Diocese of Naval

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Diocese of Naval
Dioecesis Navaliensis
Diyosesis han Naval
Diyosesis sa Naval
Country Philippines
Territory Biliran
Ecclesiastical province Palo
Metropolitan Palo
Area 1,005 km2 (388 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2004)
300,421 (95.1%)
Denomination Roman Catholic
Sui iuris church Latin Church
Rite Roman Rite
Established 29 November 1988
Cathedral Cathedral of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary in Naval, Biliran
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop Rex Cullingham Ramirez
Metropolitan Archbishop John F. Du
Vicar General Marvin Maceda
Emeritus Bishops Filomeno G. Bactol

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

Erected in 1988, the diocese was created from territory in both the Archdiocese of Palo, to which the diocese remains a suffragan. The first appointed bishop of the newly created diocese was the Most Rev.Filomeno Gonzales Bactol D.D in 1988. Until on Oct.13, 2017, in whose resignation was accepted by the Pontiff two years after reaching the mandatory requirement age of 75 for prelates. Pope Francis has appointed Msgr. Rex Ramirez, a priest from Archdiocese of Palo, as the new Bishop of Naval. The Bishop-Elect will be the second Bishop of the Diocese,which comprises the whole island of Biliran and the northwestern tip of Leyte Province that was shepherded by Bactol since 1988


  • Most Rev. Filomeno Gonzales Bactol (29 Nov 1988 Appointed - 13 Oct. 2017,Retired)
  • Most Rev. Rex Cullingham Ramirez (13 Oct. 2017 -Appointed - Bishop-Elect )

Established Cathedral School of La Naval 1990 A. D. The first catholic school in the diocese

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