Roman Catholic Diocese of Daet

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Diocese of Daet

Dioecesis Daëtiensis

Diyosesis ng Daet
Diócesis de Daet
Diocese of Daet Logo.jpg
Country Philippines
TerritoryCamarines Norte
Ecclesiastical provinceCaceres
Area2,200 km2 (850 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2006)
462,607 (91.0%)
Parishes30 (26 full-pledged parishes, 4 quasi-parishes)
DenominationRoman Catholic
Sui iuris churchLatin Church
RiteRoman Rite
EstablishedMay 27, 1974 (canonically erected on September 1, 1974)
CathedralCathedral of the Most Holy Trinity
Patron saintSt Joseph the Worker
Current leadership
BishopRex Andrew C.Alarcon D.D.
Metropolitan ArchbishopRolando Joven Tria Tirona, O.C.D., D.D.
Emeritus BishopsBenjamin J. Almoneda Bishop-Emeritus (1991-2007)
Website of the Diocese

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Daet (Latin: Daëtiensis) is a diocese located in the capital town of Daet in the Ecclesiastical province of Camarines Norte in the Philippines.

The Diocese of Daet, with jurisdiction over the Province of Camarines Norte and suffragan to the Archdiocese of Caceres, was created on May 27, 1974 by Pope Paul VI. Most Rev. Celestino R. Enverga, D.D. as the first bishop of the Diocese. The most recent and 3rd Bishop of Daet was Most Rev. Gilbert A. Garcera, D.D., who left to become Archbishop of Lipa on February 2, 2017. On January 2, 2019, the Vatican announced that Pope Francis appointed Fr. Rex Andrew C. Alarcon as the new bishop of the diocese.[1]


On September 1, 1974, the Diocese of Daet was formally established along with the installation of its first bishop, Most Rev. Celestino Rojo Enverga, a native of Jose Panganiban, Camarines Norte. The Diocese of Daet was entrusted to the care of St. Joseph the Worker.[2]

Through the Apostolic Constitution “Requirit Maximopere,” Pope Paul VI separated Daet from the Archdiocese of Caceres, thereby creating Daet as a new Diocese which became a suffragan of the Archdiocese of Caceres.

Since the Augustinian missionaries Frays Diego de Espinar and Francisco Merino had established Christian communities in Paracale in 1571, it took 393 years for Camarines Norte, the land of gold and pineapple, to be erected as a diocese.

Ordained in 1706, Don Gregorio Cabalquinto from the town of Paracale was the first Bicolano priest.

The history of the diocese could be divided into three periods. The first period spans from 1974-1984.

According to Bishop Celestino Enverga, two years after the canonical erection in 1974, there was a diocesan house complex, a charity clinic, and a haven for homeless people discharged from hospitals. After four years the Most Holy Trinity Cathedral was set up. There was a public library; a diocesan museum, a printing press, and statues,

The first decade of the diocese had given birth to three parishes: the Parish of St. Roche, Batobalani in May 31, 1976; the Parish of San Lorenzo Ruiz in July 2, 1983; and the Parish of St. Nicholas of Tolentino, Colasi in July 23, 1983.

The first decade was characterized by construction of structures: the first phase of the Diocesan House was completed in 1977 and the Holy Trinity Cathedral was ready for its dedication by September 1, 1984.

The second period runs from 1985-1994, starting with the foundation by Bishop Enverga of the Religious Order of Kolbean Sisters.

On October 16, 1990, the Diocese of Daet became a vacant see (sede vacante) because of death of Bishop Enverga. Bishop Almoneda, then the Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of Daet, became the Diocesan Administrator, and on July 6, 1991 he became the second Bishop of the Diocese of Daet.

Bishop Celestino Enverga died in 1990 and Bishop Benjamin J. Almoneda was appointed as the second bishop of Daet in 1991

The nine barangays from the Diocese of Gumaca were annexed to the Parish of Sta. Elena; the Parish of the Most Holy Trinity was established in 1991, the Vision-Mission Statement of the diocese was formulated in 1991; the Holy Trinity Preparatory Seminary, the first seminary in the diocese, was opened in 1992, the first Diocesan Pastoral Assembly was held in 1992; the Bishop Enverga and the Carillon Halls were inaugurated in 1993; and the Second General Pastoral Assembly was convened in 1994.

Bishop Almoneda prioritized catechesis among his pastoral program. Three years after he took office, the Mater Vitae Catechetical Center was inaugurated in 1994.

In the second decade of the diocese the focus shifted from structures to evangelization, reaching its apex in the First Diocesan Synod of Daet.

In the decade from 1995 to 2004 the First Diocesan Synod of Daet was held.

New parishes were set up: the Parishes of St. James the Great of Calabaca, Capalonga, Our Lady of Good Voyage of Calaguas, St. Philip of San Felipe of Basud, Holy Family of Talobatib, Our Lady of All Nations of Tabugon, the Chaplaincy of St. Roch of Tabas, the Quasi Parish of the Divine Mercy and the Parish of San Lorenzo, the Deacon. SPACFI was inaugurated in this period.

