Roman Catholic Diocese of Borongan

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Diocese of Borongan
Dioecesis Boronganensis
Diyosesis ng Borongan
Country Philippines
Ecclesiastical province Palo
Metropolitan Palo
Area 4,339 km2 (1,675 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2012)
465,000 (93.8%)
Parishes 32
Denomination Roman Catholic
Sui iuris church Latin Church
Rite Roman Rite
Established 22 October 1960
Cathedral Cathedral of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Borongan
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop Crispin Barrete Varquez
Metropolitan Archbishop John F. Du
Vicar General Lope C. Robredillo
Episcopal Vicars Dan Gañas
Leroy Geli
Joberto Picardal
Website of the Diocese

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Borongan (Lat: Dioecesis Boronganensis) is a Roman Rite diocese of the Latin Church of the Catholic Church in the Philippines.

Erected in 1960, from territory in the Diocese of Calbayog, the diocese is a suffragan of the Archdiocese of Palo.

The Diocese of Borongan was created on October 22, 1960 by Pope John XXIII. Bishop Vicente Reyes was the first residential bishop of Borongan. On June 19, 1965, the island of Samar was politically divided and the province of Eastern Samar was born thus the island of Samar has three dioceses:Calbayog for Western Samar, Catarman for Northern Samar and Borongan for Eastern Samar. [edit] Location

Eastern Samar has a population of 374,255, 97 percent are Catholics.. It is subdivided into 1 city and 22 municipalities. It has a land area of 4,470.75 square kilometers. It is bounded on the north by Northern Samar, on the east by the Philippines Sea, on the west by Western Samar and on the south by Leyte Gulf. The Diocese of Borongan is divided into three regions, each has two vicariates. The diocese has 26 parishes, ministered by 60 diocesan and five religious priests. Borongan is the seat of the episcopal see.

The diocese has experienced no jurisdictional changes.

The current bishop is Crispin Barrete Varquez, appointed in 2007.


  • Vicente P. Reyes † (19 Jan 1961 Appointed - 8 Aug 1967 Appointed, Bishop of Cabanatuan)
  • Godofredo Pedernal Pisig † (26 Feb 1968 Appointed - 18 Sep 1976 Resigned)
  • Sincero Barcenilla Lucero † (8 Mar 1977 Appointed - 10 Dec 1979 Appointed, Bishop of Calbayog)
  • Nestor Celestial Cariño (12 Aug 1980 Appointed - 31 Jan 1986 Resigned)
  • Leonardo Yuzon Medroso (18 Dec 1986 Appointed - 17 Oct 2006 Appointed, Bishop of Tagbilaran)
  • Crispin Barrete Varquez (4 Aug 2007 Appointed - )

Catholic Churches of Eastern Samar[edit]

Here are the churches of eastern samar.

Proposed for sainthood[edit]

In this section is a list of religious' proposed for sainthood, through their great works and sanctity. This Include:

Donato Guimbaolibot - Priest and Founder

Guimbaolibot was born in Guiuan, the second child of Tomas Guimbaolibot and Narcisa Bago. He had three sisters: Felipa, the eldest, Faustina and Maria. Local accounts had it that the Guimbaolibot children were raised in a simple but religious life at home.

Padre Atoy, as Guimbaolibot was known, studied for the priesthood at the San Carlos Seminary in Cebu, where he was ordained priest at the age of 28 in 1894. He taught at the seminary before his first parish assignment in Tanauan (November 1898 to May 1899). At that time, the islands of Leyte and Samar were under the jurisdiction of the Diocese of Cebu.

Balangiga was his second parish assignment. His assignment to Guiuan would be his last. He served his hometown for nearly half a century until his death in 1949. There, he founded a parochial school for children, built a hospital, a high school and a new convent, and saw to the repair of the centuries-old parish church in the 1930s.

He was elevated to the title of monsignor around the late 1930s, during which he also reluctantly assumed the position of vicar general of the Diocese of Calbayog.

Guimbaolibot had never been at ease with the Americans since his release from prison. At the end of 1944, when the American forces established a naval base in Guiuan, he was heard saying: Take note, the American presence here is not a blessing; rather, it is a disgrace.

Guimbaolibot suffered a stroke and became bedridden in July 1949. For a month, he hovered between life and death. He showed some improvement after that, but he never fully recovered. He died on Sept. 9, 1949 at the age of 83.

Fr. Maximo Arganda, a retired 83-year-old priest in Guiuan, revealed in a 1995 interview that Guimbaolibot was a silent type of person, devoted to prayer … He lived a pious, humble and simple life … He was offered to become a bishop many times, but he humbly refused all these offers.

I consider him a saint, Arganda then told Bankaw News, now re-launched as a cyber-magazine after four years of dormancy.

Arganda was a former sacristan (altar boy) of Guimbaolibot. He later became his assistant priest who took over the parish during the illness and after the death of the monsignor.

Buotan hin duro adto nga Monsenyor (The monsignor was an extremely good man), was a usual comment about Guimbaolibot from those old folks who had seen him in life.

On Dec. 8, 1995, the Movement for the Beatification of Msgr. Donato B. Guimbaolibot, was formally launched in Guiuan, coinciding with the town fiesta and the celebration of the 400th anniversary of the town's Christian evangelization.

Publicity about the movement, which was reported by several Manila newspapers, continues to raise eyebrows, more so among many people who associated Guimbaolibot with the killing of American soldiers by native bolo fighters in Balangiga, and not with the priest who suffered because of an erroneous suspicion by the Americans.

A proud moment in our historic struggle for freedom, the Balangiga event has remained misunderstood by many Filipinos.

Whatever outsiders say about him, Guimbaolibot was the only priest from Leyte and Samar with a monument erected in his memory right in his hometown. His statue stands on the western lawn of the centuries-old Guiuan Parish Church.

This monument and the beatification movement are supreme tributes to a priest who showed that his love of country and his sacrifice for the defense of his faith and vocation could not be bought.

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