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Diocese of Iba

Dioecesis Ibanae

Diyosesis ng Iba
Diocesis ti Iba
Coat of arms
TerritoryZambales and Olongapo City
Ecclesiastical provinceSan Fernando
Area3,642 km2 (1,406 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2021)
725,785[1] (80%)
DenominationCatholic Church
Sui iuris churchLatin Church
RiteRoman Rite
Established15 November 1982
CathedralSt. Augustine of Hippo Cathedral-Parish
Patron saintAugustine of Hippo
Secular priests41
Current leadership
BishopBartolome G. Santos, Jr.
Metropolitan ArchbishopFlorentino Lavarias
Vicar GeneralRev. Fr. Ernesto C. Raymundo
Diocese of Iba

The Diocese of Iba (Lat: Dioecesis Ibanae) is a Latin Church ecclesiastical jurisdiction or diocese of the Catholic Church in the Philippines that comprises the province of Zambales and City of Olongapo.

On 12 June 1955, a territorial prelature was erected from territory in the dioceses of San Fernando, Pampanga, and of Diocese of Lingayen-Dagupan and was elevated as the Diocese of Ibn on 15 November 1982.[2] The diocese is part of the Ecclesiastical Province of San Fernando, 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.

Saint Augustine of Hippo Cathedral-Parish
Bartolome Gaspar Santos

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.[3]


Bishop Period in Office Coat of Arms
1. Henry Byrne August 20, 1956 - July 16, 1983 Resigned
2. Paciano B. Aniceto October 20, 1983 - March 14, 1989 appointed Archbishop of San Fernando
3. Deogracias S. Iñiguez, Jr. December 27, 1989 - August 22, 2003 appointed Bishop of Kalookan
4. Florentino G. Lavarias September 1, 2004 - October 27, 2014 appointed Archbishop of San Fernando
5. Bartolome G. Santos May 25, 2018 - present

Priests from the Diocese of Iba who became bishops

See also


  1. ^ "Iba (Catholic Diocese)". Retrieved 2023-09-18.
  2. ^ "Diocese of Iba". Retrieved 17 March 2013.
  3. ^ 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.

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