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Diocese of Legazpi

Dioecesis Legazpiensis

Diyosesis kan Legazpi
Diyosesis ng Legazpi
Coat of arms of the Diocese of Legazpi
Coat of arms
Country Philippines
Ecclesiastical provinceCaceres
Coordinates13°08′18″N 123°44′01″E / 13.1384°N 123.7336°E / 13.1384; 123.7336
Area2,552 km2 (985 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2021)
1,376,482[1] (93.2%)
DenominationRoman Catholic
Sui iuris churchLatin Church
RiteRoman Rite
EstablishedJune 29, 1951
CathedralSaint Gregory the Great Cathedral
Patron saintOur Lady of Salvation
Secular priests101
Current leadership
BishopJoel Zamudio Baylon
Metropolitan ArchbishopRex Andrew Alarcon
Vicar GeneralMsgr. Ramon C. Tronqued, PC, VG.
Msgr. Crispin C. Bernarte, Jr., VG.
Bishops emeritusNestor Celestial Cariño Bishop Emeritus (2005-2007)
Lucilo B. Quiambao Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus (1982-2009)
Territorial jurisdiction of the Diocese of Legazpi
Territorial jurisdiction of the Diocese of Legazpi
Statistics from

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Legazpi (Latin: Dioecesis Legazpiensis) is a diocese of the Latin Church of the Roman Catholic Church. It constitutes the entire province of Albay in the Philippines.

The diocese was erected in 1951, carved from territory of the Archdiocese of Cáceres, to which it is a suffragan. In 1974, the diocese was partitioned to form the Diocese of Virac.

Joel "Bong" Baylon is the current bishop of Legazpi, after serving as Bishop of Masbate. Prior to his appointment, Auxiliary Bishop of Legazpi Lucilo Quiambao had been the apostolic administrator of the diocese since Bishop Nestor Cariño's retirement in 2007. Baylon is assisted by his vicars-general, Ramón Tronqued, PC VG and Crispin Bernarte, VG.

Coat of arms

The Mayon Volcano which towers over the city of Legazpi occupies the center of the shield. The papal cross surmounted by the nimbed dove symbolizes Saint Gregory the Great, the titular of the cathedral. The dove is an allusion to the testimony of Peter the Deacon who said that he oftentimes saw the Holy Ghost in the form of a dove hover above the saint while he dictated his works. The rose symbolizes Our Lady of Peñafrancia to whom all Bicolanos have a great devotion. The lily at the base represents the Immaculate Conception, the patroness of the principal church of Virac, Catanduanes in Catanduanes which belongs to the diocese (until 1974).[2]



# Picture Name From Until Coat of Arms
1 Flaviano Barrechea Ariola May 15, 1952
November 27, 1968
2 Teotimo Cruel Pacis, C.M. May 23, 1969
June 4, 1980
3 Concordio Maria Sarte August 12, 1980
November 22, 1991
4 José Crisologo Sorra March 1, 1993
April 1, 2005
5 Nestor Celestial Cariño April 1, 2005
November 7, 2007
Sede Vacante -

Apostolic Administrator

Lucilo Barrameda Quiambao November 7, 2007 October 1, 2009
6 Joel Zamudio Baylon October 1, 2009

Auxiliary Bishops

# Picture Name From Until Coat of Arms
1 Nestor Celestial Cariño 1978 1980

(appointed Bishop of Borongan)

2 Lucilo Barrameda Quiambao 1982 2009

Other priest of this diocese who became bishop

See also


  1. ^ "Diocese of Legazpi". Retrieved September 11, 2023. catholics=1,376,482
  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 June 7, 2021.

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