Diocese of Dipolog

Dioecesis Dipologanae

Diyosesis sa Dipolog
Diyosesis ng Dipolog
Coat of arms
Country Philippines
TerritoryZamboanga del Norte
Ecclesiastical provinceOzamis
Coordinates8°35′10″N 123°20′44″E / 8.5861°N 123.3455°E / 8.5861; 123.3455
Area7,205 km2 (2,782 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2021)
758,000[1] (70.8%)
DenominationCatholic Church
Sui iuris churchLatin Church
RiteRoman Rite
Established31 July 1967
CathedralCathedral of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary
Titular patronsOur Lady of the Most Holy Rosary
Saint Vincent Ferrer
Secular priests93
Current leadership
BishopSevero Cagatan Caermare
Metropolitan ArchbishopMartin Jumoad
Vicar GeneralJoel S. Montederamos
Bishops emeritusJose R. Manguiran
All current statistics are based on updated data taken by Catholic-Hierarchy.org.

The Diocese of Dipolog (Latin: Dioecesis Dipologanae; Filipino: Diyosesis ng Dipolog; Cebuano: Diyosesis sa Dipolog; Spanish: Diócesis de Dipolog) is a Latin Church of the Catholic Church in the Philippines which comprises the civil province of Zamboanga del Norte. Erected in 1967 from territory in the Archdiocese of Zamboanga, the diocese is suffragan to the Archdiocese of Ozamis.[2][3]

The seat of the diocese is the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary which is located at the center of the city of Dipolog of Zamboanga del Norte. The diocese celebrated its fiftieth anniversary in 2017.[4] Since its creation the diocese has had three bishops. The current bishop is Severo Cagatan Caermare, the first native of the diocese to become its bishop.

Former coat of arms of the Diocese of Dipolog used until 2014. The three roses symbolize the patroness of the diocese, and the cathedral above wavy lines connotes the origin of the name Dipolog (across the river).



The diocese was erected on July 31, 1967, as a diocese under the Archdiocese of Zamboanga, with Felix Zafra appointed as its first bishop. On January 24, 1983, as the former Diocese of Ozamis was elevated into an archdiocese, the Dipolog diocese was then transferred to the new archdiocese.


No. Name From Until Consecrated Bishop Coat of Arms
1 Felix Sanchez Zafra[5] July 31, 1967
October 20, 1986
(Appointed as Bishop of Diocese of Tagbilaran)
October 22, 1967
2 Jose Ricare Manguiran[6] May 27, 1987
July 25, 2014
August 19, 1987
3 Severo Cagatan Caermare[7] July 25, 2014
Present October 30, 2014


Severo Caermare


Coat of arms of Roman Catholic Diocese of Dipolog
"On top (chief), on a gold/yellow field symbolizing generosity, the monogram of the Holy Name of Jesus, IHS, in red, to symbolize the beginning of the evangelization of Zamboanga del Norte by the Society of Jesus in the 17th century. The monogram is circumscribed within the figure of a fish, also in red, representing the rich marine and mineral sources of the province. Below the fish figure, are three wavy lines in blue, the heraldic symbol for water, to symbolize the Subanens, the original Lumad settlers of the province. On base, on a blue field symbolizing truth, strength and faith, the monogram of the Blessed Virgin Mary, to symbolize Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary, the principal patroness of the Diocese."

See also



  1. ^ "Dipolog (Catholic Diocese)". gcatholic.org. Retrieved 2023-09-16.
  2. ^ "HOME". Old Website of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Dipolog. Archived from the original on 4 April 2007. Retrieved 20 May 2007.
  3. ^ "THE DIOCESE: RETROSPECTION - INTROSPECTION". Old Website of Roman Catholic Diocese of Dipolog. Archived from the original on 4 April 2007. Retrieved 20 May 2007.
  4. ^ "Dipolog diocese marks 50 years". Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines. Retrieved 27 October 2020.
  5. ^ "Bishop Felix Sanchez Zafra". Catholic-Hierarchy.org. David M. Cheney. Retrieved 21 January 2015.
  6. ^ "Bishop Jose Ricare Manguiran". Catholic-Hierarchy.org. David M. Cheney. Retrieved 21 January 2015.
  7. ^ "Bishop Severo Cagátan Caérmare". Catholic-Hierarchy.org. David M. Cheney. Retrieved 21 January 2015.