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Cardinal Cheong

The cathedral of the first diocese in India.

It is believed that Christianity was introduced to India by Thomas the Apostle,
who is said to have reached the Malabar Coast of Kerala in 52 AD.

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

History of a few oldest dioceses in India as the cradle of Indian Christianity
can be dated back to the 15th century.

Find out which is the first diocese in India here.

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Diocese of Bacolod

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Bishop Patricio Abella Buzon
Bishop Buzon
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Bishop Patricio Abella Buzon
Bishop's Residence,
Rizal St., 6100 Bacolod City,

Phone: (034)432-2181; 434-5916
Fax :434-5916
Email: [email protected]

Salesian Bishop Patricio Buzon was born March 14, 1950 in Cebu City, central Philippines, where he finished elementary education.

He entered the Don Bosco Academy High School in San Fernando, Pampanga, and later the University of Santo Tomas (UST) in Manila where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Education.

He completed his Bachelor of Sacred Theology in the same university.

He became a professed Salesian order on June 29, 1967, and made his perpetual profession was on May 24, 1973.

A year after his priestly ordination on Dec. 8, 1976, he became the spiritual moderator of Don Bosco Missionary Seminary in Talisay, Cebu (1977-1982) and later served as its rector (1982-1988). He was also rector of Don Bosco Technical High School in Punta Princesa, Cebu (1988-1992).

For five years from 1992, he served as vice-provincial of his Salesian province.

He was ordained bishop on Feb. 19, 2003 and installed the second bishop of Kabankalan diocese on March 12, 2003.

On May. 24, 2016 he was appointed as bishop of Bacolod diocese.

Previous Ordinaries:

  • Bishop Vicente M. Navarra (24 May 2001 Appointed - 24 May 2016)
  • Bishop Antonio Yapsutco Fortich † (Jan. 13, 1967 Appointed-Jan. 31, 1989 Retired)
  • Bishop Manuel Yap † (March 5, 1952 Appointed-Oct. 16, 1966 Died)
  • Bishop Casimiro Lladoc † (June 23, 1933 Appointed-Oct. 24, 1951 Died)

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