Diocese of Cabanatuan
Diyosesis ng Cabanatuan
|Territory||Southern Nueva Ecija (Aliaga, Bongabon, Cabanatuan, Cabiao, Gabaldon, Gapan, General Mamerto Natividad, General Tinio, Jaen, Laur, Palayan, Peñaranda, San Antonio, San Isidro, San Leonardo, Santa Rosa, Talavera, Zaragoza)|
|Area||2,743 km2 (1,059 sq mi)|
|(as of 2021)|
|Sui iuris church||Latin Church|
|Established||16 February 1963|
|Cathedral||Cathedral-Parish of St. Nicholas of Tolentino in Cabanatuan|
|Titular patrons||Nicholas of Tolentino|
La Virgen Divina Pastora (Patroness)
|Bishop||Sofronio Aguirre Bancud|
|Metropolitan Archbishop||Socrates Buenaventura Villegas|
|Vicar General||Noel J. Jetajobe|
|Judicial Vicar||Reynold H. Oliveros|
|Statistics from Catholic-Hierarchy.org|
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Cabanatuan (Latin: Dioecesis Cabanatuanensis) is a diocese of the Roman Catholic Church in the Philippines. The diocese comprises 16 towns of Nueva Ecija including the cities of Cabanatuan, Palayan, and Gapan. The diocese is a suffragan of the Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan.
On February 16, 1963 Pope John XXIII, issued the Apostolic Letter "Exterior Ecclesiae" creating the Diocese of Cabanatuan in Nueva Ecija separating from the Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan, and then the Diocese of San Fernando. On June 3, 1963 the Diocese of Cabanatuan was canonically erected after that on June 4, 1963 Bishop Mariano Gaviola, D.D., was ordained and installed as the First Bishop of Cabanatuan. The Diocese of Cabanatuan was put under the patronage of St. Nicholas of Tolentino and the Virgin Mary under the title Divine Shepherdess (Divina Pastora) which is popularly venerated in Gapan every May 1. The seat of the diocese is the St. Nicholas of Tolentino Cathedral in Cabanatuan with a feast day of September 10.
The diocese lost territory in 1984 when the Diocese of San Jose in the Northern Part of Nueva Ecija was formed.
The current bishop of the diocese is Most Rev. Sofronio Aguirre Bancud, SSS, DD. He was appointed as auxiliary bishop on 2004 and installed as bishop on January 25, 2005.
|No||Name||In office||Coat of arms|
|1.||Mariano Gaviola, D.D.||(8 March 1963 – 31 May 1967)|
|2.||Vicente Posada Reyes, JCD, D.D.||(8 August 1967 – 7 April 1983)|
|3.||Ciceron M. Tumbocon, D.D.||(7 April 1983 – 11 November 1990)|
|4.||Sofio Balce, SThD, D.D.||(11 November 1990 – 25 June 2004)|
|5.||Sofronio Bancud, SSS, D.D.||(6 November 2004 – present)|