Diocese of Borongan

Dioecesis Boronganensis

Diyosesis han Borongan
Diyosesis ng Borongan
Coat of arms
Country Philippines
TerritoryEastern Samar
Ecclesiastical provincePalo
Area4,339 km2 (1,675 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2021)
491,000[1] (99%)
DenominationCatholic Church
Sui iuris churchLatin Church
RiteRoman Rite
Established22 October 1960
CathedralCathedral of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Secular priests70
Current leadership
BishopCrispin Barrete Varquez
Metropolitan ArchbishopJohn F. Du
Vicar GeneralLope C. Robredillo
Episcopal VicarsDan Gañas
Leroy Geli
Joberto Picardal

The Diocese of Borongan (Lat: Dioecesis Boronganensis) is a Latin Church ecclesiastical jurisdiction or diocese of the Catholic Church in the Philippines. Created on October 22, 1960 by Pope John XXIII from territory of the Diocese of Calbayog, the diocese is a suffragan in the ecclesiastical province of the metropolitan Archdiocese of Palo.

Bishop Vicente Reyes was the first diocesan bishop. On June 19, 1965, the island of Samar was politically divided and the province of Eastern Samar was born. Thus the island of Samar has three dioceses: Calbayog for Western Samar, Catarman for Northern Samar and Borongan for Eastern Samar.

Eastern Samar has a population of 374,255, 97 percent are Catholics. It is subdivided into 1 city and 22 municipalities. It has a land area of 4,470.75 square kilometers. It is bounded on the north by Northern Samar, on the east by the Philippine Sea, on the west by Western Samar and on the south by Leyte Gulf.

The Diocese of Borongan is divided into three regions, each has two vicariates. The episcopal see is Borongan. The diocese has experienced no jurisdictional changes since being erected.[citation needed]

Crispin Barrete Varquez was appointed its bishop in 2007.


No. Picture Name From Until Coat of Arms
1st Vicente P. Reyes 19 January 1961 (Appointed) 8 August 1967 (Deceased, Emeritus Bishop of Cabanatuan)
2nd Godofredo Pedernal Pisig 26 February 1968 (Appointed) 18 September 1976 (Resigned)
3rd Sincero Barcenilla Lucero 8 March 1977 (Appointed) 10 December 1979 (emeritus Bishop of Calbayog)
4th Nestor Celestial Cariño 12 August 1980 (Appointed) 31 January 1986 (Resigned)
5th Leonardo Yuzon Medroso 18 December 1980 (Appointed) 31 January 2006 (Retired, Bishop Emeritus of Tagbilaran)
6th Crispin Barrete Varquez 4 August 2007 (Appointed) Present

Beatification launch

In the 8th of December 1995, the Parish Church of the Immaculate Conception, Guiuan formally launched a beatification movement for Donato Guimbaolibot, coinciding with the town fiesta and the celebration of the 400th anniversary of the town's Christian evangelization to the Vatican Council.

See also


  1. ^ "Borongan (Catholic Diocese)". gcatholic.org. Retrieved 2023-09-18.

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