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Diocese of Iba

Dioecesis Ibanae

Diyosesis ng Iba
Diocesis ti Iba
Coat of Arms of the Diocese of Iba.svg
Coat of arms
TerritoryZambales and Olongapo City
Ecclesiastical provinceSan Fernando
MetropolitanSan Fernando
Sui iuris churchLatin Church
RiteRoman Rite
Established15 November 1982
CathedralSt. Augustine of Hippo Cathedral-Parish
Patron saintSaint Augustine
Current leadership
BishopBartolome G. Santos, Jr., STL, D.D.
Metropolitan ArchbishopFlorentino Lavarias, D.D.
Vicar GeneralRev. Fr. Ernesto C. Raymundo
Diocese of Iba
Diocese of Iba

The Diocese of Iba (Lat: Dioecesis Ibanae) is a Roman Rite diocese of the Latin Church of the Catholic Church in the Philippines.

The diocese began on 12 June 1955 as a territorial prelature from territory in the dioceses of San Fernando, Pampanga, and of Diocese of Lingayen-Dagupan and was elevated to a diocese on 15 November 1982.[1] The diocese is a suffragan of the Archdiocese of San Fernando in Pampanga.

On 17 February 2018, Bartolome G. Santos Jr., the vicar general of the Diocese of Malolos and rector of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima was designated as the new bishop replacing Florentino G. Lavarias who vacated the post after his installation as the Archbishop of the Archdiocese of San Fernando, Pampanga. The latter also served as a co-consecrator for Bishop Santos's ordination alongside Manila Archbishop Cardinal Luis Antonio G. Tagle who served as principal consecrator and the late Malolos Bishop Jose F. Oliveros, and as installing prelate during his installation.

St. Augustine of Hippo Cathedral-Parish
St. Augustine of Hippo Cathedral-Parish

Coat of Arms

The transfixed flaming heart is the symbol of Augustine of Hippo, Doctor of the Church, who is the titular of the cathedral. The bezants represent the great wealth found in the Zambales mountains which cover the territory of the diocese.[2]


Bishop Period in Office Coat of Arms
1. Henry Byrne August 20, 1956 - July 16, 1983 Resigned
Coat of Arms of Henry Byrne.svg
2. Paciano B. Aniceto October 20, 1983 - March 31, 1988 appointed Archbishop of San Fernando
Coat of arms of Paciano Basilio Aniceto as Archbishop of San Fernando.svg
3. Deogracias S. Iñiguez, Jr. December 27, 1989 - June 28, 2003 appointed Bishop of Kalookan
Coat of arms of Deogracias Soriano Iñiguez, Jr. as Bishop of Iba.svg
4. Florentino G. Lavarias June 19, 2004 - October 27, 2014 appointed Archbishop of San Fernando
Coat of arms of Florentino Galang Lavarias as Bishop of Iba.svg
5. Bartolome G. Santos February 17, 2018 - present
Coat of arms of Bartolome Santos.svg

Priests from the Diocese of Iba who became bishops

See also


  1. ^ "Diocese of Iba". Retrieved 17 March 2013.
  2. ^ Madriaga, Mariano (1957). "The Coats-of-Arms of the Ecclesiastical Jurisdictions in the Philippines: Part II. The Suffragan Sees in the Luzon Area". Philippine Studies. 5 (4): 420–430. JSTOR 42719342. Retrieved 7 June 2021.

Coordinates: 15°19′34″N 119°58′47″E / 15.3262°N 119.9798°E / 15.3262; 119.9798