Roman Catholic Diocese of Cabanatuan

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Diocese of Cabanatuan
Dioecesis Cabanatuanensis
Diyosesis ng Cabanatuan
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The Cathedral of Cabanatuan
Country  Philippines
Territory southern part of Nueva Ecija
Ecclesiastical province Lingayen-Dagupan
Metropolitan Lingayen-Dagupan
Area 2,743 km2 (1,059 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2012)
1,046,000 (81.4%)
Denomination Roman Catholic
Sui iuris church Latin Church
Rite Roman Rite
Established 16 February 1963
Cathedral Cathedral-Parish of St. Nicholas of Tolentine
Patron Saints

St. Nicholas of Tolentine (Patron)

La Virgen Divina Pastora (Patroness)
Secular priests 37
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop Sofronio Aguirre Bancud
Metropolitan Archbishop Socrates B. Villegas
Vicar General Noel J. Jetajobe
Judicial Vicar Reynold H. Oliveros
Website of the Diocese

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Cabanatuan (Lat: Dioecesis Cabanatuanensis) is a diocese of the Roman Catholic Church in southern Nueva Ecija province in the Philippines. The diocese comprises 16 towns of the province including the cities of Cabanatuan, Palayan and Gapan. The diocese is a suffragan of the Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan.[1]

The diocese was created on June 3, 1963 from the territory of Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan. It was put under the patronage of St. Nicholas of Tolentine and the Virgin Mary under the title Divine Shepherdess (Divina Pastora) which is popularly venerated in Gapan City every May 1. The seat of the diocese is the St. Nicholas of Tolentine Cathedral in Cabanatuan City with a feast day of September 10.

The diocese lost some territory in 1984 when the Diocese of San Jose in northern Nueva Ecija was formed.

The current bishop of the diocese is Most Rev. Sofronio Aguirre Bancud, SSS, DD. He was appointed as auxiliary bishop on 2004 and installed as bishop on January 25, 2005.


  • Mariano Garces Gaviola, DD: 8 Mar 1963 Appointed - 31 May 1967 Resigned
  • Vicente P. Reyes, DD: 8 Aug 1967 Appointed - 30 Apr 1983 Died
  • Ciceron Santa Maria Tumbocon, DD: 7 Apr 1983 Succeeded - 11 Nov 1990 Died
  • Sofio Guinto Balce, Jr., DD: 11 Nov 1990 Succeeded - 25 Jun 2004 Died
  • Sofronio Aguirre Bancud, SSS, DD: 6 Nov 2004 Appointed - Present


The following are the vicariates, parishes, parochial priests and feast days of the patrons of the parishes.

Vicariate of St. Nicholas of Tolentine[edit]

Vicar Forane: Rev. Fr. Aldrin B. Domingo

Rev. Fr. Joel DG. Cariaso, STL (Rector and Parish Priest) | Sep. 10

  • St. Nicholas of Tolentine New Cathedral (on-going construction) and Crypt - Lakewood, Cabanatuan City

Rev. Fr. Orlando M. Valino (Administrator) | Sep. 10

  • Our Mother of Perpetual Help Parish (Dambana) - Mabini Homesite, Cabanatuan City

Rev. Fr. Armando DC. Caleon (Parish Priest) and Rev. Fr. Eleazer P. Malubag (Parochial Vicar) | Jun. 27

  • Sto. Niño Parish (Santuario de Sto. Niño) - Kapitan Pepe, Cabanatuan City

Rev. Fr. Julius L. Belen | 3rd Sunday of Jan.

  • St. Vincent Ferrer Parish - Mayapyap Sur, Cabanatuan City

Rev. Fr. Venes Paulo B. Matias | Apr. 5

  • Diocesan Shrine and Parish of St. Isidore the Worker - Talavera

Rev. Fr. Aldrin B. Domingo, PhL (Parish Priest) and Rev. Fr. Dean Jerome C. Cruz (Parochial Vicar) | May 15

  • St. Lorenzo Ruiz Parish - Pinagpanaan, Talavera

Rev. Fr. Carlos A. Padilla | Sep. 28

Vicariate of St. Francis of Assisi[edit]

Vicar Forane: Rev. Fr. Reynaldo R. Gregorio, Jr.

