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Roman Catholic Diocese of Kabankalan

Diocese of Kabankalan
Dioecesis Cabancalensis
Diyosesis ng Kabankalan
Country Philippines
Ecclesiastical province Jaro
Metropolitan Jaro
Subdivisions 5 vicariates
Area 3,923.7 km2 (1,514.9 sq mi)[1]
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2011)
615,498 (80%%)
Denomination Roman Catholic
Sui iuris church Latin Church
Rite Roman Rite
Established March 30, 1987
Cathedral Cathedral of Saint Francis Xavier in Kabankalan
Patron saint St Francis Xavier
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop Patricio Abella Buzon
Metropolitan Archbishop Angel Lagdameo

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Kabankalan (Lat: Dioecesis Cabancalensis) is a diocese of the Catholic Church in central Philippines. The Roman Rite Latin Church diocese is centered in the City of Kabankalan in Negros Occidental province and covers the southern part of the province. The diocese was created in 1987, when the Diocese of Bacolod was split into three dioceses. The other new diocese created is the Diocese of San Carlos, which covers the northeastern part of Negros Island and includes former parishes of the Diocese of Dumaguete in Negros Oriental province. The Diocese of Kabankalan is a suffragan of the Archdiocese of Jaro like the other two dioceses of Negros Occidental.[2]

The titular patron of the diocese is Saint Francis Xavier whose feast is celebrated every December 3. The seat of the bishop is the Saint Francis Xavier Cathedral in Kabankalan. The diocesan cathedral is one of the 12 churches founded by the Order of Augustinian Recollects that are now Catholic cathedrals in the Philippines. The current bishop is Patricio Abella Buzon, appointed in 2002.


The Diocese of Kabankalan comprises the entire southern portion of Negros Occidental, extending from the town of La Castellana, just below Carlota City, all the way to Hinoba-an on the southernmost coast. It covers 11 cities and municipalities of the province occupying a total land area of 3,923.7 square kilometers (1,514.9 sq mi) and, as of 2011, a population of 769,393 of which 80 per cent are Catholics. The cities and municipalities under the Diocese of Kabankalan are Kabankalan, Binalbagan, Himamaylan, Isabela, Moises Padilla, La Castellana, Ilog, Candoni, Cauayan, Sipalay, and Hinoba-an.[1]


  • Vicente Macanan Navarra (21 Nov 1987 Appointed - 24 May 2001 Appointed, Bishop of Bacolod)
  • Patricio Abella Buzon, S.D.B. (27 Dec 2002 Appointed - )

Vicariates, parishes and chaplaincy

The following are the five vicariates of the diocese and their parishes and chaplaincy:[1]

I. Vicariate of Kabankalan

Vicar Forane: Rev. Fr. Norberto E. Chavez
Parish Priest: Rev. Fr. Ricon B. Dagunan
Parochial Vicar: Rev. Fr. Sabiniano P. Pinsoy Jr.
Chaplain: Rev. Fr. Eryl D. Agus
Parish Priest: Rev. Fr. Norberto E. Chavez
Chaplain: Rev. Fr. Jiver H. Alipoon
Chaplain: Rev. Fr. Robert M. Sermona
Parish Priest: Rev. Fr. Jose Severino G. Nacional III
Chaplain: Rev. Fr. Romeo Arpeh D. Daub
Chaplain: Rev. Fr. Jose Ma. B. Cadungon

II. Vicariate of Binalbagan

Vicar Forane: Rev. Fr. Carlos G. Ybesate
Parish Priest: Msgr. Joel A. Rubin, VG
Parochial Vicar: Rev. Fr. Johnie Peracullo
Chaplain: Rev. Fr. Michael Doohan, MSSC
Parish Priest: Rev. Fr. Carlos G. Ybesate
Parish Priest: Rev. Fr. Tranquilino G. Nacional
Parochial Vicar: Rev. Fr. Redgie G. Zaspa
Parish Priest: Rev. Fr. Marlon S. Tejada

III. Vicariate of Isabela

Vicar Forane: Rev. Fr. Artemio T. Tubongbanua
Parish Priest: Rev. Fr. Leopoldo D. Cahilig
Parochial Vicar: Rev. Fr. Romel M. Enar
Parish Priest: Rev. Fr. Baltazar E. Bandua
Parish Priest: Rev. Fr. Artemio T. Tubongbanua
Parish Priest: Rev. Fr. Jose Rodel E. Sampollo
Parish Priest: Rev. Fr. Henry G. Pineda

IV. Vicariate of Dancalan

Vicar Forane: Rev. Fr. Jose Rembert G. Rivera
Parish Priest: Rev. Fr. Fernando E. Villanueva, Jr.
Parish Priest: Rev. Fr. Joseph Vincent A. Chua
Parish Priest: Rev. Fr. Ricaredo A. Londres
Parish Priest: Rev. Fr. Jose Rembert G. Rivera
Parish Priest: Rev. Fr. John M. Alipoon

V. Vicariate of Sipalay

Vicar Forane: Rev. Fr. Jose Gerson P. Te-Ad
Parish Priest: Rev. Fr. Ramon T. Olam
Parish Priest: Rev. Fr. Rolando G. Nueva
Chaplain: Rev. Fr. Ferdinand S. Fernandez
Parish Priest: Rev. Fr. Ariel D. Gregorio
Parish Priest: Rev. Fr. Jose Gerson P. Te-Ad
Parish Priest: Rev. Fr. Pedro L. Dongor

See also


  1. ^ a b c "Diocese of Kabankalan". Claretian Publications Foundation, Inc. Retrieved on 2014-11-03.
  2. ^ "Jurisdictions - Diocese of Kabankalan". CBCP Online. Retrieved on 2014-11-04.

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