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 Most Reverend JOSE PALMA, D.D.
Bishop of Calbayog
Bishop's House
6710 Calbayog City, Samar, P.O. Box 02
Tel.: (055) 209-1372   Fax: (055) 209-3012
e-mail: 
bpjspalma@yahoo.com


Chancery

Vicar General & Oeconomus:  Msgr. Bienve-nido N. Chiquillo, PA
Chancellor & Secretary to the Bishop: Rev. Robert F. Talon


Administrative Section

Diocesan College of Consultors, Chairman:

    The Bishop
    Msgr. Bienvenido Chiquillo, PA, VG
    Msgr. Basilio Rosales, PA
    Msgr. Manuel Cruz, PA
    Msgr. Vicente Astorga, HP
    Msgr. Paulino Singzon, HP
    Msgr. Luis Llarenas, HP
    Rev. Robert F. Talon.

Vocation Director: Rev. Roland Cajegas
Diocesan Censorship: Msgr. Leonardo Guadal-quiver, PC, JCL
Superintendent of Catholic Schools: Rev. Rodrigo San Jose, OFM
Commission on Seminarians, Chairman:  Rev. Roland Cajegas
                                                 Msgr. Leonardo Guadal-quiver, PC, JCL
Diocesan Board of Finance, Chairman: Msgr. Bienvenido Chiquillo, PA, Member: Rev. Cesar Aculan
              Rev. Melvin Ojeda
              Rev. Richard Tan
              Mrs. Grace Rosales
Commission on Clergy, Chairman: Msgr. Paulino Singzon, HP
                                                  Msgr. Manuel Cruz, PA
                                                  Msgr. Romulo Montero, PC
Pro-Synodal Examiners: The Bishop
                                    Msgr. Basilio Rosales, PA
                                    Msgr. Vicente Astorga, HP
                                    Msgr. Leonardo Guadalquiver, PC, JCL
                                    Rev. Ricardo Pitogo

Vicars Forane:

    Vicariate of St. Francis de Sales: Msgr. Manuel Cruz, PA
    Vicariate of St. Pius X: Rev. Fidel Colminar
    Vicariate of Sts. Peter & Paul: Msgr. Antonio Verzosa, HP
    Vicariate of St. Isidore: Msgr. Romulo Montero, PC
    Vicariate of St. Joseph: Msgr. Vicente Astorga, HP
    Vicariate of Pope John XXIII: Msgr. Paulino Singzon, HP


Judiciary Section

Defender of the Bond: Msgr. Vicente Astorga, HP
Promoter of Justice: Msgr. Bienvenido Chiquillo, PA
Legal Counsel: Judge Clemente Rosales
                      Atty. Romualdo Mendiola
                      Atty. Mariano Luena


Pastoral Section

Commission on Temporalities
   Chairman:
Msgr. Bienvenido Chiquillo, PA
                   Msgr. George Tomichek, PA(Foreign Aid & Mission Appeal)
                   Rev. Cesar Aculan
Commission on Liturgy
   Chairman:
Msgr. Antonio Verzosa, HP
                   Msgr. Francisco Cinco III, PC
Commission on Sacred Music
   Chairman:
Rev. Niceas Abejuela,
                    Rev. Roland Cajegas
Commission on Justice, Peace/Ecology: Rev. Niceas Abejuela
                                                            Rev. Lito Capeding
Commission on Prisoner's Welfare: Rev. Iluminado Paulino
Commission on Family Life Apostolate
   Chairman:
Rev. Andres Pacoli
                   Sr. Letecia Andrea Garcia, DC
Commission on Health Care Program
   Chairperson:
Sr. Isabel Sabarre, DC
                      Dr. Cesar Sabenecio, MD
Commission on Biblical Apostolate, Chairman: Rev. Rolando Vivas
Church Property Documents
   Chairman:
Msgr. Bienvenido Chiquillo, PA,
                   Msgr. Vicente Astorga, HP
                   Rev. Cesar Aculan
Commission on Social Apostolate, Chairman: Rev. Cesar D. Aculan
Basic Ecclesial Community
   Chairman:
Rev. Niceas Abejuela
   Asst.: Rev. Raymundo de Guzman
             Sr. Basilides Ramas, DC
Pontifical Mission Society
   Chairman:
Rev. Teofanes Tabones
                   Rev. Domingo Ontuca
Commission on Lay Apostolate, Chairman: Rev. Melvin Ojeda
Commission on Adult Education, Chairman: Msgr. Romulo Montero, PC
Commission on Youth Formation, Director: Rev. Melvin Ojeda, Coordinator: Ms. Donna Estrelles, Leader: Ms. Natividad Lao
Commission on Catechetics
   Chairman:
Msgr. Luis Llarenas, HP,
   Asst: Rev. Francis Uy
            Sr. Floriana Saltarelli, FMSC
Commission on Propagation of the Faith
   Chairman:
Rev. Teofanes Tabones
                   Rev. Francis Uy
Commission on Canon Law
   Chairman:
Msgr. Leonardo Guadalquiver, PC, JCL
                   Msgr. Vicente Astorga, HP
Church Physical Arrangement Panel
   Chairman:
Most Rev. Maximiano T. Cruz, DD
                   Msgr. Bienvenido Chiquillo, PA
                   Msgr. Antonio Verzosa, HP


