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Diocese of Catarman

Catarman colored(Dioceses Catarmaniensis)
Suffragan of Palo
Created: December 5, 1974, Erected: March 11, 1975. Comprises the civil jurisdiction of the province of Northern Samar. Titular: Our Lady of the Annunciation, August 29.

Bishop
Most Reverend
EMMANUEL C. TRANCE, DD, PHD
Born: August 18, 1953 in Calinog, Iloilo. Ordained Priest: May 17, 1978. Appointed Coadjutor Bishop of Catarman: August 12, 2004. Ordained Bishop: July 22, 2004. Appointed 2nd Bishop of Catarman: March 11, 2005. Installed: __________.

Diocese of Catarman
OFFICE OF THE BISHOP
Diocesan Catholic Center
Catarman, 6400 Northern Samar, Philippines
Tel./Fax: (055) 251-8173
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Bishop Emeritus
Most Reverend
ANGEL T. HOBAYAN, DD, JCD
Born: December 11, 1929 in Taft, Eastern Samar. Ordained Priest: March 25, 1955. Appointed First Bishop of Catarman: December 12, 1974. Ordained Bishop: March 5, 1975. Installed: March 11, 1975.
Diocese of Catarman
Diocesan Catholic Center (DCC)
Catarman 6400 Northern Samar, Philippines
Tel./Fax: (055) 251-8173
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PRESENT STATUS
Bishop……………………………1
Bishop Emeritus…………………1
Priests:
Diocesan:
active……………………49
outside diocese…………11
retired……………………5
Religious……………………7
Total………………………72
Religious Sisters:
Filipino………………………44
Foreign………………………1
Total………………………45
Seminarians:
Theology……………………4
Philosophy…………………25
High School…………………14
Pre-college…………………20
Not engaged in study………3
(doing pastoral work)
Total………………………66
Seminary…………………………1
Diocesan Divisions:
Vicariates……………………4
Parishes………………………21
Mission Centers………………9
Chaplaincy…………………1
Educational Centers:
Kindergartens………………6
Diocesan……………………65
Primary/Elementary…………1
High Schools…………………6
College………………………1
Total………………………14
Sacraments:
Baptisms:
Up to 1 yr. old………8,567
From 1 to 7 yrs. old…4,047
Over 7 yrs. old…………664
Total………………13,278
Confirmations…………2,590
1st Communicants……1,319
Marriages…………………731
Population………………549,759
Catholics…………………365,967
Area ………………3,498 sq.kms.

DIOCESAN CURIA
Chancery
Diocese of Catarman
Office of the Chancery
DCC Catarman, 6400 Northern Samar, Philippines
Tel.: (055) 251-8174
Vicar General: Rev. Msgr. Walter A. Cerbito, VG
Chancellor: Rev. Fr. Jonathan I. Loverita, JCL
Oeconomus: Rev. Fr. Alan B. Abalon Jr.
Legal Counsel: Atty. Emily Sison-Acompañado; Atty. Noel G. Fernandez
Clerk: Leonora M. Dizon; Regina D. Diaz

ADMINISTRATIVE SECTION
Board of Consultors: Rev. Msgr. Walter A. Cerbito, VG; Rev. Msgr. Romeo P. Infante, HP, JCB; Rev. Msgr. Gaspar D. Balerite, HP, SThD; Rev. Fr. Pompeyo C. Tan Jr.; Rev. Fr. Fernando M. Bogtong; Rev. Fr. Potenciano E. Dulay; Rev. Fr. Eruen A. Añosa; Rev. Fr. Jonathan I. Loverita, JCL
Judicial Vicar: Rev. Fr. Otillo P. Lobriño Jr.
Administrator of Church Land & Edifices: Rev. Fr. Fernando M. Bogtong
Secretary to the Bishop: Rev. Fr. Julius Augustus R. Balanquit

PASTORAL SECTION
Diocesan Pastoral Seceretariat
Director: Rev. Fr. Fred I. Placa
Staff: Vina D. Delizon

Commission Directors
Commission on Worship: Rev. Fr. Julius R. Balanquit
BEC Pastoral Program: Rev. Fr. Fred I. Placa
BEC Coordinator: Rev. Sr. Hilaria V. Escalante, MSPC
Commission on Education: Rev. Fr. Dennis P. Floralde
Family and Life Apostolate: Rev. Fr. Sandy Nito T. Quibal
Bible Apostolate: Rev. Fr. Ronel M. Vilan
Catechetical Coordinator: Rev. Sr. Flordeliza S. Reyes, MCJ
Office of the Mass Media: Rev. Fr. Jonathan I. Loverita, JCL
Commission on Social Action:
Rev. Fr. Pio A. Aquiatan Jr.
Staff: Almira T. Apelo

