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Diocese of Surigao

Dioecesis Surigensis

Diyosesis sa Surigao
Diyosesis ng Surigao
Diocese of Surigao Coat of arms.svg
Coat of arms
TerritoryProvinces of Surigao del Norte and Dinagat Islands
Ecclesiastical provinceCagayan de Oro
MetropolitanCagayan de Oro
Area3,739 km2 (1,444 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2010)
564,000 (93.8%)
DenominationRoman Catholic
Sui iuris churchLatin Church
RiteRoman Rite
Established3 June 1939
CathedralCathedral of San Nicholas of Tolentino in Surigao
Patron saintSt Nicholas of Tolentino
Current leadership
BishopAntonieto Cabajog
Metropolitan ArchbishopJosé A. Cabantan
Vicar GeneralTirso N. Alcala
Episcopal VicarsPrescilo P. Iral
Website of the Diocese

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Surigao (Lat: Dioecesis Surigensis) is a diocese of the Latin Church of the Roman Catholic Church in the Philippines.

Erected in 1939, the diocese is one of the older ecclesiastical territories in the Philippines. The diocese was split off from the Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro. In 1978, the diocese was subdivided, and the Diocese of Tandag was split off.

The diocese is a suffragan of the Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro.

The current bishop is Antonieto Dumagan Cabajog who was appointed on July 24, 2001.[1]

The jurisdiction of this diocese are the two provinces of Surigao del Norte[2] and Dinagat Islands

Former Coat of Arms of the Diocese of Surigao
Former Coat of Arms of the Diocese of Surigao

Coat of Arms

These arms show in the chief a star for Saint Nicholas of Tolentiono, the patron saint of the diocese. The three golden balls are Spanish doubloons and refer to the richness of the area, as there have been some gold mines in the diocese. Thebase shows a fishing boat, referring to the main source of income for the area.


No Name In office Coat of arms
1. Jan Vrakking, M.S.C.† 25 May 1940 – 12 Dec 1953
Coat of arms of Jan Vrakking.svg
2. Charles van den Ouwelant, M.S.C. † 23 Mar 1955 – 10 Jan 1973
Coat of arms of Charles Van den Ouwelant.svg
3. Miguel Cinches, S.V.D. 10 Jan 1973 Appointed – 21 Apr 2001
Coat of arms of Miguel Clarete Cinches.svg
4. Antonieto Cabajog 21 Apr 2001 – Present
Coat of arms of bishop Antonieto Cabajog.svg

See also


  1. ^ "Bishop of Surigao Diocese Antonieto Dumagan Cabajog | UCA News". Retrieved 22 January 2022.
  2. ^ "Surigao Diocese | Diocese of Surigao Philippines | Ucanews". Retrieved 22 January 2022.