Territorial Prelature of Batanes

Praelatura Territorialis Batanensis

Prelatura Teritoryal ng Batanes
Prelatura Territorial de Batanes
Prelature of batanes coat of arms.svg
Coat of arms
Location
Country Philippines
TerritoryBatanes
MetropolitanRoman Catholic Archdiocese of Tuguegarao[1]
Statistics
Area784 km2 (303 sq mi)
Population
- Total
- Catholics (including non-members)
(as of 2004)
16, 476
15, 505 (94.1%)
Information
DenominationRoman Catholic
Sui iuris churchLatin Church
RiteRoman Rite
CathedralCathedral of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception in Basco, Batanes
Current leadership
PopeFrancis
PrelateMost Rev. Danilo B. Ulep, D.D.
Metropolitan ArchbishopMost Rev. Ricardo L. Baccay, D.D.

The Territorial Prelature of Batanes (in Latin: Praelatura Territorialis Batanensis) is a Latin rite pre-diocesan, non-missionary jurisdiction of the Roman Catholic Church. It is a suffragan in the ecclesiastical province of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Tuguegarao[2] on Luzon island in the Philippines.

The Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Cathedral is the episcopal seat of the territorial prelate, in Basco, Batanes. The current bishop-prelate is Most Rev. Danilo B. Ulep, D.D.

Statistics and territory

As per 2014, it pastorally served 16,647 Catholics (94.5% of 17,609 total) on 784 km² in 6 parishes and 1 mission with 9 priests (diocesan), 4 lay religious (4 sisters), 2 seminarians.

The prelature includes Batanes province and the municipality of Calayan in Cagayan Province. The territory is divided into six parishes. In 2004 there were 15,505 baptized about 16,476 inhabitants.

History

Coat of arms

The silver crescent symbolizes the Immaculate Conception, the titular of the principal church in the prelature. The North Star together with the constellation of the Ursa major denotes that the prelature covers the northern-most part of the Philippines. Cattle is the most important export product of Batanes and Babuyan Islands hence the bull on pasture. The agitated sea symbolizes the dangerous waters between these islands.[3]

Episcopal ordinaries

(all Roman Rite)

Prelates of Batanes and the Babuyan Islands
Ordinary Period in Office Coat of Arms
1.
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Peregrin de la Fuente Nestar, O.P. 2 July 1951 Appointed- 14 May 1966 Death
Coat of arms of Peregrin de la Fuente Néstar.svg
2.
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Father Mario de Leon Baltazar, O.P. 18 Nov 1966 Appointed - 1995 Resigned
Prelates of Batanes
Bishop-Prelates Period in Office Coat of Arms
1.
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Jose Paala Salazar, O.P. 25 Apr 1996 Appointed - 23 Nov 2002
2.
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Camilo Diaz Gregorio 13 Sept 2003 Appointed - 20 May 2017 Retired
Coat of arms of Camilo Diaz Gregorio as Prelate of Batanes.svg
3.
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Danilo B. Ulep 20 May 2017 Appointed– Present

Coat of arms of Danilo Bangayan Ulep (Batanes).svg

See also

References

  1. ^ "Batanes (Territorial Prelature) [Catholic-Hierarchy]".
  2. ^ "Batanes (Territorial Prelature) [Catholic-Hierarchy]".
  3. ^ 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.

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