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Archdiocese of Zamboanga

Archidioecesis Zamboangensis

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  • Julius Sullan Tonel, Archbishop

Suffragan Dioceses

General Information

  • Type of Jurisdiction: Archdiocese
  • Elevated: 19 May 1958
  • Metropolitan See
  • Depends on: Dicastery for Bishops
  • Rite: Latin (or Roman)
  • Country: Philippines
  • Square Kilometers: 1,483 (572 Square Miles)
  • Web Site:
  • Mailing Address: Centro Pastoral, P.O. Box 1, Puerto del Sol, Gov. Camins Ave., 7000 Zamboanga City, Philippines
  • Telephone: (062)992-7667
  • Fax: 993-2608

Historical Details

Past and Present Ordinaries

Historical Summary

Diocese of Zamboanga
10 April 1910ErectedDiocese of Cebu
Diocese of Jaro o Santa Elisabetta
Diocese of Zamboanga (erected)
20 January 1933Territory LostDiocese of Zamboanga (Surigao (with islands of Dinagat and Siargao), Agusom, Eastern Misamis (with island of Camiguin), Western Misamis, Bukidnon, and Southern part of Lanao) Diocese of Cagayan de Oro (erected)
28 April 1934Metropolitan ChangedDiocese of Zamboanga (from Manila)
17 December 1949Territory LostDiocese of Zamboanga (Davao) Territorial Prelature of Davao (erected)
11 August 1950Territory LostDiocese of Zamboanga (Cotabato and Sulu) Territorial Prelature of Cotabato and Sulu (erected)
29 June 1951Metropolitan ChangedDiocese of Zamboanga (from Cebu)
Archdiocese of Zamboanga
19 May 1958ElevatedDiocese of Zamboanga Archdiocese of Zamboanga
12 October 1963Territory LostArchdiocese of Zamboanga (Basilan City) Territorial Prelature of Isabela (erected)
31 July 1967Territory LostArchdiocese of Zamboanga (Zamboanga dei Norte) Diocese of Dipolog (erected)
12 November 1971Territory LostArchdiocese of Zamboanga (Pagadian with Libangan, Dimataling with Tabina and Midsahip, Dinas, San Miguel, Dumalinao, San Pablo, Tukuran, Aurora, Domingag, Mahayag, Molave, Ramon Magsaysay, and Tambulig) Diocese of Pagadian (erected)
24 December 1979Territory LostArchdiocese of Zamboanga (Alicia, Buug, Ipil, Kabasalan, Mabuhay, Malangas, Margosatubig, Siay, and Subanipa) Territorial Prelature of Ipil (erected)


YearCatholicsTotal PopulationPercent CatholicDiocesan PriestsReligious PriestsTotal PriestsCatholics Per PriestPermanent DeaconsMale ReligiousFemale ReligiousParishesSource
Diocese of Zamboanga
Archdiocese of Zamboanga

Note: Any changes in boundaries over time are not indicated in the above table.

Affiliated Bishops, Living

Affiliated Bishops, Deceased


  • Diocese of Zamboanga
    • Acta Apostolicae Sedis, Volume 27, Page 263, and Page 264
    • Acta Apostolicae Sedis, Volume 44, Page 163, to Page 167
  • Archdiocese of Zamboanga
    • Acta Apostolicae Sedis, Volume 51, Page 99, and Page 100


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