Commission on Temporalities:
Rev. Fr. Potenciano E. Dulay
Commission on Youth: Rev. Fr. Billy M. Quimbo
Commission on Clergy: Rev. Fr. Pompeyo C. Tan Jr.
Commission on Vocation: Rev. Fr. Rico M. Manook
Seminary Board: Chairman:
Rev. Msgr. Gaspar D. Balerite, HP, SThD
Members: Former Rectors & Rev. Fr. Jimel D. Varela (Present Rector)
Commission on Laity: Rev. Fr. Tirso C. Giray
Pontifical Mission Commission: Rev. Fr. Gervacio R. Osias II

PARISHES AND PAROCHIAL CLERGY
Vicariate of St. Joseph
Vicar Forane: Rev. Fr. Potenciano E. Dulay
Our Lady of the Annunciation Cathedral Parish (F-1596/1649), Catarman, 6400 Northern Samar
Tel.: (055) 354-8475
Titular: Our Lady of the Annunciation, August 29
Team Ministry Moderator: Rev. Msgr. Romeo P. Infante, HP, JCB
Parochial Vicars: Rev. Fr. Sandy Nito T. Quibal; Rev. Fr. Jonathan I. Loverita, JCL
Attached Priest: Rev. Fr. James C. Rojo
Most Holy Name of Jesus Parish
(F-1697) Bobon, 6410 Northern Samar
Titular: Most Holy Name of Jesus, August 10
Parish Priest: Rev. Fr. Potenciano E. Dulay
St. Rock The Healer Miss ion Center
(F-2007) Cawayan, 6400 Catarman, Northern Samar
Titular: St. Rock the Healer, August 18
Administrator: Rev. Fr. Rico M. Manook
Chaplaincy of the University of Eastern Philipp ines, UEP Catarman, 6400 Northern Samar
Titular: Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal, November 27
Chaplain: Rev. Msgr. Walter A. Cerbito, VG
Our Mother of Perpetual Help Miss ion Center (F-2008), Dalakit, 6400 Catarman, Northern Samar
Titular: Our Mother of Perpetual Help, June 27
Administrator: Rev. Fr. Alan B. Abalon Jr.
St. Isidore the Farmer Parish (F-1995),
Lope de Vega, 6403 Northern Samar
Titular: St. Isidore the Farmer, May 15
Parish Priest: Rev. Fr. Prospero Elmo B. Cabili
St. Anthony of Padua Parish
(F-1894/1957), Mondragon, 6417 Northern Samar
Titular: St. Anthony of Padua, June 12
Parish Priest: Rev. Fr. Cleofas P. Añonuevo
Parochial Vicar: Rev. Fr. Gervacio R. Osias II
Nuestra Señora Del Rosario Miss ion Center (F-1996), Rosario, 6416 Northern Samar
Titular: Nuestra Señora del Rosario, October 7
Administrator: Rev. Fr. Dennis P. Floralde
St. Anthony of Padua Parish (F-1955), San Jose, 6402 Northern Samar
Titular: St. Anthony of Padua, July 29
Parish Priest: Rev. Fr. Tirso C. Giray

