Roman Catholic Diocese of Sorsogon

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Diocese of Sorsogon
Dioecesis Sorsogonensis
Diyosesis kan Sorsogon
Location
Country Philippines
Territory Sorsogon
Ecclesiastical province Caceres
Metropolitan Caceres
Statistics
Area 2,141.45 km2 (826.82 sq mi)
Population
- Total

740,743
Information
Denomination Roman Catholic
Sui iuris church Latin Church
Rite Roman Rite
Established June 29, 1951
Cathedral Cathedral of Sts. Peter & Paul, Apostles
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop Arturo Mandin Bastes, SVD, DD
Metropolitan Archbishop Rolando Joven Tria Tirona, OCD, DD
Vicar General Felix B. Elegado
Emeritus Bishops Jesus Varela Bishop Emeritus (1980-2003)
Map
Map of the Philippines with Sorsogon highlighted
Map of the Philippines with Sorsogon highlighted

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Sorsogon (Latin: Dioecesis Sorsogonensis) is a diocese of the Latin Rite of the Roman Catholic Church in the Philippines. The diocese was established in 1951 by the Archdiocese of Caceres, and in 1968, the diocese was subdivided after the Diocese of Masbate separated. The diocese is a suffragan of the Archdiocese of Caceres. The present bishop is Most Rev. Arturo M. Bastes, SVD and its vicar general is Rev. Msgr. Felix B. Elegado.

Ordinaries[edit]

  • Teopisto V. Alberto † (July 10, 1952 - September 7, 1959)
  • Arnulfo S. Arcilla † (September 7, 1959 Appointed - December 11, 1979)
  • Jesus Y. Varela (November 27, 1980 - April 16, 2003)
  • Arturo M. Bastes, SVD (April 16, 2003 – present)

Clergy[edit]

Clergy in the Diocese[edit]

