose, Nueva Ecija
Diocese of San Jose Nueva Ecija coat of arms.svg
Territorynorthern Nueva Ecija (Carranglan, Cuyapo, Guimba, Licab, Llanera, Lupao, Muñoz, Nampicuan, Pantabangan, Quezon, Rizal, San Jose, Santo Domingo, Talugtug)
Ecclesiastical provinceLingayen-Dagupan
Area2,540 km2 (980 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics (including non-members)
(as of 2010)
710,957 (88.5%)
Congregations10 (4 Religious Institutes of Men and 6 Religious Institutes of Women)
Schools12 (10 Diocesan Schools and 2 Religious Administered)
DenominationRoman Catholic
Sui iuris churchLatin Church
RiteRoman Rite
Established16 February 1984
CathedralCathedral-Parish of St. Joseph the Worker
Patron saintSt. Joseph The Worker
Current leadership
BishopRoberto Calara Mallari
Metropolitan ArchbishopSocrates B. Villegas
Vicar GeneralNestor Esmeralda Romano
Website of the Diocese

The diocese was founded in 1984, having previously formed part of the Diocese of Cabanatuan. It is a suffragan of the Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan.

The diocese held its first Diocesan Synod in March 2011 led by the Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines. The diocese celebrated its Silver Anniversary of Canonical Erection last July 14, 2009. On April 20, Pope Benedict XVI named its third bishop, Most Rev. Mylo Hubert C. Vergara, as the bishop of Pasig. At present, the diocese is headed by its fourth bishop Most Rev. Roberto C. Mallari D.D., former Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of San Fernando, Pampanga.


The Diocese of San Jose, Nueva Ecija, was created on Feb. 16, 1984 by Pope John Paul II and canonically erected on July 14, 1984. Its territory was taken from the Diocese of Cabanatuan which at same time of the division comprised the entire province of Nueva Ecija.

Sixteen parishes, out of forty one parishes of the Diocese of Cabanatuan were adjudicated to the Diocese of San Jose, Nueva Ecija. 80 percent of the people are Roman Catholics and the rest of 20 percent are members of different sects and denominations.

Bishop Florentino F. Cinense, DD, was appointed the diocese's first diocesan bishop on July 14, 1984. When appointed coadjutor bishop of Tarlac, he remained as apostolic administrator of San Jose, until the appointment of his successor Bishop Leo M. Drona, SDB, DD, on July 25, 1987. Bishop Leo M. Drona had been a Salesian of Don Bosco for twenty nine-years prior to his episcopal appointment. He is the first Filipino Salesian priest as well as the first Filipino Salesian bishop. In June 2004, Bishop Drona was transferred to the Diocese of San Pablo, Laguna as its third bishop. He was succeeded by Bishop Mylo Hubert C. Vergara, who was installed as the third bishop of the Diocese of San Jose de Nueva Ecija on May 14, 2005. Then Bishop Mylo C Vergara transferred to the Diocese of Pasig. It was May 15 when Pope Benedict XVI named the current bishop, Roberto C. Mallari.[1]


  • Florentino Ferrer Cinense, DD: 24 May 1984 Appointed - 17 Aug 1985 Appointed, Coadjutor Bishop of Tarlac
  • Leo Murphy Drona, S.D.B., DD: 10 Jun 1987 Appointed - 14 May 2004 Appointed, Bishop of San Pablo
  • Mylo Hubert Claudio Vergara, S.T.D., DD: 12 Feb 2005 Appointed - 20 Apr 2011 Appointed, Bishop of Pasig
  • Roberto Calara Mallari, SSS, DD: 15 May 2012 – present

Diocesan officialsEdit

  • Vicar General: Very Rev. Getty A. Ferrer, JCD
  • Chancellor: Rev. Fr. Rufo Ramil H. Cruz, PhD
  • Vice Chancellor: Rev. Fr. Michael J. Grospe
  • Oeconomous: Rev. Fr. Nestor E. Romano.
  • Judicial Vicar: Rev. Fr. Getty A. Ferrer, JCD

Apo Jose Catholic Educational System (ACES)Edit

Diocesan SchoolsEdit

Religious Administered (Missionaries of the Sacred Heart)Edit

Other Educational Centers (Salesians of Don Bosco)Edit

See alsoEdit