Apostolic Vicariate of Tabuk

Vicariatus Apostolicus Tabukensis[1]

Apostoliko Vicariato ti Tabuk
TerritoryKalinga and Apayao[1]
Ecclesiastical provinceDirectly Exempt to the Holy See
DenominationCatholic Church
Sui iuris churchLatin Church
RiteRoman Rite
Established6 Jul 1992[1]
CathedralCathedral of Saint William the Hermit
Patron saintWilliam the Hermit[1]
Secular priests25[1]
Current leadership
Major ArchbishopRicardo Lingan Baccay
Vicar ApostolicPrudencio Padilla Andaya Jr.[1]
Metropolitan ArchbishopRicardo Lingan Baccay

The Apostolic Vicariate of Tabuk is a Latin Church ecclesiastical missionary jurisdiction or apostolic vicariate of the Catholic Church in the Philippines covering the provinces of Kalinga and Apayao in northern Luzon.

It is exempt directly to Holy See and not part of any ecclesiastical province, yet for the purpose of apostolic cooperation usually grouped with the Archdiocese of Tuguegarao. It also has a working partnership with the Apostolic Vicariate of Bontoc-Lagawe and the Diocese of Baguio, both in the Cordilleras, to coordinate Catholic missions among the Igorot tribes.

Its cathedral is the Saint William's Cathedral, in Tabuk, Kalinga on the island of Luzon.


Established on 6 July 1992 as Apostolic Vicariate of Tabuk by Pope John Paul II with the Apostolic Constitution, Philippinarum Insularum fideles,[2] on territory split off from the then Apostolic Vicariate of Mountain Provinces (now diocese of Baguio).[1]


Apostolic Vicars of Tabuk

No. Picture Name From Until Coat of arms
1 Carlito Joaquin Cenzon, CICM† 6 Jul 1992 25 Jan 2002

appointed Bishop of Baguio

2 Prudencio Padilla Andaya Jr., C.I.C.M. 16 Apr 2003 Present


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Apostolic Vicariate of Tabuk". Claretian Publications. Archived from the original on 3 August 2018. Retrieved 29 March 2019.
  2. ^ Pope Jon Paul II, Apostolic Constitution creating the Apostolic Vicariate of Tabuk Philippinarum Insularum fideles (6 July 1992), Acta Apostolicae Sedis 85 (1993), pp. 8-9. Novus constituitur Vicariatus Apostolicus Tabukensis appellandus.

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