Vicariate of St. Therese of the Child Jesus
Vicar Forane: Rev. Msgr. Gaspar D. Balerite, HP, SThD
St. Michael The Archangel Parish
(F-1768), Laoang, 6411 Northern Samar
Tel.: (055) 251-9017
Titular: St. Michael the Archangel, September 29
Team Ministry Moderator:
Rev. Msgr. Gaspar D. Balerite, HP, SThD
Parochial Vicars: Rev. Fr. Agustin C. Balanquit; Rev. Fr. Jessan D. Magallanes
Attached Priest: Rev. Fr. Leandro A. Infante
St. Joseph The Worker Parish (F-1596/ 1645), Catubig, 6418 Northern Samar
Titular: St. Joseph the Worker, July 19
Parish Priest: Rev. Fr. Diego S. Unay
Parochial Vicar: Rev. Fr. Ronel M. Vilan
Holy Family Miss ion Center (F-2008),
Hibubullao, 6418 Catubig, Northern Samar
Titular: Holy Family, June 28
Administrator: Rev. Fr. Wendel A. Rotamula
Our Lady of the Nativity Parish (F-1883), Las Navas, 6420 Northern Samar
Titular: Our Lady of the Nativity, September 8
Parish Priest: Rev. Fr. Elizardo S. Uno
Parochial Vicar: Rev. Fr. Anelito G. Cesista
St. John The Baptist Parish (F-1868),
Pambujan, 6413 Northern Samar
Titular: St. John the Baptist, June 24
Parish Priest: Rev. Fr. Otillo P. Lobriño
Parochial Vicar: Rev. Fr. Ryan Paul G. Opeña
St. Anthony of Padua Miss ion Center
(F-2000), Rawis, 6411 Laoang, Northern Samar
Titular: St. Anthony of Padua, June 4
Administrator: Rev. Fr. Pio A. Aquiatan Jr.
Nuestra Señora De Salvacion Mission
Center (F-2000), Salvacion, 6411 Laoang, Northern Samar
Titular: Nuestra Señora de Salvacion, August 4
Administrator: Rev. Fr. Almero R. Panis
St. Roche Parish (F-1962), San Roque, 6415 Northern Samar
Titular: St. Roche, August 16
Parish Priest: Rev. Fr. Alwin P. Legaspi
St. Isidore the Farmer Miss ion Center
(F-2000), Silvino Northern Samar
Titular: St. Isidore the Farmer, June 16
Administrator: Rev. Fr. Michael A. Entico

Vicariate of the Immaculate Conception
Vicar Forane: Rev. Fr. Fernando M. Bogtong
St. James The Greater Parish (F-1867),
Allen, 6405 Northern Samar
Titular: St. James the Greater, July 25
Parish Priest: Rev. Fr. Fernando M. Bogtong
Parochial Vicar: Rev. Fr. Eduardo C. Maghacot
St. Vincent Ferrer Parish (F-1996),
Biri, 6401 Northern Samar
Titular: St. Vincent Ferrer, June 25
Parish Priest: Rev. Fr. Eleno A. Delizon
St. Ignatius of Loyola Parish
(F-1559/1625), Capul, 6408 Northern Samar
Titular: St. Ignatius of Loyola, July 31
Parish Priest: Rev. Fr. Tobias G. Irinco
Our Lady of the Ass ump tion Parish
(F-1895), Lavezares, 6404 Northern Samar
Titular: Our Lady of the Assumption, August 22
Parish Priest: Rev. Fr. Pompeyo C. Tan Jr.
Parochial Vicar: Rev. Fr. Ruel T. Deterala
St. Anthony of Padua Parish (F-1926),
San Antonio, 6407 Northern Samar
Titular: St. Anthony of Padua, June 13
Parish Priest: Rev. Fr. Billy M. Quimbo
Most Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish
(F-1959), San Isidro, 6409 Northern Samar
Titular: Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, May 15
Parish Priest: Rev. Fr. Roberto S. Cisneros
Vincent Ferrer Miss ion Center
(F-1996), San Vicente, 6419 Northern Samar
Titular: St. Vincent Ferrer, April 29
Administrator: Rev. Fr. Rey S. Lagrimas
St. Anne Parish Parish (1996/2010),
Victoria, 6406 Northern Samar
Titular: St. Anne, August 7
Parish Priest: Rev. Fr. Leo C. Almasco

Vicariate of St. Michael
Vicar Forane: Rev. Fr. Eruen A. Añosa
St. Michael The Archangel Parish
(F-1949), Gamay, 6422 Northern Samar
Titular: St. Michael the Archangel, September 15
Parish Priest: Rev. Fr. Marlon T. Osal
Parochial Vicar: Rev. Fr. Oscar L. Atibagos
St. Bonaventure Parish (F-1963),
Lapinig, 6423 Northern Samar
Titular: St. Bonaventure, July 14
Parish Priest: Rev. Fr. Elmer E. Lopez
Our Lady of the Angels Parish (F-1975), Mapanas, 6412 Northern Samar
Titular: Our Lady of the Angels, July 19
Parish Priest: Rev. Fr. Cyril M. Paredes
Our Lady of the Ass ump tion Parish
(F-1596/1674), Palapag, 6421 Northern Samar
Titular: Our Lady of the Assumption, August 15
Parish Priest: Rev. Fr. Eruen A. Añosa
Pastoral Coordinator: Rev. Fr. Charles Victorino M. Diaz

DIOCESAN CLERGY WITH NO PARISH ASSIGNMENT OR IN OTHER DIOCESE
Outside Diocese
Rev. Fr. Bartolome N. Bacsal (Mla.); Rev. Fr. Dennis G. Barlaan (USA); Rev. Fr. Aurelio T. Buhay (Leave); Rev. Fr. Jonathan L. Chy (Mla.); Rev. Fr. Timoteo V. Esquillo (Mla.); Rev. Fr. Marino P. Infante Jr. (Canada); Rev. Fr. Lito C. Jumadiao (Mla.); Rev. Fr. Joaquin B. Sapa (Cebu); Rev. Fr. Michael Semaña (USA); Rev. Fr. Jose O. Sumayop Jr. (Mla.); Rev. Fr. Ronimo J. Tendoy (Mla.)