  • Rev. Fr. Patricio D. Alcantara
Parish Priest, Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Parish, Cumadcad, Castilla, Sorsogon.
  • Rev. Fr. Odine L. Areola
Parish Priest, St. Joseph Parish, Gabao, Irosin, Sorsogon
Diocesan Superintendent of Catholic Schools
Member – Diocesan Presbyteral Council
Member - Diocesan Finance Council
Member - Diocesan Pastoral Council
President, Veritas College of Irosin Inc.
School Director, St. Bonaventure Academy, Butag, Bulan, Sorsogon
School Director, Academia dela Imaculada Conception de Bulan, Bulan, Sorsogon
  • Rev. Fr. Carlos D. Babasa
Parish Priest, St. Mary Magdalene Parish, Sta. Magdalena, Sorsogon
  • Rev. Fr. Nestor G. Benavides
Parish Priest, St. James the Greater Parish, Bulusan, Sorsogon
  • Rev. Fr. Edmon G. Benzon
Executive Vice Rector and Principal, Our Lady of Peñafrancia Seminary High School Department, Bibincahan, Sorsogon City
Asst. Director, Diocesan Commission on Media for Evangelization
Vocation Director and Head, Diocesan Vocation Team
Member – GNSFI Board of Trustees
Member - Seminary Board Council
  • Rev. Fr. Joel A. Bilan Jr.
Parish Priest, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish, Magallanes, Sorsogon
Asst. Chairperson, Diocesan Commission on Family and Human Life
  • Rev. Fr. Luis P. Buenaobra
Parish Priest, St. Lawrence the Deacon Parish, Prieto Diaz, Sorsogon
  • Rev. Fr. Joseph B. Buising
Parish Priest, St. Anthony of Padua Parish, Polot, Bulan, Sorsogon
  • Rev. Fr. Erwin Marc D. Chavez
Parochial Vicar, Our Lady of Fatima Parish, Sorsogon City
  • Rev. Fr. Edgar B. Cleofe
Parish Priest, St. Joseph Parish, Barcelona, Sorsogon
Director, Dept. of Migrants
  • Rev. Fr. Cecil F. Datar
Parish Priest, Our Lady of Fatima Parish, Sorsogon City
Director, Dept. of Health Care
Member - Diocesan Finance Council
  • Rev. Msgr. Gerardo M. Del Prado
Episcopal Vicar, Vicariate of Our Lady Of The Pillar
Parish Priest, Our Lady of the Pillar Parish, Pilar, Sorsogon
Vicar for the Clergy
Member – Diocesan Presbyteral Council
Member – Diocesan Pastoral Council
Member – College of Consultors
Member – Judicial Board
  • Rev. Fr. Vicente Henry M. Diesta
Diocesan Oeconomus and Finance Officer
Attached Priest, Our Lady of Fatima Parish, Sorsogon City
House Minister, Home for the Clergy
Chairperson, Diocesan Commission on Temporalities
Member - GNSFI Board of Trustees
Member - Diocesan Presbyteral Council
Member - Diocesan Pastoral Council
Member - Diocesan Finance Council
Member - Caritas Sor. Foundation Inc.
Member - Diocesan Pastoral Secretariat
Member - St. Bonaventure Academy Board of Trustees
Member - Veritas College of Irosin Inc. Board of Trustees
Member - Academia de la Imaculada Concepcion Board of Trustees
  • Rev. Fr. Romelio H. Dimaano
Parochial Vicar, Holy Infant Jesus Parish, Matnog, Sorsogon
  • Rev. Fr. Rudin G. Din
Parochial Vicar, Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Parish, Bulan, Sorsogon
  • Rev. Fr. Ronie H. Dolosa
Parochial Vicar, Our Lady of the Pillar Parish, Pilar, Sorsogon
Chairperson, Diocesan Commission on Family and Human Life
  • Rev. Msgr. Felix B. Elegado
Vicar General and Moderator Curiae
Rector and Parish Priest, Sts. Peter and Paul Cathedral Parish, Sorsogon City
Vice-Chairperson, Diocesan Pastoral Council
Chief Implementer, DEEP
Head, Diocesan Pastoral Secretariat
Member – GNSFI Board of Trustees
Member – Diocesan Presbyteral Council
Member – College of Consultors
Member - Diocesan Finance Council
Member – Caritas Sor. Foundation Inc.
Member - St. Bonaventure Academy Board of Trustees
Member - Veritas College Of Irosin Inc. Board of Trustees
Member - Academia dela Imaculada Concepcion Board of Trustees
Member – Judicial Board
Member - Seminary Board Council
  • Rev. Fr. Roger Joseph B. Erestain Jr.
Rector, Our Lady of Peñafrancia Seminary High School Department, Bibincahan, Sorsogon City
Judicial Vicar
Vice-Chancellor
Member – GNSFI Board of Trustees
Member – Diocesan Presbyteral Council
Member – Diocesan Pastoral Council
Member – College of Consultors
Member - Diocesan Finance Council
Member – Caritas Sor. Foundation Inc.
Member - Seminary Board Council
  • Rev. Fr. Noel F. Espaldon
Parochial Vicar, Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Parish, Bulan, Sorsogon
Assistant Chairperson, Diocesan Commission on Mission
Head, Desk on Ecology and Environment
  • Rev. Fr. Jose Arje L. Flestado
Parish Priest: St. Bonaventure Parish, Butag, Sorsogon
Assistant Chairperson, Diocesan Commission on Temporalities
  • Rev. Fr. Eduardo V. Fulay
Parish Priest, Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Parish, Bulan, Sorsogon
Member – College of Consultors
Member – Diocesan Pastoral Council
Member – Diocesan Presbyteral Council
  • Rev. Fr. Sabino M. Fulo
Episcopal Vicar, Vicariate of Saint Anthony of Padua
Parish Priest, St. Anthony of Padua Parish, Gubat, Sorsogon
Member – College of Consultors
Member - Diocesan Pastoral Council
Member – Diocesan Presbyteral Council
Member - Diocesan Pastoral Secretariat
  • Rev. Fr. Napthali F. Fumera
Parish Priest, St. Raymond Nonnatus Parish, Buenavista, Bacon District, Sorsogon
Director, Department of Prison Welfare
  • Rev. Fr. Benedicto F. Furo
Parish Priest, Holy Infant Jesus Parish, Matnog, Sorsogon
  • Rev. Fr. Alberto D. Futol
Episcopal Vicar, Vicariate of St. Michael The Archangel
Parish Priest, St. Michael the Archangel Parish, Irosin, Sorsogon
