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DIOCESE

(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. Installed Coadjutor Bishop of Catarman:
August 12, 2004. Ordained Bishop: July 22, 2004. Installed
2nd Diocesan Bishop of Catarman: March 11, 2005.
Diocese of Catarman
OFFICE OF THE BISHOP
Diocesan Catholic Center
Catarman 6400 Northern Samar, Philippines
Telefax: (055) 251-8173
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Bishop’s Residence
Brgy. Cawayan, Catarman, 6400 Northern Samar
Telefax: (055) 251-8474

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
Telefax: (055) 251-8173
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PRESENT STATUS
Bishop…………………………… 1
Bishop Emeritus………………… 1
Priests:
Diocesan… …………………61
active… …………………47
outside diocese… ………12
retired…………………… 2
Religious… ………………… 4
Total………………………65
Religious Sisters:
Filipino… ……………………52
Foreign……………………… 1
Total………………………53
Seminarians:
Theology… ………………… 9
Philosophy… ………………14
High School… ……………… 6
Pre-college… ………………10
Not engaged in study… …… 4
(doing pastoral work)
Total………………………43
Seminary………………………… 1
Diocesan Divisions:
Vicariates… ………………… 4
Parishes………………………21
Mission Centers……………… 9
Chaplaincy… ……………… 1
Educational Centers:
Kindergartens… …………… 8
Primary/Elementary………… 2
High Schools………………… 6
College……………………… 1
Total………………………17
Sacraments:
Baptisms:
Up to 1 yr. old……… 7,892
From 1 to 7 yrs. old……5,273
Over 7 yrs. old………… 947
Total……………… 14,112
Confirmations… ……… 2,292
1st Communicants… … 2,850
Marriages… ……………… 554
Population……………… 587,434
Catholics………………… 555,400
Area ……………… 3,498 sq.kms.

DIOCESAN CURIA
Chancery
Diocese of Catarman
OFFICE OF THE CHANCERY
DCC Catarman 6400 Northern
Samar, Philippines
Tel.: (055) 251-8173
Chancellor: Rev. Fr. Rico M. Manook
Oeconomus: Rev. Fr. Alan B. Abalon Jr.
Legal Counsels: Atty. Emily Sison-
Acompañado; Atty. Noel G.
Fernandez
Secretary/Cashier: Leonora M. Dizon
Bookkeeper: Rhodora C. Mollejon

ADMINISTRATIVE SECTION
Board of Consultors: Rev. Msgr.
Gaspar D. Balerite, HP, SThD;
Rev. Fr. Fernando M. Bogtong;
Rev. Fr. Potenciano E. Dulay;
Rev. Fr. Eruen A. Añosa; Rev. Fr.
Rico M. Manook, MAT
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 Secretariat
Director: Rev. Fr. Fred I. Placa
Executive Secretary: Sr. Ma. Leonora
A. Pataueg, MCJ
Commission Directors
Commission on Worship: Rev. Fr. Julius
R. Balanquit
BEC Pastoral Program: Rev. Fr.
Fred I. Placa
BEC Coordinator: Rev. Sr. Remedios
Baldevizo, MSPC
Commission on Education: Rev. Fr.
Eduardo E. Dorico
Family and Life Apostolate: Rev. Fr.
Sandy Nito T. Quibal
Bible Apostolate: Rev. Fr. Ronel M.
Vilan
Catechetical Coordinator: Rev. Sr.
Ma. Lourdes G. Bruno, MCJ
Office of the Mass Media: Rev. Fr.
Anthony G. Salazar
Commission on Social Action: Rev.
Fr. Fred I. Placa
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.
Jimel D. Varela
Commission on Vocation: Rev. Fr.
Rico M. Manook
Commission on Lay Religious & Devotional
Organizations & Marian
Movements: Rev. Fr. Rico M.
Manook
Commission on Retired Priests: Rev.
Fr. Trini C. Pinca
Commission on Catholic Schools:
Rev. Fr. Rey Canonoy, OFM
Commission on Jail Apostolate: Rev.
Fr. Prospero Elmo B. Cabili
Commission on Health Care: Rev. Fr.
Alan B. Abalon Jr.
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
Acting Team Ministry Moderator:
Rev. Fr. Eduardo E. Dorico
Parochial Vicars: Rev. Fr. Billy M.
Quimbo; Rev. Fr. Trini C. Pinca;
Msgr. Romeo P. Infante, HP, JCB
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 Mission Center
(F-2007), Cawayan 6400 Catarman,
Northern Samar
Titular: St. Rock the Healer, Aug. 18
Administrator: Rev. Fr. Rico M.
Manook
Chaplaincy Of The University Of Eastern
Philippines, UEP Catarman
6400 Northern Samar
Titular: Our Lady of the Miraculous
Medal, November 27
Chaplain: Rev. Fr. Julius Augustus
R. Balanquit
Our Mother Of Perpetual Help Mission
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
Nuestra Señora Del Rosario Mission
Center (F-1996), Rosario 6416
Northern Samar
Titular: Nuestra Señora del Rosario,
October 7
Administrator: Rev. Fr. Ronimo
J. Tendoy
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 Vicar: Rev. Fr. Elmer E.
Lopez
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
Holy Family Mission Center (F-2008),
Hibubullao 6418 Catubig, Northern
Samar
Titular: Holy Family, June 28
Administrator: Rev. Fr. Ryan Paul G.
Opeña
Our Lady Of The Nativity Parish (F-1883),
Las Navas 6420 Northern Samar
Titular: Our Lady of the Nativity,
September 8
Pastor Moderator: Rev. Fr. Sandy
Nito T. Quibal
Co-Pastor: Rev. Fr. Leo C. Almasco
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
Jr.
Pastoral Coordinator: Rev. Fr.
Ariel D. Diaz
St. Anthony Of Padua Mission Center
(F-2000), Rawis 6411 Laoang,
Northern Samar
Titular: St. Anthony of Padua, June 4
Administrator: Rev. Fr. Cyril M.
Paredes
Nuestra Señora De Salvacion Mission
Center (F-2000), Salvacion 6411
Laoang, Northern Samar
Titular: Nuestra Señora de Salvacion,
August 4
Administrator: Rev. Fr. Eduardo
C. Maghacot Jr.
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 Mission Center
(F-2000), Silvino Northern Samar
Titular: St. Isidore the Farmer,
June 16
Administrator: Rev. Fr. Ruel T.
Deterala

