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Apostolic Vicariate of Jolo

Vicariatus Apostolicus Ioloensis[1]
Coat of arms Apostolic Vicariate of Jolo.svg
TerritorySulu and Tawi-Tawi[1]
Ecclesiastical provinceDirectly exempt to the Holy See
Area2,687.8 km2 (1,037.8 sq mi)[1]
- Total
- Catholics (including non-members)

1,706,068 (approx.)[1]
29,446 (approx.)[1] (2%)
DenominationCatholic Church
Sui iuris churchLatin Church
RiteRoman Rite
Established28 October 1953[1]
CathedralCathedral of Our Lady of Mount Carmel
Patron saintOur Lady of Mount Carmel
Secular priests12
Current leadership
Vicar ApostolicCharlie Malapitan Inzon

The Apostolic Vicariate of Jolo is a Latin Catholic missionary pre-diocesan jurisdiction covering the Sulu and Tawi-Tawi provinces in southern Philippines.

It is directly exempt to the Holy See, specifically Roman Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples and not part of any ecclesiastical province, yet for the purpose of apostolic cooperation sometimes grouped with the Archdiocese of Zamboanga.

Its cathedral episcopal see is the Cathedral of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, in Jolo, Sulu, Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM).


Established on 28 October 1953 as Apostolic Prefecture of Sulu,[1] of territory split off from the then Territorial Prelature of Cotabato and Sulu (now diocese of Cotabato).

Promoted and renamed after its see on 12 July 1958 as Apostolic Vicariate of Jolo, led by a titular bishop.[1]


Apostolic Prefect of Sulu
Apostolic Vicars of Jolo


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Apostolic Vicariate of Jolo". Claretian Publications. 26 May 2017. Archived from the original on 28 March 2019. Retrieved 29 March 2019.
  2. ^ "Bishop George Eli Dion [Catholic-Hierarchy]". Retrieved 2021-11-08.