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Diocese of Bayombong

Dioecesis Bayombongensis

Diyosesis ng Bayombong
Diocesis ti Bayombong
Diócesis de Bayombong
Saint Dominic Cathedral (National Road, Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya; 11-25-2022).jpg
Diocese of Bayombong Coat of Arms.svg
Coat of arms
Ecclesiastical provinceTuguegarao
Area6,961 km2 (2,688 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2020)
637,000 (56.1%)
DenominationRoman Catholic
Sui iuris churchLatin Church
RiteRoman Rite
CathedralCathedral-Parish of St. Dominic of Guzman
Patron saintDominic of Guzman
Vincent Ferrer (secondary)
Secular priests27
Current leadership
BishopJose Elmer I. Mangalinao
Metropolitan ArchbishopRicardo Baccay
Bishops emeritusRamon B. Villena
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The Roman Catholic Diocese of Bayombong (former Territorial Prelature of Bayombong) (Lat: Dioecesis Bayombongensis; formerly known as Praelatura Territorialis Bayombongensis) is a Roman Rite diocese of the Latin Church of the Catholic Church in the Philippines. Its seat is the Bayombong Cathedral.


Erected on November 7, 1966, through the apostolic constitution Patris Instar as the Territorial Prelature of Bayombong,[1] the said prelature was elevated to a diocese in November 1982 by Pope John Paul II through apostolic constitution Cum Decessores Nostri Romani Pontifices.[2][3] The diocese is a suffragan of the Archdiocese of Tuguegarao.

After the resignation of Bishop Ramon Villena in 2016, Pope Francis appointed Sofronio Aguirre Bancud, SSS, DD, Bishop of Cabanatuan as Apostolic Administrator. On May 24, 2018, the Pope appointed Jose Elmer I. Mangalinao, DD, Auxiliary Bishop of Lingayen-Dagupan, as the third Bishop of the Diocese of Bayombong.


Bishop Period in Office Coat of Arms Ref.
1. Albert Van Overbeke, CICM, D.D. November 18, 1966 – September 15, 1986 (resigned) [4]
2. Ramon B. Villena, D.D. September 15, 1986 (succeeded) – May 28, 2016 (retired)
Coat of arms of Ramon Barrera Villena as Bishop of Bayombong.svg
3. Jose Elmer L. Mangalino, SThL, D.D. May 24, 2018 – present
Coat of Arms of Jose Elmer Maglinao.svg

See also


  1. ^ Acta Apostolicae Sedis (n.59) (in Latin). Detractis quibusdam territoriis a dioecesi Tuguegaraoana, nova praelatura conditur, « Bayombongensis » nomine. Vatican City: The Holy See. 1967. pp. 478–479.((cite book)): CS1 maint: others (link)
  2. ^ Catholic Directory of the Philippines. Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines. 1983. p. 70. Retrieved March 16, 2022.
  3. ^ Acta Apostolicae Sedis (n.75) (in Latin). Praelaturae Banguedensis, Ibana, luganensis, Kidapavanensis, Malaibalaiensis, Marbeliana, Sancti Iosephi de Antiquonia, Bayombongensis ad dioecesis dignitatem evehuntur. Vatican City: The Holy See. 1987. pp. 357–358.((cite book)): CS1 maint: others (link)
  4. ^ "Bishop Albert van Overbeke [Catholic-Hierarchy]". Retrieved March 16, 2022.
  5. ^ "Bishop Ramon B. Villena | Bishop of Bayombong Diocese Ramon B. Villena | Ucanews". Retrieved March 16, 2022.
  6. ^ "Diocese of Bayombong, may bagong obispo na". DZIQ Radyo Inquirer 990AM (in Tagalog). May 25, 2018. Retrieved March 16, 2022.

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