To accommodate the increasing number of priestly vocations, in 1997 Bishop Benjamin Almoneda started the Holy Trinity College Seminary project; construction of the seminary compound started in 1999, and took about six years.

Bishop Nestor Carino was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Daet in 2003.

After parish consultations from 2001-2002, the Synodal sessions were held from 2002-2003. The decrees of the synod were promulgated in January 2004, a common pastoral direction of the diocese was defined, and the pastoral program for the next five years defined.

From fourteen parishes and three vicariates in 1974 the diocese grew to 24 canonically erected parishes, 5 quasi-parishes plus one chaplaincy and five vicariates, with concomitant personnel increases.

On December 2004 the Pearl Jubilee Celebration started by launching the MSK in Labo; on April 11, 2005, on the occasion of the 75th Birth Anniversary of Bishop Almoneda, the Our Lady of Gudalupe Chapel was dedicated; in May 2005 the diocesan catechetical Day was celebrated; on May 28, the Pearl Jubilee Santacruzan was held.


Name From Until
Most Rev. Celestino R. Enverga, D.D. 27 May 1974 16 October 1990 – died
Most Rev. Benjamin J. Almoneda, D.D. 7 June 1991 4 April 2007 – retired
Most Rev. Gilbert Garcera, D.D. 4 April 2007 2 February 2017 – appointed, Archdiocese of Lipa
Most Rev. Rex Andrew C. Alarcon, D.D. 2 January 2019 PRESENT
  • starting from 2 February 2017 up to the present days, the Diocese of Daet remains in so called "sede vacante" or "vacant seat" since the seat of power in the said diocese is not claimed by any bishop or the Roman Curia did not yet assigned a bishop to take charge to the diocese

Auxiliary Bishops[edit]

  • Most Rev. Benjamin J. Almoneda, D.D. (1989-1990)
  • Most Rev. Nestor C. Cariño, D.D. (2003-2005)

Ministry Heads[edit]

  • Ministry on Prayer - Rev. Fr. Fidel S. Era, Jr.
  • Ministry on Liturgy - Rev. Fr. Don Wenn C. Villa
  • Ministry on Faith Formation & Mission - Rev. Fr. Omar C. Oco
  • Ministry on Social Services - Rev. Fr. Rogelio P. Yarte, Jr.
  • Ministry on Stewardship - Rev. Fr. Noel R. Domingo
  • Ministry for the Family - Rev. Fr. Milo Jojo Caymo
  • Ministry for the Clergy, Religious and Seminarians - Rev. Fr. Augusto Jesus B. Angeles III
  • Ministry for the Youth - Rev. Fr. Edwin M. Visda


Vicariate of St. Raphael the Archangel (Basud; Mercedes; San Lorenzo Ruiz)
  • Vicar Forane: Rev. Fr. Chung Ching Wafu
Name of Church Address Feast Day
Our Mother of Perpetual Help Quasi-Parish Taisan, Basud, Camarines Norte June 27
San Lorenzo Ruiz de Manila Parish San Lorenzo Ruiz, Camarines Norte September 28
St. Anthony of Padua Parish and Shrine Eco Ave., Mercedes, Camarines Norte June 13
St. Isidore Labrador Quasi-Parish Manguisoc, Mercedes, Camarines Norte May 24
St. Nicholas de Tolentino Parish Colasi, Mercedes, Camarines Norte September 10
St. Philip the Apostle Parish San Felipe, Basud, Camarines Norte May 3
St. Raphael the Archangel Parish San Rafael St. Basud, Camarines Norte October 24
Vicariate of St. John the Baptist (Daet)
  • Vicar Forane: Rev. Fr. Jose Chito M. Estrella
Name of Church Address Feast Day
Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity Gahonon, Daet, Camarines Norte First Sunday after Pentecost
Divine Mercy Parish San Vicente Rd., Alawihao, Daet, Camarines Norte Sunday after Easter Sunday
Our Lady of Peñafrancia Parish Gov. Panotes Ave. Daet, Camarines Norte 3rd/4th Friday of September
Parroquia de San Juan Bautista Magallanes Ilaod St. cor. F. Pimentel Ave. Daet, Camarines Norte June 24
St. Joseph, Husband of Mary Parish San Vicente Rd., Lag-on, Daet, Camarines Norte May 10
Vicariate of St. Peter the Apostle (Vinzons; Talisay; San Vicente)
  • Vicar Forane: Rev. Fr. Edwin J. Abel
Name of Church Address Feast Day
Our Lady of Fatima Shrine Vinzons Ave. Vinzons, Camarines Norte October 13
Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage Parish Calaguas Island, Vinzons, Camarines Norte May 9
Parroquia de San Pedro Apostol A. Guinto St. Brgy. III, Vinzons, Camarines Norte June 29
St. Francis of Assisi Parish Contreras St. Talisay, Camarines Norte October 4
St. Paul the Apostle Quasi-Parish Sabang, Vinzons, Camarines Norte January 25
St. Vincent Ferrer Parish San Vicente, Camarines Norte Last Friday of April
Vicariate of St. John the Apostle (Labo)
  • Vicar Forane: Rev. Fr. Renato Bron, MF
Name of Church Address Feast Day
Holy Family Quasi-Parish Talobatib, Labo, Camarines Norte September 8
St. Cajetan Parish Tulay na Lupa, Labo, Camarines Norte August 7
St. John the Apostle & Evangelist Parish Maharlika Highway, Labo, Camarines Norte May 6
Vicariate of Our Lady of Candelaria (Paracale; Jose Panganiban)
  • Vicar Forane: Rev. Fr. Rodello E. Rempillo
Name of Church Address Feast Day
Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Parish Jose Panganiban, Camarines Norte October 7
Parroquia de Nuestra Señora de Candelaria Paracale, Camarines Norte February 2
St. Roch Parish Larap, Jose Panganiban, Camarines Norte August 16
St. Roche Parish Batobalani, Paracale, Camarines Norte August 25
St. Roque Parish Tabas, Paracale, Camarines Norte August 31
Vicariate of St. Lucy (Capalonga; Labo)
  • Vicar Forane: Rev. Fr. Salvador D. Babala IV
Name of Church Address Feast Day
Diocesan Shrine of Jesus the Black Nazarene of Capalonga / St. Lucy, Virgin and Martyr Parish Capalonga, Camarines Norte May 13 (Black Nazarene) / December 13 (St. Lucy)
St. Didacus of Alcala Parish Bagong Silang I, Labo, Camarines Norte November 12
St. James the Apostle Parish Calabaca, Capalonga, Camarines Norte July 25
Vicariate of St. Helena (Santa Elena)
  • Vicar Forane: Rev. Fr. Jose R. Julian
Name of Church Address Feast Day
St. Helena the Empress Parish Santa Elena, Camarines Norte May 29
St. Lawrence the Deacon Parish Lower Minasag, Santa Elena, Camarines Norte August 10
Visitation of Mary Parish Tabugon, Santa Elena, Camarines Norte May 31


