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Diocese of Naval

Dioecesis Navaliensis

Diyosesis han Naval
Diyosesis sa Naval
Diyosesis ng Naval
Coat of arms of Diocese of Naval.svg
Coat of arms
Ecclesiastical provincePalo
Area1,005 km2 (388 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2004)
300,421 (95.1%)
DenominationRoman Catholic
Sui iuris churchLatin Church
RiteRoman Rite
Established29 November 1988
CathedralOur Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Cathedral, Naval
Patron saintOur Lady of the Most Holy Rosary[1]
Secular priests31 priests (24 diocesan, 7 religious)[1]
Current leadership
BishopRex Cullingham Ramirez
Metropolitan ArchbishopJohn F. Du
Vicar GeneralMsgr. Venancio Sosing
Bishops emeritusFilomeno G. Bactol

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Naval (Lat: Dioecesis Navaliensis) is a diocese of the Roman Rite of the Latin Church of the Catholic Church in the Philippines. Its cathedral is in Naval, Biliran in the Eastern Visayas. Its territory includes whole island of Biliran and the northwestern tip of Leyte Province.

Erected in 1988, the diocese was created from territory of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Palo, to which the diocese remains a suffragan. The first appointed bishop was Filomeno

Bactol (1988–2017). On October 13, 2017, his retirement was accepted by the Pope two years after reaching the mandatory age of 75. Pope Francis appointed RC. ex Ramirez, a priest from Archdiocese of Palo, as the new bishop of Naval. His episcopal ordination took place at the Palo Metropolitan Cathedral on January 9, 2018. He was canonically installed on January 12, 2018 at Naval Cathedral. Ramirez is the second bishop of the diocese.

The Cathedral School of La Naval was established in 1990 AD. It is the first catholic school in the diocese.

Marvyn Abrea Maceda, the bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Jose de Antique in the Antique province of the Philippines, grew up in the Naval diocese and was a priest of the diocese before becoming the bishop of San Jose.


No Name In office Coat of arms
1. Filomeno Gonzales Bactol 29 November 1988 – 13 October 2017
Coat of arms of Filomeno Gonzales Bactol as Bishop of Naval.svg
2. Rex Cullingham Ramirez 13 October 2017 – present
Coat of arms of Rex Cullingham Ramírez (Naval).svg

See also


  1. ^ a b "Diocese of Naval, Philippines". GCatholic. Retrieved 8 April 2019.