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Diocese of Legazpi

Dioecesis Legazpiensis

Diyosesis kan Legazpi
Diyosesis ng Legazpi
Coat of arms of the Diocese of Legazpi
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 2008[1])
1, 211, 422[1]
1,169, 993[1] (96.6%%)
DenominationRoman Catholic
Sui iuris churchLatin Church
RiteRoman Rite
EstablishedJune 29, 1951
CathedralSaint Gregory the Great Cathedral
Patron saintOur Lady of Salvation
Current leadership
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)
Territorial jurisdiction of the Diocese of Legazpi

Territorial jurisdiction of the Diocese of Legazpi

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 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]



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

Apostolic Administrator

Lucilo Barrameda Quiambao November 7, 2007 October 1, 2009
Diocese of Legazpi coat of arms.svg
Joel Zamudio Baylon October 1, 2009
Coat of arms of Joel Zamudio Baylon as Bishop of Legazpi.svg

Auxiliary Bishops

# Picture Name From Until Coat of Arms
Diocese of Legazpi coat of arms.svg
Nestor Celestial Cariño 1978 1980

(appointed Bishop of Borongan)

Coat of arms of Nestor Celestial Cariño.svg
Diocese of Legazpi coat of arms.svg
Lucilo Barrameda Quiambao 1982 2009
Coat of arms of Lucilo Barrameda Quiambao.svg

Other priest of this diocese who became bishop

See also


  1. ^ a b c d Diocese of Legazpi Claretian Publications accessed May 23, 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. JSTOR 42719342. Retrieved June 7, 2021.