Apostolic Vicariate of Calapan

Vicariatus Apostolicus Calapanensis

Bikariyato Apostoliko ng Calapan
Vicariato Apostolico de Calapan
Coat of arms of the Apostolic Vicariate of Calapan
Coat of arms
TerritoryOriental Mindoro
Ecclesiastical provinceImmediately subject to the Holy See
Coordinates13°24′53″N 121°10′49″E / 13.41462°N 121.18027°E / 13.41462; 121.18027
Area4,364 km2 (1,685 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2021)
931,000[1] (92.7%)
DenominationCatholic Church
Sui iuris churchLatin Church
RiteRoman Rite
EstablishedJuly 2, 1936
CathedralCathedral-Parish of Santo Niño
Patron saintSanto Niño
Secular priests45
Current leadership
Vicar ApostolicMoises Magpantay Cuevas
Vicar GeneralNestor Adalia
Jurisdiction of the metropolitan see of the Roman Catholic apostolic vicariate of Calapan.
Jurisdiction of the metropolitan see of the Roman Catholic apostolic vicariate of Calapan.

The Apostolic Vicariate of Calapan (Latin: Vicariatus Apostolicus Calapanensis) is a Latin Church missionary jurisdiction or apostolic vicariate of the Catholic Church in Oriental Mindoro, Philippines. In 2010, 756,000 residents had been baptized out of about 814,000 inhabitants.[2] [3]

It has six related parishes. The episcopal residence and seat of the vicariate is the Santo Niño Cathedral located in Calapan.[4]

On November 13, 2018, Pope Francis has appointed Nestor Adalia, currently the Vicar General of Calapan, to take the post as apostolic administrator "ad nutum Sanctae Sedis", meaning "at the disposition of the Holy See" or to take temporary charge of the administration of the apostolic vicariate, due to the health condition of Warlito Itcuas Cajandig. On June 29, 2023, Pope Francis appointed Moises Magpantay Cuevas (previously as Auxiliary Bishop of Zamboanga) as the 6th Apostolic Vicar of Calapan.


The Apostolic Prefecture of Mindoro was created on July 2, 1936, with territory taken from the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Lipa and Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Jaro (both were dioceses then but are archdioceses now).

On July 12, 1951, Pope Pius XII, through the papal bull Merit ab Apostolic, elevated the apostolic prefecture to an apostolic vicariate.[2]

On December 19, 1974, and January 27, 1983, portions of its territory was lost to the creation of the Diocese of Romblon and the Apostolic Vicariate of San Jose in Mindoro.[citation needed]


Apostolic Prefects of Mindoro (1936-1951)
Name Period in office
1. Bishop William Finnemann, S.V.D. December 04, 1936 – October 10, 1942
2. Fr. Henry Ederle, S.V.D. June 06, 1946 – July 12, 1951
Apostolic Vicars of Calapan (1951-present)
Name Period in office Coat of arms
1. Bishop Wilhelm Josef Duschak, S.V.D. July 12, 1951 – November 26, 1973, resigned[3]
2. Bishop Simeon Oliveros Valerio, S.V.D. November 26, 1973 – September 26, 1988, resigned[3]
3. Bishop Warlito Itucas Cajandig April 28, 1989 – November 13, 2018, ceased
4. Bishop Moises Magpantay Cuevas June 29, 2023 – present


  1. ^ "Apostolic Vicariate of Calapan Statistics". gcatholic.org.
  2. ^ a b David M., Cheney. "Vicariate Apostolic of Calapan". Catholic Hierarchy. Retrieved 15 December 2014.
  3. ^ a b c "Apostolic Vicariate of Calapan". The Catholic Directory of the Philippines. Claretian Communications Foundation, Inc. 2015. Archived from the original on 30 January 2016. Retrieved 23 January 2016.
  4. ^ "Apostolic Vicariate of Calapan". Claretian Publications. Archived from the original on 6 October 2014. Retrieved 15 December 2014.