Diocese of Legazpi
Diyosesis kan Legazpi
|Area||2,552 km2 (985 sq mi)|
- Catholics (including non-members)
|(as of 2008)|
1, 211, 422
1,169, 993 (96.6%%)
|Sui iuris church||Latin Church|
|Established||29 June 1951|
|Cathedral||Saint Gregory the Great Cathedral|
|Patron saint||Our Lady of Salvation|
|Bishop||Joel Zamudio Baylon|
|Metropolitan Archbishop||Rolando Joven Tria Tirona|
|Vicar General||Ramon C. Tronqued|
|Bishops emeritus||Nestor Celestial Cariño Bishop Emeritus (2005-2007)|
Lucilo B. Quiambao Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus (1982-2009)
Map of the Philippines, with the Diocese of Legazpi in the Province of Albay highlighted
|Website of the Diocese|
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Legazpi (Latin: Dioecesis Legazpiensis) is a diocese of the Latin Rite 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 vicar-general, Ramón Tronqued, PC VG.
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).
|1||Flaviano Ariola||15 May 1952
|27 November 1968 |
|2||Teotimo C. Pacis||23 May 1969
|4 June 1980 |
|3||Concordio Maria Sarte||12 August 1980
|22 November 1991 |
|4||José C. Sorra||1 March 1993
|1 April 2005 |
|5||Nestor Celestial Cariño||1 April 2005
|7 November 2007 |
|7||Joel Zamudio Baylon||1 October 2009