Organizations, Movements, Offices

Episcopal Vicar for PCP II: Msgr. Vicente Astorga, HP
Episcopal Vicar for Tertio Millenio Adveniente: Rev. Ferdinand Figueroa
   Asst. Sr. Basilides Ramas, DC
Knights of Columbus: Most Rev. Maximiano T. Cruz, DD,
                                 Sir Knight Antonio O. Gelera
Children of Mary Immaculate: Rev. Roland Cajegas
                                           Mrs. Irene Obong (Diocesan President)
                                          
Ms. Ignacia Cui (Regional President)
Ladies of Charity:
Most Rev. Maximiano T. Cruz, DD
                          Dr. Maria Fulgencio
SOS & Youth Hostel: Mr. Eliezar Paclibar
                                Sr. Gracy Kochuparambil, FMSC
Catholic Charismatic Renewal: Rev. Roland Cajegas
Knights of the Altar: Rev. Robert F. Talon
                              Mr. Ronald Ricafort
Mother Butlers' Guild: Rev. Joaquin Colminas
                                Mrs. Aurora Gomez
Basic Ecclesial Community: Rev. Niceas Abejuela
   Asst.: Rev. Raymundo de Guzman
             Sr. Bacilides Ramas, DC
Catechetical Program Center: Msgr. Luis Llarenas, HP
                                            Rev. Francis Uy
                                            Sr. Floriana Saltarelli, FMSC
Marriage Encounter: Rev. Andres Pacoli
                              Sr. Letecia Andrea Garcia, DC
Apostleship of Prayer: Msgr. Luis Llarenas, HP
Catholic Women's League: Most Rev. Maximiano T. Cruz, DD
                                        Mrs. Jet Gan
New Samar Foundation, Inc. (Newsfi): Sr. Judy Absin, DC
Couples & Singles for Christ: Msgr. Manuel Cruz, PA
Social Action Center: Rev. Cesar D. Aculan


Present Status

Population: 

563,703

Catholics: 

540,190 (98%)

Area: 

5,609 sq. kms.

   

Personnel  

 

     Priests: 

 

Diocesan -

59

                   Religious -

8

                   Total -

67

     Brothers: 

 

Foreign -

1

                   Filipino -

1

                   Total -

2

   

Seminaries  

 

      Collegiate (Philosophy) -

1

   

Seminarians  

 

       Major: 

 

in Theology -

26

       Philosophy -

34

       Total -

60

       Minor:  

 

in Pre-College -

12

                 in Pre-High School -

15

                 Total -

27

   

Diocesan Divisions  

 

       Vicariates -

6

       Parishes -

27

              with resident pastor -

27

entrusted to diocesan clergy -

27

entrusted to religious clergy -

0

   

Shrine -

1

Chapel (Visitas) -

84

   

Educational Centers  

 

      Colleges: 

2

              Enrolment -

2,964

      High Schools:

 

              diocesan/parochial -

4

              directed by religious -

2

              Enrolment -

3,238

      Elementary: 

3

              Enrolment -

829

      Kindergarten: 

4

               Enrolment -

234

      Total -

7,365

   

Sacraments & Sacramentals  

 

Baptism of Children -

18,070

Marriages: 

 

Between Catholics -

1,906

       Mixed -

13

       Total -

1,919

Death (funerals) -

1,805

   

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