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
Paroch. Vicar: Rev. Fr. Charles Victorino
M. Diaz
St. Vincent Ferrer Parish (F-1996), Biri
6401 Northern Samar
Titular: St. Vincent Ferrer, June 25
Parish Priest: Rev. Fr. Jessan D.
Magallanes
St. Ignatius Of Loyola Parish (F-1559/
1625), Capul 6408 Northern
Samar
Titular: St. Ignatius of Loyola,
July 31
Parish Priest: Rev. Fr. Pio A.
Aquiatan
Our Lady Of The Assumption Parish (F-
1895), Lavezares 6404 Northern
Samar
Titular: Our Lady of the Assumption,
August 22
Pastor Moderator: Rev. Fr. Anelito
G. Cesista
Co-Pastor: Rev. Fr. Eleno A. Delizon
St. Anthony Of Padua Parish (F-1926),
San Antonio 6407 Northern
Samar
Titular: St. Anthony of Padua,
June 13
Parish Priest: Rev. Fr. Wendel A.
Rotamula
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
St. Vincent Ferrer Mission 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. Tobias G.
Irinco

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
Pastoral Coordinator: Rev. Fr.
Anthony G. Salazar
St. Bonaventure Parish (F-1963), Lapinig
6423 Northern Samar
Titular: St. Bonaventure, July 14
Parish Priest: Rev. Fr. Gervacio R.
Osias II
Our Lady Of The Angels Parish (F-1975),
Mapanas 6412 Northern Samar
Titular: Our Lady of the Angels,
July 19
Parish Priest: Rev. Fr. Oscar L.
Atibagos
Our Lady Of The Assumption 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.
Zandro D. Gorgonia

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. Jonathan L. Chy (Mla.);
Rev. Fr. Timoteo V. Esquillo; Rev.
Fr. Lito C. Jumadiao (Mla.); Rev.
Fr. Jonathan I. Loverita (USA);
Rev. Fr. Michael Semaña (USA);
Rev. Fr. Jose O. Sumayop Jr.
(Mla.); Rev. Fr. Almero R. Panis
(Mla.); Rev. Fr. Dennis P. Floralde
(Mla.); Rev. Fr. Elizardo S.
Uno (Mla. - Leave); Rev. Fr.
Pompeyo C. Tan Jr. (Australia
- Sabbatical Leave); Rev. Fr. Michael
A. Entico (Mla.); Rev. Fr.
Clarence B. Dabocol (On Study
Leave - Spain)
Retired Priest
Rev. Fr. Nunilon B. Cui (UEP, Catarman);
Rev. Fr. Orlando V. Galias
(Lavezares)
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
Spiritual Director: Rev. Fr. Leo T.
Jazmin
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 Makiwalo, Mondragon,
6417 Northern Samar

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)
Daughters of St. Therese of Avila
(DST)
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)
Society of the Sacred Heart (RSCJ)
Order of St. Benedict (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
Sacred Heart School of Northern Samar,
San Isidro, 6409 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 Kindergarten School of
Laoang Inc., Laoang, 6411 Northern
Samar
Gamay Nuestra Señora de Salvacion
Academy, Inc., Gamay, 6422 Northern
Samar
Primary or Elementary
St. Francis College, Allen 6405
Northern Samar
Sacred Heart School of Northern Samar,
San Isidro, 6409 Northern
Samar
High School
Barobaybay Academy Mission 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. Imelda B.
Filaro, MCJ
Diocese Of Catarman Multi-Purpose
Building, Allen 6405 Northern
Samar
Administrator: Rev. Fr. Fernando
M. Bogtong
Balay Ni Dr. Bugto Emmanuel, Doña
Lucia Makiwalo, 6417 Mondragon,
Northern Samar
Balay Padi, Alisyao Makiwalo, Mondragon,
6417 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; Rev. Fr. James C. Rojo;
Rev. Fr. Agustin C. Balanquit;
Rev. Fr. Leandro A. Infante; Rev.
Fr. Bonifacio C. Salinas

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