Diocese of Cabanatuan

Dioecesis Cabanatuanensis

Diyosesis ng Cabanatuan
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Diocese of Cabanatuan coat of arms.svg
Coat of arms
Country Philippines
TerritorySouthern 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)
Ecclesiastical provinceLingayen-Dagupan
Area2,743 km2 (1,059 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2021)
1,021,206 (84.3%)
DenominationRoman Catholic
Sui iuris churchLatin Church
RiteRoman Rite
Established16 February 1963
CathedralCathedral-Parish of St. Nicholas of Tolentino in Cabanatuan
Titular patronsNicholas of Tolentino
La Virgen Divina Pastora (Patroness)
Secular priests50
Current leadership
BishopSofronio Aguirre Bancud
Metropolitan ArchbishopSocrates Buenaventura Villegas
Vicar GeneralNoel J. Jetajobe
Judicial VicarReynold 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.[1]


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)
Coat of arms of Mariano Gaviola y Garcés as Bishop of Cabanatuan.svg
2. Vicente Posada Reyes, JCD, D.D. (8 August 1967 – 7 April 1983)
Coat of arms of Vicente Posada Reyes as Bishop of Cabanatuan.svg
3. Ciceron M. Tumbocon, D.D. (7 April 1983 – 11 November 1990)
Coat of arms of Ciceron Santa Maria Tumbocon.svg
4. Sofio Balce, SThD, D.D. (11 November 1990 – 25 June 2004)
Coat of arms of Sofio Guinto Balce.svg
5. Sofronio Bancud, SSS, D.D. (6 November 2004 – present)
Coat of Arms of Sofronio Bancud.svg

Gallery of the Diocese of Cabanatuan

See also


  1. ^ "Dioceses in the Philippines - Diocese of Cabanatuan" Archived 2014-01-11 at the Wayback Machine Claretian Communications Foundation, Inc. Retrieved on 2013-01-11.

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