Roman Catholic Diocese of Cabanatuan

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Diocese of Cabanatuan
Dioecesis Cabanatuanensis
Diyosesis ng Cabanatuan
Facade of Cabanatuan Cathedral in Nueva Ecija.jpg
Cathedral of Cabanatuan
Country Philippines
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 of St Nicholas of Tolentino in Cabanatuan
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop Sofronio Aguirre Bancud
Metropolitan Archbishop Socrates B. Villegas
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 Saint Nicholas of Tolentino and the Virgin Mary under the title Divine Shepherdess (Divina Pastora). The seat of the diocese is the St. Nicholas of Tolentino 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 Rev. Sofronio Aguirre Bancud. He was appointed in 2004 and installed as bishop on January 25, 2005.


  • Mariano Gaviola y Garcés † (8 Mar 1963 Appointed - 31 May 1967 Resigned)
  • Vicente P. Reyes † (8 Aug 1967 Appointed - 30 Apr 1983 Died)
  • Ciceron Santa Maria Tumbocon † (7 Apr 1983 Succeeded - 11 Nov 1990 Died)
  • Sofio Guinto Balce † (11 Nov 1990 Succeeded - 25 Jun 2004 Died)
  • Mst.Rev.Sofronio Aguirre Bancud, S.S.S. D.D (6 Nov 2004 Appointed - Present)


The following are the vicariates, parishes of the diocese with the parochial priest and feast day of the diocese (as of January 2014):[1]

Vicariate of St. Nicholas of Tolentino[edit]

Vicar Forane: Rev. Fr. Aldrin Domingo

  • Cathedral Of St. Nicholas Of Tolentino, Cabanatuan City under Rev. Fr. Joel G. Cariaso, September 10
  • Our Mother of Perpetual Help Church in Mabini Homesite, Cabanatuan City, Fr. Dong Caleon with Rev. Fr. Edwin S. Beley (asst.)
  • St. Vincent Ferrer Church in Mayapyap Sur, Cabanatuan City, Rev. Fr. Venes Paulo B. Matias, April 5
  • St. Isidore the Worker Church, Pinagpanaan, Talavera, Nueva Ecija,Rev. Fr. Aldrin B. Domingo with Rev. Alfonso S. Saulo (asst.), May 15
  • St. Lorenzo Ruiz Church, Pinagpaanan, Talavera, Rev. Fr. Carlos Padilla

Vicariate of St. Rose of Lima[edit]

Vicar Forane:

Vicariate of St. John Nepomucene[edit]

Vicar Forane: Rev. Fr. Raymund E. Gaspar

Vicariate of St. Francis of Assisi[edit]

Vicar Forane:

  • St. Francis of Assisi Church in Bongabon, Nueva Ecija, Rev. Fr. Nezelle O. Lirio, Oct. 4
  • St. Paul the Apostle in Gabaldon, Nueva Ecija, Rev. Fr. Richard DJ. Castillo, Jan. 25
  • St. Stephen the King Church in Laur, Nueva Ecija, Rev. Fr. Benjamin M. Javier III, Aug. 16
  • St. Cecilia Church in Palayan City, Nueva Ecija, Rev. Fr. Angelo Paul M. Fernando, Nov. 22
  • St. Joseph, Husband of Mary Church in Bangad, Cabanatuan City, Rev. Fr. Jun Gregorio, March 19
  • Our Lady of Fatima Church in General Mamerto Natividad, Nueva Ecija, Rev. Fr. Ariel G. Musngi, May 13

Vicariate of Divina Pastora[edit]

Vicar Forane: Rev. Msgr. Felix L. Hernandez, HP

  • Three Kings Parish Church in Gapan City, Nueva Ecija under Rev. Fr. Mark C. Ancheta, 1st Sunday of Jan.
  • St. Roch Church in Baluarte, Gapan City, Rev. Fr. Victor N. Cruz, Aug 16
  • St. Nicholas of Tolentino Church in San Nicolas, Gapan City, Rev. Fr. Sedfrey J. Calderon, Sept. 10
  • St. Francis of Assisi in Peñaranda, Nueva Ecija,Rev. Fr. Jessie C. Salac, October 4
  • Holy Cross Church in General Tinio, Nueva Ecija, Rev. Fr. Antonio A. Mangahas Jr., May 13
  • St. Helen Church in Sta. Cruz, Gapan City under Rev. Fr. Marlou Tarcisio N. Cruz, Sept. 14

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "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