Diocese of Kabankalan
Diyosesis sang Kabankalan
Diyosesis ng Kabankalan
|Territory||5th and 6th Congressional District of Negros Occidental except Municipality of Hinigaran|
|Area||3,923.7 km2 (1,514.9 sq mi)|
- Catholics (including non-members)
|(as of 2011)|
|Sui iuris church||Latin Church|
|Established||March 30, 1987|
|Cathedral||Cathedral of Saint Francis Xavier in Kabankalan|
|Patron saint||St Francis Xavier|
|Bishop||Most Rev. Louie P. Galbines, SThD, D.D.|
|Metropolitan Archbishop||Jose Romeo Lazo|
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Kabankalan (Lat: Dioecesis Cabancalensis) is a diocese of the Catholic Church in central Philippines. The Roman Rite Latin Church diocese is centered in the City of Kabankalan in Negros Occidental province and covers the southern part of the province. The diocese was created in 1987, when the Diocese of Bacolod was split into three dioceses. The other new diocese created is the Diocese of San Carlos, which covers the northeastern part of Negros Island and includes former parishes of the Diocese of Dumaguete in Negros Oriental province. The Diocese of Kabankalan is a suffragan of the Archdiocese of Jaro like the other two dioceses of Negros Occidental.
The titular patron of the diocese is Saint Francis Xavier whose feast is celebrated every December 3. The seat of the bishop is the Saint Francis Xavier Cathedral in Kabankalan. The diocesan cathedral is one of the 12 churches founded by the Order of Augustinian Recollects that are now Catholic cathedrals in the Philippines.
The yellow background is the color of the Church and of the Papacy. It was for Our Lord’s Church and for his visible representative on earth that ST. FRANCIS XAVIER, the Patron of the Diocese of Kabankalan, incessantly worked and offered his life as a Jesuit missionary. The cross and the hand holding it belongs to this dauntless Saint, who journeyed throughout Asia and the Pacific to set the torch of Faith, Hope and Charity ablaze in the hearts and in the lives of people he converted to Christianity.
The clear skies, the mountains ranges and the sugarcane depict the typical milieu in the Diocese of Kabankalan. The stalks of sugarcane, which remain the chief produce of Negros Island, depict the aim of the Diocese to be in solidarity with its people.
The Diocese of Kabankalan comprises the entire southern portion of Negros Occidental, extending from the town of La Castellana, just below La Carlota City, all the way to Hinoba-an on the southernmost coast. It covers 11 cities and municipalities of the province occupying a total land area of 3,923.7 square kilometers (1,514.9 sq mi) and, as of 2011, a population of 769,393 of which 80 per cent are Catholics. The cities and municipalities under the Diocese of Kabankalan are Kabankalan, Binalbagan, Himamaylan, Isabela, Moises Padilla, La Castellana, Ilog, Candoni, Cauayan, Sipalay, and Hinoba-an except Hinigaran.
|Bishop||Period in Office||Coat of Arms|
|1.||Vicente Macanan Navarra||21 Nov 1987
(Appointment; former Auxiliary Bishop of Capiz)
|24 May 2001
(Appointment; Bishop of Bacolod)
|(13 years, 184 days)|
|Sede Vacante - Diocesan Administrator||Msgr. Rogelio B. Cruz||24 May 2001||27 Dec 2002|
|2.||Patricio Abella Buzon, S.D.B||27 Dec 2002
|24 May 2016
(Appointment; Bishop of Bacolod)
|(13 years, 149 days)|
|Sede Vacante - Diocesan Administrator||Msgr. Rolando G. Nueva||24 May 2016||12 Mar 2018|
|3.||Louie Patalinghug Galbines||12 Mar 2018
|Incumbent||(4 years, 126 days)|