Retired Priest
Rev. Fr. Nunilon B. Cui (UEP, Catarman); Rev. Fr. Orlando V. Galias (Lavezares); Rev. Fr. Leandro A. Infante (Laoang); Rev. Fr. James C. Rojo (Catarman); Rev. Fr. Bonifacio C. Salinas (Sta. Margarita, W. Samar)

Seminary Personnel
John Paul Seminary House of Formation (JPS), Alisyao, Makiwalo Mondragon, 6417 Northern Samar
Rector: Rev. Fr. Jimel D. Varela
Procurator: Rev. Fr. Trini C. Pinca
St. Vincent De Paul College Seminary (SVPCS), Dagum Hills, 4712 Calbayog City
Seminary Formator: Rev. Fr. Adrian P. Adriasola

Seminary
John Paul Seminary House of Formation (JPS), Alisyao, Maliwalo, Mondragon, 6417 Northern Samar
Faculty: Lay-5; Clergy-2
Enrollment: 20

INSTITUTES OF CONSECRATED LIFE/SOCIETIES OF APOSTOLIC LIFE
MEN
Congregation of the Sons of the Immaculate Conception (CFIC)
Order of Friars Minor (OFM)

WOMEN
Congregation of the Augustinian Recollect Sisters (AR)
Dominican Sisters of St. Catherine of Siena (OP)
Reparatrix Sisters of the Sacred Heart (RSC)
Missionaries of the Child Jesus (MCJ)
Missionary Sisters of the Poor of Christ (MSPC)
Order of St. Clare (OSC)
Secular Franciscan Order ((SFO)
Society of the Sacred Heart (RSCJ)
Order of St. Benedictine (OSB)

EDUCATIONAL CENTERS
Kindergartens
DMI International Day Care Center,
Allen, 6405 Northern Samar
Our Lady of the Annunciation Kindergarten, Cathedral Compound, Catarman, 6400 Northern Samar
St. Francis College,
Allen, 6405 Northern Samar
St. John the Baptist Kindergarten,
Pambujan, Northern Samar
St. Joseph Kindergarten,
San Jose, 6402 Northern Samar
St. Michael the Archangel Kindergarten, Laoang, 6411 Northern Samar
Primary or Elementary
St. Francis College,
Allen, 6405 Northern Samar

High School
Barobaybay Academy – Miss ion School, Barobaybay, Lavezares, 6404 Northern Samar
Colegio de Sta. Teresita,
Laoang, 6411 Northern Samar
St. Anthony Academy,
Mondragon, 6417 Northern Samar
St. Francis College,
Allen, 6405 Northern Samar
St. Joseph Academy,
San Jose, 6402 Northern Samar
St. Michael Academy,
Catarman, 6400 Northern Samar

College
St. Francis College,
Allen, 6405 Northern Samar

MISCELLANEOUS LISTING
Diocese of Catarman Pastoral Secretariat Building, DPS Bldg., Cathedral Compound, Catarman, 6400 Northern Samar
Administrator: Rev. Fr. Fernando M. Bogtong
Diocesan Catholic Center, Catarman, 6400 Northern Samar
Tel.: (055) 251-8174
In-charge: Rev. Sr. Ma. Therese Nalumen, MCJ
Diocese of Catarman Multi-Purpose
Building, Allen, 6405 Northern Samar
Administrator: Rev. Fr. Fernando M. Bogtong
Balay ni Dr. Bugto Emm anuel,
Doña Lucia Makiwalo, Mondragon, 6417 Northern Samar
Bishop’s House Residence,
Cawayan, Catarman, 6400 Northern Samar

† NECROLOGY †
Rev. Fr. Nicodemus A. Ricalde; Rev. Fr. Noel C. Surio; Rev. Fr. Cecilio P. Lucero; Rev. Fr. Eugenio L. Talavera; Rev. Fr. Anastasio M. Balite

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