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Diocese of Sorsogon

Dioecesis Sorsogonensis

Diyosesis kan Sorsogon
Diyosesis ng Sorsogon
Coat of arms of the Diocese of Sorsogon
Coat of arms
Ecclesiastical provinceCaceres
Coordinates12°58′07″N 124°00′18″E / 12.96859°N 124.00502°E / 12.96859; 124.00502
Area2,141.45 km2 (826.82 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2021)
770,649[1] (93.0%)
DenominationRoman Catholic
Sui iuris churchLatin Church
RiteRoman Rite
EstablishedJune 29, 1951
CathedralCathedral of Sts. Peter and Paul
Patron saintsPeter and Paul
Current leadership
BishopJose Alan Verdejo Dialogo
Metropolitan ArchbishopRolando Joven Tria Tirona
Vicar GeneralFelix B. Elegado
Territorial jurisdiction of the Diocese of Sorsogon
Territorial jurisdiction of the Diocese of Sorsogon

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Sorsogon (Latin: Dioecesis Sorsogonensis) is a diocese of the Latin Church of the Roman Catholic Church in the Philippines. The diocese was established in 1951 by the Archdiocese of Caceres, and in 1968, the diocese was subdivided after the Diocese of Masbate separated. The diocese is a suffragan of the Archdiocese of Caceres.

Coat of arms

The volcano of Bulusan is surmounted by the keys and the sword that represent Saints Peter and Paul respectively who are titulars of the cathedral. The book with the lily surrounded by fishes represent Saint Anthony of Padua, Doctor of the Church and patron saint of the capital of Masbate which is within the territory of the diocese (until 1968). The fishes allude to one of the miracles attributed to the saint while still alive: when men did not listen to his preaching, he went to preach to the fishes which lifted up their heads above the water in wrapt attention.[2]



No Name In office Coat of arms
1. Teopisto V. Alberto † July 10, 1952 - September 7, 1959
2. Arnulfo S. Arcilla † September 7, 1959 Appointed - December 11, 1979
3. Jesus Y. Varela November 27, 1980 - April 16, 2003
4. Arturo M. Bastes SVD April 16, 2003 – 15 October 2019
5. Jose Alan V. Dialogo 15 October 2019 – present

Coadjutor bishop

Auxiliary bishop

Other priests of this diocese who became bishops


  1. ^ "Sorsogon (Catholic Diocese)". Retrieved 2023-09-11.
  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 7 June 2021.