  • Holy Trinity College Seminary
    • Maharlika Highway, Bautista, Labo, Camarines Norte 4604

Religious Congregations and Organizations[edit]

Religious Women[edit]

  • Augustinian Sisters of Our Lady of Consolation (OSA)
  • Little Brethren of Mary Sisters (LBM)
  • Augustinian Missionaries of the Philippines (AMP)
  • Disciples of St. Therese of the Infant Jesus (DST)
  • Oblate Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (OIHM)
  • Poor Daughters of the Crowned Virgin, Perpetual Adorers of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (DCV)
  • Congregation of the Immaculate Conception of Castres (CICC)
  • Franciscan Sisters of the Incarnate Word (FSIW)
  • Daughters of Mary, Mother of the Church (DM)

Religious Men[edit]

  • Missionaries of Faith (MF)
  • Order of Clerics Regular Minor (Adorno Fathers), (CRM)
  • Order of the Pious School (Piarist Fathers), (SchP)
  • Rogationists of the Heart of Jesus (RCJ)
  • Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity (SOLT)

Religious Organization[edit]

  • Adoracion Nocturna Filipina
  • Apostolado ng Panalangin
  • Catholic Women’s League
  • Daughters of Mary Immaculate
  • Divine Mercy Apostolate
  • El Shaddai
  • Holy Name Society
  • Knights of the Altar
  • Knights of Columbus
  • Legion of Mary
  • Mother Butler's Mission Guild
  • Neo-Catechumenal Way
  • Parish Renewal Experience (PREX)
  • Prayer Warriors of the Holy Souls
  • Spirit of Love Charismatic Community

Educational Centers[edit]

  • La Consolacion College (F-1948)
    • F. Pimentel Ave., Daet, 4600 Camarines Norte
  • St. Francis Parochial School (F-1966)
    • Contreras St., Talisay, 4602 Camarines Norte
  • St. John The Apostle Academy (F-1961)
    • Villaflores St., Labo, 4604 Camarines Norte
  • Capalonga Parochial School (F-1964)
    • Capalonga, Camarines Norte 4607
  • Our Lady of Candelaria Parochial School (F-1967)
    • Paracale, 4605 Camarines Norte
  • Apostolic Care Center (F-1977)
    • Labo, 4604 Camarines Norte
  • Ave Maria Child Center (F-1990)
    • Jose Panganiban, 4606 Camarines Norte
  • Basud Parochial School (F-1987)
    • San Rafael St., Basud, 4608 Camarines Norte
  • San Vicente Parochial School
    • San Vicente, 4609 Camarines Norte
  • Larap Kindergarten
    • Larap, Jose Panganiban, 4606 Camarines Norte
  • Saint Roche Children Center
    • Batobalani, Paracale, 4605 Camarines Norte
  • Santa Elena Parochial School
    • Santa Elena, 4611 Camarines Norte

See also[edit]



Coordinates: 14°07′27″N 122°56′54″E / 14.1242°N 122.9484°E / 14.1242; 122.9484