Diocese of Catarman

Dioecesis Catarmaniensis

Diyosesis han Catarman
Diyosesis ng Catarman
Coat of arms
Country Philippines
TerritoryNorthern Samar
Ecclesiastical provincePalo
Area3,498 km2 (1,351 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2021)
625,384[1] (93.8%)
DenominationCatholic Church
Sui iuris churchLatin Church
RiteRoman Rite
Established5 December 1974
CathedralCathedral of Our Lady of the Annunciation
Secular priests51
Current leadership
BishopSede Vacante
Metropolitan ArchbishopJohn F. Du
Apostolic AdministratorNolly Buco

The Diocese of Catarman (Lat: Dioecesis Catarmaniensis) is a Latin Church ecclesiastical jurisdiction or diocese of the Catholic Church in the Philippines.[2]

Erected in 1974, the diocese is a suffragan in the ecclesiastical province of the metropolitan Archdiocese of Palo. The Diocese of Catarman has experienced no jurisdictional changes since its establishment.[2][3]

Bishop Nolly Buco was appointed apostolic administrator and auxiliary bishop of Antipolo by Pope Francis when Bishop Emmanuel Trance retired as bishop of the diocese on 8 December 2023.[2][3] Trance is from Calinog, Iloilo under the Archdiocese of Jaro.[4]


No Name In office Coat of arms
1. Angel Hobayan, JCD 12 December 1974 - 10 March 2005
2. Emmanuel Trance 10 March 2005 - 08 December 2023

See also


  1. ^ "Catarman (Catholic Diocese)". gcatholic.org. Retrieved 2023-09-18.
  2. ^ a b c "Diocese of Catarman Philippines". GCatholic. Retrieved March 27, 2021.
  3. ^ a b "Diocese of Catarman". UCA News. Retrieved March 27, 2021.
  4. ^ "Diocese of Catarman". Claretian Publications. 26 May 2017. Retrieved March 27, 2021.

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