Diocese of Tarlac

Dioecesis Tarlacensis

Diocesis ning Tarlac
Diocesis ti Tarlac
Diyosesis ng Tarlac
Diócesis de Tarlac
Coat of arms
Ecclesiastical provinceSan Fernando
MetropolitanSan Fernando
Coordinates15°29′15″N 120°35′18″E / 15.48761°N 120.58828°E / 15.48761; 120.58828
Area3,053 km2 (1,179 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2021)
1,202,764[1] (80%)
DenominationRoman Catholic
Sui iuris churchLatin Church
RiteRoman Rite
EstablishedFebruary 16, 1963
CathedralCathedral-Parish of St. Sebastian
Patron saintSebastian
Secular priests105
Current leadership
BishopSede Vacante [2]
Metropolitan ArchbishopFlorentino Lavarias
Vicar GeneralO'neal M. Sanchez
Bishops emeritusFlorentino Ferrer Cinense
Diocese of Tarlac
Statistics from Catholic-Hierarchy.org

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Tarlac (Latin: Dioecesis Tarlacensis) is a diocese of the Roman Catholic Church comprising the whole civil province of Tarlac (except Camp Servillano Aquino in San Miguel, Tarlac City, which belongs to the Military Ordinariate) in the Philippines. The see is the Saint Sebastian Cathedral in Tarlac City.[3]


On February 16, 1963, the Diocese of Tarlac was created from territories from both the Diocese of San Fernando and the Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan. It is part of the Ecclesiastical Province of San Fernando, Pampanga.[4]

Enrique V. Macaraeg was the most recent Bishop of Tarlac, appointed on March 31, 2016. He was ordained on May 24, 2016, and installed on May 31, 2016. On October 23, 2023, Macaraeg died due to cardiac arrest.[5]


Bishop Period in Office Coat of Arms
1. Jesus J. Sison March 8, 1963 - January 21, 1988 (Resigned)
2. Florentino F. Cinense January 21, 1988 - March 31, 2016 (Retired)
3. Enrique V. Macaraeg May 31, 2016 - October 23, 2023 (Died in office)

See also


  1. ^ "Tarlac (Catholic Diocese)". gcatholic.org. Retrieved 2023-09-18.
  2. ^ https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=899992221482868&set=a.650655726416520
  3. ^ "Jurisdictions - Diocese of Tarlac" Archived 2015-09-23 at the Wayback Machine. CBCP Online. Retrieved on 2014-12-14.
  4. ^ "Jurisdictions - Diocese of Tarlac" Archived 2015-09-23 at the Wayback Machine. CBCP Online. Retrieved on 2014-12-14.
  5. ^ Lopez, Rommel F. (October 24, 2023). "Tarlac bishop dies of cardiac arrest". The Philippine Star. Retrieved October 25, 2023.