Diocese of

Balanga

Philippines Philippines

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Continent: South and East Asia

Rite: Roman (Latin)

Type: Diocese Diocese

Name: Balanga / Balangen(sis) (Latin)

Ecclesiastical Province: San Fernando

Depends on: Dicastery for Bishops

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Celebrations

Patron Saint: St. Joseph, Husband of Mary (April 28)

Liturgical Calendar (National) 📅

History

Present Prelates

Bishop:vacant
Apostolic Administrator (2023.07.22 – ...):Archbishop Florentino Galang Lavarias (66)Archbishop Florentino Galang Lavarias (66)

Metropolitan Archbishop of San Fernando (Philippines)

Ordinaries

Bishops of Balanga (Roman Rite)

Archbishop Florentino Galang Lavarias (66)Archbishop Florentino Galang Lavarias (66)
(Apostolic Administrator 2023.07.22 – ...)

Bishop Ruperto Cruz Santos (66)Bishop Ruperto Cruz Santos (66)
(2010.04.01 – 2023.05.24)

Bishop of Antipolo (Philippines)

Ad seminandum

Born:1957.10.30 (San Rafael, Bulacan, Central Luzon, Philippines)
Ordained Priest:1983.09.10
Consecrated Bishop:2010.06.24

Priest of Manila (Philippines) (1983.09.10 – 2010.04.01)

Chaplain of His Holiness (1997 – 2010.04.01)

Bishop of Balanga (Philippines) (2010.04.01 – 2023.05.24)

Bishop of Antipolo (Philippines) (2023.05.24 – ...)

Archbishop Socrates Buenaventura Villegas (63)Bishop Socrates Buenaventura Villegas (63) (later Archbishop)
(2004.05.03 – 2009.09.08)

Metropolitan Archbishop of Lingayen–Dagupan (Philippines)

Pax

Born:1960.09.28 (Manila, Philippines)
Ordained Priest:1985.10.05
Consecrated Bishop:2001.08.31

Priest of Manila (Philippines) (1985.10.05 – 2001.07.25)

Titular Bishop of Nin (2001.07.25 – 2004.05.03)

Auxiliary Bishop of Manila (Philippines) (2001.07.25 – 2004.05.03)

Bishop of Balanga (Philippines) (2004.05.03 – 2009.09.08)

Metropolitan Archbishop of Lingayen–Dagupan (Philippines) (2009.09.08 – ...)

Apostolic Administrator of San Fernando de La Union (Philippines) (2011.11.17 – 2012.10.30)

President of Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (C.B.C.P.) (2013.12.01 – 2017.07.08)

Bishop Honesto Flores Ongtioco (75)Bishop Honesto Flores Ongtioco (75)
(1998.04.08 – 2003.06.28)

Bishop of Cubao (Philippines)

Major autem caritas

Born:1948.10.17 (San Fernando, Philippines)
Ordained Priest:1972.12.07
Consecrated Bishop:1998.06.18

Priest of San Fernando (Philippines) (1972.12.07 – 1998.04.08)

Bishop of Balanga (Philippines) (1998.04.08 – 2003.06.28)

Bishop of Cubao (Philippines) (2003.06.28 – ...)

Apostolic Administrator of Malolos (Philippines) (2018.05.12 – 2019.05.14)

Bishop Celso N. Guevarra
(1975.06.04 – 1998.04.08)

Born:1923.01.09 (Philippines)
Ordained Priest:1949.04.10
Consecrated Bishop:1972.08.28
Died:2002.08.13 († 79)

Titular Bishop of Vannida (1972.06.20 – 1975.06.04)

Auxiliary Bishop of San Fernando (Philippines) (1972.06.20 – 1975.06.04)

Bishop of Balanga (Philippines) (1975.06.04 – 1998.04.08)

Special Churches

Churches by City (40)

Iba (↖), San Fernando (↗), Imus (↘)

Statistics (2021.12.31)

Area: 1,373 km²

Population: 682,698 Catholics (80.0% of 853,373 total)

Pastoral Centres: 38 parishes, 1 mission

Personnel: 59 priests (34 diocesan, 25 religious), 87 religious (28 brothers, 59 sisters), 17 seminarians

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Last updated on 2024.02.22

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