Diocese of Iligan

Dioecesis Iliganensis

Diyosesis sa Iligan
Diyosesis ng Iligan
Diocese of Iligan Coat of arms.svg
Coat of Arms of the Diocese of Iligan
Country Philippines
TerritoryLanao del Norte (Bacolod, Baroy, Iligan City, Kapatagan, Kauswagan, Kolambugan, Lala, Linamon, Magsaysay, Maigo, Salvador, Sapad, Tubod)
Ecclesiastical provinceOzamiz
Area3,092 km2 (1,194 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics (including non-members)
(as of 2007)
855,511 (56.58%)
DenominationRoman Catholic
Sui iuris churchLatin Church
RiteRoman Rite
EstablishedFebruary 17, 1971 (Prelature), November 15, 1982 (Diocese)
CathedralSt. Michael's Cathedral, Iligan City
Patron saintSaint Michael the Archangel
Current leadership
BishopMost Rev. Jose Ramirez Rapadas, III DD
Metropolitan ArchbishopMartin Jumoad
Vicar GeneralMsgr. Rey Pati-an
Website of the Diocese

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Iligan (Lat: Dioecesis Iliganensis) is a Roman Rite diocese of the Latin Church of the Catholic Church in the Philippines comprising 25 parishes in Iligan City and twelve municipalities located at the northern half of the Province of Lanao del Norte.


Erected on February 17, 1971 as a territorial prelature out of the newly elevated Diocese of Ozamiz, it was subdivided on November 20, 1976 to form the new Territorial Prelature of Marawi.

On November 15, 1982 the prelature nullius was elevated to a full diocese and is a suffragan first to the Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro and then later to the Archdiocese of Ozamiz after its elevation on January 24, 1983.

The current bishop is Jose Rapadas III, appointed in 2019. Bishop Rapadas was a diocesan clergyman from the Diocese of Ipil in the province of Zamboanga Sibugay. He is the fifth bishop of the Diocese


No. Name From Until Consecrated Bishop Coat of Arms
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Bienvenido Solon Tudtud† February 17, 1971
April 25, 1977
(Appointed as Prelate of Marawi)
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Fernando Robles Capalla April 25, 1977
June 28, 1994
(Appointed as Coadjutor Archbishop of Davao)
April 2, 1975
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Sede vacante (June 29, 1994 - May 2, 1995)
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Emilio Layon Bataclan May 3, 1995
June 21, 2004
April 19, 1990
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Sede vacante (June 22, 2004 - March 24, 2006)
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Elenito de los Reyes Galido March 25, 2006
December 5, 2017
(Died in office)
September 8, 2006
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Sede vacante (December 6, 2017 - June 12, 2019)
(Under the care of Severo Cagatan Caermare as the diocesan administrator while serving as bishop of Dipolog.)[1]
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Jose Ramirez Rapadas III June 13, 2019[2]
Incumbent August 20, 2019
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  1. ^ Aurelio, Julie M. (9 December 2017). "Pope Francis appoints Dipolog bishop to oversee Iligan diocese". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved 5 October 2020.
  2. ^ Lagarde, Roy (14 June 2019). "Pope appoints youngest Filipino bishop". Notre Dame Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 27 October 2020.

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Coordinates: 8°13′45″N 124°14′22″E / 8.2291°N 124.2395°E / 8.2291; 124.2395