Diocese of Borongan
Diyosesis han Borongan
Diyosesis ng Borongan
|Area||4,339 km2 (1,675 sq mi)|
|(as of 2020)|
|Sui iuris church||Latin Church|
|Established||22 October 1960|
|Cathedral||Cathedral of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary|
|Bishop||Crispin Barrete Varquez|
|Metropolitan Archbishop||John F. Du|
|Vicar General||Lope C. Robredillo|
|Episcopal Vicars||Dan Gañas|
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Borongan (Lat: Dioecesis Boronganensis) is a Roman Rite diocese of the Latin Church of the Catholic Church in the Philippines.
Created on October 22, 1960 by Pope John XXIII, divided from territory in the Diocese of Calbayog, the diocese is a suffragan of the 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. Borongan is the seat of the episcopal see. The diocese has experienced no jurisdictional changes.
Crispin Barrete Varquez was appointed its bishop in 2007.
|No.||Picture||Name||From||Until||Coat of Arms|
|1st||Vicente P. Reyes, D.D.||19 January 1961 (Appointed)||8 August 1967 (Deceased, Emeritus Bishop of Cabanatuan)|
|2nd||Godofredo Pedernal Pisig, D.D.||26 February 1968 (Appointed)||18 September 1976 (Resigned)|
|3rd||Sincero Barcenilla Lucero, D.D||8 March 1977 (Appointed)||10 December 1979 (emeritus Bishop of Calbayog)|
|4th||Nestor Celestial Cariño, D.D||12 August 1980 (Appointed)||31 January 1986 (Resigned)|
|5th||Leonardo Yuzon Medroso, D.D||18 December 1980 (Appointed)||31 January 2006 (Retired, Bishop Emeritus of Tagbilaran)|
|6th||Crispin Barrete Varquez, D.D||4 August 2007 (Appointed)||Present|
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