Rev. Fr. Nezelle O. Lirio (Parish Priest) and Rev. Fr. Bill Simon S. Villaviza (Parochial Vicar) | Oct. 4

  • St. Stephen the King Parish - Laur

Rev. Fr. Abraham M. Cruz (Parish Administrator) | Aug. 16

Rev. Fr. Ricardo DJ. Castillo, Jr., STL (Parish Administrator) | Jan. 25 and Jun. 29

Rev. Fr. Angelo Paul M. Fernando | Nov. 22

Rev. Fr. Ariel G. Musngi, STL | May 13

  • St. Joseph, Husband of Mary Parish - Bangad, Cabanatuan City

Rev. Fr. Reynaldo R. Gregorio, Jr. | Mar. 19

Vicariate of St. Rose of Lima[edit]

Vicar Forane: Rev. Fr. Ryan Adrian M. Aguinaldo

Rev. Fr. Edwin C. Dizon (Parish Priest) and Rev. Fr. Reynaldo S. Nicolas (Assistant Priest) | Aug. 23

  • Diocesan Shrine and Parish of Nuestra Señora delas Saleras - Aliaga

Rev. Fr. Robert I. Dela Cruz | Apr. 26

  • Diocesan Shrine and Parish of St. John the Baptist - Bibiclat, Aliaga

Rev. Fr. Elmer S. Villamayor | Jun. 24

Rev. Fr. Jacinto L. Beltran (Parish Administrator) | Aug. 24

  • St. John Mary Vianney Parish - Adorable, San Leonardo

Rev. Fr. Gregorio A. De Guzman, Jr., SSS and the Priests of the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament | Aug. 4

(No Priest Assigned) | Apr. 5

Rev. Fr. Ryan Adrian M. Aguinaldo | Dec. 4

Vicariate of St. John Nepomucene[edit]

Vicar Forane: Rev. Fr. Raymund E. Gaspar, STL

  • St. John Nepomucene Parish - Cabiao

Rev. Fr. Jeffrey J. dela Cruz (Parish Priest) and Rev. Fr. Francisco O. Algas, Jr. (Assistant Priest) | May 16

  • Shrine of Nuestra Señora dela Soledad de Nueva Ecija and St. Isidore the Farmer Parish - San Isidro

Rev. Fr. Raymund E. Gaspar, STL | 2nd Sun. of Nov. and May 15

  • Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Parish - Calaba, San Isidro

Rev. Fr. Reynold H. Oliveros, JCD | Oct. 7

  • Diocesan Shrine of the Immaculate Conception and St. Augustine Parish - Jaen

Rev. Fr. Isidro D. Puyat, PhL (Parish Priest) and Rev. Fr. Edgardo I. De Guzman, MHT (Guest Priest) | Dec. 8 and Aug. 28

  • Diocesan Shrine and Parish of St. Anthony Abbot - San Antonio

Rev. Fr. Cesar M. Bactol (Parish Priest) and Rev. Fr. Franz Joseph G. Aquino (Parochial Vicar) | Jan. 17

Vicariate of Divina Pastora[edit]

Vicar Forane: Rev. Fr. Jessie C. Salac

  • National Shrine of La Virgen Divina Pastora and Three Kings Parish - Gapan City

Rev. Fr. Mark C. Ancheta (Rector and Parish Priest) and Rev. Fr. Joseph B. Azarcon (Resident Priest) | May 1 and Jan. 6

  • St. Roch Parish - Baluarte, Gapan City

Rev. Fr. Jessie C. Salac (Parish Administrator) and Rev. Fr. Joseph B. Azarcon (Assistant Priest) | Aug. 16

  • St. Nicholas of Tolentine Parish - San Nicolas, Gapan City

Rev. Fr. Sedfrey J. Calderon | Sep. 10

  • St. Helena Parish - Sta. Cruz, Gapan City

Rev. Fr. Marlou Tarcisio N. Cruz | Aug. 18

Rev. Fr. Jessie C. Salac | Oct. 4

Rev. Fr. Antonio A. Mangahas, Jr. | May 13

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Dioceses in the Philippines - Diocese of Cabanatuan" Claretian Communications Foundation, Inc. Retrieved on 2013-01-11.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 15°27′05″N 120°57′10″E / 15.4514°N 120.9529°E / 15.4514; 120.9529