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The cathedral of the first diocese in India.

St. Thomas the Apostle, who is believed to have arrived on Kerala’s Malabar Coast in 52 AD, is considered the father of the Catholic faith in India.

Christian communities developed and expanded further when European missionaries arrived in the 13th and 14th centuries.

The history of a few ancient dioceses in Asia can be dated back to 13th century pre-Portuguese mission expeditions.

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Diocese of Ipil

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Activities and Organizations

Catholic Educational Institutions

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  • College - Students:
  • Educational Centers:
    Marian College (MC)
    Address: Poblacion, Ipil, 7001 Zamboanga Sibugay, Philippines
    Phone: +63 62 333-2305
    Directress: Sr. Mercedes Salud, SFIC
    Faculty: 79; Priest: 1; Sisters: 3; Lay: 75
    College: 1st sem 476; 2nd sem 495; H.S.: 704; Elem.: 276; Kindergarten: 66

    Marcelo Spinola School (MSS)
    Address: Don Andres, Ipil 7001 Zamboanga Sibugay, Philippines
    Phone: +63 62 333-2320
    Directress: Sr. Myrna Semella, ADC
    Faculty: 28 Sisters: 4; Lay: 24
    Enrolment: 650

    Saint Paul School
    Address: Datu Panas, Buug 7009 Zamboanga Sibugay, Philippines
    Phone: +63 62 344-8134
    Mobile: +63 917 750-6704
    Directress: Sr. Norma Torres, SPC
    Faculty: 22; Sisters: 3; Lay: 19
    Enrolment: 519

    Loyola High School (LHS)
    Address: Poblacion, Subanipa, Olutanga Island 7041 Zamboanga Sibugay, Philippines
    Mobile: +63920 380 9004
    Directress: Sr. Ma. Virginia B. Benito, O.P.
    Faculty: 15; Sisters: 3; Lay: 12
    Enrolment: 357

    Xavier High School (XHS)
    Address: Poblacion, Mabuhay 7010 Zamboanga Sibugay, Philippines
    Mobile: +63 920 380 9004
    Directress: Sr. Cecilia Pagador, OP
    Faculty: 15; Sisters: 0; Lay: 12
    Enrolment: 422
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Catholic Social Welfare

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Major Diocesan Commissions and Organizations

  • Catechetics:
    Director: Father Roberto Brillantes
    Prelature Coordinator: Ms. Gennie Sanoy
  • Community Based Health Program (CBHP):
    Director: Father Gilbert Gente
    Prelature Coordinator: Mrs. Jocelyn Teves
  • DIOPIM Committee on Mining Issue-Community:
    Organizer (DCMI-CO): Mr. Daniel Castillo
    Administrative Officer: Ms. Joan B. Yap
    Admin staff: Ms. Annabella Ybañez
  • Family & Life:
    Coordinator: Ms. Luz Castillano
  • Gasa Balik Sa Dios (GBSD):
    Prelature Core Group
    Director: Father Franciaco Baguio, Jr.
    Assist. Director: Mr. Joel Reganion
    Secretary: Ms. Yolanda Rapadas
    Treasurer: Ms. Diding Aballe
    Auditor: Mr. Danny Revantad
  • Indigenous Peoples Apostolate (IPA):
    Director: Father Erwin V. Guno
    Prelature Coordinator: Sr. Teresita Magallon, RSM
    Admin Assistant: Mr. Renante P. Calatrava
    Research & Documentation: Mr. Lope C. Dizon
    Mr. Junebert Lacsapon
    Mr. Alberto Mayor
    Sr. Rosalinda Belotindos, DC
    Ms. Desirie Joy Baleleng
    Ms. Ronielyn Ampuan
    Ms. Myrna Bentual
  • Inter-Religious Dialogue:
    In-Charge: Father Rolly Taghap
  • Ipil Prelature Sisters Association (IPSA):
    In-Charge: Sr. Mercy Salud, SFIC
  • Kristohanong Kasilinganan (Christian Community) & Bible Apostolate (Kriiska-Ba):
    Director: Father Elizar A. Cielo
    Prelature Coordinator: Mr. Joel Reganion
  • Lay Organization & Movement:
    In-Charge: Father Ian Conturno
  • Liturgical Center:
    Pastoral Center
    Phone: + 63 62 333-2346 / 0928 382 0273
    Director: Bishop Julius S. Tonel, D.D.
    Personnel: Sr. Ma. Aurea Monungolh, OSB
  • Liturgy:
    In-Charge: Bishop Julius S. Tonel, D.D.
  • Media & Cultural Heritage:
    In-Charge: Father Joseph Joy Rocamora
  • Pastoral Coordinator:
    Msgr. Elmer Q. Alforque
  • PNP / Military Liason Officer:
    In-Charge: Father Joel Ramasola
  • Prison Apostolate:
    In-Charge: Father Jacinto Napiñas
  • Social Action Ministry (SAM):
    Director: Msgr. Elmer Q. Alforque
    Coordinator: Mr. Gualberto F. Largo
    Program Coordinators
    Environmental Advocacy: Mr. Argeo Magalso
    Gender program: Mrs. Angelina Sumayang-Fuentes
    Disaster Management: Mr. Jose Rolando Ortega
    Peace Program staff: Mr. Jerome Yap
    Mrs. Phebe Largo
    Area coordinators:
    Area 1: Mr. Vicente Batubalunos
    Area 2: Mr. Renato Esmeralda
    Area 3: Ms. Aneth Tabay
    Area 4: Mr. Cerilo Andale
  • Superintendent of Catholic Schools:
    In-Charge: Father Gilbert Gente
  • Vocation:
    In-Charge: Father Elizar Cielo
  • Youth Ministry:
    Director: Laure T. Helar
    Coordinator: Mr. Noel Mangbanag

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Social Communications

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    Ms. Claudia Aballe

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