Roman Catholic Diocese of San Jose in the Philippines

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Diocese of San Jose de Nueva Ecija
Dioecesis Sancti Iosephi in Insulis Philippinis
Diyosesis ng San Jose, Nueva Ecija
Country Philippines
Territory northern part of Nueva Ecija
Ecclesiastical province Lingayen-Dagupan
Metropolitan Lingayen-Dagupan
Area 2,540 km2 (980 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2010)
710,957 (88.5%)
Parishes 21
Congregations 10 (4 Religious Institutes of Men and 6 Religious Institutes of Women)
Schools 12 (10 Diocesan Schools and 2 Religious Administered)
Denomination Roman Catholic
Sui iuris church Latin Church
Rite Roman Rite
Established 16 February 1984
Cathedral Cathedral of St Joseph in San Jose, Nueva Ecija
Patron saint Saint Joseph, The Worker
Secular priests 25
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop Roberto Calara Mallari
Metropolitan Archbishop Socrates B. Villegas
Vicar General Nestor Esmeralda Romano
Website of the Diocese

The Roman Catholic Diocese of San Jose in the Philippines (Lat: Dioecesis Sancti Iosephi in Insulis Philippinis) is an ecclesiastical territory or diocese of the Latin Rite of the Roman Catholic Church in the Philippines.

The diocese was founded in 1984, having previously formed part of the Diocese of Cabanatuan. It is a suffragan of the Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan.

The diocese held its first Diocesan Synod in March 2011 led by the Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines. And the diocese celebrated its Silver Anniversary of Canonical Erection last July 14, 2009. On April 20, Pope Benedict XVI named its third bishop, Most Rev. Mylo Hubert C. Vergara, as the bishop of Pasig. At present, the diocese is headed by its fourth bishop Most Rev.Roberto Calara Mallari D.D., former Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of San Fernando, Pampanga

Brief History[edit]

The Diocese of San Jose, Nueva Ecija, was created on Feb. 16, 1984 by Pope John Paul II and canonically erected on July 14, 1984. Its territory was taken from the Diocese of Cabanatuan which at same time of the division comprised the entire province of Nueva Ecija.

Sixteen parishes, out of forty one parishes of the Diocese of Cabanatuan were adjudicated to the Diocese of San Jose, Nueva Ecija. 80 percent of the people are Roman Catholics and the rest of 20 percent are members of different sects and denominations.

Bishop Florentino F. Cinense, DD, was appointed the diocese's first diocesan bishop on July 14, 1984. When appointed co-adjutor bishop of Tarlac, he remained as Apostolic Administrator of San Jose, until the appointment of his successor Bishop Leo M. Drona, SDB, DD, on July 25, 1987. Bishop Leo M. Drona had been a Salesian of Don Bosco for twenty nine-years prior to his Episcopal appointment. He is the first Filipino Salesian priest as well as the first Filipino Salesian Bishop. In June 2004, Bishop Drona was transferred to the Diocese of San Pablo, Laguna as its third bishop. He was succeeded by Bishop Mylo Hubert C. Vergara who was installed as the third bishop of the Diocese of San Jose de Nueva Ecija on May 14, 2005. Then Bishop Mylo C Vergara transferred to the Diocese of Pasig. It was May 15 when Pope Benedict XVI named the current Bishop Roberto C. Mallari.


  • Most. Rev. Florentino Ferrer Cinense, D.D. (24 May 1984 Appointed - 17 August 1985 Appointed, Coadjutor Bishop of Tarlac)
  • Most. Rev. Leo Murphy Drona, D. D. S.D.B. (10 June 1987 Appointed - 14 May 2004 Appointed, Bishop of San Pablo)
  • Most. Rev. Mylo Hubert Claudio Vergara, D.D. S.T.D. (12 February 2005 Appointed - 20 April 2011 Appointed, Bishop of Pasig)
  • Most. Rev. Roberto Calara Mallari, D.D. (since 15 May 2012)

Diocesan Officials[edit]

  • Vicar General: Very Rev. Nestor E. Romano
  • Chancellor: Fr. Pedro Albino, Jr.
  • Vice Chancellor: Fr. Michael J. Grospe
  • Oeconomous: Fr. Renato R. Santos, Jr.
  • Judicial Vicar: Fr. Getty A. Ferrer, JCL (on study leave in Rome)


There are 21 Parishes in the Diocese served by 32 Priests.

Vicariate of St. Joseph[edit]

Vicariate of St. John[edit]

Vicariate of St. Dominic[edit]


Diocesan Priests[edit]

  • Msgr. Rolando Mabutol, HP
  • Msgr. Paulo Romeo Nietes, HP
  • Fr. Luvimindo Sayson
  • Fr. Renato Santos Jr.
  • Fr. Nestor Romano
  • Fr. Remigio Malgapo
  • Fr. Marcelito Paez
  • Fr. Menardo Natividad
  • Fr. Bonifacio Flores
  • Fr. Edwin Bravo
  • Fr. Rosalito Cabanting
  • Fr. Arleen Ragasa
  • Fr. Cesar Vergara
  • Fr. Pedro Albino
  • Fr. Ernie Pesimo
  • Fr. Jun Flores
  • Fr. Jose Victor Villalobos
  • Fr. Michael Grospe
  • Fr. Josix Tolentino
  • Fr. Christian Magtalas
  • Fr. Ronald Rhoel Ocampo
  • Fr. Lloyd Nepumuceno
  • Fr. Ariel Capuyon
  • Fr. Getty Ferrer, JCL
  • Fr. Rufo Ramil Cruz, Ph.D
  • Fr. Richard P. Lagos
  • Fr. Mitchelle Cinense

Religious Priests[edit]

  • Fr. Diomedes Burgos, MSC
  • Fr. Richard Montaner, MSC
  • Fr. Narciso Abellana, MSC (as of October 16, 2013 Bishop-elect of the Diocese of Romblon
  • Fr. Martinii Ladao, MSC
  • Fr. Wilfredo Villanueva, SOLT
  • Fr. Daniel Dabule, Jr., SDB
  • Fr. Jerry Santos, SDB
  • Fr. Clarence Pangilinan, SDB
  • Fr. Dennis Pineda Order of Saint Augustine

Apo Jose Catholic Educational System (ACES)[edit]

Diocesan Schools[edit]

Religious Administered (Missionaries of the Sacred Heart)[edit]

Other Educational Centers (Salesians of Don Bosco)[edit]

See also[edit]