Roman Catholic Diocese of Masbate

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Diocese of Masbate
Dioecesis Masbatensis
Diyosesis san Masbate
Masbate Cathedral - Exterior View.jpg
Country Philippines
Ecclesiastical province Caceres
Metropolitan Caceres
Area 7,000 km2 (2,700 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2010)
approx. 710,430
Parishes 28 regular parishes, 1 chaplaincy
Denomination Roman Catholic
Sui iuris church Latin Church
Rite Roman Rite
Established March 23, 1968 (created), September 25, 1968 (canonically erected)
Cathedral St. Anthony of Padua Cathedral
Patron saint St Anthony of Padua
Secular priests 77
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop José S. Bantolo
Metropolitan Archbishop Rolando Joven Tria Tirona
Vicar General Very Rev. Fr. Eusebio Llonoso
Official Website of Masbate Diocese

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

With the other provinces of Bicol, Masbate belongs to the Archdiocese of Caceres. When Caceres was elevated to the status of an archdiocese on June 29, 1951, Masbate became part of the newly erected Diocese of Sorsogon. Pope Paul VI created the Diocese of Masbate on March 23, 1968. It was formally inaugurated on September 25, 1968, with Msgr. Porfirio Rivera Iligan, a priest from the Archdiocese of Caceres, as its first bishop.

The diocese has experienced no jurisdictional changes and is suffragan to the Archdiocese of Caceres.

Its patron is Saint Anthony of Padua. The seat of the diocese is the Cathedral Parish of St. Anthony of Padua along Quezon Street, Masbate City.



The Vicar-General assists the bishop in the administrative duties over the diocese. The Offices of the Vicar General and the Episcopal Vicars temporarily ceased upon the vacancy of the See of the diocese.

  • Very Rev. Msgr. Anacleto Golimlim, P.A (†)
  • Very Rev. Msgr. Arturo Lachica, H.P
  • Very Rev. Msgr. Claro Caluya III, H.P (1984–2009)
  • Very Rev. Msgr. Ismael Misolas, P.C (2009)
  • Very Rev. Fr. Eusebio Llonoso (2011-present)

See also[edit]


  • The 2010–2011 Catholic Directory of the Philippines (published by Claretian Publications for the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines, 2010)