Member – College Of Consultors
Member – Diocesan Pastoral Council
  • Rev. Fr. Philippe Andrew B. Gallanosa
Prefect of Discipline, Our Lady of Peñafrancia Seminary High School Department, Bibincahan, Sorsogon City
Chairperson, Diocesan Commission on Media for Evangelization
General Manager, DZGN FM, DWCB TV11, GN Printing Press
Director, Doctrine of Faith and Morals
Director, Neocatechumenate Movement
Member – Judicial Board
Member – GNSFI Board of Trustees
Member – Seminary Board
Member - Vocation Team
Member – Diocesan Finance Council
  • Rev. Fr. Jupe L. Garalde
Parochial Vicar, St. Anthony of Padua Parish, Gubat, Sorsogon
Chairperson, Diocesan Commission on Education
Director, Department of Catechesis
  • Rev. Fr. Rowan E. Gramonte
Dean of Studies, Oeconomus and Professor, Our Lady of Peñafrancia Seminary College Department, Sorsogon City
Parochial Vicar, Our Lady of the Annunciation Parish, Bacon District, Sorsogon City
Chairperson, Diocesan Commission on Service
Member – Seminary Board
Member – Diocesan Pastoral Council
Member – Diocesan Presbyteral Council
Member - Diocesan Pastoral Secretariat
Member - Diocesan Vocation Team
  • Rev. Fr. Elmer F. Hagos
Parish Priest, Parish of St. Roche, San Roque, Bacon District, Sorsogon City
  • Rev. Fr. Rico Gerardo J. Jazmin, SVD
Parochial Vicar, Sts. Peter and Paul Cathedral Parish, Sorsogon City
Chairperson, Diocesan Commission on Mission
Member – Diocesan Pastoral Council
Member - Diocesan Pastoral Secretariat
  • Rev. Fr. Alexander M. Jerus
Parish Priest, St. Joseph the Worker Parish, Donsol, Sorsogon
  • Rev. Fr. Higinio D. Lagarde
Parochial Vicar, Our Lady of Fatima Parish, Sorsogon City
  • Rev. Fr. Policarpio J. Lagco
Parochial Vicar, Sts. Peter and Paul Cathedral Parish, Sorsogon City
Assistant Chairperson, Diocesan Commission on Service
  • Rev. Fr. Noel E. Listana
Parochial Vicar, Our Lady of the Pillar Parish, Pilar, Sorsogon
  • Rev. Fr. Antonio G. Lorilla
Chancellor, Diocese of Sorsogon
Diocesan Promoter, San Lorenzo Ruiz Devotion
Ex-Officio Member – Diocesan Presbyteral Council
Ex-Officio Member – Diocesan Pastoral Council
Ex-Officio Member – College Of Consultors
Ex-Officio Member – Seminary Board Council
Corporate Secretary, GNSFI Board Of Trustees
Corporate Secretary, VERITAS College of Irosin Inc.
Corporate Secretary, St. Bonaventure Academy, Butag, Bulan, Sorsogon
Corporate Secretary, Academia dela Imaculada Concepcion, Bulan, Sorsogon
Corporate Secretary, Caritas Sor. Foundation Inc.
Confessor, Our Lady of Peñafrancia Seminary, Sorsogon City
  • Rev. Fr. Raner O. Lucila
Professor , Pastoral Formator and Spiritual Director, Our Lady of Peñafrancia Seminary College Department, Sorsogon City
Parochial Vicar, Our Lady of the Annunciation Parish, Bacon District, Sorsogon City
Chairperson, Diocesan Commission on Youth
Member – Diocesan Pastoral Council
Member - Diocesan Pastoral Secretariat
Member - Diocesan Vocation Team
Member – Seminary Board
  • Rev. Msgr. Reynaldo A. Mabute
Parish Priest, Holy Family Parish, Putiao, Pilar, Sorsogon
Member - Diocesan Pastoral Secretariat
Member – Diocesan Presbyteral Council
  • Rev. Fr. Mark Andrew S. Marbella
Parochial Vicar, St. Anthony of Padua Parish, Gubat, Sorsogon
Director, Diocesan Department of Biblical Apostolate
Assistant Chairperson, Diocesan Commission on Education
  • Rev. Fr. Ernie D. Mendina
Parish Priest, St. Nicolas of Tolentino Parish, Bentuco, Gubat, Sorsogon
  • Rev. Fr. Jeffer Ian C. Mina
Parochial Vicar, St. Michael the Archangel Parish, Irosin, Sorsogon
  • Rev. Msgr. Francisco P. Monje
Parish Priest, Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Parish, Casiguran, Sorsogon
Director, Department of Ecumenism and Inter-religious Dialogue
Member – Seminary Board
  • Rev. Fr. Renee John G. Pinero
Episcopal Vicar, Vicariate of Sts. Peter and Paul
Rector, Our Lady of Peñafrancia Seminary College Department, Sorsogon City
Parish Priest, Our Lady of the Annunciation Parish, Bacon District, Sorsogon City
Chairperson, Diocesan Commission on Worship
Diocesan Liturgist
Member – Diocesan Presbyteral Council
Member – Diocesan Pastoral Council
Member – College Of Consultors
Member – Pastoral Secretariat
Member - Seminary Board Council
  • Rev. Fr. Joseph G. Revidad
Parish Priest, St. Raymond Nonnatus Parish, Guinlajon, Sorsogon City
  • Rev. Fr. Antonio B. Sardo
Parish Priest, St. Anthony of Padua Parish, Juban, Sorsogon
Chairperson, Diocesan Commission on the Laity
Diocesan Director, Marian Devotion
Member – Diocesan Pastoral Council
Member – Pastoral Secretariat
  • Rev. Fr. Jose Burt B. Sare
Parish Priest, St. John the Baptist Parish, Castilla, Sorsogon
  • Rev. Fr. Joel E. Teruel
Administrator, Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Quasi-Parish, Bulan, Sorsogon
  • Rev. Fr. Roberto T. Traballo
Parochial Vicar, St. James the Greater Parish, Bulusan, Sorsogon
  • Rev. Fr. Cyben Laurence S. Vitug
Parochial Vicar, St. Michael the Archangel Parish, Irosin, Sorsogon
Director, Historical Commission
Assistant Chairperson, Commission on the Laity

Clergy Outside the Diocese[edit]

Diocese of Richmond, Virginia, USA

  • Rev. Fr. Esteve D. Antes
  • Rev. Fr. Jugene U. Espeleta
  • Rev. Fr. George A. Fajardo
  • Rev. Fr. Michael M. Imperial

Special Ministry

  • Rev. Fr. Librado L. Baluarte
Doctor of Ministry
Secretary for Foreign Correspondence, Based in the US

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