Archdiocese of Ozamis

Archidioecesis Ozamisanus

Arkidiyosesis sa Ozamis
Arkidiyosesis ng Ozamis
Coat of arms
TerritoryMisamis Occidental
Ecclesiastical provinceOzamis
Area1,939 km2 (749 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2021)
470,485[1] (63.5%)
DenominationRoman Catholic
Sui iuris churchLatin Church
RiteRoman Rite
CathedralMetropolitan Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception
Patron saint
Current leadership
Metropolitan ArchbishopMartin Jumoad
Suffragan(Diocese of Dipolog)

Severo Caermare

(Diocese of Iligan) Jose Rapadas III

(Diocese of Pagadian) Sede Vacante

(Territorial Prelature of Marawi)

Edwin de la Peña, MSP
Vicar GeneralMsgr. Maximino A. Naron, Jr.
Website of the Archdiocese

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Ozamis is a metropolitan archdiocese of the Roman Catholic Church in the province of Misamis Occidental, southern Philippines. The archdiocese cathedral is the Metropolitan Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Ozamiz City, and its present archbishop is Martin Jumoad.[2] The official spelling of the church is Ozamis, while the city it is located is Ozamiz.[3]

The larger ecclesiastical province over which the archbishop of Ozamis serves as metropolitan see covers the northwestern portion of the island of Mindanao, including the highly urbanized city of Iligan and the provinces of Misamis Occidental, Lanao del Norte, Lanao del Sur, Zamboanga del Norte and Zamboanga del Sur.[2]


Coat of arms of the then-Territorial Prelature of Ozamis

The Territorial Prelature of Ozamis was erected on 27 January 1951 from the territory of the then-diocese of Cagayan de Oro.[4] This prelature covered the provinces of Lanao (which were split in 1952 into Lanao del Norte and Lanao del Sur) and Misamis Occidental, and the chartered cities of Iligan, Marawi, Oroquieta (established 1969), Ozamiz and Tangub (established 1967).[2]

On 17 February 1971 Pope Paul VI elevated the Prelature of Ozamis into a diocese, covering only parishes within Misamis Occidental, with Jesus Varela appointed as its bishop.[2] The new diocese became a suffragan of the Archdiocese of Zamboanga.[4]

On 24 January 1983, Ozamis was elevated to an archdiocese, with the dioceses of Dipolog (established 1967), Iligan (established 1971) and Pagadian (established 1971), and the Prelature of Marawi (established 1976) as its suffragan dioceses.[2] Jesus Dosado was officially installed as its first archbishop on 10 April 1983.[4]

Suffragan dioceses



Prelates of Ozamis

Prelate Period in Office Coat of Arms
1. Patrick H. Cronin, S.S.C.M.E. 24 May 1955 – 13 October 1970
(15 years, 142 days)

Bishops of Ozamis

Bishop Period in Office Coat of Arms
1. Jesus Varela 17 February 1971 – 27 November 1980
(9 years, 284 days)
2. Jesus Dosado 29 July 1981 – 24 January 1983
(1 year, 179 days)

Archbishops of Ozamis

Archbishop Period in Office Coat of Arms
1. Jesus Dosado 24 January 1983 – 4 October 2016
(33 years, 254 days)
2. Martin Jumoad 4 October 2016 – Present

See also


  1. ^ "Ozamis (Catholic Metropolitan Archdiocese)". Retrieved 2023-09-16.
  2. ^ a b c d e Cheney, David M. (23 April 2017). "Archdiocese of Ozamiz". Catholic Hierarchy. Retrieved 26 May 2017.
  3. ^ Rosauro, Ryan. "OZAMIZ vs OZAMIS".
  4. ^ a b c "Archdiocese of Ozamiz". Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines. Retrieved 26 May 2017.

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