Diocese of Ilagan

Dioecesis Ilaganensis

Diócesis ti Ilagan
Diyosesis ng Ilagan
Diócesis de Ilagán
Coat of arms
Country Philippines
Ecclesiastical provinceTuguegarao
Area12,556 km2 (4,848 sq mi)[1]
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2021[1])
1,350,960[1] (78.6[1]%)
DenominationRoman Catholic
Sui iuris churchLatin Church
RiteRoman Rite
Established31 January 1970
CathedralCathedral of Saint Michael the Archangel (Gamu)
Co-cathedralSaint Ferdinand Parish Church (Ilagan; former cathedral)
Titular patrons
Secular priests38[1]
Current leadership
BishopDavid William Antonio
Metropolitan ArchbishopRicardo Baccay
Vicar GeneralMsgr. Edmundo "June" Castaneda, VG

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Ilagan (Lat: Dioecesis Ilaganensis) is a diocese of the Latin Church of the Catholic Church in the Philippines. It was erected on 31 January 1970 from territory of the then Roman Catholic Diocese of Tuguegarao and it covers the entire civil Province of Isabela.[1] It is a suffragan diocese of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Tuguegarao.[1]

The diocese has had no jurisdictional changes. The seat of the diocese used to be located in Saint Ferdinand Parish Church in Ilagan City before being transferred to the Gamu Cathedral (Cathedral of Saint Michael the Archangel) in Gamu, Isabela, in 2013.[2]

David William V. Antonio, S.Th.D., D.D. was installed as the fifth Bishop of Ilagan on February 12, 2019.[3]


No Name In office Coat of arms
1. Francisco Cruces (4 March 1970 – 22 August 1973)
2. Miguel Purugganan (21 January 1974 – 26 July 1999)
3. Sergio Utleg (26 July 1999 – 13 November 2006)
4. Joseph Amangi Nacua, OFM. Cap. (10 June 2008 – 25 February 2017)
5. David William Antonio, SThD (12 February 2019 – present)

See also


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Ilagan (Latin (or Roman) Diocese) [Catholic-Hierarchy]". www.catholic-hierarchy.org. Retrieved 18 February 2019.
  2. ^ Darang, Josephine (September 22, 2013). "Pope Francis transfers episcopal seat of Diocese of Ilagan to Gamu, Isabela". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved November 15, 2018.
  3. ^ Lagarde, Roy (February 15, 2019). "Bishop Antonio takes possession of northern diocese". CBCPNews. Retrieved 18 February 2019.

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