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Diocese of Legazpi

Dioecesis Legazpiensis

Diyosesis kan Legazpi
Location
Country Philippines
TerritoryAlbay
Ecclesiastical provinceCaceres
MetropolitanCaceres
Statistics
Area2,552 km2 (985 sq mi)
Population
- Total
- Catholics (including non-members)
(as of 2008[1])
1, 211, 422[1]
1,169, 993[1] (96.6%%)
Parishes45[1]
Information
DenominationRoman Catholic
Sui iuris churchLatin Church
RiteRoman Rite
Established29 June 1951
CathedralSaint Gregory the Great Cathedral
Patron saintOur Lady of Salvation
Current leadership
PopeFrancis
BishopJoel Zamudio Baylon
Metropolitan ArchbishopRolando Joven Tria Tirona
Vicar GeneralRamon C. Tronqued
Bishops emeritusNestor Celestial Cariño Bishop Emeritus (2005-2007)
Lucilo B. Quiambao Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus (1982-2009)
Map

Map of the Philippines, with the Diocese of Legazpi in the Province of Albay highlighted
Website
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.

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]

Bishops

Ordinaries

# Picture Name From Until
1 Flaviano Ariola 15 May 1952
appointed
27 November 1968
resigned
2 Teotimo C. Pacis 23 May 1969
appointed
4 June 1980
resigned
3 Concordio Maria Sarte 12 August 1980
appointed
22 November 1991
died
4 José C. Sorra 1 March 1993
appointed
1 April 2005
retired
5 Nestor Celestial Cariño 1 April 2005
appointed
7 November 2007
resigned
6 Lucilo Quiambao 2007
(apostolic administrator)
2009
7 Joel Zamudio Baylon 1 October 2009
appointed
present

Auxiliary Bishops

Other priest of this diocese who became bishop

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c d Diocese of Legazpi Claretian Publications accessed 23 May 2012
  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. Retrieved 7 June 2021.

Coordinates: 13°08′18″N 123°44′01″E / 13.1384°N 123.7336°E / 13.1384; 123.7336