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 Most Reverend Artemio L. Rillera, SVD, DD
Bishop of Bangued
Bishop's House
Bangued 2800 Abra
Tel.: (63 74) 752-8040   Fax: (63 74) 752-8028
e-mail: 
rcbbabra@mozcom.com


Chancery

Vicar General/Chancellor, Financial Administrator: Rev. Nilo S. Peig, JCD
Vice Chancellor: Rev. Edmundo N. Barut, Jr., STL-MA
Chancery Staff: Mr. Fermin Balaoag
                       Mrs. Leonora Borja
                       Mrs. Gloria Bulda
                       Mrs. Flora de Castro
                       Ms. Celia Ortega

Central Diocesan Board (Priests' Council):

    Rev. Nilo S. Peig
    Rev. Floro Bautista
    Rev. Aurelio Tagura
    Rev. Alfredo Eduarte
    Rev. Michael Brillantes
    Rev. Albert van Leeuwen, SVD
    Rev. James Risse, SVD
    Rev. Gil Manalo, SVD
    Rev. S. Devasagayam, SVD
    Rev. Lunes Taoil

Diocesan Finance Committee:

    Rev. Nilo S. Peig
    Rev. Renato Amasi
    Rev. Michael Brillantes

General Assembly of Priests and Men Religious:

    Moderator: Rev. Michael Brillantes
    Secretary: Rev. Edmundo Barut, Jr.

Legal Counsel: Atty. Demetrio Pe


Commissions for Pastoral Work in the Diocese

Commission on Worship and Liturgy:
   Head
: Rev. Edmundo Barut, Jr.
   Members: Rev. Antonio Ruyan
                   Rev. Emilio Cortez, Jr., STB, JCL
                   Director, Department for Lay Ministries

1. Christian Formation Commission (CFC):
    Head
: Rev. Floro Bautista, STL
2. Office for Basic Ecclesial Communities
    Director: Rev. Floro Bautista
3. Biblical Apostolate
    Director: Rev. Joyle Martinez
4. Broadcast Media Apostolate
    Director: Rev. Michael Brillantes
5. Catechetical Apostolate
    Director: Rev. Floro Bautista
    Coordinator: Sr. Elsa Compuesto, MSM
6. Diocesan School Office
    Superintendent: Rev. Nicandro Vergara, SVD
    Supervisor: Ms. Anunciation Espejo
7. Family and Life Apostolate
    Director: Rev. James Risse, SVD
    Coordinator: Sr. Maura Taguines, MSM
8. Lay Apostolate
    Director: Rev. Michael Brillantes
9. Office for the Missions
    Director: Rev. Emilio Pati, SVD
10. Print Media Apostolate
     Director: Rev. Antonio Ruyan
11. Office for Vocations
     Director: Rev. Floro Bautista

Diocesan Social Apostolate Commission (DSAC)
   Head: Rev. Adonis Bringas
   Members: Rev. Lunes Taoil
                   Bro. Alois Goldberger, SVD
                   Ms. Ella Ortega
                   Ms. Myrna Caoagas

1. Social Development Center
    Director
: Rev. Adonis Bringas
2. Justice and Peace Department
    In-charge
: Concerned Citizens of Abra for Good Government
    Contact Person: Ms. Myrna Caoagas
3. Indigenous Peoples Apostolate
    Director
: Rev. Lunes Taoil
    Secretary: Mr. Rodolfo Reyes
4. Ecology Department
    Director
: Bro. Alois Goldberger, SVD
5. Health Care Apostolate
    In-charge
: Ms. Ella Ortega, RN

Diocesan Youth Commission
   Director
: Rev. Roderick Ardaniel

Commission on the Clergy:
   Head
: Rev. Michael Brillantes
   Members: Rev. Alfredo Eduarte
                   Rev. Tranquilino de Ocampo, Jr., SVD
                   Rev. S. Devasagayam, SVD


Diocesan Religious Organizations,
Councils and Movements

Diocesan Pastoral Council
   President
: Ms. Pura Sumangil
Diocesan Council of the Laity
   President
: Atty. Macrino Elvena
   Spiritual Director: Rev. Michael Brillantes
Apostleship of Prayer
   Diocesan President
: Mrs. Violeta Valera
   Spiritual Director: Rev. Nilo Peig
Knights of Columbus
   District Deputy
: Mr. Josefino Valencia
Legion of Mary
   Curia President
: Mrs. Elsa Damian
   Spiritual Director: Rev. Emilio Cortez, Jr.


Present Status

I. Population:

Total Population -

223,141

Catholics -

179,141 (80.40%)

Area -

3,975.5 sq. kms.

II. Personnel:

Bishop -

1

   

Priests:

 

     Diocesan -

18

     Religious:

 

           Filipino -

12

Foreign -

6

     Total -

36

   

Brothers:

 

Filipino -

3

Foreign -

2

Total -

5

   

Sisters -

19

III. Seminaries:

Diocesan:

 

Minor -

1

     Orientation -

1

     Seminarians:

 

        Theology -

7

        Philosophy -

32

     Regency -

1

     Minor:

 

     Orientation -

1

     High School -

92

IV. Diocesan Division:

Vicariates -

4

Parishes -

20

With resident pastors -

19

Without resident pastors -

1

Entrusted to the diocesan clergy -

10

Entrusted to religious clergy -

10

Chapels -

210

V. Educational Centers: 
(For the SY 1996-1997)

College -

1

Enrollment -

1,900

High Schools:

 

Diocesan -

13

      Enrollment -

3,455

Congregational -

5

      Enrollment -

1,743

Elementary Schools:

 

Congregational -

3

      Enrolment -

1,318

   

Teaching Personnel:

 

Priests -

2

Sisters -

8

Lay -

225

School Dormitories -

24

VI. Sacraments:
(For the period from 1 January to 31 December 1996)

Baptisms:

 

     Up to 1 year old -

1,593

     From 1 to 7 years old -

1,198

     Over 7 years old -

606

     Total -

3,397

   

Confirmations -

1,223

First Communions -

3,893

   

Marriages:

908

     Between Catholics -

908

     Mixed -

3

     Total -

911

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