Roman Catholic Apostolic Vicariate of Calapan

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The Apostolic Vicariate of Calapan (Latin: Vicariatus Apostolicus Calapanensis) is a Latin Church missionary jurisdiction or apostolic vicariate of the Catholic Church in Oriental Mindoro, Philippines. In 2010, 756,000 residents had been baptized out of about 814,000 inhabitants.[1] It is currently headed by Bishop Warlito Itcuas Cajandig.[2]

Roman Catholic Apostolic Vicariate of Calapan

Vicariatus Apostolicus Calapanensis

Apostolico Vicariato de Calapan
Apostolic Vicariate of Calapan coat of arms.svg
Coat of arms
TerritoryOriental Mindoro
Ecclesiastical provinceDirectly exempt to the Holy See
Area4,364 km2 (1,685 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics (including non-members)

756,000 (92,9%)
DenominationCatholic Church
Sui iuris churchLatin Church
RiteRoman Rite
EstablishedJuly 2, 1936
CathedralCathedral-Parish of Santo Niño
Patron saintSanto Niño
Secular priests42
Current leadership
BishopMost Rev. Warlito I. Cajandig
Metropolitan ArchbishopGilbert Garcera
Apostolic AdministratorRev. Fr. Nestor Adalia
Vicar GeneralRev. Fr. Nestor Adalia
Jurisdiction of the metropolitan see of the Roman Catholic apostolic vicariate of Calapan.
Jurisdiction of the metropolitan see of the Roman Catholic apostolic vicariate of Calapan.

It has six related parishes. The episcopal residence and seat of the vicariate is the Santo Niño Cathedral located in Calapan City.[3]

On November 13, 2018, Pope Francis has appointed Fr. Nestor Adalia, currently the Vicar General of Calapan, to take the post as apostolic administrator “ad nutum Sanctae Sedis”, meaning “at the disposition of the Holy See” or to take temporary charge of the administration of the Apostolic Vicariate, due to the health condition of Bishop Warlito Cajandig.


The Apostolic Prefecture of Mindoro was created on July 2, 1936, with territory taken from the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Lipa and Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Jaro (both were dioceses then but are archdioceses now).

On July 12, 1951, Pope Pius XII, through the papal bull Merit ab Apostolic, elevated the apostolic prefecture to an apostolic vicariate.[1]

On December 19, 1974, and January 27, 1983, portions of its territory was lost to the creation of the Diocese of Romblon and the Apostolic Vicariate of San Jose in Mindoro.[citation needed]

Apostolic VicarsEdit


  1. ^ a b David M., Cheney. "Vicariate Apostolic of Calapan". Catholic Hierarchy. Retrieved 15 December 2014.
  2. ^ a b c "Apostolic Vicariate of Calapan". The Catholic Directory of the Philippines. Claretian Communications Foundation, Inc. 2015. Archived from the original on 30 January 2016. Retrieved 23 January 2016.
  3. ^ "Apostolic Vicariate of Calapan". Claretian Publications. Archived from the original on 6 October 2014. Retrieved 15 December 2014.